If you’re a regular reader you might have picked up my aversion to hyped up products. I’m forever worried that the hype was created to hide weaknesses in the actual product, so I tend to approach those very hyped up products with extreme skepticism (which is why I only bought an Urban Decay Naked palette for the first time a couple of weeks ago).
I was not overly excited for Little Black Primer as I’ve never before bothered with eyelash primers. The ones I’ve used have in fact made my lashes clumpy because they were gooey and sticky. Above all, they were white – this ‘diluted’ the blackness of my mascara, and it forced me to apply it overly meticulously.
Little Black Primer is turning those notions upside down though – it comes in a black formula that’s fairly thin (as opposed to clumpy and gooey), and the brush is a very detailed one – it’s curved and the bristles are short and firm.
After a couple of weeks of use, the benefit I’m most taken by is how well my mascara stays in place when I use Little Black Primer. No matter what the quality or price bracket, my mascara usually smudges under my lash line and crumbles onto the surrounding skin by mid afternoon – and this is without applying any mascara to my lower lashes. This is usually when people ask me if I’m ‘tired’ – it makes me look pretty haggard.
With LBP my mascara goes absolutely nowhere – there’s no smudging or flaking at all, and after using it for a couple of weeks I’ve stopped checking for raccoon smudges in the afternoons.
I’ve also been using it as mascara on my lower lashes, since it has a more subtle tint-effect when used on its own – it gives the lashes a tint without adding the stiffness that comes with wearing mascara. This works really well for me because my lashes are long, and the lower ones tend to look spidery with most mascaras.
While I can’t claim that this is a product you absolutely need in your makeup kit, it’s one you definitely, absolutely, without a doubt WANT to have.
R295 from Estee Lauder counters and online.