Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Choose or Lose

What's your favorite base?

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion (44%, 253 Votes)
  • MAC Paint Pots (29%, 166 Votes)
  • MAC Paints/Shadesticks (10%, 58 Votes)
  • Other (Tell me in the comments!) (8%, 44 Votes)
  • Too Faced Insurance (7%, 43 Votes)
  • Laura Mercier's Eye Basics (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Benefit F.Y.Eye (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 576

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40 thoughts on “Choose or Loose: What’s your favorite eyeshadow base?

  1. Sandy

    I voted paint pots coz i use them the most and love the ease of use and color range. However, I think paints last longer on my lids (I’ve had them on from 7 am to 10 pm before and no creasing), while paint pots last me about 8-9 hours (which is still ok). I have Bare Canvas and Stilife and a bunch of paint pots and I love and use them all :)
    Oh, and I also use Fluidlines as base, they’re grate :)

  2. shimmermoss

    bare canvas all the way!

  3. Even though I love Paint Pots, I voted other because my all-time favorite eye shadow base would be Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow sticks. They are MUCH easier to apply than shadesticks, in that they’re very soft and creamy, plus you don’t need a brush like with paint pots. My shadow stays on forever with these, and they really amp up the color of eye shadow. I usually pick them up at CCOs and stock up!

  4. Carrie

    I usually use UDPP but have two new up-and-comers, Benefit’s creaseless cream shadow (like paintpots, but last longer for me) and Clinique’s Quick Eyes Cream Shadows.

  5. I always use UDPP followed by Painterly if I am doing a neutral look. Otherworldy if I am doing a blue/teal look. A shu uemura brown cream shadow if I am doing a brown dark look. Dior Black Glitz cream shadow if I am doing an intense smokey look. But UDPP is always at the very first base. Cream shadows next.

  6. But I am def looking into getting more blue tone and neutral paint pots.

  7. Heather P

    j’adore MAC CCB in Luna. It allows the eyeshadow to have a truer color payoff and last longer. Also, when you use a powder eyeshadow on top, it make it have a beautiful sheen finish to it.

    • Stephani

      I’ve been very interested in the CCB, particularly Luna. I hesitate to buy any though because I hear the crease pretty badly. What do you think of how it lasts, etc? Just FYI- everything creases on me pretty quickly (sometimes within an hour even), whether I use UDPP, Paints, Paint Pots, or a combination of those. Your thoughts would be very much appreciated!

  8. evo

    i usually use Too Face and then paint pots before i apply my eyeshadows

  9. UDPP is awesome, and MAC paint pots are amazing too! today i’m wearing Perky paint pot with lily white pigment all over the lid, By Jupiter (the dark veining) in the crease, and Magic Dust on browbone……….it hasn’t budged since 7am!! love it :)

  10. I absolutely love Loreal De-Crease shadow primer! It works really well and is easy to get at any drugstore! Sephora, Ulta and MAC are at least 45 mins away, so I don’t have access to a lot of stuff. But I am thinking about picking up some paint pots this weekend!

  11. cloudburst

    I don’t usually use a base, but I guess if I had to choose, MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, it goes with everything.

  12. DevilishDoll

    I usually just use pigments as a base. I have even slept in them and they never budged.

    • MissVizzy

      Although I dont use pigments as bases, I need to start b/c I agree with you…they are the only eyeshadows (w/e) that dont budge on me. I’ve slept in the also (lol, i know i know your not supposed to) and I had no creasing etc.

  13. i love the paint pots, but i am noticing on humid days they don’t work as well as just the regular ol’ paint. LOL So I voted for the paint.

  14. Asta

    I want to get either UDPP or Too Faced Insurance…Karen at uses Too Faced but plenty of other people are fine with Urban Decay….I can’t decide!

  15. HeavenLeiBlu

    MAC Paint Pots. I’m gonna try L’Oreal De-Crease soon, too.

  16. Sounf Of Vision

    ArtDeco eyeshadow base

  17. Ashley

    My favorite among these is UDPP and 2nd favorite is MAC paint pots!! I must say this i’m not 100% with both to be honest.

  18. Zoila

    I voted other, because I can’t choose! I can’t choose between UDPP, shadestick, or a paint pot. Ahh.. haha…

  19. Kate

    I like MAC Prep + Prime and sometimes I use paint pots.

  20. Jen

    I voted for Paint pots, I tried to use UD Primer Potion but returned it as I found I couldn’t blend eyeshadow well over it.

  21. traca

    i use udpp, and mary kay eye primer. i actually think i prefer the mary kay. can u guys talk a lil more about the paint pots. i see ppl use them. i have really oily skin, and dont want to add any more layers than i have to. all u expert paint pot users, elaborate a lil for me…………..

    • Hillary

      Yea, mary kay eye primer. I have been thinking of trying other things….but it works for me so there isnt really a need to. maybe once my 3 backups are out…but that’ll be a while.

  22. I voted OTHER, i love too mac paintpots, paints and shadesticks, but my favourite eyeshadow base is Shiseido Hydropowder eyeshadow. About the color, actually i have it in 3 shades: “glistening sand”, a beautiful shimmer light beige, “green exotic”, forest green that matches perfectly with humid and forest green by M-A-C, “Violet vision”, frost deep violet.
    Glistening sand is usually my favourite color.

  23. Kirsten

    I voted other. i have never used UDPP but im going to try it soon just to see what all the rave is about… right now i have been using Lancome waterproof base in Nude for about 6 months and it works really well, i’ll have to pay attention to the exact hours it lasts… however i have never used anything else except for Lancome paints as a base so im not sure how it would compare. I would definitely recommend it though

  24. Jennifer

    I adore UDPP – I even use it when I’m not wearing eyeshadow. It’s just fabulous. I have yet to try Paint Pots as bases, but I may well start doing it, because your looks turn out so gorgeous, Christine!

  25. Stephani

    I voted other because I truly have not found my HG base/primer. The first thing I tried were paints, and they only lasted about 2 hours tops before my eyeshadow creased horribly. Then I tried paint pots, and the results were a little better than paints, but not by much. Finally, I tried UDPP and it was the best of these 3, however my eyeshadow still creased after maybe 4 or 5 hours maximum. Now I have tried different combinations, applications, etc. of all 3 of these products and the best one so far I think is UDPP applied first with a PP then applied over it. I am still not satisfied though. Sometimes my eyeshadow creases pretty badly in under an hour! My eyelids are probably the most oily of any that I have ever heard of or seen. The next on my list is Too Faced Shadow Insurance. If anyone has any suggestions, advice, etc.- please respond! Thank you <3

  26. Valerie

    I’ve been using MAC Paint Pots and they work great! Also, I will try Too Faced Shadow Insurance soon because of UDPP’s difficulty of blending.

  27. danielle

    i voted other because you can match the base with the e/s to make the e/s pop more such as constructivist paint pot with sketch e/s. the shadesticks are good too. sharkskin s/s makes the contrast e/s pop more and it’s really pretty together. urban decay’s primer potion is awesome as well, it doesn’t leave any creases and holds the color longer.
    but i use paint pots mostly because i love how it goes on and doesn’t leave creases.

  28. I voted “other”. Since I read about your own mixing medium made by glycerine and water, it’s all I ever use! Perfect to mix with any colour depending on the result you want. Doesn’t crease at all eventhough I have oily skin and nothing else works. Perfect! Thank you for the tip!

  29. Tina

    I have really oily lids and my eyeshadow always creases and slides all over the place. By far the best product I have used (and I STILL use it) is the TOO FACED Shadow Insurance! It is absolutely GREAT! The tube it comes in allows easy application and control when compared to the fancy UDPP bottle or the paints or pots that you have to scoop the product from. The primer goes on smoothly (no clumps or bumps), spreads easily with fingers or a brush, gives an great (matte) neutral base for shadows, and does not hinder blending! I LOVE IT! I recommend this product to anyone who is seeking a great primer potion! And it costs about $17…which is worth it…it adds so much pop and slip security to your eyeshadows! AWESOME!

  30. Cynthia

    My HG primer is Paula Dorf’s eye primer. It works wonders and the product lasts forever!! it comes in a not cutting or chopping the bottle up to get the product out!! It’s awesome!!

  31. I loooooooove UDPP!


  32. Hillary

    Actually another thing I do, somtimes over MKs and somtimes by itself. Is just eyeliner. I have like 75 different colors of eyeliner. And use them as a base allll the time. For me, some crease sooner than others but they last a really long time. But my lids arent oily, so I’m sure it wouldnt work for alot of people. but it lasts quite a few hours for me.

  33. lina

    I was using UDPP before and I just bought Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
    I compared them side by side, the vibrancy was pretty similar but too faced definitely blended better

  34. Bare Canvas the majority of the time, although I’ve been known to use Monistat Anti-Chaffing Gel from time to time (hey, don’t knock it til you try it!)

  35. ashley

    Hey guys i just got the stilife eye base paint from mac how do i apply it??? is it better to put on my finger and then blend it in or put it on a brush???