Sunday, June 16, 2013
Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
I have had on and off luck with eye shadow primers. I love the Urban Decay and NARS formulas but haven't had good luck with the formulas from Tarte or MAC so it can't be worse than any one that I have used before. MAC is the worst formula for eye shadow primer which amuses me because I love everything else in the MAC line. Strange.
This product can be found at Sephora and at any stand alone Bare Minerals store, I tend to avoid the one in my mall since I only like a few pieces in their product line. The Sephora website provides a great product description of this eye primer. " A repackaged edition—now double in size—of Bare Escentuals' bestselling silky eyelid primer. Designed especially for use with bareMinerals, this primer is an oil-free, fragrance-free way to maximize the color and extend the wear of your favorite bareMinerals Eyeshadows, Glimmers, and Glimpses. The gentle formula goes on sheer and lightweight yet provides heavy-duty staying power for the most vibrant and lasting color. Perfect for those days when you need all-day, all-night wear, the sheer, neutral tint doesn't interfere with your favorite colors, while the bareMinerals-infused smoothing base keeps excess oil from affecting wear."
This primer is a thicker formula than the Tarte one that I just finished up and this was the first clue for me that I had found a formula that I would love. The Tarte and MAC formulas were creamier than the others that I have tried and I found that the best formulas are thicker and tackier and therefore keep my eye shadow and liner in place. I love Urban Decay Eye Shadows, especially the glitter-infused shades. However these are the shades that create the most fall-out and if I am not wearing a good eye primer, I will find the glitter all over my cheeks by mid-morning.
This formula is very thick and actually involves some extra squeezing on the tube to get it out. The first time that I used it, I actually thought something was wrong with the tube because so little product was coming out. I squeezed a bit harder and then a small ball of product came out. I rubbed it between my fingers to apply the product and then tapped it on my eyelids. This product is best applied with a light tapping motion and the little ball that came out was more than enough to cover both of my lids. I used a bit less of the product and it was the perfect amount to cover both lids with no excess product left over.
This formula is as high quality as Urban Decay and NARS, I was very impressed with it and would be more than happy to purchase it again. I have just found that the thicker, tackier formulas work the best for me and I have to use primers that have this texture. When I use this product in the morning, my eye makeup stays in place until I take it off at night. Last night, I went to the gym after work and my eye makeup was still in place after 30 minutes on the treadmill. This is a great product for me and it actually makes me want to buy more eye makeup from Bare Minerals.
photo courtesy of Sephora