You’ll notice that whenever I write about eyeshadow I always mention using an eyeshadow primer. Always. It’s rare that I have a day that I don’t use one. I do have a
slew small collection of eyeshadow primers and I’m always looking for new ones.
The reason I bought Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base is on the shoulders of Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book. I don’t know her but I follow her blog and she can convince me to buy so many items. It wasn’t one review from her that got me to buy but after her mentioning often that this was her favorite eyeshadow base, I just had to try it.
At $32 this click style pen is more expensive than most but really not terribly out of line. Too Faced Shadow Insurance which is my go-to primer is $20, Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer is $21 and the new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer is $29.
Now it’s time to talk about the product!! This is the only eyeshadow primer I know of that comes in 3 shades. Since it does impart a small amount of color that is important to people with different skin tones. I am extremely fair so I chose Cashmere since it’s the lightest of the three (Dune and Sand are also available).
The first few times I used this I just didn’t see what the big deal was and questioned myself about spending the extra money on it. At first the consistency was loose and there was no difference between using the Bess and Too Faced. But I remember reading that it was a thicker primer so I kept going. After about 7 uses I saw the difference. It is thicker and it covers my eyelids more precisely. I think it just needed time to get past the top of the wand and into the base.
It takes longer to dry but the primer blends out nicely and makes my shadows last longer than the others I use. I thought from the name it would be more illuminating than it actually is though. In my swatch it looks like a concealer but it’s nothing like a concealer, this base holds onto shadow.
So why do I like this in spite of the first 7 uses and the extra cost? Mainly because it works especially well with an eyeshadow that isn’t quite as pigmented as I’d like. In addition it gives my shadows a little more depth because they have more to cling to. I apply this on my lids with my finger since I don’t love using the brush on it. I let it dry down and then apply shadows. Pigments adhere better than with any of my other current bases too.
I don’t use it every day but I do like to use it with certain shadow brands and when I know I don’t have time to touch up before going out in the evening. I’d also use it on special nights so that there’s no doubt that my shadow will last through it all.
While Edward Bess used to be carried on Sephora.com where I bought mine, the only two places I could find this eyeshadow base are Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and his own site. It is also available at Beauty Bay for $29.90 but I have no experience with their site though I like that they have free shipping.
I’m happy I bought the Edward Bess Illuminating Eyeshadow Base and will replace it/when I finish it up. Have you tried this? What’s your opinion? — Marcia
To see the list of ingredients go to Edwardbess.com
To see The Beauty Look Book’s review on Dune and Suede go here
I consider myself the queen of giveaways, at least as far as The Sunday Scoop goes. I enter about 5 – 8 giveaways in a typical week while I’m looking for giveaways to share with you. Do I win many? No, unfortunately I don’t. But then every once in a while I will win and that’s a pleasant surprise. I actually won LUMINESS ROUGE UNDERGROUND EYE PRIMER along with another Luminess Rouge Underground product from Beauty Underground and I was sort of shocked. I’m only using the Eye Primer for now but it’s making me want other Luminess Rouge Underground products.
When it first arrived I didn’t realize that Rouge Underground is an offshoot of the Luminesse Air line. I was really confused about how a spray eyeshadow primer would work. That mistake was corrected when I went to photograph and sprayed out the first pump and lo & behold, it came out just like Too Faced Shadow Insurance did.
I never apply powder eyeshadow without a primer and I almost always use it with a cream eyeshadow. If I’m going to go through the work then I want longevity. That’s where this Luminess Rouge Underground Eye Primer really shines. I’m constantly amazed at how much longer my shadows last using this. Any time I’ve ever used it, I’ve never had to touch up my shadows even 10 hours later.
I’m used to putting on makeup early in the day and then between 6 and 7 p.m. touching up if we’re going out for the evening. When I look in the mirror on the days I’ve used this eyeshadow primer, my shadow looks perfect. No fading, no disappearing, just the same look as when first applied.
This is sold at Target and Amazon for about $16.99. Funny though that on the Luminess website it sells for $28.99. Someone’s got it wrong!!
Here’s what Amazon has to say about this:
- Allows eye shadow to adhere to the eyelid for long-lasting wear
- Ultra-sheer primer glides on effortlessly
- Smooth finish provides crease-resistant intense color
- Apply before eye shadow to prep your eyes for all-day vibrant color
- Hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic for all skin types
- No testing on animals
I don’t have a list of ingredients but I’m sure this is loaded with some kind of silicone. It glides on smoothly BUT it takes forever before I can apply my eyeshadow. It stays tacky for much longer than the eyeshadow primers I’m used to using. That’s my one negative comment about this primer. The Luminess website tells me that their Underground Rouge products are paraben free and non-comedogenic. It also tells me that they never test on animals.
PROS: This is the longest lasting of any eyeshadow primer I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a lot). CONS: You don’t want to use it if you are short on time. Give yourself time to wait until you can’t feel the tacky feeling or your shadows won’t glide on the way they should.
I’m happy that this was a prize I won since it opened my eyes to a new product line that’s reasonably priced and an eyeshadow primer I can count on for hard to hold shadows. So many people tell me that even a great primer doesn’t keep their shadows on because of oily lids so I have something to recommend for those of you who feel that way. For me it will become a staple especially on my longest days.
Have you ever tried this offshoot of Luminess? I’m very curious now about the foundation. — Marcia
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
I tried to pick 5 different kind so as not to repeat myself. Let’s see how well I did.
1) B. Kamins Corrective 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE
SHOREA ROBUSTA BUTTER / SHOREA ROBUSTA SEED BUTTER
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER
I also really like having a setting powder.
This is a creamy concealer that gives medium coverage. I wouldn’t say it covers super dark circles, but it definitely offers some coverage and brightens dark areas. It does a great job on blemishes.
Now if it only actually camouflaged my ass, it would be perfect.
Soap and Glory says, “A first base if you want crease-free, no smudge eye colour. Contains Insta-Lift™ Firming Para Cress Flower Proteins (to help give you more flat, glossy, smooth-finished lids), anti–colour crease long wear polymers, and coffee extract to fight morning puffiness. Use BRIGHT LIGHT under everyday eyeshadow, or SILVER LINING for a shimmering layer under party eyes.
I say, mine is Bright Light. It definitely brightens and helps eyeshadow last longer. The best way to use this is to smear some on a steel palette, then pick up a small amount on your finger and pat pat pat on the eyelid. Don’t use too much or it will crease. Used sparingly, it does a beautiful job of priming those eyelids.
I say, wow, quite the double entendre! Glow Job is an extremely intriguing tinted moisturizer. Initially, it just looks like moisturer:
But spread out, it reveals tiny little beads full of tint:
The beads burst as you smooth in the lotion, leaving behind gentle color:
The only problem I encounter is at times I don’t quite ‘pop’ all the beads, and am left with either a bead on my face/body or a bit of a splotch of color. To remedy this, I now pop all the beads with my fingers first, then apply. It’s wonderful for those low-key days when you want some color but not full-face makeup, and it’s terrific on the decolletage.
My friends loved England, and I loved my gifts. They are just naughty enough to be fun. Brilliant! – Lisa
A few weeks ago, I had dinner with Ulrike Bege, District Manager for Kryolan Cosmetics, and got the scoop on all the latest and greatest new things. Kryolan is a fantastic line that has products for both everyday use and for theatrical use. Did you know that the majority of Illamasqua products are actually produced by Kryolan? I am going to the Face & Body Expo in Chicago next month where I will be stocking up on the newest things, but in the meantime here is a quick glimpse of what’s to come:
This is the new, reformulated Eyeshadow Primer. It feels super silky on, and it really brightens up the color of eyeshadows.
Ulrike showed me her bottle of Makeup Blend – this is not the ‘official’ packaging. I went bananas over this! It’s a silky liquid that thins out cream and liquid foundation. It helps foundation last, and it gives a beautiful matte finish. So it gives old products new life (turn liquid foundation into tinted moisturizer! Or thin out that too-thick cream foundation!) It also saves money as you use less product when combined with Makeup Blend. I can’t wait to get my own bottle.
HD Micro Primer feels so amazing on, Ulrike was laughing at me because I was simply swooning over this. WOW it feels amazing! As all primers do, it minimizes pores and fine lines and makes skin smooth. This has a small amount of silicone so it feels extremely silky, but not too slick. It is to die for.
The High Gloss lip glosses are spectacular. The amount of pigmentation is fantastic, and the mouth feel is just perfect – not sticky, and not so slick as to wear off after ten minutes. The colors? Amazing.
I sat at our booth swatching away as Ulrike munched on her salad, giggling at my delight. But hey, what can I say, shimmer makes me shiver!!
Everything was stunning and there is so much I am looking forward to! I plan to get a full range of these products in March and I will share everything after I try them all for a while. Until then, I will be dreaming of Kryolan! – Lisa