Ohai. It’s Elizabeth, filling in for Meghan, because I really couldn’t wait a SECOND LONGER to tell you about an eyeshadow primer that actually works and costs only $7—a price so criminally low that it makes me wonder for the bazillionth time why so many other eyeshadow bases don’t do a darn thing. But that is neither here nor there now that I have discovered NYX High Definition Eye Shadow Base. The handy-dandy wand applicator is so much neater than a pot or pump. The formula is surprisingly sheer and ligthweight, not creamy like everything else I’ve tried. And when I put it to the test under a smoky eye it DIDN’T BUDGE. No gross creasing or unsightly caking. It’s as if the shadow became one with the base, creating a sort of shellac for my lids. You won’t notice that chemical reaction until the end of night, when your eye makeup will look pristine even if your hair does not (that’s another post altogether). The only thing I regret is that this white primer doesn’t do much to neutralize my blue lids. For that I’ll continue to rely on MAC Paints in Canvas, my go-to for days when I don’t wear shadow.
P.S. I have a feeling this isn’t the last time you’ll be hearing about NYX on the blog. A goldmine of professional-strength pigments and formulas, it reminds me of Make Up For Ever but at much gentler prices.