describing the complete destruction of a makeup look, usually due to a product that fails to deliver on its promises: yes, girlfriend, the amount of grease mixed in with your eye makeup has reached makeupocalyptic proportions.
Fact: my eyelids are a greasy mess without a spectacular base. I’ve tried probably the two most popular eye primers in existence — Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. They work well, but my recent experience has been… hmm, how shall I put it… a disaster. These primers don’t last me an entire workday anymore. That’s just not okay in my books!
Mary Kay Creme Eye Colors (clockwise from top left): Beach Blonde, Pale Blush, Apricot Twist, Iced Cocoa, Glacier Gray
Lately I’ve been using Mary Kay Creme Eye Colors ($16) as my eyeshadow bases. These are very sheer, coloured eyeshadow primers that boost colour and finish of eyeshadows layered on top of them. They also work as standalone eyeshadows.
- Beach Blonde is a shimmery champagne.
- Pale Blush is a matte pale cool pink.
- Apricot Twist is a shimmery orange gold.
- Iced Cocoa is a shimmery copper bronze.
- Glacier Gray is a shimmery pewter.
Swatches of Beach Blonde, Pale Blush, Apricot Twist, Iced Cocoa, Glacier Gray
Do you love the uber popular MAC Paint Pots? I swear, these are just like MAC Paint Pots. They apply evenly as a cream, and dry down to a silky smooth finish of a powder. They are quite sheer, but as shown in the swatches above, they can get pretty opaque after 2 or 3 layers. In terms of value, you will get 0.26g per dollar with Mary Kay, and 0.25g per dollar with MAC. So Mary Kay provides better value, but it’s not a big difference.
My eye makeup with layered over Creme Eye Colors lasts about 8 hours, with just a little bit of creasing on the inner corners of my eyes. To put that into perspective, Urban Decay Primer Potion keeps my makeup perfect for 5 hours, and total makeupocalypse happens around hour number 6. However, if you have very oily lids, do not expect these to keep you grease-free for a 10 to 12 hour day. Again, maquillageddon. Ooh, another new word! 😛
The Creme Colors are housed in light, tightly sealed plastic pots, which make them really easy to travel with. I’ve really been enjoying these a lot, and they’ve become a staple in my makeup bag for sure. They’re brand spankin’ new, and I just wish they’d come up with more punchy colours for the warmer months. Bright turquoise or vibrant purple, anyone? 🙂
I’m Always On the Hunt for Good Eye Primers!
Do you have a favourite eye primer? I’m currently testing out Laura Mercier and LORAC samples that I brought home from Sephora. They’re not too bad so far. I’d love to hear what’s working for you, and what was a total fail.