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.