Oily lids? Eyeshadows creasing on you? Eye colours fade after the 3rd hour? I usually have this problem. My lids are oily and even long wearing eyeshadows crease and fade on me… that is, if I didn’t prime my eyes. Is an eye primer so important? If you have oily lids, yes. It makes a difference. I have tried a few, not necessarily an eye primer per se, could be cream shadows as well and these are my go-to products.
As you can see, the only eye primer is Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP), and that isn’t even my favourite. All three featured here match my skin undertone (warm yellow undertone) but of different shade intensity. They are Bone Long-Wear Cream Shadow from Bobbi Brown, Soft Ochre Paint Pot from MAC and UDPP in Eden. I wear these as bases and I layer powder eyeshadows over it.
They are unique in texture, but the one that lasts the longest is hands down Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow. The texture is the driest among the 3, but it stays on and lasts through vigorous sessions of pilates, where I sweat like a pig. There are many shades to choose from and the variety is attractive. MAC is the second best, the texture is less dry (I’m sure you can see that the paint pot is creamier than BB cream shadow in photo below) but in Malaysia, we only have limited shades to choose from. With the #902397445671243 collections that MAC comes up with every year, I’m sure you’ll be able to spot some limited edition paint pots too. UDPP Eden creases on me a little, but it’s OK for about 4-5 hours.
See the swatches below? For me, Eden matches my skintone best. With a base, eye shadows stay on much longer and colours don’t fade as fast. Different colour bases also change the colour of your eyeshadow. You can definitely have some fun with it. Have you tried ‘warming up’ a pink using a brown base? Have you darken a shadow by using a dark base? Or even brighten the shadow by using a white base… lots of fun to experiment!
What kind of base / primer do you use for your eyes? I love using coloured bases to add complexity to my eye colours. Have you tried that before? If you have, what combination do you like?