Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer (Eden)

Evening all! I’m so sorry for my lack of posts lately (pretty much all of May…!) it wasn’t planned. Life kind of got in the way and I lost my blogging mojo a bit.

But here I am!

As some of you may have read I’ve begun my quest to wear make up like a grown up which has now also morphed into trying to find cruelty free options for my make up bag. I’m not completely cruelty free yet but as my old favourites run out I’m replacing them with cruelty free alternatives.

The latest item that needed replacing was my eyeliner. I’m a vintage girl at heart and know that my eyes are probably my best feature so a cats eye flick is my go-to. If I could wear only one make-up item forever it would be eyeliner! So when my Benefit* ‘They’re Real’ liner ran out I looked for an alternative. (*they’re not truly cruelty free because they sell products in China where laws require testing on animals for beauty products. They also p*ssed me off when they posted a bodyshaming “joke” on their Instagram a while ago so I don’t want to give them my money anymore!) I decided to try the Nars eye paint in ‘Black Valley’ as I’d seen good reviews and fancied challenging my free-hand skills again!

I found the eye paint easy to apply but found it difficult to keep it from sliding off my (oily) lids over the course of the day – leaving me with panda eyes by lunchtime. Not the look I was going for…!

In order to try and get my new liner to play ball I thought I’d give a primer a go. The reviews I’d seen (like this one) spoke highly of Urban Decay primers’ staying power so I thought I’d give it a try! The lady in Debenhams did an amazing job of convincing me that combining the primer with their makeup setting spray that I bought that too!

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So here are the results (although it’s difficult to see from the photos!):

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I was impressed that I still had an eyeliner line 11 hours after application – a first with this liner for me! Even after a (very) sweaty Street Dancersize class there’s still a slight flick and NO PANDA EYES!! I didn’t expect there to be anything left but a smudgy mess after a sweat-fest (expecting better than that would take an industrial-strength miracle!) so I’m pretty happy with the results.

The combination of liner, primer and hold spray is comparable to my old Benefit favourite – but without the half hearted anti-animal testing claims! It’s a shame it requires 3 products instead of just the one though. But it’s a reasonable compromise for the sake of staying cruelty free. Plus, the tiny amount of primer (less is definitely more!) and eyeliner used means they’re likely to last a long time so as long as they don’t dry out too quickly the combination offers fairly good value for money!

Have you tried a good cruelty free liner or primer?! I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Thanks for reading. 😊

One of my 16 in 16 aims for 2016 was to get better at applying make-up. I’m generally a bit lazy about wearing make-up and tend to stick to eyeliner and mascara to get me through day-to-day. I’ve been blessed with a good complexion so never really bothered with foundation or face make-up very often (and when I did it tended to be the wrong shade!) but now I’m in my mid-thirties I’m starting to notice I’m not quite as fresh faced as I once was. So I began to have a little look around for something to get me started with this whole flawless, fresh faced minimal look… I had literally no idea!

Since I read that Benefit aren’t truly cruelty free I decided to look at the alternatives Cruelty Free Kitty recommended and decided I liked the look of Too Faced, mainly for the silly names and pretty packaging (I told you I had no idea!!) But also because they’re a vegan brand, which really appeals to me! Somehow I stumbled across their “Secret to No Makeup Makeup” palette on eBay and thought it would be an excellent starting place!

Once it arrived I couldn’t wait to get it open and have a look! The tin is very cute (with a magnetic closure) and has an insert with techniques on how to apply it (perfect for a total novice like me).

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Here are my first couple of attempts at using it:

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Sorry about the frowny face (below, top left), I went out in the sun for good lighting and my winter eyes hadn’t adjusted! It shows the makeup well though!

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Bottom left is about 4 or 5 hours after application – there’s still some there but not looking quite as fresh!

So far I’ve just used the pallet on its own with no base underneath – I think I probably need a tinted moisturiser or light foundation to create a better flawless look. I also haven’t got any brushes yet(!) so this was achieved with my finger and a blendy egg makeup sponge – not bad, hey?! (brushes have been ordered now!) 😂

I’ve tried everything in the pallet, I’m not sure what I should be using to apply some of the creamy products yet but the bronzing veil and the powder blusher blend well with my trusty egg! I love the subtle sheen of the bronzing veil – and it isn’t too dark or orange!

I think this is possibly my new make-up bag staple… Although it doesn’t look like Too Faced sell it anymore so I guess I might be out of luck…!

In the meantime I’ll be enjoying my new found makeup friend, especially when my brushes arrive!