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**Success!!** Sealing in the Eyeshadow from Etude House, Attempt #5: Dual Primers (NARS + Maybelline) + MUFE Aqua Seal (Packing MORE E/S)

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This post is part of the mini series of experimentations making the Etude House eyeshadow work for me. My scientific experiment training helps me through many attempts of making small change at a time to finally find a solution (yep! 5 trials!!).

Let’s get on with it. In my last attempt, in order to have more eyeshadow colour showing on lids, I stupidly patted on another layer of it on top of the Aqua Seal which was supposed to seal the eyeshadow in.

Obviously this had failed miserably.

In this attempt, I layered on more eyeshadow and finish off with a layer of Aqua Seal patted carefully on eye lids.

Here’s what I used (same as last attempt):

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Quick steps (Eyes only)

The only differences this time compared to the last are: no foundation on lids and more layer of eyeshadows.

(1) Apply foundation avoiding lids. Last attempt I had foundation on lids. Could be the reason it failed.

(2) Use NARS Smudgeproof primer. Wait for it to dry.

(3) Patted on Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe.

(4) LAYER on the eyeshadow. I think 3 layers in total.

(5) Drop 1 drop of MUFE Aqua Seal on palm. Use finger to take some liquid and dab (NO RUBBING) on lids. The eyeshadow this time doesn’t get “dissolved” significantly.

(6) Fan eye lids with both hands frantically to make Aqua Seal dry. It does take longer than primer to dry.

(7) Highlight brow bones and inner corner of eyes.

(8) Line lower waterline with MAC’s Power Surge liner.

(9) Line upper lash lines using gel liner (I had a major meeting so I had to make sure eyeliner stay put) and mascara (it’s from Dejavu). 🙂

Results (EOTD)

Well, I am happy to report that the eyeshadow stayed put throughout the day. No more creasing and hence I am showing photos of it. I wouldn’t want to show picture of creased eye-shadow, would I? :p

A result of dual primers AND waterproof sealant...

A result of dual primers AND waterproof sealant…

Bad lighting... oh well...

Bad lighting… oh well…

Final thought about the Etude House Line Nuance Duo

The amount of time spent prepping the lid, not to mention additional products added, in order to prevent it from creasing is just… too much to ask from a busy mum who could barely juggle work and family on a daily basis. Also, using so many layers of products made my lids feel a bit heavy, if you know what I mean.

The formula clearly is not good enough for performance. Perhaps on a short trip to the department store or on dry lid ladies this is still acceptable?

Colour is gorgeous, but not enough for me to spend too much effort with it. Anyway, we can always find dupes of it, eh?

For now, I am craving for colours other than taupe. I have had enough of this shade for the moment, and I want to get back to my safe greys and midnight blues and olive greens. 😀

I will look for the next challenge nevertheless. Until then, sawadee ka (hello/good bye).

Sealing in the Eyeshadow from Etude House, Attempt #4: Dual Base with NARS, Maybelline + MUFE

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Since my failed attempt with using 1 base and 1 sealant (read here), yesterday I tried yet another attempt (#4) to stop this bloody eyeshadow from creasing. On top of NARS Smudgeproof base, I patted on a layer of Maybelline Color Tatoo in Tough as Taupe, a matte taupe cream eyeshadow. I have other Color Tattoos in shimmery shade and they have no problem with creasing, even without NARS primer. NARS is my definite fail-proof primer so far.

Anyway, in my experiments with creasing eyeshadow particularly one from Etude House, I did the follwoing:

    NARS Smudgeproof primer as a base, Maybelline Color Tattoo as a second base and MUFE Aqua Seal (1 drop for both lids) on top of eyeshadow.
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe, MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

Since I wanted to get more colours as the Aqua Seal diluted the eyeshadow a bit, I patted on another layer of the eyeshadow on top of Aqua Seal. The colour on lid is beautiful.

I applied my makeup in the morning, and by afternoon the crease has happened. Darn! How could this happen??!

I shall try packing more eyeshadow on lids before sealing it with Aqua Seal in my next attempt. 🙂

Never give up, never surrender!!

Sealing in the Eyeshadow from Etude House, Attempt #3: NARS + MUFE

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Last week I was experimenting with different methods of sealing in the eyeshadow from Etude House to prevent it from creasing (see here). I made 2 attempts using MAC Paint Pot as base and Aqua Seal on top in both days. First day I used 1 drop for both lids. Second day I used one drop per eye lid and using a brush with Aqua Seal. The eyeshadow still creased on me!! Annoying.

Then I tried the following method in my third attempt:

    NARS Smudgeproof primer as a base and MUFE Aqua Seal (1 drop for both lids) on top.
L to R: MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

L to R: MUFE Aqua Seal, NAR Smudgeproof primer, Etude House Line Nuance Duo

When I patted on Aqua Seal on with my fingers, it sort of diluted the eyeshadow a bit. I was in a bit of a hurry to apply more layer of eyeshadow so I just left it at that. I prefer a deeper colour though. There was no creasing after a couple of hours (even after children’s bath) but there was significant fading. By the end of the day I checked, the eyeshadow is barely there. I might have accidentally wiped off some during the day.

Oh well… let me try another attempt. I am getting obsessed with getting this eyeshadow to work. Obsessed!!!