Despite the reviews, I thought I'd go ahead and try it anyway and I'm pleased to say I was happily surprised! You don't need to use too much of this product to get the results and I found that it did keep my eyeshadow on for most of the day. Love the glittery lid on it and personally, I think this is a great primer! I have been using it every day since I bought it and will definitely be buying it again when it runs out!
No more dark circles on my eyelids!
Price: £12.50 in the UK. I paid $27.10 SGD at the MAC counter at Singapore airport. It's MAC so not going to be cheap but a little goes a long way so I expect this to last me a very long time.
Packaging: Comes in a lightweight clear plastic circular container with a black screw on lid. Great for travelling. Lid is secure and I always make sure to tighten the lid after use to prevent the product from drying out.
Product: The trick with this product is using the correct amount. Use too much and it creases, as does the eyeshadow that goes on top. You only need the tiniest amount - less than what you think.
My dark circles extend onto my eyelids, causing orangey brown discolouration. This product covers and neutralises that discolouration brilliantly. It also minimises the appearance of the very fine red veins I have showing through on my eyelids and provides a clean, neutral canvas for my eyeshadows. I use it from my eyelashes all the way up to under my brow bone.
It dries to a powder matte finish. I have the colour Medium which is very similar to my natural skin tone and colour.
This product provides a great base for my powder eyeshadows and color tattoos, allowing my lighter eyeshadow colours to show as they should. Prior to using this product I had a hard time using pale eyeshadow colours as the darkness on my eyelids would prevent the pale colours from coming through. This product also delays creasing in my eyeshadows thus making my makeup look good for longer.
Love this product and would definitely recommend it if you get dark circles extending on to your eyelids too. I tried the MAC Paint Pots but found the texture to be a bit too thick and dry, whereas this is very creamy, yet thin and light weight so it doesn't make my eye makeup look cakey. Plus this product was a better skin colour match for me than any of the Paint Pots.
I have tried this primer, Estée Lauder (the one that was discontinued in the skinny navy tube), the new Estée Lauder primer, and also an Elizabeth Arden eye shadow primer. This one is my favorite. I've had it for a couple of years (don't use it everyday) and it is still plenty moist. I have pretty fair skin, and also skin bordering on dry (very dry in the winter) and I feel like this does the trick for my skin type. I've never had an issue with my eye shadows creasing during the day (with or without a primer). I have had issues with it wearing off during the day. This helps the shadows to stay longer on my skin. It does not keep it from staying ALL day, but it sure helps it to stay a lot longer than when I don't use it.
This is the first eye primer I have owned so I can't compare to others....but I think this does a really great job at making sure eye makeup doesn't budge. I don't wear this every day, only special occasions such as weddings or going to the races etc. where I need my eye makeup to stay put. Sometimes when I sleep in my makeup (go on, shake your head) I wake up with perfect eyes! It's unbelievable.
So why didn't I give this more lippies? The packaging looks nice, but is really quite crappy. The primer started drying out very soon after I bought it, and I always screw the lid on tight. The formula has completely separated from its glass container all the way around, and I have hardly used it. I think one of MACs usual plastic snap shut pots (like the concealer pot) would be better for holding in moisture. The one other con is the price $$$ for the amount you get.
I am quite happy with how this performs but I will probably try another brand next time to see if I can find a budget dupe.
This is a terrible eye primer! My eyeshadow creases so badly or slides off. Will definitely not buy again. They shouldn't sell this. Total waste of money.
This product doesn't really do what it says it does. My shadow still moves and I think you're better of using UD potion primer or putting a bit of powder on top. I find this product works better as a concealer. Quite disappointing and not worth the price.
Love this as concealer on area above the lid. I have been using this for a few mos. Asian C3 and obvious shadowing all around the eye area, this was the PERFECT thing. Working in a school, I rarely do more than minimal makeup to work. The formulation is light yet creamy and gives a perfect powder soft finish and is undetectable while it takes away all the orangey darkness above and around my lid area. I do use a separate concealer for under eye of course. But this product has changed my life. And it feels so good going on!
I should say I never use this as an eye shadow primer bc of all the neg reviews. I see no need to even try. But for my purposes, as long as they sell it I will repurchase.
This stuff sucks. After being an avid MAC shadow user, the girl at the counter suggested I use a primer under my dark shadows to avoid creasing. It doesn't work for more than 4 hours. Creasing begins after and it's thick and gunkie. Won't buy again.
I was skeptical to try this but since UDPP no longer works for me (makes my eyes dry and patchy) I had to try something. So took a chance and I'm glad I did. This primer does something to make my cream shadows more alive looking for lack of a better description. My matte shadows appear more natural and everything stays put. LOVE it. I have used Too Faced Shadow Insurance and liked it, but it has been a couple of years since I've used it, so for now, I will stick with MAC and I will repurchase.
Yes, I have read, and reread reviews and I still bought this rubbish (I suppose I was hopeful that they listened and reformulated, but alas they didn't). Honestly Mac, you have some stellar shadows and yet you sell this. I really wish I could return this but I can't in the UK. And I am too embarrassed to sell/swap because it really is that dreadful and wouldn't wish it on anyone else.