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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Review: Bellapierre Makeup Base

It's been a while since I reviewed anything on here, so I've got quite a backlog to get through! This is something I picked up on BrandAlley, which is a website which has sales of various brands, with different products appearing at different times. Bellapierre Cosmetics seem to feature fairly regularly on there, so you may see this for a reasonable price.

The product I am reviewing is what they call the Makeup Base. Here is their description:

This wonderful product helps transform all of our shimmer powders, from shimmery to matte; it also provides a water proof base for any of our pigments. Some clients also choose to use our makeup base as a Concealer for blemishes and impurities that are more difficult to cover with makeup.

It's quite a strange concept for a product, since it seems to have so many different uses. To me though, the most interesting one is the mattifying aspect. I've done some swatches below of two eyeshadows, on the left over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy, and on the right, over the Bellapierre Makeup Base.

Barry M Dazzle Dust in #39 Tan. The Pixie Epoxy (left) enhances the shimmer and helps it stick, whereas the Makeup Base (right), as you can tell, takes the shimmer down. You can also see that the base is a light colour, with a fair amount of pigment to it. I haven't used it as a concealer yet, but it would definitely give a moderate amount of coverage.

MAC Pigment in White Gold. Over the Pixie Epoxy, you can see a lot of the white and gold reflects in the pigment, whereas the Bellapierre base seems much less of the white, and just looks like a more subtle shimmer texture.

Something I should note is the way to use this product. It will mattify much better if you blend your shadow into the creamy base. If applying on your eye, it will work better  if you use a small amount of shadow, and use a sweeping, rather than patting motion to apply. Blending well will take most of the shimmer away.

I have found that this product can crease on my eyelids, but if you also use a primer such as Urban Decay's Primer Potion underneath, it doesn't crease.

To sum up:

- Mattifies eyeshadows that you may find too shimmery.
- Multi-use, can be used as a concealer.
- Provides some coverage to even out eyelids.

- May be too light for many skintones.
- Could crease without a primer underneath.

Price: The Makeup Base is currently priced at £9.99 on the Bellapierre Cosmetics UK website. For different countries, check their worldwide website, where it should be available.


  1. Interesting product! Thanks for the review and swatches!

  2. Thar is the weirdest thing I have ever seen! I might have to check this out, I want to play with it!

  3. Yes it's very strange, not sure it's something I would wanna use often, but it might be good for older women :)

  4. So bizarre! Not sure I'd have a use for it, but I wonder if it could even defy Urban Decay 'Midnight Cowboy Rides Again'...