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?