Thursday, November 04, 2010

Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base

Lancome was a latecomer to the primer scene. Their MA maintained for ages that all you need under makeup is a good moisturizer and eye cream and color would stick and stay true all day. Those of us who've been using primers regularly would beg to differ, of course, and eventually Lancome released Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base as an eye shadow primer.

One would think Lancome might have used the extra time for some serious R&D to develop a superior product. Well, in this case one is wrong. The texture of Aquatique is harder than most primers and almost waxy. It's spreads easier than I feared and creates the desired smooth canvas feel, but this kind of smoothness doesn't do much to make eye shadows stay in place. You feel like you're covering your lids with spackle but the color doesn't adhere to it very well. I've tried Aquatique base with numerous eye shadows from several brands, including Lancome, but the results were never as good as I get with other primers.

Bottom Line: They should stick with what they do best.

Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base ($24.50) is available from most department stores, Sephora and I got the mini size as a part of a GWP.

All photos are mine.


  1. Bummer. Saw this and was playing with the tester and wondered about the texture. It did seem too spackle-y for a nice base.

    I use their Effacernes as a base...well, under my Urban Decay Primer Potion.

  2. can you recommend a eye color base that is also a good concealer?

  3. I'm not sure when you first became aware of this product, but I have been using this product as a primer for at least 10-15 years (it has been so long I honestly cannot remember). It does wear well and hold all brands of product in place all day. My one complaint-and the reason I am looking at other options-is that it tends to dry our about 1/2 through the container and I must stir the product regularly to make it workable.


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