During a recent trip to M.A.C I purchased two eyeshadows, one being from the Dare to Wear collection the other is from the permanent line.
Having been asked quite a few times to do a look using blue I chose this dazzler, it's on the same scale as electric eel but a little more deeper.
The other was stars and rockets which I have been after for a while and is for a different requested look.
One swatch of this left me less than impressed but I seen the potential vibrancy layered over a base. If I wanted to use this in a smokey look I would just use it as it is as it is soft but buildable. To get the vibrancy of the colour in the pan I applied over a white eyeliner pencil.
Bases are fantastic for holding pigment/glitter, making eyeshadow last long and appear more pigmented.
Base doesn't necessarily have to be labeled "eyeshadow base" as you can use cream eyeshadows, Kohl pencils, gels etc. For this demonstration I used a white eyeliner pencil by Barry M and look how different the finish is!
For a modern way of wearing blue I'm not going to blend several colours but rather leave it as a block colour.
Try this with different bases to see how intense the colour becomes. Blue makes brown eyes pop so go get your favourite shade of blue and give it a go. This tip is great for those with dark skin who may find colour looks a little insipid against their tone.
Let me know if it works for you.