Friday, September 17, 2010

Is there an Eye Shadow Primer out there that lives up to the Hype?

Its interesting that in my adventures as a professional makeup artist, I have met a lot women that enjoy using eyeshadows and yet are suprised at the possibilities of an eyeshadow primer and what it can do for them.

Just as there are tons of eyeshadows out there for our pleasure, there are equally the same amount of eyeshadow primers products that profess to be the 'best thing since slice bread' or in regular english words - ensure that the eyeshadow will be longer lasting, more vibrant and won't crease when used with them.

What I intend to do over the couple of days is create a series of where I will look at products from Trinidad and US that's available and give an honest assessment of them and how they hold up.

Part 1 - Urban Decay
I have encountered a couple primers and have even entertained the notion of using concealer/foundation on the eye as a makeshift primer and I can say it worked, sometimes.  However, thanks to some friends in the industry, they turned me onto a product line called Urban Decay.  I was aware of this product for a couple years now and I am a constant internet researcher, so of course I investigated it.  I understand that it was beloved by many for its 'powers' of 'staying put' but I was put off by the packaging. The original - Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion has a narrow shape with a wand.  As a makeup artist, I have two issues with that:

  • For the simple reason of hygiene, I am not going to put a wand on anyone's eyes or even swipe on hand before application
  • There is a limited amount of product to be desired and I like to have a large amount since I work with a lot of faces that can last for a long time
So I didn't purchase it.  Until now....The good people at Urban Decay have apparently heard the many, many voices of makeup artists and users alike and have decided to not only increase the amount of product available but change the size to be more user-friendly...

So guys, no more cutting in half....yes, its over!

It is the Eyeshadow Primer Potion Professional Size and this is only a recent development and I was lucky enough to actually get it when they debuted it.  I can say that the size is actually quite large and as the website claims "with 150% more Potion" available.

You can see in the inset picture that the nozzle is very tiny and non-drip and it allows for better control.  It dispenses about a pea size of product and the color is nude and dries to a matte finish and is not irritating to the skin. 

I used it on Thursday with a Coastal Scents Eyeshadow palette and after application, there was no problem with layering or blending of the eyeshadows.  It held up really beautifully for the entire day until 5pm when I returned home.
It retails for USD$29.00 which is approximately TTD$190.00 and can be found via this Link.  Its a great buy especially for the size as it will last you forever!

For those of you that can't wait to get it, I am going to search for a product that's available in Trinidad that can be a good alternative until it reaches in your hands!

OVERALL RATING: I give it 5 out of 5 stars

I will post up Part 2 tomorrow - Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse....

1 comment:

  1. ha, I will experiment my thought, your post give me some good ideas, it's truly amazing, thanks.

    - Norman