Eyeshadow Bases Galore!

I was looking at my makeup collection the other day and realized how many products I have to use as eyeshadow bases, and it's a lot! I occasionally use Urban Decay Primer Potion too (which is not included in this post because I forgot), but lately I've been favoring a few other products more.

MAC Paint Pots
Clockwise from top:
Coral Crepe (LE): deep red-coral
Soft Ochre: yellow beige
Bare Study: pale champagne

I like to use Soft Ochre for matte, natural looks and Bare Study for shimmery, natural looks. For dramatic smokey eyes or colorful looks, I prefer to use colored or white bases instead.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
Top to bottom:
Black Bean: black
Milk: white
Cottage Cheese: pearl

Milk is great for almost any eyeshadow look because the white base really allows colors to pop. Black Bean can be used as a base for darker looks but must be smoothed over the whole lid since the soft and creamy texture doesn't allow much precision when applying it (For example, it's difficult to only apply it to the outer v).

MAC Greasepaint Sticks
Top to bottom:
Greengrease (LE): deep, shimmery mossy green
Zinc Zone (LE): shimmery charcoal grey
Dirty (LE): shimmery brown-taupe

All 3 of these are amazing bases for smokey eyes! Their tackier texture really allows shadows to adhere to them and last all day. Dirty is my favorite and I use it all the time. When I had issues with my NARS Pleasures of Paris shadows lasting on me, these Greasepaint Sticks were the only bases that worked!

Clockwise from top left:
MUFE Aqua Cream #16 Pink Beige: frosty pink-champagne
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P. (sample size): champange
NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone: golden beige

I actually don't really care for Pink Beige as a base because it makes my eyeshadows appear too frosty and they still crease on me. I prefer using it on its own instead. I've tried R.S.V.P. as a base plenty of times, and each time I find that my eyeshadow still creases so I don't think I'd ever even consider purchasing the full-sized version. NYX Skin Tone is similar in texture to a MAC Paint Pot, and the color is a bit darker than Soft Ochre. It's a decent base for the price but the Paint Pots are definitely better.


Left to right:
MAC PP in Bare Study
MAC PP in Coral Crepe
MAC PP in Soft Ochre
NYX JEP in Cottage Cheese
NYX JEP in Milk
NYX JEP in Black Bean
MAC GPS in Greengrease
MAC GPS in Zinc Zone
MAC GPS in Dirty
MUFE AC in #16 Pink Beige
Benefit CCS/L in R.S.V.P.
NYX EB in Skin Tone

Overall, I think my favorite eyeshadow bases are MAC Paint Pots. They help my eyeshadow last all day without fading or creasing, and that's saying a lot with my oily skin! I think everyone needs Bare Study and either Soft Ochre (warmer skin tones) or Painterly (cooler skin tones) in their collection.

What are your favorite eyeshadow bases?


  1. I always use urban decay and a paint pot (usually painterly). I am sure one would work ok on its own but for some reason i always use both. I do love how long my shadow stays on.

  2. I like Mufe personally, I think I have the NYX one bit havent tried it yet, I will do asap.

  3. udpp in sin is my favourite base. I have little samples of the bare study and one of the red paint pots (disconcerting now I think) and they are really nice, but I've never found the need to get them since I just use udpp normally.

  4. I like paint pots best, especially painterly.

  5. My favourite is the paintpot too! Mine is Painterly <3

  6. My faves are MAC Painterly paint pot and UDPP in Sin. I tried Benefit's Stay Don't Stray and that was pretty good too!

  7. I usually just use UD primer potion of TF shadow insurance. But I do love using my Mac Painterly PP. I own a few NYX jumbo pencils, I need to use them more often though. Nice bases you got. :)

  8. Lol, everyone seems to love MAC Paint Pot in Painterly and UDPP in Sin :)

    @FunnyFaceBeauty: I've never thought to use them together before...I'll have to try that out sometime!

    @LVMAKEUP: I know the MUFE works for a lot of people but for some reason it just doesn't work for me as a base :(

  9. still need to try paint pots..... however really curious about the NYX pencils
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  10. these are some great eyeshadow bases! my new fav nowadays are the MUFE aqua creams :) i want more! haha. wish they made more matte shades though cuz most eye shades are pretty shimmery!

  11. I have Bare Study, it is such a pretty colour! Painterly is my next buy x


  12. I adore the champagne colour, yummy! ♥

  13. Benefit's creaseless cream shadows are definitely not creaseless! I'm the same they always crease on me like crazy! I only have one paint pot - painterly but I really want a couple more. I love your posts like these - I think they're brilliant! xx

  14. Soft ochre is HG!!!!... I use that and Two Faced shadow insurance every day! Great post!

  15. Definitely my Bare Study and Coral Crepe!! I am starting to like Illamasqua Liquid Metal too! :)

  16. @Lulu: I know what you mean, mine is really frosty!

    @Nicola: I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one! Creaseless they are not :( And thank you!

    @Adeline: Do you find that the Liquid Metals crease under your eyeshadow?

  17. I consider primers separate from bases, but my favourite bases are NYX Jumbo Pencils and the Revlon cream shadow quads, though they can be quite sheer and a lot of people have problems with them creasing. I personally dont have a problem with creasing over a primer (and frankly I would never wear eyeshadow without a primer!) And I dont mind the sheerness because sometimes I find a base that's too bright can seem to mute the shade :O

    I'm also liking the Urban Decay and Milani liquid liners as bases, though theyre not creamy so they only help with colour and not adhesion. I also like the gel liners sold by Coastal Scents :)


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