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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 
I tried as hard as I could to resist Sigma's Eye Shadow Bases, but the appeal of another primer/cream shadow product was just too much. In my mind they are some of the most versatile products to have in a makeup collection for their ability to transform eyeshadows and prolong their wear time.

Sigma's Eye Shadow Bases can be purchased individually for $13 or in a $36 trio that comes with a brush that's similar to a concealer brush worth about $10 in the Sigma line. I went for the better deal, and the opportunity to try more colors. Sigma's Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit closely mirrors the Flare Shadow Palette with its purple leanings, but I was more interested in the shade Spy for its interesting hue.

Provoke is a creamy, opaque, nude base similar to MAC's Painterly Paint Pot, but with slightly more salmon undertones (see comparison below). Spy is a muted brown with a green duo-chrome. Pursue is a shimmery, grape-y purple. I was a little disappointed with Spy compared to the swatch they show on the website, but it's still a fun shade and unique relative to other bases or cream shadows out there. All three had a very similar creamy texture that never fully dried down to a powder finish. The one thing I had to keep in mind was that these are strictly meant to be layered under powder products and not worn alone, so the creamy consistency makes sense and it also helps them grab and hold products layer over them better. Each shadow applies so smoothly and is buildable for extra pigmentation (although it's hard to tell with Provoke). One thing I liked about this texture over products like MAC's Painterly Paint Pot is that it doesn't have the same tendency to cake up or look crepe-y when applied too heavily. Another note on the texture is how evenly pigmented they are. Often with Color Tattoos, and even Paint Pots, I've found that I need multiple layers to get the color (or shimmer as the case may be with many Color Tatoos) to lay evenly.

Even though I just said they weren't meant to wear alone...I did a little test...and wore them alone. I mainly wanted to see if they could be milked for more than just the "base" they claim to be and I'm pleasantly surprised with the findings! After 10 hours without applying a primer first, I only encountered minor fading and slight creasing. Not ideal, but pretty good considering even some products claiming to be cream eyeshadows crease and fade and these aren't meant to be eyeshadows. Of course, worn under powder shadows they function extremely well, lasting 10+ hours and looking untouched at the end of it all. At the bottom of the post you can see how evenly powder applies over them despite their creamy consistency.

In typical Sigma fashion, the brush feels sturdy and has soft, smooth synthetic bristles perfect for using with a cream product. It's very similar to a concealer brush, so it's not terribly unique, but it's nice to have if you don't have synthetic brushes on hand.

EDIT: After publishing, lovely reader Arielle commented on the bulky packaging and I realized that it was something I wanted to mention! It's by far my least favorite part of this product. I get peeved when products come in unnecessarily large packaging that makes it look like you get more product than you really do and makes it hard to store. Even if the former wasn't the brands intention, I still feel slighted when I can see that the product takes up only a small fraction of the total packaging. Even still, the product inside this bulky exterior is lovely, so I can only hope they will repackage it in the future.

Overall, I'm in love with this well coordinated trio of shades and their performance. At $13 individually, I think they are a good deal especially compared to other high end alternative. If you are looking to try more and spend less, I recommend the Shadow Base kits. You can purchase these from the Sigma website or their flagship store in the Mall of America. Go figure - right after I move away, they open a store! I've been dying to get back ever since.




Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit 

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Provoke

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Provoke

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Provoke

L-R: Provoke, Painterly, and NYX Shadow Base

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Spy

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Spy

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Spy

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Pursue

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Pursue

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base in Pursue

L-R: Provoke, Spy, Pursue

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit Brush

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit Brush

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit Brush

Sigma Flare Eye Shadow Base Kit Brush

Provoke on the inner corner, Spy on the center of the lid, and Pursue on the outer corner and crease

After 10 hours
Sigma Eye Shadow Bases Under Powder Shadow
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