Love, Shelbey: High End Dupe Series: Eye Shadow Bases

Thursday, September 12, 2013

High End Dupe Series: Eye Shadow Bases

High End Eye Shadow Base: Dupes

High End Eye Shadow Base: Dupes

If you're an eye primer addict like myself, I hope you'll find this post helpful!

I never use eye shadow without some sort of "base". Whether it be a cream pencil, liquid primer, or cream shadow pot, I've always got something on hand. But, let's be honest, who want's to pay $15+ for something you normally can't even see on the eye lids, not me!

I've rounded up some contenders for today's post that I personally own or have tried, enjoy!

NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" ($6.99) vs. M.A.C. Paint Pot in "Soft Ochre" ($15) : I chose these two because they're both very popular among the beauty community. Soft Ochre and "Skin Tone" both have a similar warm undertone to them. It seems that primer "pots" have been such a sensation lately, and for a good reason. I find that the shadow bases found in pots tend to have a longer wear to them. The NYX Shadow Base works perfectly for every day looks and smokey eyes!

Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tatto ( $5.99) vs. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20): The Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows are probably one of my holy grail drugstore products. They have such a beautiful finish and always maximize the wear of my powder shadows. You simply can't beat the formula. I compared them to Benefit because I feel as if they have similar colors. Many brands make this type of cream shadow but I felt the color selection of Benefit was most comparable to Maybelline.

Jordana 12 HR. Made to Last Shadow Pencil ($3.99) vs. NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil: WHAT a price difference!? I have to admit, I've only swatched the NARS pencils in Sephora and I just wasn't impressed enough to break out $24 for an eye pencil....I mean come one....IT'S AN EYE PENCIL?! I own almost every color in the new Jordana shadow pencil collection and they are fabulous. The color selection is great and they are very long wearing! I had to make the comparison due to the dramatic difference in price!

E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadow Primer ($1) vs. Clinique "All About Shadow" Primer ($19.50): Moving on to the liquid eye primers. I'm normally not a fan of these but I have one go-to and that's the E.L.F. eye primer. It literally works just as good as any liquid base I've used. Although it doesn't have concealing properties, it still provides a long wear for your shadows. The Clinique eye primer reminds me of the L'oreal True Match concealer?! I know this is a random thought but it is definitely thicker in texture. Go for the E.L.F. eye primer before you try anything! After all, it's only a buck!

I'm so glad I was able to FINALLY get another dupe series up!
I'm so glad ya'll have been enjoying them! My "Blush and Bronzer" Dupe Series has received OVER 400 repins on Pinterest!? Which is crazy considering I normally have anywhere from 50-100 repins.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time...


  1. I really wish we had a more neautral shade of the colour tattoos over here in the uk!

    Great post, though, I love the colour tattoos, the elf primer is fab and I've not used rhe nyx one but such a great all round brand! Xx

    1. I just came across this post and I'm glad I did! I've been using the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion for a few years now and it's always worked perfectly on my oily eyelids, my shadow doesn't crease at all when I'm wearing it. But lately it's not been working as great, my shadow starts creasing in a few hours. I think they may have changed the formula or something because it's definitely different. Do you still recommend the MAC paint pots or do you have a new favorite primer? What are your thoughts on the Bare Minerals Prime Time primers?

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