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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!

e.l.f. Eye Primer/Liner Sealer

e.l.f.’s Eye Primer/Liner Sealer is a product I really wanted to like. One side of this item primes the lids for eyeshadow, while the other glides across any eyeshadow to transform the color into a personalized eyeliner.

The company’s website describes the product this way:

” The Prime side sets your eyeshadow in so your color won’t fade, bleed or crease. The Liner side transforms your favorite eye shadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with this unique clear liquid and built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush. Now you can have your eye makeup lasting longer for no fuss no budge color. “

For $3 it was worth a shot, right?

I’ve tried the primer side a few times, giving it as many second chances as a bad boyfriend. It performed about as well, too. It’s pretty bad when the primer itself streaks and leaves nasty looking lines across your lids! Definitely not a keeper. It’s hard to apply because the primer is like an oversized concealer stick, next to impossible to evenly coat your lids, especially at the crease.

The liner sealer side digs into the eyeshadow and essentially messes it up for use as an eyeshadow later. I liked being able to wear some of my shadow colors as liner, but the color goes on very faint. I’d rather just buy a colored eyeliner pencil than deal with this mess.

I truly like some of e.l.f.’s products, but this is not one of them. After several attempts to find redeeming traits in this item, it finally found itself in the bottom of my trash can this morning!