Hi everyone! It’s been a really long time…I know. I’ve been really busy…a lot of things happened at once, and, well…yeah. But I’m back now, and I’ll try my best to keep up with the posts. I apologize for neglecting this blog for so long…but here’s a review for now, and more to come (I promise)!
Today’s review is on my first eyeshadow primer ever! I don’t wear shadow much, but thought that it’d be nice to have one anyways, especially since I’ve heard many people tell me that “it makes all the difference” and “really is a good investment”. This one was cheap, and I read some good reviews (And some bad), so I thought I’d try it out for myself.
Now…this promises to “increase the vibrancy and lasting power of your eyeshadow” and is a “crease-proof, extended wear formula [that] prevents fading of eyeshadow while maintaining a flawless look all day”. Sounds pretty good, right? But how did it actually perform? Read on to find out!
The packaging is pretty simple, but nice and slim. However, I feel the need to mention that because it’s white, and maybe also because of the material or something, it can get a little dirty pretty easily. Mine has some foundation or nude coloured shadow and some black prints that are from something else in my make-up bag, I guess, on it.
You need very little for each eyelid, and the precision tip is great because you can easily control how much product you get. This is flesh coloured and provides a little bit of coverage, too. It feels velvety and silky and is just a dream to apply. It really is great. I can also see this tube lasting a pretty long time (At least, for me)…I don’t wear eyeshadow often so I think one tube would last me years…although it probably isn’t a good idea to use the same tube for years, but I’m just adding that to emphasize how little you need versus how much product there is.
Oh, and before anyone misunderstands, this doesn’t control oil at all, despite the velvety feel (Just thought I’d put that out there…since I thought that at first). I know it’s not even in the claim, but…just in case.
The Lancôme swatch (Swatched once, left without primer, right with primer)
It really does increase the vibrancy of your eyeshadow. I have a few swatches here to show you, and they definitely speak for themselves. The purple glitter is a Lancôme one and the brown is a Covergirl one…I decided to test it out on both a high-end and a drugstore shadow, just to see if there was a difference. Just a note…the Covergirl one was done twice because it wasn’t quite dark enough for my camera to capture properly clearly the first time.
The Covergirl swatch (Swatched twice each, left with primer, right without primer)
So it definitely increases vibrancy. That’s one part of this primer that’s a win.
Next, lasting power. I tested this a few times with different shadows. My high-end shadows last all day, but they faded less throughout the day with this primer. It basically looked like I had just applied it by the end of the day. Another win!
Finally…is it really crease-proof? Do we really have a total win product here?
Unfortunately…this is the one flaw in the product. Sadly, it does not really prevent creasing…it’s strange. My drugstore shadows and liners (Yes, it made my pencil eyeliner crease, as well as my shadow…I’ve never had that happen before, so I found it really strange) that usually crease don’t crease when used with this primer, but my higher end ones, that usually don’t, do (It’s just the slightest crease, though, so nothing too bad). So, not a total lose, but not really a win, either.
All in all, though, definitely a product I don’t regret buying in the slightest!
- A little goes a long way, one tube lasts a long time
- Some coverage
- Feels silky and velvety immediately after, makes applying eyeshadow a dream
- Increases vibrancy of shadow
- Increases wear of shadow, prevents fading
- Prevents creasing on products that usually crease
- Tube gets dirty easily
- Doesn’t control oil
- Eyeshadows and liners that usually don’t crease will, slightly
Overall rating: 9/10
Would I repurchase? Yes.
This is pretty close to an HG product, I’d say…and you can’t beat that price. Plus, adding this primer to my life has been pretty great…aside from the strange creasing issue, I’m amazed at how even minimizing the fading by a little bit can make a difference. Definitely a good buy.