Reviews

Finally! Eye Shadow that Does Not Settle into Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Viceart Neutral Basic 01-Matte Eye Shadow Available at Viceart.com for about $80.

Viseart Neutral Basic 01-Matte Eye Shadow
Available at Viceart.com for about $80.

Forget Urban Decay’s NAKED palette.  Viseart’s Basic Neutral 01-Matte palette is the best neutral eye shadow on the market, period.  It is especially suited for women over 50 because it is very blendable and does not settle into nooks & crannies!

Why it’s good for the 50+ woman:  The Neutral 01-Matte palette contains no shimmer, sparkle, or glitter to settle into fine lines and creases, and there is no shadow “fallout”.  The outer corner of my lid is textured like crepe paper and this shadow never “settles” in the nooks and crannies.

Uses:  All skin tones.  This palette looks good on EVERYONE, from the palest to the deepest tones.  Its beige, taupe, brown, grey, and peach tones are universally flattering.  This shadow also has multiple uses:  all colors can be used as eye liner,  brown tones can be used to fill in brows, black and deep terracotta tones can even be used in your hair to cover  “roots”.

Ease of application: There is virtually no fallout.  This stuff STAYS WHERE YOU PUT IT.  Although it is heavily pigmented and stays put all day, it blends easier than any shadow I’ve ever tried.  If you don’t have lots of experience applying shadow or are challenged by the “smokey eye”, you should try this palette.  Because it is so forgiving and blends like a dream, I am finally able to rock  “smokey eye” and experiment with colors outside my taupe-hued comfort zone.

Texture:  Smooth and buttery.  Although this is powdered shadow, it goes on with a very creamy feel.  It glides over the eye and doesn’t look thick or caked on.

Finish:  Rich matte.  No sparkle, shimmer, glitter, or twinkle to bring negative attention to crows feet and crepe-iness.

Value:  For most of us $80 is a huge makeup investment.  I buy $0.99 brushes from Target, so I get it.  There aren’t many people willing to pay $80 for eye shadow, but the results are worth every penny!  It is heavily pigmented, so a little goes a very long way.  My palette is in the photo.  I’ve been using it for about 2 months and haven’t made a dent in the taupe and grey colors I use every day.

Viceart  is professional quality shadow that is easy to use and delivers great results.  I strongly recommend this product.  Post a comment and share your knowledge of Viceart eye shadow with other beyond50beauties.

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Disclaimer:  The products discussed on this website are purchased by me.  I am not compensated by any person or company, and the opinions expressed above are my own.

Great Primer for Mature Skin from Laura Mercier

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating
1.70 fl. oz. / 50 ml approx. $38
Available from major department and cosmetics stores.

If you have dry, textured skin, you need this stuff!  It’s THAT GOOD.  Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Foundation Primer has saved my winter-weary skin.  If you are like me and have fine to not-so-fine wrinkles, this primer really helps your foundation go on smoothly.  When I use it atop moisturizer, my super-dry skin stays hydrated all day.   Here are the details:

  • Uses:  Over moisturizer (for dry skin), but can be used alone.  I have extra dry skin in the winter, so I use it under moisturizer.  In the summer, I’ve used it alone and (BONUS) it does NOT make you sweat! (for those of us experiencing personal heat).
  • Skin Types:  Dry, normal, and sensitive skin types.  My mother has very sensitive skin and eczema.  She’s used this for years without sensitivity issues.
  • Other Foundation Primer formulas:  Regular, just called Foundation Primer, Foundation Primer- Oil Free, and Foundation Primer- Mineral for use with mineral foundation.  Foundation Primer- Bronze was recently released.
  • Fragrance:  Slight, and disappears within 30 seconds.
  • Texture:  Slippery.  This is a good thing because the point is for the product you put on top of it to glide over it.
  • Finish:  Dewy without being oily, heavy, or greasy.  It feels like healthy moisturized skin.  If it’s too dewy for you, blot with a lint-free tissue before applying foundation.
  • Value:  $38 isn’t cheap, but the tube lasts me about 3 months.  Besides, it’s the only thing that has worked and doesn’t dry me out.  I tried products from Tarte, NYX, Lancôme, Bobby Brown, MAC, and drugstore brands.  This is definitely worth the money.

Laura Mercier’s Hydrating Foundation Primer is one of my favorite beauty finds.  It does exactly what you want:  creates a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup.

If you’ve tried it, let others profit from your experience by posting a recommendation below.

Disclosure:  I purchased all products discussed on this site.  I am not compensated by any company or brand.  The opinions expressed above are based on personal experience…B2B