Showing posts with label Eye Primer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eye Primer. Show all posts

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: NYX Eyeshadow Base in White ESB01

I have practiced many eye makeups and never seemed to review the very most basic ingredient I used on most of my creations: The NYX Eyeshadow Base. Okay, I think it's about time.

First of all, what is an eyeshadow base? An eyeshadow base is used before applying your eyeshadow, making your eyeshadow color more vibrant.

This product is packed in a tiny transparent glass jar with white plastic cap.

The type I own is ESB01 or White.
There are three types (if I'm not mistaken). White pearl, skintone, and the basic white like the one I have. I'm also curious of purchasing the other two, especially the white pearl since it can magically change any matte eyeshadow into pearly one.
Ingredient for ESB01:
Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil / Paraffinum Liquidum / Huile Minérale, Ceresin, Isododecane, Isobutylmethacrylate , Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Acrylate Copolymer, Isopropyl Isostearate, Petrolatum, Phenyl Trimethicone, Microcrystalline Wax/ Cera Microcristallina / Cire Microcristalline, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Beeswax / Cera Alba / Cire d'Abeille, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Please note that ingredient for other type of this product may be different.

One thing I dislike is the packaging itself. It's not very hygenic. But considering the hard texture, what could be better than a jar packaging? Just becareful with your nails since some of the product might stuck on nails when you take it out with your fingers. I just can't imagine how will I take this out when it almost hit the bottom.

The texture itself is some greasy cream, but it's pretty hard, not soft.

I despise its smell btw. It reminds me of the old school cream foundation that my grandmama used to wear. If you ever known the smell of the legendary Kelly Pearl Cream, I think you can tell. Blegh...

If you don't blend it well, I can tell that this also work as white cream shadow, very similar to the famous NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil. I usually just set it with white powder shadow, and it create a perfect white surface.

This is very easy to blend. However, if you don't blend it perfectly on your eyelid, the white shade might be a little too obvious. So make sure don't apply too much, and blend it evenly. This makes me want to purchase the skintone type even more.

On the picture above I use NYX single eyeshadow as an example. Those products will be reviewed soon. As you can see that the swatch with primer is far more pigmented that the original one. I have tried this eyeshadow base with many eyeshadow type and brand, from powder, loose, and cream eyeshadow, from drugstore products to high ends, and they all turned to be extremely pigmented and buttery if based with this product, just like magic.

Above picture is an example of how this product works on my eyelids. I blended it, of course, so you may not see that I was wearing a white eyeshadow base.
One thing this product lacks of is it settles into lines. If you zoom in the picture, the lines will be extremely obvious. Although after applying eyeshadow afterwards, the creases won't be too obvious anymore. Well, considering this is an eyeshadow base (not an eye primer), I think I have to accept this fact. To reduce the creasing effect, I usually put the thinnest layer and add some face primer before applying foundation or concealer. It doesn't totally vanish the creases, but at least reduce them. So the makeup sequence on my eyes will be like this:
 Face primer - foundation - concealer - face powder - eyeshadow base - eyeshadow
And as for its staying power is truly incredible for a drugstore item. My eyeshadow stay vibrant all day, the same goes with my eyeliner that didn't smudge at all. Pease remember that I have very oily lids. In short, my eyemakeup stay just the way it was when freshly applied for 8 hours.
  • Creamy texture
  • Makes the color extremely vibrant
  • Good staying power
  • Tends to crease into lines
  • Bad smell
  • Not very hygenic packaging, but is very tiny and travel friendly
  • Tends to stuck on your nails when you take the product
  • How much: the official price is USD 7 or IDR 165K. But are sold in many online stores with variable prices.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Review: Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

I usually write my article right to the point, no strings attached. But, I wanna do something different from now on. Here, I would like to review about eye primer. But before we continue, I would like to explain about this eye primer thing. Just, what is that?

Eye primer (or many refer it as 'eye base') works like a foundation on your eyelids, the function is to make your eyeshadow colors stand out more and stay longer.

The eye primer I would like to talk about is Proof 10 Eye Primer by Etude House. Many beuaty blogger compare this to the infamous Urban Decay Primer Potion. So I was curious. Besides, UD is way too expensive for me.

A little info, eye makeup products coming from Proof 10 series by Etude House were claimed as the waterproof and smudgeproof ones, let alone their longevity. You can check out other products from this series on EH Indonesia official website.

Like other products coming from Proof 10 series, this primer was placed in a dark blue glossy box. The bottle itslef look similar like the Tear Drop Liner: small and curvy, with a long dark blue cap which has a function as the applicator.

The applicator looks like a lip gloss, coming out of the bottle was odorless and thick skintone cream.

Here are some examples on my wrist:

As you can see the part with eye primer is much more stand out. I have to apply several times to get the color intensity I wanted without eye primer and it was not easy. But using this product as a base really make my life easier.

Here is the picture of my wrist after several hours. They both faded, but the part without primer was worse.

The examples above are swatched on my wrist, the body part that touched things the most, it was my bare skin with merely eye primer, no powder, no foundation. So applying this to your eyelids would have better result, I assume.

Another example when applied to my lower lids:

As you can see on the picture above, I applied this on my lower lash bed to make my lower liner stay longer (I have very oily lids and teary eyes). It really, really, hold the liner in its place. But, to be honest, applying this is a bit tricky because the cream dried really fast, and once it dried, it will leave an unpleasant trace like the picture above (see where the arrow points). So, I would suggest to apply this evenly as fast as you can! But the good thing is this product doesn't break out in my wrinkles. LOL. It just covers your lids perfectly!

So far, here are my verdicts:

  • Thick odorless cream
  • Skintone cream
  • Really make eyeshadow colors 'pop' out
  • Super fast drying so you have to dab this really fast as well
  • Ugly traces once it dried if you don't apply it evenly
  • Doesn't break out in wrinkles
  • Waterproof and smudgeproof. But not scrub proof. LOL.
  • Where did I get this: Zharas
  • How much: Approx. IDR 80K to 90K (USD 9)
4 out of 5

Will I buy it again?
I dunno, I haven't tried many other brands enough!

That's all for now. See you :)

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