I do this thing, and I probably shouldn’t be telling you this but whatevs, but whenever I think of the word “base,” like eyeshadow base, as in Urban Decay’s new Eyeshadow Primer Potion eyeshadow base, I think of Ace of Base from the ’90s, ya know? I saw the sign? I can hear the first few bars in my head. Clearly TMI. Whatever, I know you secretly love that song and know all the words. 🙂
Yeah, Urban Decay released a bunch of new eyeshadow bases, a.k.a eye primers. There are four, and they’re $20 each.
How do you feel about eyeshadow bases? Are they a must have? Or a waste of time? I’m a fan. The one I use daily is NARS Pro-Prime, and it’s my fave, but I like UD’s a lot, too.
I like how it intensifies and holds on to color, but I think the NARS one is slightly easier to do more complicated blending with, which is why I tend to use it (not that I’ve been doing a ton of complicated blending lately, but hey).
But Urban Decay’s works great, too, and it’s a good option if you’re into cruelty-free. Shadows that I wear on top last just as long as they do with NARS Pro-Prime.
There are now four new colors — well, “new” in quotes because one is a re-promote, and that one is champagne shimmer Sin. The new shades are Sin, Fix (which is a matte beige and part of the Ultraviolet Edge program, which is UD’s charitable wing) and Freebase. It’s an opaque white matte, which seems kind of scary, I know, putting a white matte all over lids, but shades like it are kind of neat because anything you layer on top looks lighter and brighter, and I also like that it’s matte because most of the time when you see white eyeshadow bases, they have some shimmer. And this one is shimmer free.
Also new is Caffeine, a rich matte brown, which is basically a skin-toned shade for deeper complexions and something I’ve wanted to see for a long time.
Fix is limited edition, but the other shades (Sin, Freebase and Caffeine) are being added to the permanent line.
Since these are tinted bases, the colors will affect whatever you layer on top of them, which is another difference between these bases and the NARS one I mostly use (that one is colorless).
I really like the fluffy mousse texture (similar to NARS). I like that it isn’t a runny liquid, because you can tell it who’s boss and get it exactly where you need it to go. I’d suggest using as little as possible, though, because I’ve got some fine line action, and my skin also tends to be dry. If I apply too much, my lids look textured and heavy.
Anywho, all four are available now.
Since we’re talking about them already, how do you feel about eyeshadow primers, BTW? Do you use ’em? If you do, which one’s your fave?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,