The Sigma Eye Shadow Bases have just been officially released on the Sigma website today and already I’ve noticed people comparing these eyeshadow bases to MAC paint pots. I just want to clear things up a bit with a brief Sigma eyeshadow base review and photo swatches. Notice that I said brief – because I haven’t had the time to test out the longevity of these eyeshadow bases. This review is mostly an overview and thoughts on first impressions, but I thought readers should get an opinion of the product before anyone rushes out to order loads of anything.
Sigma currently has nine eyeshadow bases that are sold in kits of three ($36 each kit) or sold individually ($13 each base). Swatches and photos of all the bases are shown below, followed by a detailed review and recommendation:
Everyone’s favorite seems to be the Sigma Eyeshadow Base Kit in Bare. Persuade is eerily similar to MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot. It’s completely matte, so it doesn’t glow and stand out like the rest of the bases, but it blends well and sits naturally on the skin. Pose, a beautiful shimmery brown, is probably my go-to color for the darker neutral looks.It can be an eyeshadow base and or just as easily an eyeshadow itself. Sculpt is a beautiful, blendable shimmery black eyeshadow base. I personally do not wear dark eyeshadows, but this base can definitely be incorporated for smokey eye looks.
My personal favorite eyeshadow base kit is the Sigma Eyeshadow Base Kit in Dare. The beautiful shimmery gold of Unveil makes it wearable, versatile, and probably one of the most beautiful. Strike is such a charming, warm and unique burgundy color that I can’t help but swatch it over and over again. And I just adore plum shades, so I definitely find the shimmery purple Dash quite dashing.
When it comes to the Sigma Eyeshadow Base Kit in Flare, I was hoping to be excited. was not exactly disappointed, but let’s just say that this is my least favorite kit. Provoke, is one of the more wearable of the eye shadow bases. I might even recommend it as a top choice for those who don’t own any primer. It’s easy to use and won’t stand out too much. And then there is Spy, that special duo-chrome green maroon primer. I’m not sure if I am in love with this shade or despise it totally. Sometimes it looks beautiful, colorful, iridescent almost. Sometimes it just looks like a muddy mixture of brown and green. I think it all depends on lighting, skin tone and the quantity applied. I haven’t quite mastered the art of using duo-chrome colors. Spy is definitely a color worth trying and if you have many eyeshadow bases, you should consider adding this unique shade to your collection. If you’re browsing for just one or two bases, however, I would suggest a more versatile color. Pursue is a lovely shimmery purple eyeshadow base. I really like this color, but I feel that it is slightly overshadowed by the even more dashing plum shade.
If you are going to get one kit, I would recommend Dare. It is the least wearable since it doesn’t contain a light neutral color, but all three bases are unique and beautiful. As for individual bases, it is up to your personal taste. Persuade and Provoke are both light, matte and easy to wear for new base users. My two personal favorites are Unveil and Pose.