Review of LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer by zernelle
I have very oily eyelids, and even though the rest of my face has become drier since I turned 30 a few years ago, my eyelids remain oily. Because of this, I had a terrible time using eye shadow (it would crease almost immediately after application) until I discovered eye primer.
After trying several different eye primers with only mediocre results, I was thrilled to find Urban Decay Primer Potion. I became a huge fan of the one product that kept my eyeshadow intact all day, but like many fans of UDPP, I abhorred the packaging that caused me to toss out the remains of the product when the applicator could no longer reach it (I've never bothered to cut open the package).
My current tube of UDPP has nearly reached the point of needing to be tossed, and I recently saw the new LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer on Sephora's web site. I decided to take a risk and order it (the closest Sephora store to me is an hour and a half away) because I loved the more efficient packaging and the fact that you get a lot more product per dollar with BTS than with UDPP (plus, I'll be able to get at and use more of the BTS), so it's a lot more cost effective.
Fortunately, my risk paid off. I love LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. One thing I've never loved about UDPP is that it really tends to grab the shadow and makes blending difficult. I want my shadow to look really natural and well blended, so I don't use bright colors, but sometimes I still have difficulty with UDPP. BTS is less sticky, so it doesn't grab the shadows, and they blend much more smoothly, but they also apply more sheerly (I like this, but those who want a big color payoff from their shadows may not). I use just a TINY dab of BTS, and it applies very sheer and utterly invisible on my lids (I'm very pale and have no discoloration that I want to hide).
I did a side-by-side test with UDPP and BTS, applying one on each eyelid, topping that with transluscent powder (which I've always done with UDPP to improve blendability, but I'm not sure it's really necessariy with BTS), and then applying shadow (lid shade, crease shade, and highlighting shade). As I've already mentioned, on the BTS lid, the shadow applied more sheerly and blended more easily. The BTS shade also was the first to fade a bit, but by the end of the day (about 12 hours), both lids were equally faded, but neither had creased, which is the biggest reason I use an eye primer. So I find the long-term performance of BTS to be close enough to UDPP, and I much prefer the blendability and cost-effectiveness of BTS, so I have a new favorite eye primer.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Talc, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, VP/Eicosene, Copolymer, Triethylhexanoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, PEG-40, Stearate, Propylene Carbonate, Beeswax, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.