I’m on a hunt. I’m searching for a good eyeshadow primer that is available at the drugstore and hopefully less than $10. NYX is my favourite drugstore brand so they were the first company that I wanted to check out. They had 3 options; the Pearl Eyeshadow Base, White Eyeshadow Base and Skintone Eyeshadow Base. I chose the Pearl Eyeshadow base since I have a good primer for long wearing purposes. I’m looking for primers to add a little something to my look. A little “umf” if you will… Did it deliver?
As an eyeshadow base it claims to make your eyeshadow more vibrant, help it last all day and add a pearl like shine to your look. Here is a swatch:
I tried this a few times while on a business trip (when testing makeup on a business trip – always bring backup makeup in case the products fail! That was a big lesson that I learned and a spoiler alert for the rest of this review). I found that the claim that the shadow base will help make your shadow pop and show more saturated colour was in fact true. You can even see it in my swatch above.
The opalescent undertone’s definitely showed through in my look as well. I tried using this base with a matte look (using a basic Wet’n’Wild Brulee with a matte soft brown accent in a shade by Rimmel) and it added a nice subtle glitter. I was actually thinking that it might be a nice way to add glitter to your look. I then used it with a more shimmery shadows (I tried it with a shimmery Taupe shade by NYX and also using the Shimmer Strips by Physicians Forumla – yes I know. I’m trying to get some good use out of it!). I found when paired with a shimmery shadow it provides and almost dewy eye look. It’s actually quite nice.
The looks I created blended well with the shadow base and in the case of the shimmer strips, I found that they were really helped by the whiteness of the NYX Shadow base.
Where things fell apart for me is the long lasting. Sadly I couldn’t get a full day out of it. With the Physicians Formula shadows I got creasing. And in all my looks within a few hours I had sparkles all over my face. A look that is not so professional when you are meeting IT execs… I really regretted that decision.
I think you might be able to get 4 hours out of this eyeshadow base. Maybe I will bust it out again for halloween or something but all in all I have to say that this product just doesn’t live up to it’s claims – or at least the most important one! It’s just not long lasting.
Sorry NYX. I still love you.