My ongoing quest for an effective eye shadow primer led me into Sally Beauty Supply recently, and I decided to try Claudia Stevens Lid and Lip Primer Base. I had never heard of this brand, but the saleswoman assured me it is a good one. I nodded but made a mental note to keep my receipt, just in case. Good thing.
The product description claims that this item is “makeup before the makeup”, to prevent color fading, creasing, and bleed. Sounds good, right?
I tried the eye primer first. My first thought about the primer stick was that it just looked greasy. How the hell would an oily primer keep eye shadow from creasing? It applies like a lipstick, or concealer stick, and I topped it with a light dusting of powder before applying eye shadow.
My first reaction to this product was dead-on. This primer encouraged creasing and actually made it look worse than not wearing primer at all. I tried it a few more times, just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, and each time my shadow almost immediately creased and looked terrible.
I also tried the lip base, just to see if it could offset the crappy performance of the lid primer. It ended up making my lip color goop up and collect in the corners of my lips, which is not especially attractive. Not only that, but my lipstick didn’t last any longer with this base than without it.
I wasn’t impressed, to say the least. I grabbed my receipt, stuffed this product back into its box, and returned it for a refund. Out of five stars, I have to give this one a zero. Not doing what it claims is one thing; actually making make-up look worse is downright appalling. Save your money on this one!