Wednesday, 9 January 2013


eye primers & bases

review swatch photo
MAC Paint in Still Life, Urban Decay Primer Potion*, Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer*, Origins Cream Shadow in Ginger Zing*, MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork
prime those peepers!

When I first got into the beauty community one of the first things I noted down was the importance of an eye base. While I admit I don't always use a base before applying my eyeshadow, on nights out or those days where I know I'll need something to give my eyeshadow a bit of extra oomph I find myself reaching for a few dedicated products. Now, If you're going to be spending all that time and effort on creating that perfect eye look you want it to last! A good eyeshadow primer can enhance the colour  and stop the creasing of your eyeshadow while also making them last all day with minimal fading or migrating around your face.

Urban Decay Primer Potion is actually a fairly new product to me, I've used a mini before that comes in the Naked Palettes but never really tested it properly. Despite being initially underwhelmed I do like it and it does make a huge difference to my eye area. It smooths out the lines as well as creating a neutral base to apply shadow on top of. The colour is fairly nude and matches my skin tone well to even out the lid colour. The Krylon Eye Shadow Primer is from a super high quality stage makeup brand and does the same sort of job as UDPP. It lasts between 6-8 hours before some fading starts to occur. It does feel slightly greasy on initial application but I find this just helps the pigments of eyeshadows stick to the base more.

I also like to use cream eyeshadows as eye bases. I tend to only wear neutral eyeshadows so these picks are all fairly easy to wear. MAC Stillife Paint is a pretty old hat product these days, however I still love and use mine on a regular basis. A pretty champagne colour, which gives the lid a wash of creamy shimmering base before applying other shadows. MAC Groundwork is great for neutral eyeshadows, especially matte browns. These last a good 8+ hours on me and are perfect for long days when I need something I know won't budge. Origins Cream Shadow in Ginger Zing is another base I love because I find it really perks up my eyes before applying another colour. This is great for layering alone or as a base for eyeshadow which doesn't crease, fade or move during the day.

30 comments:

  1. I love Maybelline Colour Tattoos, they make both great eyeshadows and eyeshadow bases but I wish they'd make a neutral/nude colour ah

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  2. im loving the sound of the Urban Decay primer!

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  3. I got a Maybelline eyeshadow in the shade Barely Branded which is just perfect to use as a base - I highly recommend it x

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  4. i swear by the urban decay primer, but i may try one of the others posted here after reading this!
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  5. Ive never really got into eye-shawdow primers but i think i might give the Urban Decay one a go :)

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  6. I have yet to try a MAC Paint Pot (I know, I know...) but one of these days I want to see if they're worth the hype of being a long lasting base!!

    Cassie
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  7. I only really use urban decay but I'm the same as you, I only use it when I'm going out for the night when it's probably best to use it every time I wear eyeshadow
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  8. looooove the urban decay one but its so hard to get my hands on it from germany. that why i test a drugstore one right now.
    xx

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  9. I love Mac Paintpots and the Urban Decay Primer Potion, both are such lovely products and really help your eyeshadow last all day!

    Gem x
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  10. I really want to try a new primer but there are so many to choose from , great post xx

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  11. i LOVE the urban decay primers they are the bees knees :)

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    xx

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  12. I love the mac paint pots in painterly, such a great colour for a base xxx

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  13. Soft ochre paint pot by mac is my all time favorite ! Mac paints are great as well , and drugstore wise i love the maybelline color tattoos :)

    x Liyana
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  14. I want to try a cream base as I've heard so many things about them! <3 xo

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  15. As much as i love Origins i've never tried their make up range, going to add that to my list!

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  16. Love Urban Decay primer potion! MAC paint pots are great too! :) ♥
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  17. I use the UD one currently, but I'm really intrigued by the kryolan one x

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  18. i use the UD one, needing to get a full size, i do love it though!

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  19. Been wanting to try groundwork for ages!!

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  20. really wanna try a few of these, my eyelids are slightly oily atm so need something like the primer potion :)

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  21. I'm so glad you did a post on this! My eye lids have never usually been oily however this winter I can't have eyeshadow on my eyes without them creasing within a few hours! Even when using Too Faced shadow Insurance! Thinking of trying the urban decay one!

    xx
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  22. I've only ever tried the Urban Decay one; must give others a go!

    Francesca Bee

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  23. The Urban decay is my favourite, I literally use it every time I apply my makeup, I think its brilliant! I'm not a massive fan of the MAC one though, I thought it made my eye shadow look caked and clumpy

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  24. I find the ELF or the MUA do as good a job as the UD version. Might be worth picking up as they are a lot cheaper :)

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  25. I have a few paint pots and I love them!

    Katie xo
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  26. I use the Urban Decay one, I really like it :) x

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  30. I'm so pleased you did a post on this! My eye lids have not ever generally been oily although this winter I can't have eyeshadow on my eyes without them creasing inside a couple of hours! Even when utilising Too Faced shadow protection! Thinking of endeavouring the urban breakdown one!
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