Is eyeshadow fallout a deal-breaker?

I don’t mind some fallout during application, as long as the end result is still the level of pigmentation I was going for, but continuous fallout during wear is harder to deal with, especially if the fallout gets into my eyes.

— Christine


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Erica Avatar

I think it depends on if the eyeshadow adheres to the eye and you’re able to achieve a desired look, I don’t mind. Powder products just is prone to some fallout. If it bothers you , stick to creme eyeshadow. But if there is fallout as the day goes on or so much fallout the shadow on the eye blends away to nothing, then I’m more bothered by that

Kuávsui Avatar

It’s annoying, but ultimately unimportant. I’m trying to make it a habit to always tap excess product off my tools before applying and wetting my brushes more often. It’s amazing how much that helps, and I can’t believe it took me so long to really understand that!

Only in the case that I have to alter my application methods or process significantly to deal with it am I unlikely to reach for that eyeshadow/formula again. Some is to be expected with most powder eyeshadows, so e.g. doing my eyes first and the rest of the face after if I’m going for a bold, dark look isn’t what I would consider significant changes to my methods or process, but YMMV naturally! For certain occasions I prefer cream eyeshadows anyway.

Anne Avatar

Unequivocally yes! I hate fallout after I’ve completed my eye makeup. I will return any eyeshadow faster than yesterday that doesn’t behave during wear time. That said, I have developed a few tricks to ensure there is no fallout during wear. But if even those fail, that eyeshadow is history.

MacKenzie G. Avatar

Kind of, yes. I do my face and undereye concealer before my eyes, so tons of fallout means I have to start completely over. I don’t know why, but I just CANNOT get in the habit of doing my eyes first! That being said, light fallout or more glittery fallout during application doesn’t bother me as much, but heavy fallout, especially from dark or colorful eyeshadows, is awful. And I completely agree with you, Christine, fallout in the middle of the day is the worst, especially in the eyes. I wear contacts, so it’s really bothersome.

Ana Maria Avatar

For me eyeshadow fallout is quite a deal-breaker, since I always do the base first, than eyes, than brows.
I don’t mind a powdery formulation, as long as I can pick the product with a good brush and apply it without messing up the rest of my make-up. For example, more shimmery eyeshadows always have at list a little kick-off, but I at least expect that packed with a synthetic flat brush (like MAC 242) I don’t get fallout.

Nancy T Avatar

While it’s easy enough to get rid of the fallout I may get during application, its the *other* fallout that I really hate! I suppose that’s why I’m such a lover of Fix+ and glitter primer. They really help to solve that issue. I just hate getting glitter “freckles” underneath my eyes or even worse, in my eyes. Strangely, I also sometimes get mascara fallout, too. That hurts even more!

Rachel R. Avatar

Most eyeshadows have some fallout during application, and there are ways to minimize that, so definitely not a deal breaker. Fallout during wear is a dealbreaker, unless the fallout is just some fine sparkle on the cheeks. I can deal with that.

The only eyeshadows I can think of that have had too much fall out for me to deal with were the ones in the The Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book (the one with the star on it). They were like trying to put on a frigging snow storm, and I ended up returning the palette.

Deborah S. Avatar

I don’t mind it in application if I know or suspect a shade is going to have more fallout than can be dealt with by tapping off the brush and I can do my eyes first. I also usually touch my brush to my wrist or hand to make sure it isn’t so pigmented that I can’t get a good blend. I would rather start slow and build up. I usually prefer to do my face first but if I know a shadow is going to have a lot of fall out I will do my eyes first. It just isn’t my natural order.
I do really hate fall out through the day and sometimes that will be a deal breaker for me if it is chunkier glitter.

Silvia Avatar

It doesn’t bother me much but then I haven’t truly experienced much either. I sort of like a bit of fallout but when is very small particles from some shadows though but only a minimum under my eyes not inside then is a mess and can be unhealthy if a shiny object should scratch the eyes! Then noooo but a little bit safely I don’t mind.

Denise S. Avatar

I always wear a eye shadow primer and usually setting spray so I don’t get a lot of fallout during eye shadow application. Don’t wear foundation and I put my concealer on after I do my eyes. So if I see fallout after application that’s a deal breaker.

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