A few years ago, I didn’t know what a primer was. It’s only after experimenting myself with makeup that I understand how an eyeshadow base can make a difference in terms of lasting power. I’ve been looking for a natural cream primer, and so far, I’ve only been able to get my hands on the new Benecos eyeshadow base (vegan!) that I bought on Eccoverde (here)I have oily lids, and they show absolutely no mercy towards eyeshadows, – both cream and powder – after 2-3 hours, the product starts settling in the crease and I systematically have to rearrange during the day. I mostly use mineral makeup but I really want to be able to play with cream shadows too.
It looks like a lipgloss, with the tube, the sponge applicator, and the shiny effect, but it’s a primer. At first, I was taken aback by the mustard color, but when applied and blended, the color disappears. After the application, I have to wait a little for the product to dry and settle before moving on to eyeshadow.
Used with mineral eyeshadows, the product stays nicely put for for 4 -5 hours without creasing, which is an improvement for me. It’s not extraordinary, but for that price this will do and I didn’t recall any irritations, which is also a very good thing, because my eyes tend to be sensitive.
Now the smell can be a turn off for some, because it’s quite strong (to me, it smelled like a mixture of almond and paint) but it quickly dissipates, so it didn’t really bother me to be honest.
I also have to share a little trick: even if you don’t want to wear eyemakeup, you can still apply Benecos’ base, without blending it completely so that it leaves a light golden hue on the lids, and thus illuminate your eyes. I tried it and I quite liked the effect.
Ingredients (INCI): Aqua (Water), Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Flower/Leaf/Stem Water*, Glycerin*, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearic Acid, Mica, Sucrose Palmitate, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Ci 77891, Glyceryl Caprylate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Parfum (Essential Oils), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ci 77491, Xanthan Gum, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Ci 77820 * organic
Overall, I’m not too impressed with this primer, but for the price of 3,99 Euros, it’s unbeatable, and this will do as it does help my mineral makeup stay put a little while longer than usual. I’ve also put this one to test to see how it works with cream eyeshadows in another post, so stay tuned!
What do you use to prevent the eyeshadow from creasing?
I'm still using an unnatural primer so I may have to give this one a try when it runs out, and I'm yet to try anything from Benecos 🙂
P.S. I'm LOVING the new design. Very profesh!
Thank you my sweet Katie! So glad you like the new design, it's not completely finished yet but overall it's what I was hoping for 🙂 You need to try Benecos, not all products are vegan though, but this one is. I'll publish the primer test post very soon 🙂 xx
Natural eye primer is such a hard one! The best I've found is the Faerie Organic primer. It isn't perfect in the summer, but in colder weather, my makeup will stay crease free all day, which is pretty amazing.
Agreed! Ahh lucky you, for having crease free makeup in colder weather hehe. It does get better in the winter for me as well, but crease free, I do not know what that is 😉 I will have to look at the Faerie one, I already love the name. xx
ooooohhhh ive been wanting to find a more natural alternative. Ill keep it on my list. I love the idea of using it to cancel any redness etc. Thanks Liz x
You're most welcome! Overall for that price it's still a great product, because it does help keeing the product stay put 🙂 xx
Your new design is absolutely beautiful, clean, simple, I love it!
I use Jane Iredale for the moment and boh.. it's ok .. It's better with than without but compared with a conventionnel primer Like (urban decay oups sorry) ..He doesn't stay all day. But a good part of.
Again, good job with the design of your blog Liz!
Ahhh thank you my dear Julie, I'm so happy to hear this! This is exactly what I was hoping for : clean, simple but still an improved version of what I had before! No need to apologize for using an non green primer, if there are no replacements available, it's more than normal because creasings are certainly not a great look 😉 xx
Lovely new design! So fresh and clean 🙂
I like the primer from TANF as it is super inexpensive (the one that comes in a pot not the one in a tube) and its seems to work quite well, nothing amazing but I can certainly tell when I forget to use it!
Thanks Rach!! Means a lot 🙂 TANF has been on my wishlist for so long, but I'll have to add the primer. I can't see myself purchase an expensive one, so thank you for the info! xx
Oooooh nice job Liz! Love love love the new layout. This is an awesome find, I might need your help to grab this for me! <3
Sure, my dear Ru! If you are interested, I can definitely get one for you <3 xx
I have really been struggling to find a natural eye primer that works for my oily lids so I might give this one a go and it's affordable too which is always a bonus! x
Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves
Yes, the price is really appealing. I'm quite happy with it, but I never used a primer before so I can't tell if it performs super well or not. Would love to hear your thoughs about it 🙂 xx
Love your new layout! Hmm maybe I'll try it, I don't really do eyeshadows and they also crease on me so maybe this will help..it's affordable so why not :)) xx
Thank you Jana! My thoughts exactly, I don't wear eyeshadows on a daily basis, but I'm sick of the crease haha, and I didn't think twice when I saw the price. xx
I'm using up a primer that has seriously questionable ingredients, so I've been wondering about replacements/alternatives. I feel like everything creases on me. Natural primers are just *angrily shakes fist*
Thank you for commenting! This is my first time ever using an eyeshadow primer, so I don't know how well this one performs compared to the other ones, but at least the ingredient list is quite good. I feel you, everything creases on me a well, hence why I usually apply light, neutral eyeshadow shades. Most of the time, I apply concealer on my lids which also tames the oiliness and helps a little bit with the creasing 🙂 xx
I still have yet to try anything from Benecos but right now I am using TANF oily lid primer, it is okay. I keep hearing really good things about the Faerie Organic primer!
If you want to try anything from Benecos, I'd suggest the eyeliners and blushes first, they are really good in my humble opinion 🙂 Primers are definitely hard to find in the green market. xx
I'm using TANF primer, the same as Amber (above) but I don't find it helps with creasing at all 🙁 such a shame! This sounds better for just 3,99 though! Love the new design too x
Thanks Amber!! So happy you like it. Benecos primer will help a little with the creasing, but nothing extraordinary unfortunately, but again I have really oily lids. However I still have hope it might perform much better during the colder seasons 😉 xx
I have been searching everywhere for a more natural primer! This sounds like it could do the job, I have really oily lids too. Hopefully I'll be able to try this soon! 🙂
Funny how there are currently not many green makeup primers available, hopefully more options will pop up in the future. If the one from Benecos is not available in the US, let me know, I can always see if I can ship it to you 🙂 xx