Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base

Excellent news for darker skins:  this is the first specific 'eye base' we've come across that is offered in deeper tones - there are four in all, which is about three more than most eye base offerings.  (Bobbi's range is brilliant for that, NB, what with her real-products-for-real-women philosophy.) We tried a shade that matches our own (somewhat more washed-out!) skintone, and found it really is a terrific 'prep' for eye make-up:   it evens out redness and unevenness, creating a smooth canvas for eyeshadow to 'cling to'.  And yes, our experience is that pencils and powder really do stay put for longer.  (They promise eight hours;  we're not sure it made it quite that far, but darned impressive nonetheless.) It's also eye-conditioning - with vitamins C and E, beeswax and specific 'treated' pigments for water-resistance.

Hurrah for Bobbi.  YET AGAIN...!

UK readers find Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base at www.johnlewis.com/£19 - buy here