You can see for yourself how the bases make the colors so much more vibrant. Aquavert shadow is a gorgeous color, but it has pretty poor color payoff. Or in the case of Club, the paint pot actually changes the color - it brings out the blue undertones of the color. 100 Strokes can be a muddy mess when applied by itself, and the beautiful burgundy color gets lost. But over the paint pot, it is gorgeous. And Stars and Rockets just pops over the shadestick. See junkies, bases are wonderful additions to your stash and the possibilities are endless with how to use them. So either start experimenting with the ones you have, or consider picking a couple up next time you're hauling. Have a great weekend!!