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...!