LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer


183 reviews

71% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$


Isododecane, Talc, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Eicosene, Copolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-40, Stearate, Propylene Carbonate , Beeswax (Cera Alba), Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, 77491, 77492).

on 5/17/2015 4:06:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I had a sample of this that came with the LORAC Pro Palette and used it to completion. I wound-up getting a full size after because it was about the time my Urban Decay eye primer ran out and I was desperate for something that I knew didn't leave my eyelids a red, dry, flaking mess--and I know now I should have went to Sephora and got samples of other primers first.

The product itself is a salmon-colored liquid-gel kind of substance. It spreads fairly easily and dries quickly on the eyelids, saving you some time in the morning. I have dry eyelids and creasing is not typically an issue for me, but I wear eye primer for a few reasons: 1. to make the colors more vivid, 2. to lengthen the time of wear, and 3. to avoid creasing (which would occur in wearing some indie eyeshadows such as Shiro, Hello Waffle, and a few other brands).

It is on that note that I'll be judging LORAC as following:

1. Vivid colors: I don't feel that it actually accomplishes this. Having even a base color down makes the colors stand out more than this primer actually does. I don't think this has any effect on the actual colors and how they appear. Halfway through the day, I notice the colors actually became muddled and even if I am wearing garnet colors or anything else, they become shades of taupe. What's the point of wearing eyeshadow if the color isn't even going to be that color?

2. Lengthen time of wear: to me, this is a massive failure for the above reason. I will, however, note that nothing smudged when I wore this.

3. Avoid creasing: this is a success, though I think part of that is due to the formulas of the eyeshadows. Indies tended to crease on me, but mainstream formulas (LORAC, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay, etc.) did not when worn with this primer.

In short, I don't think I'd recommend this eye primer--especially when there are so many other options on the table.


- Mild color correcting in salmon color (if you happen to be white)
- Does not exacerbate dryness on eyelids
- Non-drying
- Spreads easily
- Did not smudge or colors did not migrate during course of day


- Muddles eyeshadow colors over day
- Does not help keep the colors long-lasting
- May crease depending on the formula

on 5/3/2015 8:34:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

This primer works great and is very easy to apply. I love it!

on 4/19/2015 2:25:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I think this is a good primer and I find it does extend the wear of my eyeshadow and prevent smudging, but not as long as the Nars one. I appreciate that it has a little colour and the consistency is nice and light. I like the squeeze tube packaging and if the Nars one was ever discontinued I'd repurchase this one.

on 4/7/2015 5:49:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Other, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

The major reason I like this is because my eyelids aren't very oily. They can get a bit greasy sometimes and affected by humidity, but most other popular primers, such as Urban Decay or Too Faced tend to actually dry out my lids. I don't think Lorac primer makes my shadows last quite as long as the other two mentioned, but for me it's much more comfortable and less irritating while still doing the job. The formulation is quite creamy so it takes a bit longer to set. If you apply your shadows while it's still very moist and tacky they won't blend properly and will not be stable through the day, so just dab on with fingers sparingly then wait about 2 minutes for it to settle in.

This doesn't improve vibrance but you can use a cream base for that. I don't find this plays well with NYX jumbo pencil in Milk but it works great with MAC paint pots. Lorac primer will take mid-end shadows from about 6 hours without primer to 8 or 9 using this, effectively getting me through most of the day. I find it works best with Lorac shadows that tend to be richly pigmented but quite soft, but I guess that's what it was formulated for.

I love this as an undereye primer though. It really helps concealer and powder to not settle into fine lines, and noticeably improves the coverage and wear time. So if you're not digging this on your eyelids, try under eye!

Ultimately I think if you have oily eyelids or not sensitive and can handle UD Primer Potion or TF Shadow insurance, try them as they perform better with most qualities of eyeshadow and extend weartime even longer, but if not Lorac is the next best thing. It's still better than ELF, NYX and Revlon in my opinion.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 3/29/2015 8:27:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I received this as a freebie with my pro palette. It's nothing special. I wouldn't fork over the money for it.

on 3/12/2015 6:16:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Green

Awful, awful, awful. My shadows applied patchy and when I got home less than six hours later, I noticed they had completely disappeared except for that telltale gritty crease line. Good thing I got this free with my palette, because I'd be very unhappy had I spent money on it.

on 2/26/2015 4:28:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This is a nice, thin, creamy, smooth eye primer, but it does not work for oily or slightly oily lids. It tends to melt my eye shadows into a mess only after a few hours. I think it would be nice if you are aware that you have normal or dryer lids, but not for anyone with any type of oil.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I got this product when I purchased my Lorac Pro Palette Original. It's great how they included a primer. In my opinion, this product is way to raved about. The packaging is nice and cute, but the formula is ehh. The products smells TERRIBLE and CHEMICALLY. This might just be mine, or just a fluke, but when I sniffed it, I instantly was shocked. The primer is quite sticky, which is great in a sense to hold the eyeshadows in place, but due to it, the eyeshadows have a hard time blending around. Don't get me wrong, the Lorac eyeshadows are amazing! The consistently of the primer is quite liquidy and is a white ish color, so it would work on many different skin colors. Overall, I wouldn't purchase this in the full size.

on 2/22/2015 1:48:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I got this from ULTA as a beauty steal, so I paid only $10 instead of the retail price $21. I'm glad too, because there wasn't anything "wow" about this primer as I would expect for $21. Formula-wise, it reminded me a lot of the $6 NYX HD Eyeshadow Base, with a soft, creamy consistency, skin-colored tone, sheerness, drying time, and staying power--which brings the color out of my eyeshadow for 6+ hours before the color either begins to fade or crease, depending on stress and environment.

After about 3 months of having this, I also noticed that the tube started to spill a little oil before the rest of the product would come out, which seems typical for squeeze tube packaging as this has happened with my former favorite (and discontinued) Victoria's Secret VS PRO Lasting FX Eyeshadow Primer when it was packaged in a white squeeze tube. Not a huge deal but it can be a little messy. To prevent it I alternate storing the tube upside down and right side up from day to day--if I remember to.

I have tried 2 eyeshadow primers so far (NYX HD Eyeshadow Base and this LORAC one) and 2 eyeshadow bases (NYX Eye Base in Skin and a huge number of Maybelline Color Tattoos), and overall this LORAC one is my least favorite because it is otherwise expensive had it not been for the Ulta Beauty Steal deal, and it performs like a drugstore primer. In fact, the Maybelline Color Tattoos aren't even marketed as eyeshadow primers but they outperform anything I have tried on my oily lids, especially with powder shadow over them. I thought I'd have a taste of a higher-end primer with the LORAC primer, but I'm not repurchasing.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Red, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I received the mini size of this eye primer with the Lorac Unzipped palette. It is very comparable to Urban Decay's Primer Potion both in texture and the way it blends into the skin. The eye shadows never creased or fade when I used this primer, but then again, I don't suffer from oily eyelids and the shadows I used were extremely rich in color too. Maybe if I use it with cheap eyeshadows I could see the true performance of this primer? Anyway, would I buy the full size?
Heeeeeell no!!!! Eye primers are one of those things I wouldn't splurge on.
Good product, just over priced.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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