Wednesday, April 6, 2011
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
I have to admit, I'm a bit 'meh' about Urban Decay Primer Potion. I think it makes eyeshadow go on a bit patchy, and it creases on me after a few hours. (I've yet to try Too Faced Shadow Insurance, so I have no opinion on that.) It's one of those products that in my opinion is massively over-rated. However, I use it because I have oily eyelids (how does that even happen?), and I need something to keep the eyeshadow there for as long as possible, but I'm always trying other products to see if they're any better.
I bought the NYX HD Eye Primer during the last 20% off sale at Nonpareil, its usual cost is about $7USD. It's very similar in look and texture to UDPP, no doubt deliberately - NYX seem to be a bit shameless with duping. It has a sponge applicator and the same annoying quality that the UDPP packaging has - it's hard to get to the side bits when you've used up the middle bit.
I tried it with NARS Ondine - again working on the theory that people don't notice if there are minor issues with neutral eyeshadow colours, so if it creased after ten minutes it wouldn't be so noticeable. I applied my makeup at about 6:30am, and it had creased by lunch time. Not hugely, but certainly noticeably (if I closed my eyes).
Here it is at about 5pm (ignore eyebrows - still trying to regrow them!), and you can see it's creased quite a bit. However, for a cheap product, I can live with this. It's not much worse than UDPP is on me, so I'll keep using it until something better comes along.