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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Your Eyeshadow Base/Primer Matters!

I was recently thinking about all the bases and primers I had for eyeshadow and this led me to think; how important is your base/primer? I know some people don't use anything and just apply eyeshadow dry while others have a whole routine for their eyeshadow. Well, I brought out all my current bases/primers and realized how great other things were. I recently got a tube of LA Splash Eyeshadow sealer/bases and wanted to test it out and compare. Here's my photos (Click pictures to read what each base is):

Femme Fatale Cosmetics- Spark of Life

My thoughts on each:

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- Milk- I'm not exactly sure how to feel about this. I like that it is a bit sticky and holds the color and glitter pretty well. I don't like how "heavy" it can be even though I made a thin layer and you have to "dab" on eyeshadow instead of brushing it on since it's so thick/sticky. Also, it's a bit of a pain to remove completely if you're just using soap and water although it does stay put through just water.

Dry- This really isn't the best method (in my opinion). It easily brushes off, doesn't stick, lots of "fallout", will possibly crease and doesn't show off the color to its full potential.

Wet- I've been swatching wet for a while and I did like it although it doesn't look the greatest. It can become a bit clumpy if too wet and will smear. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion- I've always loved UDPP. It will not let eyeshadow crease (I recommend this if you are having a problem with eyeshadow creasing). It holds glitter fairly well also. 

LA Splash Eyeshadow Sealer/Base- This is my newest favorite product. Overall this is the best for all the eyeshadow I've tried. It holds glitter very well, doesn't crease and I had no trouble with "fallout". You will need to let it dry completely before applying eyeshadow or it will drag and turn into a mess. Drying takes ~15 seconds, so it's not too big of a deal. You only need a tiny amount when using this. Also easy to remove.

Overall I find myself loving the LA Splash sealer more than the others. I do like UDPP, it is a very close second. I'll also be doing swatches with LA Splash sealer as a base from now on! :)

I hope this was helpful for anyone with questions about great bases.



  1. this is such a great post its so interesting to see the comparisons im a huge fan of bases! have you tried Fyrinnae's "Pixie Epoxy"?

    1. Thank you! I haven't tried Pixie Epoxy but I've been looking into it. I've heard really great things about it though.

    2. It is a really great product and works a treat with loose eyeshadows,I just find it doesn't work well with Matt ones