Shadow Insurance is FABULOUS!!! However, in my case it has to share the HG shadow primer title with UDPP. I tried Shadow Insurance during the summer and was not impressed so I stashed it away and went back to Primer Potion. I LOVE Primer Potion and have a couple extra tubes stashed away, but my skin is getting drier now not just because I'm officially getting old but also because my skin is always drier in cold weather so I finally had to get off the Potion since it was making my lids too dry and tight. I've been using Shadow Insurance and only Shadow Insurance for the last 3 months and I LOVE it! It's not nearly as thick as PP so applies easier and is not nearly as drying yet my eye makeup doesn't budge all day. If I were forced to choose between the two, I'd be more inclined to go with Shadow Insurance since it also has great packaging--soft plastic squeeze tube with a tiny applicator tip that offers great control over the amount of product dispensed--and I suspect that my lids will become too dry and delicate for PP very soon. I loved Shadow Insurance so much, I gave a friend a tube because I was so confident she'd love it but her review was lukewarm and now I really want to ask her to give it back to me because she doesn't deserve it if she can't love it properly. You know you've found a great product when you're willing to become an Indian Giver over it. Get yourself a tube today!
I've tried UDPP and it didn't work alone. I've tried Fyrrinae's Rice Powder primer, and that didn't work period. I tried MAC's Paints, Paintpots and Shadesticks, those don't work alone. And, I've tried TFSI and it doesn't work alone (but I love the squeeze tube!). This has worked for so many others - yet, it doesn't work alone for me. If I combine it with two of MAC's products my shadows sort of stay crease-free, but if you have lids that tend to be oily, I'd suggest trying something else.
Most people who have reviewed this product rave about it - and I agree. It is, together with UDPP, the best primer to use, and as others have pointed out, easier and more effiecient to use than UDPP. I bought my tube in April (2008) and I still have about a third left. And I use this religiously, everyday. I have also found the putting a thin layer on the lips before applying liptick makes most lipsticks budge-proof for a good few hours. So yet another reason why I'm never without.
WOWOWOWOW. I haven't written a review in forever but this product is just so faaaabulous that it warrants some praise. After reading reviews on lid primers, I narrowed my choices down to TFSI and UDPP...and decided to try this one because I prefer the packaging over Urban Decay's.
My eyelids are really oily and shadows will crease on me after an hour or so, but with Shadow Insurance, my eye makeup stays on without creasing for the entire day. When I say the entire day, I mean around 20 hours (this is not an everyday occurrence, of course, because I DO sleep...sometimes). All I need is the lightest squeeze on the tube to get enough product to cover my eye and once it's been applied, the makeup I put on doesn't budge, doesn't crease, and doesn't fade. It also makes the colors of my shadows look more vivid. I'm not sure why I waited until now to use primer, but I'm glad I found my staple eyelid primer on my first try. Thanks, girls!!
Love, love, LOVE this stuff. A little dab of it and my eyeshadow stays on for hours without any touch-ups. It intensifies even your crappiest eyeshadows so they actually look good...haha. And yes, it makes your eyeshadow very blendable. I haven't tried Urban Decay Primer Potion like most have, so I can't compare. This stuff is pretty amazing though. Be sure to powder your lids before you apply.
Doesn't work at all to prevent eye liner creep or eye shadow creases from forming. Only a hour or two after applying, creases very apparent.
OMG seriously how did I managed to wear eyeshadow without this! I always thought primer was such a gimmick and that it wouldnt make any difference! I just used concealor on my eyes instead and my eyeshadow stayed for a long time. However, one day I saw it and thought Id give it a try and wow it really is something! My eyeshadows transformed! Not only does it make the colours much more vibrant and true ( you know when u see a colour in its pan and u put it on and it looks so much duller! this prevents that) I noticed my eyeshadow lasts all day no joke even at eleven or ten at night there still there! I never really had much problems before with creasing but after been out at a club or been in University till late Id noticed some creasing this prevents it! I can actually come home and not be scared of what my eyeshadow looks like!great product I highly recommended to people who are iffy about it!never again will I go without it!
How did my eyeliner survive before primer? Oh, wait...it didn't. My eyeliner smeared, ran, smudged off my waterline, gooked up in my tear ducts, and in general migrated around my eye area, making me look like a panda, except less cute and cuddly. By lunch, my schmeared liner made me look tired; by 5pm, I looked like a heroin addict. What was the solution?
I took baby steps into the world of primers with Lumene's eye base. It was on sale at CVS. While the product was thick and dry, it kept at least 90% of my eye makeup in place. Certainly an improvement, but there had to be something even better.
Enter TFSI. I did my research and decided to bypass UDPP - I don't have much patience for products that require me to saw them open in order to access three-quarters of the product. It's a much, much creamier base than Lumene's, and therefore doesn't cake up around the base of my eyelashes. When dabbed on my waterline and left to dry for a moment, my waterline turns into eyeliner flypaper. I put on an UD 24/7 pencil and that shit did not move or fade for almost 12 hours. ON MY WATERLINE. NOTHING stays on my waterline, ever. But TFSI has changed all that. My forgotten eyeliners, tossed into a drawer because they smeared off my waterline within an hour of application, now have new life. My eye makeup stash has been revitalized. Thanks, Too Faced - and here I was, thinking all your products were crappy and gimmicky!
Love, love, love! I use this every day under my eye makeup, and not only does it keep it from fading (even when I have fallen asleep with MU on, shameful) it makes the colors so much more vibrant. I have also used UDPP, and I like this better, partly because of the packaging. You can get all of it out of the tube and I like the tube applicator better than the doefoot. UPDATE: I have fallen asleep with heavy eye makeup on using this (hangs head) and woke up with 90% still in tact.
I didn't spend $16 to saw open a bottle, so I thanked what almighty power sent down this tube of TSFI to earth when I discovered it at Sephora. UDPP lasted me a night of clubbing, days of dance practice, but always seemed to crease my shadows.
UDPP's packaging is cute and everything, but in my army of cosmetic goods, I need something fast and easy to squeeze product out of. Especially when it's just primer/base! I'd rather spend 30 more seconds blending than trying to wipe excess product off that dang wand or trying to scoop out more product from the bottom. Squeeze and go! That's how it should be.
TSFI has a silkier texture than UDPP, which goes on creamy. People with oily lids may dislike the consistency, as UDPP probably works better for them because it's more drying. Personally, my lids are somewhere in between but TSFI still kept them oil-free.
This is a staple when it comes to great eye makeup. And hey, $1 extra for 0.01g more product and a better container is not bad. Not bad at all!