I much prefer a cream shadow base to a classic eyelid primer. I find most primers to be either too oily or drying. There are a few that I like, but most of the time I find myself reaching for one of my cream shadows. They last longer and cancel out any discoloration on my lids. I have a few skin tone colors and few crazier colors that I use under different eye looks, and I thought I would review them here! Let’s get started!
This is my second little tub of this stuff, that’s how much I love it! I got it a long time ago when I got my prom make up done, and haven’t put it down since. The swatch doesn’t look like much because it matches my skin almost perfectly, which is what makes it so good. This is just heavy enough to conceal any veins or discoloration on my lids, but light enough not to weigh down my eyes and crease. I wish the pot size was a little bigger though, because it is hard to get it on your fingers, which is my preferred way to use it. Sometimes I will use a concealer brush, but I find that can sometimes deposit a little too much product. If you want a lightweight eye shadow that will act as a great primer, go try this out!
I absolutely love the MAC Paint Pots, they are so versatile and come in so many great colors. This was my first one, I bought it after seeing one of my favorite Instagrammers (catysuewho go check her out!) use it all the time as a base for her stunning eye looks. This is a tiny bit too light for me to use just to even out my lids, but I love using it under any darker looks. It makes colors pop and keeps them vibrant all day!
This is my ride or die, holy grail eyelid primer. It is the perfect color, consistency and is so easy to apply and work with. I will re-purchase this until the end of time. I use this daily to conceal discoloration, then I set with my Bobbi Brown eye shadow in Bone, add some mascara and I am ready to go! Give this a try, you won’t regret it. If you have super dry lids though this might be a tiny bit drying on you, so use an eye cream first!
I picked this up when I got Painterly because I wanted a darker Paint Pot for smokier looks. I don’t use this that often because it is a little thick and hard to blend, but when I do my shadows last all day and night without fading at all. I sometimes mix this with soft ochre to lighten it up for a more subtle look.
I grabbed this a long time ago thinking it would be a lot lighter, but I do like using this in my brows sometimes to make them look less harsh. The color tattoo formulas are a little on the thick side, so a little goes a very long way for me. I like to apply these with a brush as opposed to my finger because I can pack it where I want it then blend it out. I always suggest using synthetic hair brushes with cream products, especially when blending.
I love this one! It is perfect to pat lightly on the lids for a little pop of long-lasting color for the day. It looks different depending on where and how much you put on, so you can make an entire eye look with just this shadow. I find the metallic Color Tattoos blend much smoother than the more matte ones, and they are easier to work with.
This is my favorite silver smokey eye base! This has a great cool undertone, but isn’t so grey that my eyes look dead. I have heard of some people using this in their brows or as a contour, but I find it too purple to do that. Silvers and blues look great packed on top of this.
I think everyone needs a black cream base in their collection, especially if they want to do dark eye looks! I love packing this all over the outer half of my lid, then doing an intense smoky eye over top. It makes the blacks look deep and opaque, as opposed to patchy and chalky as many black shadows tend to look. It doesn’t slip and slide all over my eyes, and keeps everything in place. This can be a tiny bit difficult to blend, so be careful where you place it.
Let me know your favorite cream shadows and how you like to use them! Thanks for reading!!