Bionic primes with De-Crease

by Bionic Beauty on 13.Apr.2009 · 8 comments

L'Oreal Decrease eye shadow primericon

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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Bionic Beauty compares eyeshadows with L'Oreal's Decrease primer

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.comicon.

And now… it’s share time! Do you use shadow primers in your daily makeup routine? Just occasionally? What’s your favorite brand?


1 Paula April 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

I haven’t tried this one, as I use Two Faced Shadow Insurance because I like the silicone feel of it. But, I did get this for my coworker who wanted to try an eyeshadow base and she really likes it, too.
I was really surprised how much e/s base helped the lightly pigmented colors brighten up, and last so much longer thru the day.

2 Heather April 13, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I always use my eyeshadow primer otherwise my eyeshadow doesn’t stick around for long. I’ll definitely have to check out this L’oreal one, I’m always looking for a great deal. Thanks for posting.

3 Bella April 13, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I tried this one, and did not drive me as crazy as t he Urban Decay Potion. For 4 more dollars, I prefer UD.

4 hazel April 13, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Wow that is sooo much cheaper than the primer I currently use, when I run out I think I’ll give it a try!

5 dtxray2648 April 14, 2009 at 6:23 am

I have tried this primer and think it is terrific – glad you highlighted it in your post. Thanks, dtxray2648

6 The Cheap Chick April 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Did you really walk about with eyeshadows up and down your arm all day? Just for us? So that we could know whether or not the primer worked. YOU ARE AWESOME. Thanks BB!!!

7 Skyeann August 5, 2009 at 8:33 pm

After I read this I went out and bought it for 7 bucks. I only use my Coastal Scents Palettes is original and ultra shimmer and I love love love how it makes my eyeshadow look! It makes the color POP. I have never used a base and I totally see the difference! Your review was perfectly written! Thank you!

8 Bionic Beauty August 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hi Skyeann, I’m so glad you’re liking the Decrease! I never knew the joys of primers either until this one. Now I have a little collection- MagnetEyez by Spell Cosmetics, Purely Cosmetics’ Nude cream-to-powder shadow (it’s technically a shadow but works SO well as a primer!), and I even use the Monistat Anti-Chafe gel that everyone uses as a face primer. It works too!

Thank you also for the compliments on my review. I hope to continue to see you around Bionic Beauty. Never hesitate to email or comment with questions or suggestions. 🙂
Have a great rest of your week!

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