I've been using this since 2006, I've repurchased three times , and I'm loving it. It evens out my eyelids' skin tone, and keeps eye makeup in place for 12 hours. Make sure you don't over apply, a thin layer is all you need. Apply too much and your makeup will crease. Oh yea, use your fingers to dab on this product for best results. Some BAs will tell you to use it with one of their creme eye color brush, but that's just because they want you to buy more. I will keep repurchasing this as long as Laura Mercier still makes it. Of course there's room for improvement, make this a tube, the wand is completely useless.
I got this in 'Eyebright' (the blue colour). It's supposed to brighten your eyes. I use this only on my top lid (the inner corner, on top, and the outer corner) and it I love it. Makes my eyes look wide open without leaving that obvious white halo around your eyes that some products can do.
I got Flax, which was a perfect pearly light beige. Wheat seems to be the most popular shade but it's a little too pink for me. Flax neutralized the ruddiness in my lids. I'm not sure what this product is. Primer? Shadow? Application is little tricky. The consistency of this product is very thin. It's not even as thick as a watery lip gloss. What I have to do is swipe onto my finger and dab onto my lids. The product applies very sheer at first but it becomes more opaque as it dries and gives a very nice coverage.
The was in love the first day I wore Flax. The neutral color not only neutralized my ruddy lids but also gave me a lovely, bright canvas for powder shadow. My eye makeup lasted for 9 hours without creasing. That particular day was cool and dry and I usually wear my makeup anywhere from 12 to 16 hours so I tested Flax over the course of a week and I am very dissapointed.
Not only does this product crease on me, it also dried out my lids and irritated my eyes. I could not wear this over my TFSI or UDPP because it ends up looking like spackle. The skin on my lids is dry but I have freakishly oily an sweaty creases. Eye Basics exacerbated both problems. I also had some itchiness and irritation around the rims of my eyes. Not sure what caused this since I was also using a new shadow but my money is on Eye Basics. My lids were in such bad shape--itchy, dry, red--that I had to lay off eye makeup for a few days.
I'm very sad that this product did not work for me because that first day was love like I hadn't felt for makeup in a long, long time.
You can't fool me. This is a concealer.
I had this in Linen when it first came out in the round tube form w/ doefoot applicator and I initially used it as it was demonstrated to me by the SA at Sephora-- as an eyelid primer and / or cream shadow in one. It was fine. Great. No problems.
one day I was fishing around in my purse for a touch-up to my undereye area and could not find my usual concealer. Desperate and in a hurry, I grabbed this and dotted a bit under my eyes and hoped for the best while I gently patted in. It looked pretty good. I self-consciously looked in the mirror later on because I felt strange with eyeshadow UNDER my eyes but it was holding tough. In fact, I thought, It's not creasing very much. EUREKA MOMENT! If it is designed to minimize creasing on my eyelid, why wouldn't it do the same thing under my eyes? Answer: It does.
Now, I know this is not the intended purpose of this product and I know it is not specifically formulated for the undereye area and caution, warning, disclaimer... but this is one of the best concealers I have ever used. I am 40 years old and this face has used a truckload of concealers. This one is light and dries to an opaque film which means it does not stay creamy under my eyes and therefore does not allow the product to slip into lines very much (which LM pot and BB corrector do). It comes in some of the most natural skin shades I have seen (which is more than I can say for a lot of products that are supposed to be concealers!). It is so light-feeling (but not sheer-- it is highly pigmented) that I even use it on my face-- red spots, discoloration, etc. before the LM Mineral Foundation. I know-- that's probably sacrilege too and a complete bastardization of the intended use of this product. But, seriously, how many of us have tried Prep. H for undereye puffiness, Monistat 'primers', Milk of Magnesia masks, etc.? And I say Thumbs Up for Multitasking!
This has replaced my HG L'Oreal Airwear in Pale that was discontinued. Well, actually, the LM Basics new shade "Cotton" has replaced it. "Cotton" is lighter and more yellow than "Linen" but I still buy both because I need to sometimes combine or switch between the more yellow "Cotton" and the more pinky neutral "Linen".
Now, a bit of a warning. I can usually touch up with just a little tap of my ring finger over the undereye area (without any more concealer). I sometimes need to add a little more of the Eye Basics if it has been a long day. However, if you set your concealer with powder, it might be difficult for you to add more concealer later in the day without caking. I find that if I use this, I don't need to set with a powder so if/when I need a touch-up it is no problem to add a little dot more.
I've attached five pics, so click on "continued" to see them.
1. my right eye, completely naked (!)
2. my eye with the LM "Cotton" Eye Basics blended on lid and undereye
3. my usual every day eye look completed (LM in Stellar w/ MAC Patina in crease, NYX Long Lash Doll Eye mascara)
4. same as 3 above but with the flash
5. for comparison, tubes of "Cotton" (left) and "Linen" (right)
I really like the coverage this product provides, and find that my eye shadow stays in place without creasing. As another commenter noted, this product does not go on well when you use the applicator. The Laura Mercier sales people said you definitely should not apply with the applicator -- use a finger or brush instead. I find that a concealer brush or a cream eye shadow brush works well. LM really should sell the product in a pot or tube.
This product is GREAT as eyeshadow base, it makes my eyeshadows last forever in my lids, i have in two shades and it is so far the best eye primer i ever used!
I bought this in Cotton and Eyebright to use as a lid base, Cotton (yellowy beige) for warm colors and the Eyebright ( light blue) for cool shades. I wish the consistency of the product was thicker and had more coverage. I can still see the purply color of my eyelids after I apply. I will use up what I have but I will not repurchase.
This product is fabulous. I have fair skin and extremely discolored eye lids and this wipes them out completely and makes me look so awake. My HG product for this!
I got a sample of this in the color Buff after placing a Laura Mercier order. I bought Flax at Sephora because I wanted to try a lighter color. It has a sponge-tip applicator, but a lot of product comes out on it, so you have to thin it out on the lid with a brush. I bought this because I wanted to eliminate the step of using a brush to apply primer, and I'm having to use a brush anyway. For that reason, this is only getting 3 lippies. My Benefit F.Y.Eye and MAC paints do a much better job and get 5 lippies, and they prevent creasing. The Laura Mercier creases.
When I first tried this, I was intrigued. I don't wear eye shadow every day, but when I do, I want to avoid creasing and smearing. I got the Eye Basics in Cotton (for reference I am NC 25).
I tried it with the applicator a few times and was frustrated with the results. It went on gloppy and thick and was too light for my coloring. I gave up on it for a while, and threw it in my reject box.
Then I was watching a tutorial on neutral eyes and saw that the MA was using a brush to apply eye primer. So this morning I used a clean concealor brush and used a very small amount and blended it in. I was very impressed with the results - the color is still quite light, but the consistency and coverage was perfect. After I applied my eyeshadows, my eyes looked great! The primer was unnoticeable, and 6 hours later, my eyeshadow is still vibrant, fresh and unsmeared. No oiliness.
Also, I used just a tiny-teensy bit on my orbital bone area, and that really helped to open my eye.
I'll be using this everytime I wear shadow - it makes all the difference!
And I will NOT use the applicator again - what a waste. This would be a much better product if it were packaged in a tube to control the amount. I have a feeling I'll be scraping at the end eventually.