I'd read so many good reviews about this (including comparisons to the old Urban Decay PP) that I had to pop it into my last Cherry Culture haul.
Overlooking the fact that it's a toxic cocktail that, if I were sane when it comes to cosmetics, I wouldn't put on anywhere near my eyes, it really isn't one for older skin. I suppose that young eyes without any issues like crepey skin might be fine with it. Anyone who is even slightly predisposed to allergic reactions should also think twice before trying it as it's full of chemicals known to cause allergic reactions, including those that build up in your system. Feel free to check the ingredients list I've just added above & google the ingredients. Your eyeballs will probably explode just reading about them.
On the first use, I was shocked to catch a glimpse of myself before lunchtime. I'd aged 10 years overnight! Quite literally, it looked as if I'd had a prosthetic theatrical eye makeover to age me: double eyelids that drooped over my eyeliner and my reliable quick mix of matte/sheer MAC and FACE atelier eyeshadows looked chalky and badly applied. At 54, in general my eyelids are in better condition than that of colleagues 10 to 15 years younger and I'm constantly being asked for tips on how I keep my skin looking youthful (no, I don't have any - it's purely a genetic accident). I still only have the one crease line and there's only a tiny amount of crepey tissue beginning to droop above it. With a couple of quick makeup tricks this is barely noticeable unless you scrutinise my skin as obsessively as I do myself.
I tried the Milani primer a second time, this time trying to spread it on as thinly as possible, although I don't like stretching the skin on my eyes as much as this product requires (the texture is strange and can't really be dabbed on and distributed in the way that, for example, Urban Decay can, even though it feels as if it can). It wasn't quite as awful as an instant old lady maker, but simply didn't cut it as a primer that could hold eyeshadow in place.
Finally, last Sunday, I experimented with using this from lashline to brow (basically, the way I always apply a primer) on one eye and using Too Faced Shadow Insurance on the other. I used only eyeliner and mascara. Within a couple of hours, aside from the heavy sensation on the lid with the Milani on it, I felt that it was a little uncomfortable on the point of becoming itchy and irritated. When I ran my finger over the lid, I realised that it felt as though there was a layer of plastic on my eyelid. I was as if the area had cling-wrap pulled over it. The lid with Too Faced on it felt normal, but drier & silkier than my oily eyelids usually do.
I always have at least two or three primers on the go at any given time, each according to the task I use them for (heavy duty no budge to lightweight for under an eyeshadow base), but I've never encountered anything that feels like plastic (to the point of feeling squeaky under my finger!).
CONCLUSION: I don't like this stuff one little bit. It's made of a lengthy list of cheap and very, very nasty ingredients and really appears to work by holding shadows & liners in place by setting them into a plastic-like substance. I've had to give it a lippie to review it and it seems to please a lot of people, although I'm anticipating some edits in the future as some of these will undoubtedly develop a nasty reaction to it after the allergens build up. Personally, even if I were younger and this didn't work like prosthetic ageing solution on me, I wouldn't be able to tolerate the feel of it suffocating my skin. All of our standard eye makeup from shadows to liners to mascara have nasties in them. Starting off with a good layer of plastic to make sure they set in place and ensure we don't miss out on any addition toxic goo that may not have been fully covered by the rest of my eye makeup is not my idea of a good primer. Needless to say, the remaining primer was squeezed into the rubbish and the plastic tube tossed into the recycling on Sunday night.
This primer is pure evil!
This is a great little gem! I have tried Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, NYX, MAC Painterly, and also MAC Paint In Bare Canvas. This is a great dupe for MAC's Bare Canvas. I prefer this to all of the others I've tried. I like it to have a bit of a color to cover and even out the eyelid. This is also a bit of a powdery finish when it sets, which I prefer. I also love the squeeze tube. So much easier to use and no waste.
I have insufferably oily lids. Even worse now that I'm off HBC and only now getting a handle on my oily skin. I prep them after washing my face by sweeping a cotton pad that's been slightly moistened with witch hazel and tea tree oil across them and letting it dry down before applying my makeup, and while it helps, it doesn't keep the oil at bay forever.
I had been using ELF eyelid primer for years, loving it to death, but as skin can sort of develop an "immunity" to products over time, I found that it stopped working for me. So I went on the hunt for something new.
Enter Milani's eyeshadow primer.
This little tube of wonder came storming into my life the other day while I was (unsuccessfully) searching for their new range of Shadow Eyez pencils. I spotted it, remembered that my eyelids were resembling the Exxon Valdez, and hastily snatched it off the peg from which it hung and brought it to the counter.
Having had amazing experience with Milani's wonderful range in the past, I was excited to bring this baby home. I immediately swatched it on my my hand, noticing that the thicker texture and slightly dryer consistency left a smooth, almost powder-like finish behind.
I gave it a go the next morning, and even though by 10pm it had creased a little bit, the makeup was still for the most part intact. My eyeliner hadn't migrated up to my crease, the liner on my bottom lid hadn't settled into any fine lines, and there wasn't any noticeable sheen to my lids.
I used it again today on a heavier look. I'm hoping it stands up to the warm day we're about to have. I suppose we'll see.
Also, I've heard that this is likened to Too Face's Shadow Insurance. I've never used that product, but I'm hoping that the effectiveness of this primer will prevent me from ever having to, as the only large-dollar purchases I can ever justify making in my silly brain are obnoxiously expensive lipsticks. But I digress.
I will make an edit to this review once I've given this stuff a week to tell all, but for now, it's a win. Bravo, Milani!
EDIT: It's been about a week. This primer is amazing. Totally amazing. As I mentioned before, after 15 hours of wear, there is a slight bit of creasing, but nothing near as bad as what I was dealing with before. With this primer, my eye makeup doesn't look like a greasy mess by hour 5 like it did before. I get about ten hours of solid wear before any creasing occurs at all, and even then, it's minimal. Love this stuff. Love it love it love it. I hope my eyelids don't change their mind like they did with the ELF primer!
This is my favorite primer. I like it so much better than UDPP, which makes my eye shadow patchy and look less pigmented. Milani's primer exceeded my expectations. It is easy to apply, has a cream color that blends easily, it dries quickly, and keeps my eye makeup looking flawless. I can use cheap WnW eye shadow, go dancing, and when I come home hours of rowdy partying later my eyes look as flawless as they did when I left the house. Without the primer, the same cheap eye shadow fades, I know from experience. I am happy that a DS product is my HG, doesn't happen very often. Highly recommended, I will repurchase.
This did not work on me. I have super oily lids and my shadow creased by lunchtime when I used this product. I had to take my Sigma fluffy brush to my lids to smooth the creases out.
I wish it worked because the price is right but I will have to stick to TTSI.
Milani made a home run with this! Its better then any other eye primer I've had and I've tried em all! Its cheap and easily obtainable! It helps saturate the eye colors and make them last so long! It lasted through about 3 hours of clubbing and I got home fell asleep and my eye makeup looked the same!
This stuff is great! My biggest problem with shadows has always been creasing, as my eyes are sort of oily and they're hooded. I wore my shadows for 12 hours today and NO creasing with this. Up until now I've been using UDPP, and so far I feel like this is just as good! It's a little different texture than UDPP, it's slightly thinner and has a less dry texture. It goes on easily, and shadows apply and blend easily over it. I haven't tried it with really colorful shadows yet, so I can't really speak to whether it brightens them up or not-but on my neutral shadows it works great! If anything changes I'll be sure to update my review. You absolutely cannot beat this for the price! Under $7 at Walgreens. After using this, I may not even repurchase my UDPP when it runs out, it's that good.
For me, this just didn't work properly. I think its because I happen to have most of my oily-ness on my nose, chin and ...you guessed it...eyelids. =) I would say, if you have pretty regular lids then this would be stellar. It definitely holds pigment (color) of shadow/concealer/powder or whatever very well. And gives it great lasting power. But for me, I still had quite a lot of creasing. I much prefer the Smashbox or Tarte.
Wow!! I have pretty much tried many eyeshadow primers and theyre usually $20... I absolutely love this Milani version. For the price it is amazing!! It is similar to UDPP except a bit more creamier and easier to blend. However, it does not last as long. About 8-10 hours of wear, the eyeshadows do tend to crease a bit, but not that much. With UDPP, I have no creasing what so ever... I can wear my makeup for 12 hours +. I would definitely recommend to those who are tired of paying $20 for an eyeshadow primer. This one works just as well as UDPP, maybe not a full 12 hours or longer, but almost there.