The Makeup Face-Off: Pt. 3 – Eyeshadow Primers & Shadow Palettes

The Eyes Have It

For those more well-versed in skincare, the skin around the eyes is more delicate than the rest of the face. As such, we need to look for products to safely and appropriately use on the lids and surrounding eye areas.

We primed our face before we applied our foundation, so we must also prime our lids. Some people use concealers and even foundation when they’re in a rush, but I’ve found that there is more creasing of the product on the lids because the products are too thick and the ingredients are too heavy for the eyelid’s thin skin.

I’ve only been using two eyeshadow primers (also called eyeshadow bases) so I decided to combine the post with some eyeshadow palettes I’ve been using lately.

EYESHADOW PRIMERS/BASES:

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 6.03.08 PMessence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base (01 Nude)

  • Price: $3.99 CAD
  • Claims:
    • intensifies eye makeup
    • prolongs eyeshadow wear
    • prevents creasing
  • Wand applicator.
  • Effectivity:
    • moderately thick consistency, unscented
    • makeup wore well for up to 6hrs before fading
    • minor creasing if too much product is used
  • Would repurchase?: Yes.

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Milani Eyeshadow Primer

  • Price: $8.99-9.99 CAD
  • Claims:
    • intensifies eye makeup
    • prolongs eyeshadow wear
    • prevents creasing
    • lightweight
    • nude color dries invisible
  • Squeeze tube with pointed tip applicator.
  • Effectivity:
    • moderately thick consistency, unscented
    • left slight white cast on the lid
    • makeup wore well for up to 8hrs before fading
    • minor creasing if too much product is used
  • Would repurchase?: Yes.

 

Both of these eyeshadow primers performed equally well.  The Milani primer left a slightly paler cast on the lids than the essence, but once shadows were applied, that wasn’t a problem anymore. The tiniest amount of product per lid spread in a thin layer maximizes its effectiveness. It can be applied either with a small concealer brush, a shadow brush, or clean fingers. Otherwise, there’s potential for creasing or pilling of the product. Milani has a better applicator. I can control the amount dispensed. I can use the essence wand to dot small amounts to fingers or directly onto lids, but some people don’t find wands hygienic. Considering the only major difference is price, I’d go for essence if on a budget, but would purchase either. At the moment, I haven’t been wearing eyeshadow for work, so the primers I have should last me a long time yet.

 

EYESHADOW PALETTES:

c7fce6bc081c879b6fdf1a2de8606866Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection (Comfort Zone)

  • Price: $4.99-5.99 CAD
  • Claims:
    • silky, long-lasting, ultra-pigmented colors
    • Enriched with macadamia oil to provide continuous moisture and improve the appearance of skin
    • A jet-milled base and silicone technology deliver hours of crease-resistant wear
    • Each complementary shade can be mixed-and-matched for a variety of day-to-night looks
  • Effectivity:
    • powders are VERY pigmented and smooth, tapping excess off brush is necessary to avoid fall-out
    • eyeshadow is easily blendable and vibrancy lasts between 8-10hrs
  • Would repurchase?: Yes.

 

d66a5061-ea78-4634-937d-692b33ff11e7.jpg.w960Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palettes (Nudes 805, Goldens 810, Roses 815)

  • Price: $10.99-12.99 CAD
  • Claims:
    • blendable, highly pigmented colors
    • can be applied wet or dry
  • Effectivity:
    • eyeshadow is easily blendable and vibrancy lasts between 6-8hrs before fading
    • Order of smooth blending: Goldens, Roses, Nudes
    • Some of the shimmer shades were a tad gritty, some of the matte shades were chalky, but with some effort, blend out nicely
  • Would repurchase?: Yes.

 

Both lines of eyeshadows have intense pigmentation and can have fall out if the brush isn’t tapped enough of excess powder. I’ve noticed that in the Covergirl line, the palettes aren’t the same in terms of blendability and wearability. The formulation and textures vary over the three palettes, but overall, I’m pleased with how they perform. I think it’s a tie between Goldens and Roses in terms of smoothness. I love nude palettes, but for some reason, this one came off patchy and it took more effort than the other two to blend out. The trio are new purchases, only a few months old. The Wet n’ Wild palette was one of the first eyeshadow palettes I purchased when I got into makeup so I know these all will last a long time. If ever I do hit pan on any of them, I would repurchase them because they did the job at a great price point.

 

Next week, onto the brows!

 

Until next time…

XO,

Tonette

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