I really love eyeshadow primers. They’re just the idea of heaven for those who have oily lids like me. Heck, even my eyebrows have oil glands that I need really waterproof eyebrow pens, eyeliners, and even eyeshadow primers. I need makeup products to stay put, and trust me, it’s not cheap. I think my skin’s just too demanding and challenging. *pouts*
For reference, before we go further, I’m defining what eyeshadow primers are. Eyeshadow primers are what you apply on your lids just right before you apply your eyeshadow, to make the eyeshadow “stick” to the primer, and remain there, preventing oxidation, and oiling up of lids which can make the eyeshadow run all over your lids ( which is messy ). Eyeshadow primers can actually be concealer, but they’re just too moisturizing. A good eyeshadow primer is usually sort of a cream with not much moisture, a bit dry, to help the eyeshadow just stick on the lids, and just stay put there. For me, it’s imperative to get one if you’re into eye makeup. It gives you security!
I’ve been using Urban Decay Primer Potion, and as much as I love it, and I know how effective it is, I can’t help but have some difficulty getting it in the Philippines. It’s also a bit hard and sorta tricky to blend eyeshadows with the Primer Potion. But then, I’ve always thought that it’s the only thing that works, so I just stayed faithful to it for years. I’ve had tubes of Urban Decay Primer Potion all used up and some just dried from time, I think I’ve used more than 5 tubes in this lifetime already.
But then something came along that made me change my mind about things.
Yes, this! The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla is my new HG Eyeshadow Primer.
Effortless and high impact-that’s the essence of NEW Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. This do-it-all formula glides on tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. In subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to 8 hours without creasing, flaking or fading, it’s a stroke of genius. Just swipe on and go.
At first, I was skeptic about this product. I’ve tried alot of products that promise that they’re long wearing and smudge on me anyways. I’ve always been disappointed with really alot of products already, that I didn’t set my hopes up on this one. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick is available in an assortment of shades – there’s even a beautiful emerald green shade and a deep plum shade that would be really pretty as eyeshadows, but I chose Vanilla, a concealer-like flesh shade that can act as a trusty eyeshadow primer that I can just apply any shade of eyeshadow shade that I like, and make it really useful like that.
During normal days, I find it so nice to be able to make my eye makeup-less eyes ( well, not anymore with this cream shadow stick! ) look really wide-eyed and awake as I apply the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla on my eyelids, and on the inner V of my eyes. Take a look at the photo of my eye on the left. I purposely made the application unblended so I can show you how I applied the shadow stick. On my entire eyelids until I felt the crease, and drawing a V on the inner V of my eyes. The result? Take a look at the photo of the right. The eyes just look awake, and the lids look brighter. It’s such a good add-on to my really simple look whenever I go out for fieldwork and meet clients! I feel really confident with “brighter” eyes – with all my simple efforts like using eyeliner and applying mascara just to make my eyes not look so sleepy whenever I would go out.
As for it acting like an eyeshadow primer, I find it really reliable. I would go home from a night out with eye makeup still intact, so consider me really pleased. I even swatched the cream shadow stick on my wrist area, took a shower, and the swatch remained even after I stepped out of the shower. Amazing stuff.
At P 1,550.00, the price is not so bad considering that it is in crayon form and won’t seem to dry up just easily. It’s so easy to apply on the eye area, and it’s so portable! I really highly recommend this for those adventurous with eye makeup – go get the other shades, and for those who would want to invest in eye primers – this is it. Give this a try! I remember reading Rae Morris’ book with her telling her readers to stay away from cream eyeshadows because they don’t really stay, but in this case, this is one concrete exception and proof that technology, research and development can do wonders and can create great products that would help oily-lidded eyes like me find some salvation.
I love this to bits!