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Wednesday, October 20

Eyeshadow primers

Here's a comparison between 3 different eye makeup bases: e.l.f.'s Eye Primer and Liner Sealer from the Studio series ($3), e.l.f.'s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer ($3) and Manhattan Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base (ca 70 kr, $6).

e.l.f.'s Eye Primer and Liner Sealer  has a very thick texture and when applied, looks yellow. I find it a little bit difficult to apply. No love because of the strong yellow color. Liner Sealer has a strong chemical smell but works very well on skin. In fact, it's quite hard to bet the product off the lids afterwards. This one gets bonus point for it's casing - looks great.
Ingredients: Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Mica, Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Methylisothiazolinone, Caprylyl glycol. May Contain: Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

Liner Sealer Ingredients: Aqua(Water), Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

e.l.f.'s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is very liquid and STINKS. Mirror, mirror on the wall, which one's the stinkiest of them all - well this one wins. It stinks so bad (terrible chemical smell) that when I use it I hold my breath when I lift the product close to my face. It also cannot be applied using the doefoot applicator cause then you end up applying too much. And if you apply too much, it creases as soon as you apply it. Trick is to put it on the back of the hand first and from there use your finger to get it to the lid. No love, will not buy again.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Cylopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Last and imho the best is the Manhattan Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base - skin-colored (with some light sheen), holds pigments in place, does not stink and ingredients list is rather short. Does not contain triclosan like ArtDeco's eyeshadow base. Problem with this one is application... and it's tendency to dry up quickly. The consistency is rather thick (mostly mineral oil derivates) and difficult to apply with brush so I use my fingers. Must take care not to scoop up too much because the excess will start rolling on the lid.
Ingredients: C11-12 Isoparaffin, Talc, Mica, Cera Microcristallina, Polyethylene, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Propylparaben, CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499


Maggi said...

I love elf's mineral primer and it doesn't stink to me. It's definitely my fave :)

Porcelaine said...

awww. well i've got my friend to get me one of the elf primers but i don't think it was the ones you reviewed. i hope mine will be alright though.

Enter my giveaway:

LiisK said...

I'm very sensitive regarding smells, I cant walk down the detergent-isle without gagging and I hate smokers from the bottom of my heart. Could be that the smell is not as aggressive for other people.

Maggi, how do you apply it? Do you also have to use minimal quantities to avoid creasing?

Porcelaine, hopefully you'll like your primer. I'll go check out your giveaway :)

Blanka said...

I think manhattan primer was the best for me, it didnt dried quickly on my lids. too bad its withdrawn in stores here in croatia.
i use art deco now but it smells like detergent to me :/

Maggi said...

@LiisK: I usually use the applicator directly on my eyelids, I just pat once on each upper lid and spread with a finger. As I spread it, it disappears to a smooth finish. Then I start putting eyeshadows right away. If I'd let the primer on by itself for a while , it would crease.

I also use TFSI primer the same way, only that I sqeeze it on finger before putting on lids. The two perform exactly the same to me, but elf's mineral primer has safer ingredients I suppose. And it's cheaper.