Tarte Cosmetics Fall 2014 Collection review and swatches part one

Sultry, but subtle.  Essentials for day that can take you into night.  Tarte Cosmetics has a beautiful new LE collection for fall, and today I have reviews and swatches of the primers and concealers they sent us.  I previously reviewed the stunning Rainforest After Dark Palette HERE, be sure to check it out.  Tomorrow I will review five more products from the awesome Fall 2014 collection.

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer

First up – primers.

1.  clean slate timeless smoothing primer ($39)  This is part of the new collection, although thankfully it’s a permanent product.  The clean slate timeless smoothing primer is a thick and creamy silicone-based primer that comes in a glass jar.  It leaves skin super smooth, filling in all those wrinkles and smoothing pores for flawless makeup application.  It keeps makeup vibrant and fresh and is an excellent choice for people who like silicone-based primers.

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

tarte colored clay CC eye primer

2.  colored clay cc eye primer stick ($21)  This is a color correcting eye primer that brightens the eyelid, primes it for eyeshadow application, and keeps eyeshadow from fading and creasing.  I have oily lids and this takes care of that issue stat.  I also like it as a base color all by itself.  My eyelids have an uneven color and some redness, and this primer stick does a great job of evening and creating a neutral base.  Another plus – it doesn’t need sharpening, just twist up from the bottom for more product.

The Fall 2014 collection features one color corrector and one concealer:

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

tarte colored clay CC undereye corrector in light-medium

1.  colored clay cc undereye corrector ($24) is a CC cream that color corrects and brightens the under eye area.  It comes in two shades:  light-medium and medium-tan.  The shade I have swatched is light-medium.  This creamy color corrector has a tiny bit of shimmer that reflects light and camouflages darkness under the eyes.  It is a color corrector, not a concealer, so using this under concealer really helps to brighten and make eyes look younger.  Definitely PAT this under the eye for the best effect – rubbing or even buffing it with a brush will diminish the effect.  Follow your patting with tarte maracuja creaseless concealer and it takes years off your look.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer

tarte maracuja creaseless concealer swatch in Light

tarte maracuja creaseless concealer swatch in Light

2.  maracuja creaseless concealer ($22) is one of the best concealers ever.  It is a very thick, creamy concealer that covers like crazy.  You don’t need much, a small amount gives creaseless coverage that lasts all day long.  If you have dark circles, you want this concealer.  It is a must-have.

Stayed tuned for the rest of the collection tomorrow, including the best in faux lash extending fibers, colored clay tinted brow gel, lipsurgence lip gloss in Envy, Amazonian clay dual liner duo gel liner, and the be charmed limited-edition picture perfect eyelash curler.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Korres Greek Yoghurt Primer Review

Primers are awesome for ensuring a smooth, even application of makeup.  If you have issues with makeup fading after a few hours, primer can be the perfect solution.  But for many, silicones aren’t tolerable…and most primers are full of them.  Korres recently sent us their silicone-free option, Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer ($30), to test.  Can a primer without silicones do the job?

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

First, let’s talk about packaging.  The box is very attractive and chic with a geometric blue and black floral pattern.  The tube is pretty cool too – it reminds me of a tube of toothpaste.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just so different it appeals to me, but I get a kick out of using this primer every time simply because of the packaging.

Love the cool tube packaging - Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Love the cool tube packaging – Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Yogurt is the main ingredient mentioned, but while yogurt is a healthy food option I can’t find any studies that specifically say it’s a great topical skin care ingredient.  However, there are plenty of other skin-friendly ingredients in this primer that smooth and nourish skin – all without silicones, parabens, or sulfates.

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer

Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Primer is a white gel that resembles a light moisturizer.  Unlike silicone-based primers that sit on top of the skin this one sinks in, and it does have a scent that smells like yogurt (go figure).

Korres reports that 94% of women they surveyed felt that after using this primer their skin was more hydrated and healthier-looking, and 94% of women saw visible improvements in skin texture and smoothness.  I think this primer is a good choice for combo to oily skin because it doesn’t clog pores.  It’s probably not moisturizing enough for very dry skin.  I find that in terms of preventing my makeup from fading, I get the best results when I apply it after moisturizing and then let it sink in for about 5 minutes before applying foundation.

Overall, this is a very good option for anyone who wants a non-silicone based primer.  It certainly smooths skin and keeps makeup from fading, and the yogurt makes me feel like I am doing something healthy even when I eat nothing but fast food and chocolate all day!

You can find Korres online and at Sephora stores.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, C12-16 Alcohols, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Triheptanoin, Yogurt, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Menthyl Lactate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ VP Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (parfum), Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Gluceptate, Lecithin, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extra

GrandCentralBeauty serves up some S.M.A.R.T. skin care

Most ‘grand centrals’ around the world are examples of classic architecture and modern efficiency. The New York skin care line GrandCentralBeauty is based on those concepts. In fact, their motto is “Classic Treatment, Modern Results.” They have three products that are meant to be layered for skin perfection. GrandCentralBeauty sent us their Express Facial Kit ($32, a $40 value) which is a great way to try out the line.

This cute wristband comes with the Express Kit

This cute wristband comes with the Express Facial Kit

All of GrandCentralBeauty’s products are S.M.A.R.T.  So what does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? Smooths, Moisturizes, Anti-aging, Redness-reduction, Tones. All products are meant to compliment whatever routine you are currently using, which is definitely smart in my opinion.

The Express Facial Kit includes a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting MASK, a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER, and a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER, all packaged in a cute pink travel tote.

Grand Central Beauty

GrandCentralBeauty Active Mask Powder (held together with the wrist band!)

the mask

the mask and booster

The S.M.A.R.T. SKIN PERFECTING® MASK is a powder mask that is mixed with the accompanying liquid Intensive Booster.  I love powder masks because they keep a whole lot longer than masks that are already liquid. One jar of powder makes a single very thick mask that ultimately peels off and looks like a Halloween mask.

the mask

the powder mask – mix it up right in this container

The mask does all the S.M.A.R.T. things, plus it brightens skin and reduces oiliness. It really is a whole lot of fun to use, too. The powder is pre-measured, and the mask is left on for fifteen minutes. It cleans out pores like crazy – you just might faint when you see all the gunk in the mask that used to be on and in your face.

the polisher and serum

the Perfecting Polisher and Perfecting Serum

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein. I think it works better as a serum than a primer – I need a little more spackle than this provides – but if you prefer a lighter primer this is a great option.

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER is a seriously cool product. It’s a 30-Second Multi-Tasking Toning Peel. Looks like a serum, doesn’t it? But it is a peel with ingredients like multi-fruit acids including apple, lemon, sugarcane and orange, botanical extracts like peony, and caviar-like beads that exfoliate and polish.

This is applied to a clean, dry face, then massaged until these little spongy beads show up (about 30 seconds or so). Those beads are actually dirt and dead skin cells…ewwww…but fascinating! Just buff them off into the sink, and no need to even rinse. Do this before the mask and follow with the serum and it’s a complete pampering facial.

Of the three products, the Skin Polisher and Perfecting Mask are the standouts. If you are interested in GrandCentralBeauty, the Express Facial is a great way to try everything and see what works best for your skin.  In fact, I would say that it is a S.M.A.R.T. buy!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Prime and line with Tarina Tarantino

Tarina Tarantino, the funky cool designer and makeup artist, makes some of my favorite cosmetic products. I almost cried when she left Sephora…but thank goodness she can still be found at local boutiques and via her website. Tarina recently sent some items to test and I am excited to tell you about her Pearl Glow Primer ($32) and Eye Dream Hyperliner Eye Liner ($15).

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

As always, TT has adorable packaging

As always, TT has adorable packaging

I always love Tarina’s packaging – just like her beautiful jewelry, the glass bottle is extremely attractive with fabulous details.

The Pearl Glow Primer comes in two shades, Nude and Pearl.  I tested the Pearl shade. It is an off-white with pink and purple iridescence that sheers out a super pretty soft glow.

Pearl Glow Primer swatch

Pearl Glow Primer swatch

Pearl Glow Primer swatch sheered out

Pearl Glow Primer in swatch sheered out

This is both a primer and a highlighter thanks to light reflective pigments. I wear it over or under foundation. It is oddly lumpy at first, but smooths out and gives a great luminosity to skin. I also love that is has no silicones.

For eyelining, there aren’t many eye pencils that are as good as the Eye Dream Hyperliner.

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner

Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner

Ultraviolet Hyperliner

Ultraviolet Eye Dream Hyperliner

Ultraviolet swatch

Ultraviolet swatch

The Eye Dream Hyperliner works great with my oily lids. It has a fabulous gel-like texture and goes on smoothly thanks to the tiny spheres of jojoba oil and vitamin E. I can create either a thick or thin line with ease.  The Hyperliner is extremely pigmented and also waterproof. It doesn’t smudge and the color stays true all day.

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner eyes

Tarina Tarantino Ultraviolet Hyperliner eyes

My Tarina Tarantino FOD

My Tarina Tarantino FOD

Speaking of color, I love the Ultraviolet shade! It is a dark purplish-black that I find myself reaching for day after day. This really is a wonderful eyeliner and I am definitely picking up more colors - Glamorous Thief and Kanzashi are totally calling my name.

Take a look at these two excellent products, plus Tarina’s other cosmetic items and her swoon-worthy jewelry online at www.tarinatarantino.com .  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration 

Pearl Glow Primer Ingredients: WATER, OCTYLDODECANOL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OLEOSOMES, GLYCERIN, ALUMINA, MANGANESE DIOXIDE, POLYACRYLAMIDE, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, LAURETH-7, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE.

Hyperliner Ingredients:  Wax base: cyclopentasiloxane, c11-12 isoparaffin, polyethylene terephthalate, parraffin, polybutene, silica, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed iol, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, ceresin, ozokerite, microcrystalline wax, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, polyurethane-11, tocopherol, glycine soja (soyabean) oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, isobutylphenoxy epoxy resin, tin oxide, ascorbyl palmitate, calendula officinalis flower extract, persea gratissima (avocado) oil unsaponifiables, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, tocopheryl acetate preservative: phenoxyethanol may contain: mica 77019, titanium dioxide 77891, iron oxides 77491/77492/77499, ferric ferrocyanide 77510, carmine 75470, ultramarines 77007, aluminum powder 77000, yellow 5 blue 1 lake dioxide 77891, iron oxides 77491/77492/77499, ferric ferrocyanide 77510, carmine 75470, ultramarines 77007, aluminum powder 77000, yellow 5 blue 1 lake

E is for Eddie, F is for Funkhouser, A is for Eddie Funkhouser face products

I’ve been trying to keep my rendezvous with Eddie Funkhouser under the covers but I think it’s time to come clean again. Eddie, that rogue, is now following me on Disqus and Twitter. I’m following him with Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Luxlight Hydrating Primer plus Luxlight Illuminator Pen. When these were sent for review I knew that Eddie Funkhouser was only sending me a little extra loving. That’s how it is with the two of us.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Luxlight Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight. It was created to leave your skin dewy and delicious. It’s described as having a luminous glow with a golden peach undertone. What I like about the primer is that it is a beautiful glow and one that I can wear any day, any time, with any foundation (shh, don’t tell on me). With my fair skin I was a little leery about wearing a tinted primer but that feeling was dispelled once I started using it. It can be used alone for those of you who prefer not wearing a foundation. Or you can mix it in with your foundation or just wear it as a primer under foundation (preferably Luxlight Revitalizing).

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

But why do you want to use this? For starters it has Glycerin in it for skin softening. It also contains Castor Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil to condition and smooth. Other ingredients are Squalene, Vitamins A, C and E. And the best part is that you can wear it alone on your arms and/or legs to give you a soft glow that won’t rub off.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades (fair, light, medium beige, medium, medium tan and golden dark). I have this in Light which is for light skin with yellow-olive undertones but I think when I rebuy it I’ll try Fair since I have cool undertones. Even though this is a little warm on me the foundation is so lightweight that the color still works great. Eddie’s website describes this as “ultralight, creamy, and buildable formula enhances skin’s natural radiance for a flawless, light-diffused finish throughout the day”. I can’t put it any better. I’m using this in a single layer and not building up the coverage. I really prefer it as a light coverage natural looking foundation.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

This foundation may not be for everyone though because of the ingredients. It contains Talc to give it a soft focus, diffused light finish. It also contains silicones to extend the wear. I know both of those can be a problem for some people although they aren’t for me. Other ingredients are Volatiles (long wear properties and fast drying application), Resins (long wear properties), Glycerin and Vitamin E. I’ve worn this in winter, spring and summer and am enjoying how my skin looks. Sometimes I wear the Primer, sometimes I don’t. Eddie doesn’t seem to mind. He told me he likes me both ways.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

The other facial product I have is the Luxlight Illuminator. This is a pen like product with a brush. You’ve seen them before for a whole lot more money than the $11.99 this costs. This is available in two shades (Candlelight for a cool luminous glow and Arclight for a warm glow).

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

This versatile pen will add illumination to any area of your face you want. Highlight your brow bone, the bridge of your nose, the cupids bow of your lips and the tip of your chin to make sure the light catches you at your best.  It’s not a concealer but it is a wonderful highlighter/illuminator. This contains: talc, volatiles, light reflecting pigments, glycerin and peptides.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight

Since Eddie Funkhouser and I first got together he’s spread himself out a little more. We are lucky enough to be able to purchase his products at a variety of places like gloss48.com, blush.com, nastygal.com and urbanoutfitters.com. Also some of you incredibly lucky ladies can see the line in person at a variety of Rite Aid stores (if only that were me!). As for me, I’ll just keep hangin’ with Eddie and make my move when the time is right!

Have you been introduced to Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics yet? He might be just the man and brand you are looking for to stretch your pennies while remaining beautiful as always. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

Top Ten Tuesday shares our top ten primers

Top 10 Primers on Beauty Info Zone

Top 10 Primers on Beauty Info Zone

Top Ten Tuesday is back again. This week we’ve decided to share the primers that we love. I’ve gathered up 5 facial primers and 5 eyeshadow primers to share with you. I could easily have 10 of each but needed to reign myself in a little. These are the ones in current rotation. — Marcia

Facial primers

I tried to pick 5 different kind so as not to repeat myself. Let’s see how well I did.

5 favorite facial primers

5 favorite facial primers

1) B. Kamins Corrective Primerb kamins primerThe B. Kamins Corrective Primer is unique since it’s formulated with glycolic acid which is meant to help with the appearance of large facial pores. It has exfoliating properties and with time it becomes not just a primer but a treatment too. It contains rice bran for hydration. It has a silicone feel to it (contains dimethicone) so it may not be everyone’s choice but I see a smoothness when I use it that I don’t always find with other primers. For me it’s a great cool weather primer since it’s adding another layer of protection to my skin. It also mattifies my skin which is a nice change.

2. Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

This is a double favorite at Beauty Info Zone. Both Lisa and I both love this and don’t want to be without it. I love this because it’s a 12 month primer for me, it’s not too heavy to wear year round. This contains COQ10 (protective anti-oxidant), Olive Oil, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin A, and squalene so it’s loaded with skin goodness. This leaves me with a dewy appearance and it doesn’t take a chunk out of my wallet since the price is so reasonable.

3. Miracle Skin Transformer Vanish

MST VANISH

MST VANISH

The newest trend in cosmetic type skincare are blurring products. You’ll find them all over the drugstores now. But before they became the “in” thing there was Miracle Skin Transformer’s Vanish. It dispenses as a white silicone gel that dries down clear. It’s great for blurring imperfections. With Vanish I am comfortable using it prior to foundation application but also after. Some days I’m lucky to get out of the house with a little foundation on, with Vanish when I’m touching up later I can apply it over my foundation and get a smoother, less lined look.

4. Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser has the most fun primer of all the ones I’ve chosen. It’s lightly tinted but doesn’t really add color. What it adds is hydration and glow. The ingredients are squalene, glycerin, castor seed oil, jojoba oil, Vitamins A, C, and E. It does not have that silicone feel to it and I don’t believe it contains silicone. The color is called Candlelight and that’s the glow it adds. There’s no shimmer to it so it just adds a luminosity that you’ll love. Plus it’s only $14.99.

5. Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster is my luxury primer love. I’ve been very stingy using this so my packaging is already out of date but the product is fresh as ever. It’s a 3 in 1 product which is described as an anti-fatigue cream, an enriched primer and a facial mask. It’s very creamy and feels more like a moisturizer than a primer. I have used it as a mask but I prefer it as a moisturizer/primer. At $90 I’ll just keep loving how perfect my foundation looks when I use it.

Eyeshadow primers

I wear an eyeshadow primer every day with any kind of eye makeup. I use one under creams just as much as I do under powders. An eyeshadow primer is what makes my makeup go on smoother, makes colors more vibrant and last longer. I no longer have oily lids but that’s another reason to use an eyeshadow primer.

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

Top 10 eyeshadow primers

6. LORAC BEHIND THE SCENES EYE PRIMER

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

I got a sample of this with a Lorac purchase and that was enough to convince me I had to buy this. It’s like a magnet for eyeshadows. If you have a shadow that doesn’t want to last, try this Lorac one.

7. MILANI EYESHADOW PRIMER

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

I actually reviewed this as a guest post on Prime Beauty. This is my favorite drugstore primer. It retails for $6.99 but you know there’s often a deal at CVS or Ulta so you can try this for less. It’s a light flesh color so it masks any discoloration your lids might have. Not only is it great for you, but it’s something to recommend to those new to the world of eyeshadow primers.

8. MAKE UP FOR EVER EYE PRIME

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

It was a thrill when Make Up For Ever finally brought this Eye Prime out. Even if their eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and don’t always need a primer, other brands do. I’ve tested this eyeshadow primer with everything and I’m always happy with how long my eye makeup lasts. This is a beige cream that disappears and leaves a flawless canvas for your cosmetics.

9. EM COSMETICS EYE PRIMER

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

em cosmetics eye primer is my newest love. It adds luminosity without any glitter, sparkle or artifice. I was amazed at how long my shadows lasted with it and how much more oomph many of them had. I’ve noticed that em Cosmetics has lowered prices lately but this remains at $15. It’s worth that to me since the subtle white shimmer adds a wonderful brightness.

10. TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE aka TFSI

TFSI

TFSI

I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve bought Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It’s my go to eyeshadow primer. While others raved about Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, I remained true to TFSI. I always have one in use and a spare. I obviously dabble in other eyeshadow primers but I remain true to Too Faced. Plus I have its sister in Candlelight which is a beautiful shimmery base.

So there you have my very long list of favorites. Are any of these on your list? — Marcia

Please join my fellow Top 10ers – maybe they’ll be less wordy!

*some items were sent to test, others were purchased.

Em Cosmetics Eye Primer – winner or wanna be?

EM Cosmetics Eye Primer (site)

em Cosmetics Eye Primer (site)

On Black Friday I was convinced (that’s my excuse) to purchase some EM Cosmetics since they were having a BOGO sale. I guess I was in the mood to spend a lot since I added their Eye Primer to my cart. I paid $12.76 for two although I notice that they cost $15 each now. Whether I pay $15 or under $7 this is what I consider a best buy. It turns out that I love this shadow primer. I’ve got backups of my Too Faced Shadow Insurance plus about 7 other eyeshadow primers so this is not something I needed. But now that I have it I’m in love.

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

em Cosmetics Eye Primer

The EM Cosmetics site calls this transparent which it is and it isn’t. When you first apply it you’ll see a white liquid that has a very subtle shimmer. It takes a minute or so to dry and at that point it will be transparent. It’s very lightweight even though it goes on wet at first.

em Cosmetics Eye Primer swatch

em Cosmetics Eye Primer swatch

em Cosmetics Eye Primer wand

em Cosmetics Eye Primer wand

Here’s why I love this… let me count the ways

1. The price I paid was excellent but I still don’t consider the real price of $15 to be out of line.

2. It’s totally amazing with the em Cosmetics line of eyeshadows. There’s a definite difference in the longevity of wear with their shadows.

3. It’s just as long wearing with other brands of eyeshadows.

4. While it appears shimmery it just gives a subtle brightness to shadows therefore it livens up some of those mattes that I’m not crazy about. Even those of you who are afraid of any shimmer shouldn’t find this to be anything but giving a little more lightness to your shadows.

5. I like the wand which some people may not care for. It’s easy to get the product out and I like smoothing it on my eyelid. There’s a subtle curve to the wand that helps it on your lid. In addition it gets out the right amount.

6. The website says to think of it as a magnet for your eyes and I totally agree. Shadows adhere to it beautifully and it brings out the pigmentation of them.

It’s pretty obvious by now that this is a valentine to this particular product. The Eye Primer was the winner in my Black Friday spree. Now if only I could figure out where I put that second one!!

What eyeshadow primer do you use? — Marcia

 

fill weight: 4.5 ml/0.15 fl oz

Ingredients

ISODODECANE
NYLON-12
TALC
CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE
HYDROGENATED COCO-GLYCERIDES
PARAFFIN
DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE
SHOREA ROBUSTA BUTTER / SHOREA ROBUSTA SEED BUTTER
PROPYLENE CARBONATE
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
BHT