Do drugstore eye primers work?
That means giving myself pedicures and at-home facials. It means going a little longer between hair cuts and letting my girlfriends wax my eyebrows for me. And it also means buying drugstore brands whenever possible.
Several weeks ago, I ran out of the eyelid primer I use to make my eyeliner smudge proof. Instead of replenishing it immediately, I began searching for a drugstore eye primer.
A few trips up and down the beauty aisles of Wal-Mart and Target proved to be fruitless. I turned to Google, thinking perhaps there was an alternative similar to my Monistat Chafing Gel As Foundation Primer that I hadn’t heard of.
What I discovered online were several reviews for L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base. It was the only eye makeup primer I found mentioned that would be available at a local drug store. Fortunately, I thought, all of the reviews were positive. This stuff, it seemed, was exactly what I was looking for! And it would only cost about $8!
Someone on a Yahoo! beauty forum owes me $8.
I’m not sure what, exactly, L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base is supposed to do. Maybe it gives you a smoother surface for applying eye shadow. My shadows did go on slightly better with the base than they did on bare skin.
But the number one reason I use an eyelid primer is to extend the life of my eye makeup – and this eye shadow base did absolutely nothing for me in that department. I should have suspected as much when the primer/eye liner mixture washed off the back of my hand with water and a quick swipe.
While L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base is half the cost of Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer, the bareVitamins Primer actually works. It makes my eye shadow colors more vibrant, it mixes with my liner powder to give me smudge free eyeliner, and it makes all of my eye makeup stay on all day.
You can’t buy Bare Escentuals at Wal-Mart, but you will get a free sample product when you buy it from Sephora.