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Claudia Stevens Lid & Lip Primer Base

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!

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e.l.f. Eyelid Primer

e.l.f. offers up this Eyelid Primer for just $1, so of course I had to take it for a spin. I’ve been spending about $15 on Urban Decay’s primer, which is great, but if I could replace it for a fraction of the cost, that would be even better!

My first day, I used e.l.f.’s Eyelid Primer with a shimmery brown eye shadow. The primer looks and applies like a concealer. It applies easily enough if you don’t have the applicator gooped up with too much primer. I dabbed at it with my finger to make sure it was even, let it dry, then tapped just a bit of powder over the primer as I powdered my face.

When I checked my eye shadow at lunch time, all was well! The shadow still looked smooth, creae-free. I have very oily skin, so that is an accomplishment unto itself.

At the end of the work day, though, there was definitely some creasing. I was disappointed the primer only made it half a day.

The second day, I used the primer beneath a darker, more matte brown eye shadow. The color stayed smooth and crease-free most of the work day. After a workout, the shadow was all but gone, but I’m not sure it’s fair to expect a primer to keep your shadow budge-free during a sweat session!

I am testing this primer again today with a light purple eye shadow, and I will check it at lunchtime and then again after work (but before my workout!) to see how it is holding up. I’ll post an update!

Too Faced vs. Urban Decay

Calling all eye shadow primer users: I need some opinions! I am on the last of my L’Oreal De-Crease eye shadow primer, and although this product has acceptable results, I still occasionally have some creasing by the end of the day. After taking the extra step to use an eye shadow base, I’d really prefer to see NO creasing!

I have also tried Urban Decay’s iconic Eyeshadow Primer Potion, but like many users, I have gripes about the bottle and not being able to get all of the product from it. For $16 for basically eye shadow spackle, I’d appreciate full usage of what is in the bottle.

One I have heard of but never tried is Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($17 on Sephora.com). Do any of you use this? What are your thoughts on it? How does it compare to Urban Decay’s primer? If you have $20 to blow at Sephora, which eye shadow primer would you choose?

Urban Decay vs. L’Oreal Eye Shadow Base

In this corner (right):Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion, a strong favorite of mine and the heavy-weight champion of the beauty world!

In this corner (left): L’Oreal De-Crease Eye Shadow Base, the newest addition to my make-up bag, in a trial run against my old stand-by. Will it be able to hang…and possibly replace the Urban Decay champ?

I applied the L’Oreal Eye Shadow Base this morning, and immediately I noticed the difference in applicator. Urban Decay’s is smaller and sturdier, while L’Oreal’s is like a broad, soft sponge. Forget applying the L’Oreal base with just the applicator; you’ll end up with gobs on your eyelids and there’s no way it will cover evenly. No big deal though. Just dab it with your finger to blend evenly and ensure a smooth base for your eye shadow.

One thing the L’Oreal product has going for it is that it costs half as much as Urban Decay’s primer. I can also find the L’Oreal product even in little hick town stores, while I have to order Urban Decay online (and pay shipping).

The two eye shadow bases are slugging it out right now with no clear winner announced yet! After I’ve had a few days to test run the L’Oreal base, I’ll let you know which one is the champ.