Review: Essence I love stage eyeshadow base or the importance of being earnest…about eyeshadow primers

Hello for the second time today!

I remember the good old days when there was no such thing as an eyeshadow primer, or at least, back then as a high-school student in Bulgaria, I had not heard about it. I wore quite some amounts of makeup by the time I was in my last years of high-school…16-18 years old. And not just mascara…eyeshadows too, first attempts of smokey eyes…Gosh, how I must have looked! Thank God, there are no photos! 😛 One thing that always drove me crazy was that no matter what, half-way through the school day, most of my eyeshadow would be nicely gathered in an oily concoction somewhere in the depths of my crease. Not a pretty picture, I can assure you!!!

Today, however, the situation has changed… I am finding it difficult to pick in-between the ocean of eyeshadow primers available on the market. Should it be the Urban Decay Primer Potion, or the MAC paint pots, or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, or some other drugstore version?????…Aaargh!

I actually do have the UDPP…but only use it on very special a wedding or a long-day event…and it does hold up, for a good 8-10 hours depending on how my oil-producing glands are feeling. I, do, however acknowledge that it is quite expensive, and since Sephora left the Netherlands, so did Urban Decay. Hence, the only way to get this primer, is online. Not a problem really..but why not try something cheaper and closer-by? Plus, the UDPP isn’t really doing miracles for me. 8-10 hours is of course better than 4, but still not WOW, I cannot live without it!

I read some good things about the Essence I love stage eyeshadow base on (a Dutch beauty blogger I like), and for €2,50 it was a no-brainer. I ran to Kruidvat (the local drugstore) and got me some.

It comes in a glass tube like this:


And you take the product out with a wand (like a lipgloss):


I have been using it for at least three months now, so I can tell you a thing or two about this primer.

It has a beige-y colour (unlike the original UDPP which is colourless), so it can actually be used as an e/s base and concealer at the same time. If you have very light skin tone, it may be a bit dark but in my experience, once it settles into your skin, the colour isn’t so dark and harsh. Personally, I like this.

The Essence I love stage primer enhances nicely the applied eyeshadow (I have done side-by-side swatches and can attest to this) and also makes blending easy.

The million-dollar question: how about longevity? 8 out of 10 times my e/s stays put for at least 6-8 hours, sometimes even longer. No creasing, no fading. On my oily lids that is a great result for such a cheap product!!! With some e/s, or on a particularly oily day, it does not work that well, only 4-5 hours…but I can live with that!

Overall, I really like the Essence I love stage e/s base because it does the job really well for its price 🙂

I am currently testing another cheap e/s primer, the one from Hema (a local store with its own makeup brand), so I will let you know how that goes.

But I am always on the lookout for good e/s primers, especially for oily lids…I hear the TFSI is a must-have, but I have not tried it yet.

What is your favourite budget e/s primer? I would love to know!!!

4 thoughts on “Review: Essence I love stage eyeshadow base or the importance of being earnest…about eyeshadow primers

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