You’ll notice that whenever I write about eyeshadow I always mention using an eyeshadow primer. Always. It’s rare that I have a day that I don’t use one. I do have a
slew small collection of eyeshadow primers and I’m always looking for new ones.
The reason I bought Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base is on the shoulders of Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book. I don’t know her but I follow her blog and she can convince me to buy so many items. It wasn’t one review from her that got me to buy but after her mentioning often that this was her favorite eyeshadow base, I just had to try it.
At $32 this click style pen is more expensive than most but really not terribly out of line. Too Faced Shadow Insurance which is my go-to primer is $20, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer is $21 and the new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer is $29.
Now it’s time to talk about the product!! This is the only eyeshadow primer I know of that comes in 3 shades. Since it does impart a small amount of color that is important to people with different skin tones. I am extremely fair so I chose Cashmere since it’s the lightest of the three (Dune and Sand are also available).
The first few times I used this I just didn’t see what the big deal was and questioned myself about spending the extra money on it. At first the consistency was loose and there was no difference between using the Bess and Too Faced. But I remember reading that it was a thicker primer so I kept going. After about 7 uses I saw the difference. It is thicker and it covers my eyelids more precisely. I think it just needed time to get past the top of the wand and into the base.
It takes longer to dry but the primer blends out nicely and makes my shadows last longer than the others I use. I thought from the name it would be more illuminating than it actually is though. In my swatch it looks like a concealer but it’s nothing like a concealer, this base holds onto shadow.
So why do I like this in spite of the first 7 uses and the extra cost? Mainly because it works especially well with an eyeshadow that isn’t quite as pigmented as I’d like. In addition it gives my shadows a little more depth because they have more to cling to. I apply this on my lids with my finger since I don’t love using the brush on it. I let it dry down and then apply shadows. Pigments adhere better than with any of my other current bases too.
I don’t use it every day but I do like to use it with certain shadow brands and when I know I don’t have time to touch up before going out in the evening. I’d also use it on special nights so that there’s no doubt that my shadow will last through it all.
While Edward Bess used to be carried on Sephora.com where I bought mine, the only two places I could find this eyeshadow base are Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and his own site. It is also available at Beauty Bay for $29.90 but I have no experience with their site though I like that they have free shipping.
I’m happy I bought the Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base and will replace it/when I finish it up. Have you tried this? What’s your opinion? — Marcia
To see the list of ingredients go to Edwardbess.com
To see The Beauty Look Book’s review on Dune and Suede go here