As you may have guessed, I've decided to do a little comparison post of some eye primers. I'm still not entirely convinced that a face primer under makeup is really necessary (especially since I almost always use BB cream rather than foundation) but since my little obsession with loose eyeshadow has started up I've discovered that under loose eyeshadow at least, primer is a must.
Now, this is by no means a comprehensive comparison of all the primers out there - as the internet is so fond of saying, "ain't nobody got time for that." In order to decide which ones to really put through their paces, I trawled a bunch of makeup boards to see what was most commonly recommended. Smashbox's Photo Finish series came up most often in the places I looked, so I picked up some sample sachets of their Lid Primer from Ebay.
|Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer - $10 more expensive in Australia for some mysterious reason!|
|Taken about 10 AM. I know, I'm not perfect at application yet, but it's still|
sitting pretty well considering.
|Taken when I got home at 6PM, hence the nasty yellow lamp light.|
Ugh, look at this mess. UGH.
As it turns out, I was actually really dissapointed with the Smashbox primer. I'd heard so many good things I was expecting miracles, and at first, it did seem really good. It went on very smoothly, and wasn't sticky or dry or powdery. It's a pleasant, unobtrusive pink (probably not such a great match for skin tones other than pale Caucasian though), and the eyeshadow seemed to stick to it nicely without dragging.
|Yuk. You can see that hardly any has faded off at the eyesocket, but parts of the eyelid|
are totally rubbed off.
The next day, I got out my odd little slab of Missha, and patted it on. Even the beige version of this is a little too yellow for my skin tone, being as Missha is a brand largely targeted at an Asian market, but it's not too bad a match. Unlike the Smashbox primer though, you really don't want to put this under your eyes - it's altogether too opaque and looks ridiculous. On the actual lids however, it's magic. It makes your skin just that little bit tackier so the eyeshadow can really cling on.
|I think it MIGHT make the eyeshadow a tiny bit more matte, but that could|
also just be the dodgy light in my bathroom.
Well, okay, not PERFECT. It was still a little smudged, a little creased, but in WAY better shape than when I used the Smashbox. And the part that made my stingy little heart jump? This primer was only $8.50 from the Missha store, and I've since found it online for $6 or less. I can wholeheartedly recommend this little gem, wherever you choose to get it from. It does what it's supposed to, it didn't bring me out in a rash, and it's cheap as - what more could I ask?
So what are YOUR primer reccomendations? I'd be curious to do an elimination style test to find the best of the best!