Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

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.

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

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.

C x

R295 from Estee Lauder counters and online.




  1. Simone C
    Mar 31, 2015 / 3:08 PM

    Sounds great. Not sure I’d fork our R295 for an eyelash primer, but maybe if there’s a special on or something I would get it 🙂

  2. Apr 1, 2015 / 1:25 AM

    I am having a love hate relationship with your website right now. Love because I have written and noted pretty much every product that you have written or vlogged good reviews on… I’m actually looking forward to a dischem trip now! and hate because I have spent so much time on your youtube channel and website that I’ve neglected sleeping haha. I love your work and thrilled that there is someone doing reviews on products one can mostly get locally, which is what I have been struggling so much with. I’m not really a big make-up and skin care girl, but trying to change my ways. I found that on the channels I follow, it was super difficult finding something that people rave about in america, in stores here in SA (Yeah I am talking to you Neutrogena healthy skin! Thanks a lot… NOT)

    Keep up the awesome work, and I look forward to your next article!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Apr 1, 2015 / 11:26 AM

      Thank you so much for the kind words Debbie, I REALLY appreciate them! And sorry about the sleep 😛

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