Having oily eye lids wearing eye shadows can be a challenge as you probably read in my post& review of Too Faced’s Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance (TF-LMSI). I have tried and loved MAC Paints and LM Eye basics and this Artdeco was a huge favorite of mine for quite some time.
Texture: this eye shadow base has a medium thick creamy texture, medium beige color and is very easy to apply all ove the eye lids. It doesn’t dry as quickly as Paints or LM Eye basics and feels somewhat wetter that TF-LMSI. Therefore if you happen to use more than intended you still have a plenty of time to fix it.
Packaging: the base comes in a teeny tiny pot and some may not be comfortable with an everyday dipping of your fingers into it. I personally have no problems with it. Obviously you can use a brush but I would be careful not to get too much of this potion onto your eye lids.
Lasting power: this base makes my eye shadows last for up to 12 hours easily without any creasing or color compromising at all. It’s perfect – the eye shadow I have put on in the morning is there the same in the evening.
Drawback: there are some that may bother some make-up experts. First off , this base is, for some unknown reason, fragranced. Once applied on the lids you cannot detect any scent but I understand that some of you may find the idea of applying fragrance onto your eye lids unnecessary. The fragrance is citrusy/rosy and may not be pleasant to everyone.
The other drawback is blending. I am no blending expert yet some matte eye shadows can be a real pain to be blended over this base. I don’t recommend using this base for a truly smokey eyes look as there isn’t enough slip for the smudging.
Also, while the actual product could last you eve two years it will not make it as it has a tendency to dry out, keep the lid on tight!
Price: very very reasonable. Over here it’s sold for around $9 and should last a year easily. It’s a steal if you can find it anywhere near you.
For more information and a distributor: Artdeco website.
What is the point owning eye shadows when you can’t really wear them? Yes, technically I can wear eye shadows. But practically it’s waste of my time and money. I have oily eye lids and eye shadows and oily eyelids are not the best of friends. Usually, I give them 2-3 hours tops to befriend each other, to no succes. And in summer? Forget about it, they start creasing within 20 minutes. The only time my eye shadow (e/s) stays put is in winter, very cold winter I may add.
I have previously tried other e/s bases but I was never impressed. The only one that worked reasonably well was from Artdeco. But the pot it comes in is super tiny, the potion very thick and dries up within a few months. And while it holds e/s pretty well it makes it impossible for an eye liner to be applied.
Now, I have heard of Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance before but since it’s silicone based I was skeptical. How can a slippery substance hold e/s on my slippery eye lids? Well, not only it can but it does so perfectly. And it’s going to cost me since now I can finally buy and wear any e/s I desire.
Shadow Insurance comes in 4 formulas, including the original that is I believe colorless. I got the Lemon Drop version that is slightly yellow tinted in order to neutralize redness. I cannot compare it to the original formula. I don’t really care much for the neutralizing aspect. What I care mostly for is for how long it locks the color on my eyes. So far my record is 13 hours. Granted, after so many hours the color is not as bright and vivid as it was at its beginning but it’s still there in plenty and there is NO creasing whatsoever. None. Incredible. Well, for me it is.
This miracle comes in a 11g/0.35 Oz tube and you only need to squeeze out tiny little dot to cover one eye lid. I imagine this will last me about 8 months with a daily use. There is no detectable fragrance.
This is how much you need to cover one eye lid.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance: $18, 490Czk in Sephora
Do you use/need e/s base and if so which one do you like?
Yesterday I went to Sephora, really didn’t want to buy anything as I was after the brow bar only and yet here I am with a new Sephora brush (for mineral powder 45) and Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance. The brush is heavenly soft, so far I obviously used it only once with my MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural and it gives the powder a better coverage, also it feels so soft (at least in comparison to my old brush). The Shadow insurance has not been tested yet, I got the Lemon drop formula as they didn’t have the original version, will keep you posted. I asked for Nars Pure Radiant Tinted moisturizer spf 30 sample and got enough for two weeks, will keep you posted too. A bit off topic: I was impressed with the Sephora SA yesterday, she was friendly, really happy to help me and showed no sign of snottiness 😀
A few weeks ago I got Essence gel liner in 01 Midnight in Paris or if you want in black 😉 I had MAC gel liners and my fave are BB’s gel liners. The Essence is not as hard wearing as BB after and 8 hours or so it starts vanishing but for the price I don’t mind that much. The price is almost 10x less. The gel liner is smooth to use, very pigmented and if you don’t have eyelids as oily as I do it should last you all day.
Oh, let’s not forget 🙂 if you read my fb page you know that I am planning a giveaway once I reach another thousand views as a thank you to those who find time to read my blog. That’s all folks.