I took a look through my collection recently and realized I have a number of gold and bronze products that I use as eye shadow bases to intensify the colour payoff of my shadows. I’ve accumulated these across a few years, including from before two of the brands resumed testing on animals. Here are the swatches below including a before and after shot of fresh swatches and then after I washed them off with some soap and water. Most come off with a makeup remover but the gel liner by Makeup Geek needs to be broken down with an oil (I used sweet almond oil) before it will wash off with soap or a makeup remover. It’s very long lasting.
For those who are concerned that I decided to include these products in this post, I did so as an educational piece to let people know that these products are by companies who test on animals and to also show them that there are better alternatives to these two companies who remain cruelty-free. I’ve had the M.A.C paint pot for about two years now (before they started selling in China) and the product is still smooth to the touch. The Urban Decay pencil I purchased before I began boycotting them when they were bought out by L’Oréal Cosmetics.
MAKEUP GEEK GEL LINER IN TREASURE
As you can see the Makeup Geek gel liner is an incredibly pigmented base, is very long lasting and is waterproof. They can be used as liner, an eye shadow base or as an eye shadow. It is very long lasting and needs to be taken off with a good waterpoof makeup remover or you can use a natural oil (oilive, sweet almond, argon, etc.) to break down the product and easily wash it away.
BEN NYE FIREWORKS FANTASY WHEEL
In second place is the Ben Nye creams that are water resistant but do break down a bit with soap. They are great bases as well but need a primer underneath and cannot be worn alone as they crease very easily. The texture of these is very emollient and they retain this texture even after they are applied and given time to dry. See my review here. I’ve had this wheel for two years and it has not dried out on me even though it’s in a plastic container that clearly is not air tight. Of the other bases here, this wheel is the best deal because you get six colours for $17 USD/$25 CAD. That’s about $3-6 per colour.
NYX JUMBO PENCIL IN FRENCH FRIES
The NYX Jumbo Pencils come in third place for longevity and makes a great base for eye shadows. It’s the most affordable base on its own at $4.50 USD/$6 CAD and has a smooth, emollient consistency similar to the Ben Nye cream bases. Also like the Ben Nye bases, these crease like mad and cannot be worn on their own. They also wash off almost completely with soap and water, and come off easily with makeup remover.
URBAN DECAY SHADOW PENCIL IN REHAB
This pencil is marketed as an eyeshadow pencil but I find it creases a lot on me (even with a primer) so I use it as a base for other shadows. It’s very pigmented so for those who don’t have a creasing issue, they can use this alone. In the picture it looks darker than it really is when blended out with a brush. The consistency is very smooth and easy to apply to the lid and blend out. Personally, I think it’s a good product but I think it’s overpriced at $24 even if it didn’t crease on me.
M.A.C PAINT POT IN INDIANWOOD
M.A.C Paint Pots are very popular and many people’s go-to colour bases but at $25 CAD a pop it’s hella expensive. They do apply very smoothly and have a beautiful finish but these crease on me unless I use a primer with them. They also aren’t as vibrant as other bases I’ve used and even if it didn’t crease on me, I would never use them on their own because they’re not that pigmented. M.A.C also tests on animals so I no longer purchase products from them.