I decided it was high-time I checked out eye shadow primers. Being the budget-minded gal I am, I hopped over to my local drugstore to grab L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base.
First up, I wanted to try a swatch test before I actually went crazy creating eye makeup looks. The photo below shows seven eyeshadows of various brands, colors, and finishes. The top row is on my arm bare (no primer) and the bottom row is applied over De-Crease.
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Shadows shown (from left to right):
- Nixie Professional matte pink shadow (unlabeled in my palette)
- Bobbi Brown Royal Blue (from the Brights palette)
- Purely Cosmetics Purple Diamond
- Milani’s Clover
- Coastal Scents’ Hi-light Violet
- Spell Cosmetic’s Aurora
- Milani’s Storm
As you can see, the primer helped to up the impact on most of the shadows (Milani is so pigmented I don’t think it helped too much), but what I really noticed was the staying power. All of the shadows stayed locked on my arm all day. When I showered, I had to scrub and then use eye makeup remover to get them off. If you’re looking for staying power ladies, this is it!
On another note, isn’t Coastal Scent’s Hi-light Violet gorgeous? I really need to use this color in an upcoming look. It’s perfect for the spring “metallic lid” trend.
If you’d like your own bargain tube of L’Oreal De-Crease, it’s only $7.95 at Drugstore.com.
And now… it’s share time! Do you use shadow primers in your daily makeup routine? Just occasionally? What’s your favorite brand?