Too Faced • Shadow Insurance - Candlelight • Eye Primer

rated 3.7(43 reviews)

Average Rating.3.7
Would buy this product again.55%

rated 4 of 5 ladygoodman16 on 2/17/2015 11:45:00 AM more reviews by ladygoodman16

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Blue    

I've been using UD primers for years, but since I've been noticing the ageing process in the starting-to-get-crepey skin above my eyes, I decided to try another brand as I felt the UD primers were very drying and made my skin look older. This candlelight version of the too faced primer is supposed to illuminate and detract from the crepey issue by "minimizing imperfections" apparently. It tries to achieve this with a golden shimmer in the product. The first time I applied I made the mistake of slathering it all over my lids and up to the brows. It looked horrible on its own, very yellow. I covered it up with some shadow but it still felt like there was something caked on to my lids that I wanted to get off. I now only apply a tiny bit to the crease of the lid, where the shadow tends to slide and disintegrate if I don't use primer. At the end of the day the eyeshadow is still in place, so it's a great success in that regard. The shimmer is a bit too much for me, though. I don't think it's subtle at all, and you can still see it after applying eyeshadow. In fact I think it gets in the way of some shadows as it seems to overpower them. It is okay for giving matte shadows a bit of sparkle, but it's all very shimmery otherwise.

Update: I've persevered with this and glad I did - the trick is to apply in absolutely miniscule amounts at a time - the problem is the consistency is so thick that if you apply too much (talking about just a dot of product) then it is difficult to blend out over the whole lid area. I now apply extremely tiny amounts at a time (two or three times on each lid) and blend out each time. The result is that the shimmer is subtle and the primer no longer feels cakey but does the job of fixing the shadow. I've tried applying in the same way under my eyes - under concealer - and this also works nicely.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Andi2010 on 1/7/2015 10:42:00 PM more reviews by Andi2010

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

I just love the Too Faced eye primers so when I saw this one I just had to have it. Initially I purchased this to wear as a base to intensify eye shadows and give them a bit more va-voom as well as an added gold shimmer...

So this does do a great job of staying put and keeping eye shadows crease free all day. I find I need to give it a little time to settle before applying shadows, if I start applying the shadows when the primer is still a little tacky they tend to drag and stick.

It does also help to intensify (some) eye shadow shades. But I don't get any gold shimmer coming through the shadows as I thought may be possible - shimmers and mattes once applied seem to wipe out the gold shimmer effect. Unless its a gold shade then it really comes into its own by adding extra definition. I have not tried wearing this on its own yet, it could look quite nice, I'm not sure if I will as I'm all about eye shadow palettes and look forward to daily eye looks with more than one shade :)

I'm happy with the primer and can see myself re-purchasing this along with the other TFSI formulas I love.

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* SigneT on 11/30/2014 5:47:00 PM more reviews by SigneT

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

Yuck! This makes my eyelids look old and wrinkly. The glitter in this is just too much. Its like a glittery yellowish cream shadow.

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rated 3 of 5 Gabriela11 on 6/11/2014 2:01:00 PM more reviews by Gabriela11

Age: 44-55   Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Green    

I have been using it for a year now and it is a product that I really like.
Disadvantages: It is a bit difficult spreading it with the fingers because it's a little thick. I am 54 old and it's a bit bright for my age, because it stands out wrinkles. for that reason I use very little of it.
Advantages: I must say that the shadows last me hours intact. And I love the colour!

I definitely would buy it again.

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rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* Ferrishyn on 3/1/2014 8:41:00 PM more reviews by Ferrishyn

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Hazel    

I am so disappointed. I love the regular Shadow Insurance and got this because it's just a gorgeous light golden/champagne color. It creased after 4 hours. No idea what happened but I never had this issue with the original.

Not only was my shadow creased badly but my liner was up to my brow literally appeared as if the primer made everything shift. I will not purchase this again and I am highly bummed about this primer.

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rated 5 of 5 pensativa on 7/30/2013 1:33:00 AM more reviews by pensativa

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I'm on a roll reviewing my favorite, must-have beauty products, and this Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Candlelight definitely goes on the HG list!

Application is simple - squeeze a tiny bit of the product out onto your fingertip, apply all over the eyelid from lash to brow and voilá - one's eyes are beautifully illuminated! This product is wonderful because it works alone to impart a nice, subtle highlight but also serves as a fantastic eyeshadow base. When I layer other shadows over it (typically powder), Shadow Insurance extends the staying power of any shadow by hours, it's really that good!

Candlelight gives a nice, golden glow that is a perfect natural highlighter for girls with medium-warm skintones. The other option (Glitter Glue?) looks like it might be a bit too much shine for daytime. Candlelight gives a really nice, subtle effect that is perfect for day or night.

The only downside of this product would be the price point. $20 for 0.35 oz seems a bit steep, but I have to say that a little goes a long way. I bought a tube over a year ago and I'm not even halfway through it, with moderate use.

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rated 1 of 5 Corina1990 on 7/20/2013 4:48:00 PM more reviews by Corina1990

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I'm really disapointed in this. I've been using it for a long time now, it lasts forever and I hate to waste it. I thought the color was pretty when I bought it, but maybe the texture's changed a little since then?? I put it on my lid then smooth it up to my brow. I have to apply my shadow carefully to cover all the primer, because it just doesn't look good. It's a little clumpy and difficult to work with. I don't like the tube it comes in.

It does help with shadow stay power/creasing.
I won't repurchase, but my sister loves the glitter glue one. She uses it every day. I had her try my candlelight (I wanted to give it away), but she didn't want it because hers is way better. haha

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* iLoveYoutwo on 6/4/2013 8:56:00 PM more reviews by iLoveYoutwo

Age: 25-29   Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I would call this prettiness in a tube.... :) Women like getting dolled up but we dont want to put in effort. This is a primer AND pretty gold shimmery eyeshadow all in one. Because it is formulated as a primer, it will stay on ALL day, and I have the OILIEST eyelids ever. When I wear this alone, it gives me dimension in my eyes, but the shimmer isnt obvious at all. It just make my eyelids lit like a candlelight which was exactly what I was looking for. It is DEFINITELY NOT frosty, but just a light wash of gold shimmer color which is fantastic for summer, for the beach, on a warm day and you dont have to worry about it coming off. I love this product so much. It works REALLy well on warm asian skintones like mine, you will love it! :)

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rated 3 of 5 namida23 on 5/11/2013 6:25:00 AM more reviews by namida23

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I got this as part of the Natural Flirt collection. I don't wear makeup often but whenever I wear eyeshadow I use this. It took me a while to work out the best way to apply this - I use a tiny amount and massage it between my ring fingers. I then use one finger for each eye, gently patting the product across my eyelid and then blending it up to the browbone. There are soft shimmers in this product that look beautiful, making this product great for an effortless natural glow over the eyes. My eyelids are a little oily but not too bad and after a long day my eyeshadows may be slightly creased. Not so bad that it looks terrible but easily fixable by blending the little creased eyeshadows together with my ring finger - this gives me eyeshadow another few hours of life. I've found it lasts about 10 hours on me, depending on the level of activity I've been through in the day, before I need to check on it. However, I do think for the price there are better products out there so once I'm done with this I will be testing the UDPP and comparing it to the Etude House Eye 10 Primer which is a fraction of these high end products' prices.

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rated 1 of 5 dessiilove on 5/1/2013 8:40:00 PM more reviews by dessiilove

Age: 19-24   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Hazel    

I love the original Shadow Insurance by Too Faced so I thought I would give the Candlelight version a try since it just looks so pretty to have on the lids as it peeks through your shadow. Big mistake. I don't understand why it does this but it creases so badly on me! the original did not crease even after 12 hours, while candlelight creased within a few hours of application. Returning and never buying it again.

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