December 16, 2008

Art Deco Eyeshadow Base Review

The Muse has a special knack for feeding into the frenzy of a hyped up products. She can successfully purchase said hyped product and convince herself how truly wonderful it is when in fact it’s utter garbage. For the past few days she’s been trying to convince herself how awesome Art Deco Eyeshadow Base is and failing miserably.

After careful thought and consideration she’s decided it was about time to admit to herself that truly this stuff was absolute rubbish. How sad.

After hearing the hype, reading the hype, and being fed the frenzy of all the amazing benefits and virtues of Art Deco Eyeshadow Base, the Muse decided she needed some for her very self. After all, according to makeup gurus far and wide, this stuff was ambrosia from the Gods above.

Umm…not so much.

Art Deco Eyeshadow Base is around $9-$10 USD and comes in a rather cute little jar a la MAC Paint Pots. The packaging could likely get you so hyper that you’ll forget what a crap product is actually inside. The Muse has fallen victim to such cases in the past but with this particular product she actually did admit to herself that indeed Art Deco Eyeshadow Base needs alot of work to hit the right note.

Aside from it’s cute jar style packaging it doesn’t have too much going for it. The base is a creamy beige shade which applies transparent to the lid of the eye even though swatched it has a bit of a pearl almost iridescent finish. It does successfully deepen some shadows while doing nothing for others. Why this is, the Muse may never know, chalk it up as another makeup mystery of the world. After four uses with four different styles of shadow I found new love and respect for my Urban Decay Primer Potion. Art Deco Eyeshadow Primer does not hold my shadow all day, does not make a perfect base for shadows but it does successfully crease my shadow, make it melt off in cakey gobs, and successfully creates a very real mess.

The product blends beautifully well and it does make applying my shadows a bit easier especially shimmery ones where fall out is a problem however it doesn’t do much for making my shadow last longer. The somewhat good news is that the base does successfully hold the shadow for a few hours however creasing begins quite quickly which leads up to your shadow becoming a cakey mess and finally ending with no shadow at all as it migrates all over the place. I wouldn’t say the product makes my lids oily however the base does turn into a bit of an oily mess which is where the creasing problems stem from I think. It applies quite well however after a few hours you’ll end up with a serious mess.

After 3 hours…hello hot mess!

I wanted to love this one and I had some seriously high hopes for it. Sadly, it has little to redeem it and just didn’t work well for this Muse. I’m unsure if I was just my dislike of the product or I’m overacting as it does seriously sport some great reviews up and around makeup forums. Personally, big waste of money for me…I’ll continue trying to use it and see if it gets better but for now it’s a bit thumbs down for this Muse!

Tried Art Deco Eyeshadow Base?

Do you love it?

Hating it?

Tell the Muse!

If anyone is interested I do have an extra, brand new in the box pot that I’m selling for $12 USD! E-mail me if you’d like to take it off my hands and see if it lives up to all the hype!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Anna

    I have both urban decay and art deco eyeshadow bases. My lids are oily, without any base my shadow creases in an hour or less. I did a test wearing udpp on one eye and ad eyeshadow base on the other, both held my shadow in place beautifully, no creasing at all. They enhanced my shadows the same way too. I must say though that my art deco eyeshadow primer is on a pen dispenser form, never tried the pot one. I’m going through my second tube of Art Deco while my UD stays in the drawer almost forgotten.

    • the Muse

      anna in a pen? I’ve never seen that. whoa. I mostly use UD, this sadly didn’t work so well for me. Will have to hunt down the pen version maybe it’s better than the pot!

  • Cucumpear

    I actually really love that eyeshadow base. Without primer eyeshadow creases within an hour or two on me, but with ArtDeco it stays perfect for at least 12 hours, on one occasion even 18 hours. Primers are just highly individual. Paint Pots don’t work for me at all.

    • the Muse

      hi cucumpear awesome 🙂 So glad it works for you! paint pots aren’t so fab for me either, I really love Urban Decay Primer.

  • suka & spice

    I agree with you. Don’t like. But I could hardly get it to blend in the first place. It was so cakey and hard.

    It’s too bad, since I constantly hear people rave about it 🙁

    • the Muse

      hi suka

      gosh thank god someone agrees 😀 I dunno why people rave it so hard!

  • iliang25

    Thanks for a great review..saved me some moolah on trying things that will not work out for me..

  • Dee

    thanks for the great review! you saved me from trying this one out!
    I really enjoy reading your blog btw 🙂

  • Stavroula Plag

    I’ve never tried UDPP, but I’ve gone through 2 jars of Artdeco Eyeshadow Base already and I love it! You need to use a very, very small amount of product, otherwise it will crease! 🙂

  • CHeryls

    ITA with you. I got this from Artdeco five years ago when I was in Germany but it never worked on me. Boo. I had researched and thought it was worth a shot. But no matter how I tried to convince myself it worked, It creased a little and seemed to make my lids oily and my m/u slide. After a couple of months, the product dried up in the pot.

    • the Muse

      cheryls about the same probs here. and it has such a cult following?! wth!?

  • Shamini

    I recently got the Artdeco Eyeshadow Base from a friend of mine, since UDPP irritates my eyes a bit, and I’m absolutely loving it. I have oily eyelids, but it keeps my e/s in place all day long – the only thin I hate about it is its terrible scent.

  • Annie

    I’m on my 3rd jar of the stuff… It’s my absolute favourite. The only base that’s ever held my eyeshadow in place for 12+ hours. I’ve only been able to wear cream eyeshadow since using Art Deco eyeshadow base. Shame it didn’t work for you.