ESSENCE I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base Review and Swatch.


Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base comes in a 4ml transparent tube with sponge-tip applicator and retails for around $3. It is considerably cheaper than Catrice ($6 for 2,1ml)


Essence eyeshadow base is very thick – almost concealer like in consistency. It feels wet and heavy on the lids. However, it dries out very quickly, and after it has settled, I don’t feel it at all.

The colour reminds me of a concealer, too. It is slightly yellowish and more pigmented than any other primer I have tired (Catrice, Urban Decay, Art Deco, Too Faced).


Essence primer indeed prolongs the eyeshadow wear, but the eyeshadow still creases after 10 hours. With Catrice, I could get 12 hours without creasing.

The primer boosts up the colour of the eyeshadow. In this aspect, it is better than Catrice. Another thing I like with Essence is that you can see exactly how much you have left, so you can get a replacement on time.

I still think I prefer Catrice. While my review of Catrice wasn’t very positive, after a month, when the base dried out a bit, it was much better.

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I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.


CATRICE Eyeshadow Base Review

My lids are extremely oily and absolutely every shadow will crease on me (some sooner, some later). This is the reason why an eyeshadow primer is a must for me. So far I have used Urban Decay Primer Potion (very good primer), Art Deco Eyeshadow Base (not very practical to apply and overall nothing special) and I have tested Too Faced Shadow Insurance (the best ever).

I was really excited when I heard that Catrice will be launching a new eyeshadow primer. Urban Decay is not available in my country (we only get some LE palette) and I also thought that Catrice will turn out to be cheaper than Too Faced (it is not).

Catrice Eyeshadow Base costs around $5 (6 euros) and you get 2.1 ml. Compared to the giant tube of Too Faced primer, Catrice is not as cheap as it seems.

The packaging is similar to, let’s say, lipgloss packaging. The primer has a sponge-tip wand which picks up too much of a product.

The consistency of the base is not runny, nevertheless, it appears thin.

The base is shimmery. The shimmer is not over the top and it isn’t visible once you put the eyeshadow.

Catrice Eyeshadow base definitely is not among the best ones out there. While it might work for those with normal skin on the eyelids, it does not work for oily lids. Granted, the eyeshadow lasts longer with the base, than without it, but I still experience creasing after 5-6 hours (Guerlain eyeshadow manage to last for 7-8 hours).

Also, the base doesn’t make the eyeshadow look more intense (on the other hand, Too Faced Shadow Insurance is great when it comes to intensifying the eyeshadow colour).


After a month, the base got a bit thicker and it performed much better. I could get up to 12 hours of eyeshadow wear without creasing.

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URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow Primer Potion Review

I have very oily lids and without a primer even the best eyeshadows crease within an hour or two. Before Primer Potion, I used Art Deco eyeshadow base and Clarins Instant Minute with T. LeClerc powder over it. While both Art Deco and Clarins+T. LeClerc are excellent bases during winter, they fail in summer. Primer Potion is the only primer which helps the eyeshadow to stay intact for the whole day.

I even washed my face and the mascara melted, but the eyeshadows still had the same intensity as they did when I first put them.

It takes a really small amount of the Primer Potion spread over the lid and the eyeshadow won’t budge until you take it off with a makeup remover. 

It’s a good value too. I’ve been using the mini Primer Potion for a 9 months and I don’t think I came even close to spending it.

The only drawback is the shape of the packaging and the fact that it makes impossible to use up every last ounce. The good thing is that Urban Decay finally offered a more economical and practical tube packaging.