How long does eyeshadow typically wear for you? Is that long enough?

It lasts around eight hours decently – that means a bit of fading or signs of wear but not to the casual viewer. I would definitely use a primer if I planned to leave the house as I prefer better wear overall.

— Christine


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Seraphine Avatar

Well, the 15 hours include 45 minutes of drive time twice a day, 8.5 hours in the office, and the time between getting home and actually going to bed. Taking off my makeup is the last thing I do.

Jess Avatar

I ALWAYS wear a primer of some sort, and a setting powder on top, and even then, I usually get creasing after maybe 4 hours, depending on the shadow formula. I’ve had good experiences with some of the new formulas (About Face, Danessa Myricks), which don’t crease on me if the layer is thin enough.

Deborah S. Avatar

Back when I was working 12 hour shifts at the hospital, I wanted my eye looks to really last and I always used a primer or a MAC Paintpot, usually Painterly or Groundwork. After retirement it doesn’t matter as much and a lot of days that I apply makeup, I don’t even leave the house. I do it for the pure enjoyment of doing it and the satisfaction of doing something artistic. I usually don’t use a typical primer these days but always apply either my foundation or concealer before eye shadow as my eyelids are a bit splotchy and I want an even canvas to “paint” on.

Genevieve Avatar

Most of my eyeshadows, sans primer, do last for several hours, but with primer they last longer before fading. For a normal day when I am not doing anything special or going anywhere special, that is fine. It’s because I have followed your blog and purchased only those eyeshadow palettes that are of excellent quality.

Nancy T Avatar

Because I always wear a base underneath, I get around 10+ hours if needed. However, I can get some creasing or misplacement/transference if my weird eye tearing acts up from wind or allergies or worse, BOTH.
Am I satisfied with this? Because I never know what sort of makeup day I will wind up with, not 100%. Thankfully, with a jumbo waterproof pencil which depends more on waxes than silicones, many times I can gingerly push the shadow back into place, but I usually carry the inner and mid lid shades with me JIC. It’s an extra step that I really wish that I didn’t need to take!

Cara Avatar

I usually wear eye primer, either Nars or Hourglass, and get abt 10 hours of wear. I put Nars Pro-Prime to the test last weekend as I spent a good 15 min outside while Tropical Storm Ophelia raged in full makeup (and formal dress, 4 inch heels & umbrella) trying to track down the Uber to get to a wedding and right before the driver pulled up, a city bus flew by and sprayed me. Through it all, my eye makeup held up beautifully…although not my hair or my new suede heels

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