There is an unfortunate scarcity of good, locally-available eyeshadow bases in the country. I talked to a couple of people who works with local beauty brands, and you know what they said? They don't make eyeshadow bases simply because there is no demand for it. Filipinas aren't really that advanced when it comes to makeup application, so they don't have a need for an eyeshadow base.
In other words, only people who know makeup know why they need a proper eyeshadow base. And not a lot of people really know makeup, so let's pat ourselves in the back! :P
Anyway! Good thing that ArtDeco is back here. Why? Because the brand has one of the most popular eyeshadow bases out there: the ArtDeco Eyeshadow Base (P450 at Beauty Bar). I tried getting this three, two years ago, but it was always out of stock! Swear. There's a lot of rave reviews about it online, even getting a solid 4.3/5 at Makeupalley (98 reviews).
So is it worth all the attention? Well yes, but I am not going to give it a mega rave review. Here's why!
What I love about the product
- It intensifies eyeshadows extremely well - perhaps even better than UDPP. This ArtDeco base doesn't dry up immediately, so a coated lid grabs more pigment compared to the cult classic.
- Eyeshadows are easier to blend on top of this compared to UDPP.
- Extends the staying power of eyeshadows.
- It's creamy and easy to spread. Very little goes a long way!
- Moisturizing on the lids.
- Has a beige-y tint and some shimmer. I sometimes use this alone if I want to brighten up my lids without bothering with eyeshadows.
- The black, compact pot is travel-friendly and professional looking. It's tiny but it packs a lot of product at 5ml.
- So affordable! It's only P450 at Beauty Bar. UDPP sells for around P1,000 online.
This is enough for one whole lid
Blended in. It's not that shimmery if you use it the normal way - I just applied a thick layer to ilustrate.
What I don't like about the product
- Eyeshadows crease over this. Everything looks smooth and even, but after 5 hours (which is actually not bad), I notice the creasing. I guess I'm just spoiled by UDPP!
- Has a strong lavender smell. I love lavender, but this cream has a very sharp, noticeable scent. I prefer lightly scented products.
The base in action. It works so well with ArtDeco eyeshadows.
I'm just nitpicking on the ArtDeco Eyeshadow Base, but seriously, it's a damn good product for the price. If you find UDPP too expensive, then try this one. I would recommend it for dry and oily-combination lids, but if you're really oily, then perhaps it's best to stick to UDPP.
Application tips: use a thin layer to minimize the creasing. Have fun and use this as a brightening lid color, too!
I like it very much and I use it when I don't plan to be out for long. It's much easier to work with than UDPP, for one thing, plus it's cheap so it's perfect for everyday use. :)