Currently Im looking for a good eyeshadow brand to do a very soft smokey eye look for my wedding. I never ever wear eyeshadow, so it almost seems like a waste to drop $60 on the Urban Decay or Mac products for one day. I’m also on a budget. I am splurging in getting a good foundation (probably MUFE) since I’d use it everyday… but I just don’t know if I can justify the eye shadow.
Any of you bees use a non-high end eyeshadow for your look? I would prefer something under $20 with netural soft shades. Something that will stay on all day and not wear off? Im such a noob when it comes to eye makeup! Haha
I used to have a Maybelline quad back in the day. . .I probably spent $7 on it.
As far as having stuff stay on, eye shadow primer or base really helps me. You can use a cream eyeshadow in a neutral color.
I use Bobbi Brown eye shadows now (I also have a Chanel quad); the pans are really large and you really don’t need all that many colors. She has a smokey eye palette out right now that includes five shadows, a gel eyeliner, mascara, and *nice* applicators for $65.
The Chanel quad I have makes very nice, neutral smokey eyes but was a splurge even for me (pretty sure I spent over $50 on it but I’ve also had it forever).
I know you mentioned Urban Decay as something you weren’t interested in because of the cost, but the Naked Basics palette is $27 for six shades and you could do a totally soft and neutral smokey eye with it.
They may look cheap, but Wet N’ Wild eyeshadow palettes are some of the best quality eye shadows I’ve ever used, easily comparable in quality to MAC or NARS. An 8 pan palette is usually $5.99 at most drugstores. Definetely invest in an eyeshadow primer like NARS Pro-Prime or Urban Decay Primer Potion to keep the shadow from creasing or fading throughout the day, and don’t forget brushes. A good flat brush to push the base color on to your eyelid and a good blending brush or two are essential for a professional looking application. EcoTools and Sonia Kashuk (available at Target) are both good budget brands.
Thanks! I really appreciate the advice. I’m gonna look into some more reviews, especially Wet’n’Wild and NYX. I may just spurge and get the Naked palette from UD because it comes with eye primer already. Its like $60 here though…. sigh. Anybody actually perfer drugstore brands over high end ones? Thoughts on the Naked palette?
@Azyriah: I have both Naked 1 & 2 and honestly I don’t think either is that great. a lot of the shadows are very glittery, and the pigment tends to fall down (on the cheeks) a lot. Of the 10 shadows per palette I would say I use 3 regularly. If I was going to splurge I’d head down to MAC for a custom quad specifically picked for your wedding day (lid, crease, liner, and highlight)
@Azyriah: I am a makeup whore, there are way worse than me but I still have more than any woman nees, and I LOVE my Naked palette. My other shadows have been neglected since getting it. The primer it comes with is tiny, sample sized really. There is also a brush that is quite nice if you don’t have many shadow brushes. Are you ever in the US? It is only $50 in the states. Even though the Canadian dollar and American dollar are almost equal makeup is still much more expensive in Canada, it sucks!
@antonina: I know Urban Decay is kind of notorious for sparkle fall out, but I never have a big problem with it using a primer first and sweeping away any fall out with a powder brush
Before buying my wedding makeup I did a lot of research to save money and MANY reviews rated E.L.F. eyeshadow primer the same (or even better) than the high end ones, such as Urban Decay and Too Faced and I have to agree completely. Also I think with a good eyelid primer most of the drug store eyeshadows will last all day without a problem.
@pixiecat: I am actually driving down south this weekend and will be going to a city where there is an Ulta (never been!) so I could potentially get it for cheaper if its in stock.
@antonina: I’m getting such mixed reviews about UD lol! But $57 for only 4 eyeshadows is quite a lot for a begineer 🙁 Maybe if I get more into a makeup it would be a better investment. I could always head to a MAC store and try some on to see how I like it. Is NYX really that comparable to MAC?