I’ve known about makeup primers for a couple years now. I remember before I moved out here to LA, my girlfriend was in love with a particular primer (I don’t think Smashbox had their product out just yet). She’d pick up a new tube any time she came out here to LA. Sometimes I was lucky enough to even borrow it from time to time. Man, that stuff was impressive.
Then I moved out here to LA and the land of beauty and learned about the Smashbox primer that everyone raved about. I’ll admit that I’m not a religious user, though I do keep a small tube in my travel makeup case.
Nowadays, since I mostly use mineral makeup, I use a primer from Bare Minerals made to compliment the makeup and whatever stories they sold me along with the tube. If I’m wearing mineral makeup, then I’m wearing that primer. I like it, but I’m not so sure it works as well as the Smashbox primer.
But my favorite primer yet…shadow primer! Why did no one ever tell me about this before? I mean, it can keep your eye shadow on for the entire day. Seriously, I can nap with this shit on and I wake up (with sheet creases) and full shadow still on. It also helps to keep my eyeliner on longer. The fact the the colors are much brighter is just a pleasant side effect.
Since no one thought to tell me about what a difference shadow primer can make to your look (trust me, using my regular primer on my eyes didn’t make a difference like this), I thought I’d share my find with you. I can’t talk about what brand is better than another, but I can tell you that I’m using the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and loving it.
So if you wear any eye makeup beyond just mascara, give this a try. You can find them for under $20. Let me know what you think.
I like makeup primers, too, and have been known to wear them without much makeup on top, LOL. I also really like the Photo Finish by Smashbox, but it’s a lot of money to pay for something that I don’t actually use very often. (I get too sweaty at work, and when I get sweaty, makeup makes me face really itchy.)
I recently threw out almost everything in my makeup box – I kept the smashbox primer even though it seems to be drying out now, I’ve had theone bottle for a couple of years now – and have been playing around with new brands and colors that I haven’t tried before. I’m really liking Aromaleigh a lot right now. I’ve just started trying out mineral makeup myself, but I’m already liking how my skin feels, even though I don’t wear it very often. You can order a sample size of almost anything, and playing with the samples is pretty fun. Their eyeshadow primer is also pretty good, though I’ve got nothing to compare it to because I’ve never used one before. I like that their site lists customer reviews on every single different product, and their forums can be helpful, too.
I also bought a new primer from Camellia Rose, and it seems to work just as well as the Smashbox, but isn’t as pricy.
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