Monday, November 26, 2012

Sample Month Day 26: LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer

I'll just admit right now that I don't know THAT much about eye primers. Face primers, yes. Eye primers, no. Eyeliners that don't run on hooded eyes, yes. Eyelining techniques, no. And so on. We all have our little niches, don't we?


It so turns out that I was in the market for an eye primer when I made an online Sephora order for the LORAC PRO Palette (CAD$55). I wanted a neutral eye palette with a little more variety than theBalm Nude 'tude without falling back into the black hole of Urban Decay Nakeds. I'm very pleased with the LORAC Pro Palette so far and just as pleased with the cute little primer sample.


I think for an item like an eye primer, you want something fuss-free and ready to swipe and go. Minutes spent labouring should be done over the shadow application, not the priming, right? (Assuming that we generally take good care of our skin, moisturizing properly, and so on.) I find the tube packaging to be the perfect fit for that. Open, squeeze and dab. No silly bent wands or massive doe foots drizzling product on your vanity.

The texture of the primer is similar to the Urban Decay primer: slightly thick and instantly smoothing. Not as thick as MAC Paint Pots and not as runny as Benefit Stay Don't Stray or Essence I <3 Stage (review forthcoming).


The shade is much paler than my NC30ish skin but eventually blends out to an invisible finish.



As for its performance, I'm quite happy with it. Like all primers should do, it enhances the pigmentation of the eye shadow and increases longevity of wear. I'd say the LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer is on par with all the middle range brands. Personally, I feel that LORAC is a solid brand that produces good quality products. It was taken out of the Toronto Sephoras a while back and I miss seeing it around. I suppose this PRO Palette purchase was a sort of one last LORAC hurrah for me.

The regular size stands at 14 ml / 0.47 oz for CAD$27. To me that's quite pricey for an eye primer, and many claim that the NARS primer is the best, which is similarly priced. (I don't know - still haven't tried that yet.) I couldn't resist springing for a cheap drugstore eye primer to see if I can skirt my way around that particular expense in the future, so we'll see if expensive eye primers are worth shelling out for. In offline life, I don't even know people who use eye primers who aren't MUAs or in the industry. Granted, most of them do a crap job on their eye shadow application, but I don't really see it interfering with their lives, ya know? As for me, I get compliments all the time on my good taste in nail polish and that sort of thing, but this winter I'm working two jobs and doing my best to keep from exploding into a million pieces until 2013. If a good shadow primer will help keep me keep my shit together, that's what's going to happen. Makeup is literally glue at this point. (Remember that and forgive me when I finally showcase my out of control November haul later on!)

Purchased from Sephora online.

30 comments:

  1. I've heard good things about the LORAC primer (and pro palette - it's on my wishlist!). In terms of cheap primers though, I'm perfectly happy with the $7 NYX HD eyeshadow primer.

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    1. I meant to try the NYX next but got sucked into the Essence one which is even cheaper than that!

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  2. I've always wanted to try LORAC! Urban Decay's original PP does absolutely nothing for me, but in Eden it makes everything stick like glue to my eyelids. My only problem with it is that it's super yellow, so I have to wear darker eyeshadow to conceal how harsh it is. I recently picked up samples of Bare Escentual's Prime Time in it's nude and Bronzed Twig and they're not bad. Not sure if I would purchase them because they're a bit small for the price.

    I definitely feel you about makeup being glue during hard times. When I'm a wreck (so, everyday this month?) my makeup is TOTALLY FLAWLESS. It's therapeutic, yes?

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    1. Original PP was fine for me but sometimes it got thick and goopy and I didn't like that. Plus the old school stupid bent wand and potion bottle. Ugh. I was thinking of trying the mini duo of Bare Escentuals until this happened. Good to hear they're on par.

      This month was crazy. Everyone's bracing themselves for December Xmas madness but the shitty insane month is really November without fail every year. Let's go drink and talk makeup. That will make us feel better. LOL

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  3. Ooooh. I wanted the Lorac palette! Waiting for your review ;) I've been using an eye primer for years, because when I lived in HI, shadows would not stay. And eyeliner. I find that having primer on makes eyeliners stick better, too = less smudging. And you know how I love my eyeliner. Lately I've been using Becca's Vicuna eye tint as a shimmery base + primer, and it's been working well. I don't think eye primers are necessary if you don't find your eye makeup drifting, but if you do, well...then you prime. Same idea as with face primers.

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    1. Oh man, that review is going to take forever. I've been waking up super late in the mornings and haven't had time to make use of that palette properly yet.

      I definitely need eye primer if any powder shadow is going to show up and stay on. I don't care about the creasing too much because I think that's a result of the physical motions like blinking and squinting and whatever, but there's no way powder shadow will stay on these mono lids without primer. I think I just talked myself into staying with cheap eye primers. Forget Nars!

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  4. Good to hear that you went bat-crazy and indulged in November...really looking forward to seeing what you picked up! ;)

    As to eye primers, I use one daily -- especially if I am to apply eye makeup; obviously I skip primer otherwise. My favourite is the NARS, but since I haven't tried every single eye primer, I can't say with 100% certainty which one is the best. It's also a subjective thing, don't forget; you need to factor in a person's skin type and body chemistry as well, both which could affect how a specific primer will work on you. The UD primer is probably my least favourite, but I know some people swear by it. What I love about the NARS is how easy it is to work with, but if you say you had a positive experience with this one, I'd be interested in getting a sample to try out as well!

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    1. LOL Thanks, Eugenia! Soon! ;)

      I skip priming if I use cream shadows because they adhere to the skin better. I'm lazy like that so I'll always skip a step if I can get away with it. I was going to ask what you're using but I see that you're with the NARS camp. I'm really curious about it but can't justify the price of it for myself at this time. Maybe some day but I think the cheaper ones are okay. I'm not picky!

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  5. Lorac is a good brand and Ive heard so many great reviews. However its the first time Im hearing about their eye primer! :) Ill be sure to keep this in mind when I run out of my UDPP!!

    ♥,
    Shari
    The Misty Mom

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    1. LORAC is a great brand. Just as good as UD in my opinion!

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  6. I haven't tried this one yet, but I will vouch for the Nars one being the best out of the ones I have tried so far. It just seems to keep the colour the most vibrant and true, without drying out the skin.

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    1. I've never had a primer that dried out the skin, but the UDPP comes closest. I'm really torn on the NARS because I want to try it but won't pay for it. Ah well... I trust you on that but I'll stick with the cheaper ones for now. :)

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  7. Oh, I'm glad you like this! I ordered the primer-shadow duo that was $10 at Sephora on Black Friday (just for the primer; I definitely don't need more neutral eyeshadow...) with the hopes that it would work for me and I could return the NARS I got, which is really nice and works well and I like, but it's expensive and doesn't keep me completely crease-free. That was a really long sentence. Sorry.

    ALSO. I have gone SO CRAZY with the beauty spending this month (actually, just spending in general). It's really a problem. Several things are going back because they didn't work out (like, half the stuff I bought during the VIB sale! So disappointing), but it's still a rather staggering amount. I see a no-buy in my future...but basically what I'm trying to say is that I too have been using makeup as a glue to hold myself together, and I kind of feel like anything that keeps me functioning at this point is a-okay. Once the term is over, though, I'm gonna have to do some major cleaning out and re-evaluating. But NOT THINKING ABOUT IT. I first have to survive this term. Good luck to you as well, my dear! <3 <3 <3

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    1. LOL @ run-on apology! NEVER DO IT AGAIN. ;)

      Which primer shadow duo was that?? I've decided to be okay with the cheap eye primers. There's only so much money and I can't be spending it on freaking eye primers, you know? MORE BLUSH! MORE SHADOWS! Err... not sure what's happening to me but I'm in makeup heat this month. So I hear you. Your comment is my post and we'll get it right at some point. For now let's just stay in our happy place and play with our new goodies. ;)

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  8. Hi Liz, this was helpful; one hears about UD and TF (as in Too Faced not Tom Ford) all the time. It's nice to see that there are other good options out there!

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    1. God forbid that the other TF should make an eye primer, LOL!

      I was hesitant to post about this without having tried a wider range of eye primers but as I was writing it, I realized I had tried more than just UDPP and TF. :)

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  9. I only use primers when I've got a performance or if I'm wearing darker eyeshadows. In my regular day-to-day life, I'm actually quite boring with my makeup. I use a champagne-y shade all over the lid, a contour shade, and then I do my flick -- that's it. Lighter colours are so forgiving when it comes to creasing, so I almost never use primer. But with how oily my lids are, I definitely need them if I use anything more vibrant then a champagne colour.

    I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion because I get a lot of product for the price (unlike NARS Pro Prime -- which intrigues me, but I just can't justify that price). I find that it works very well for me, so I'll probably stick to that for some time.

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    1. I skip eye priming with cream shadows because they stick to the eyes better, but powder shadows just slide right off my mono lids. :( This is a step I'd love to skip every time!

      I can't justify the NARS either and have decided to keep with the cheaper options when it comes to eye primers. Keep our lipstick and blush budget on track, ya know? ;)

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  10. Very curious about this now! I haven't heard much about it and have never swatched it in store, but I think I will now. I am quite happy with my Nars primer though...I guess why mess with a good thing?? (because I'm a helpless beauty addict, maybe?! :P).

    I wish I were the type that didn't have to wear eye primer on a daily basis, but alas I do. I have very little lid space and my lids are very oily, so anything that I put on them creases within an hour. I remember the days before I used primer (shudder) and had to cart around EVERYTHING that I had used on my eyes in my bag so I could touch up every hour, on the hour. It was horrible!

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    1. Honestly, if we have a good routine, I think we should just stick to it. (And god help any makeup brand that discontinues a favourite/holy grail!)

      You were a true beauty addict because I just wouldn't even wear shadows period! In fact, even now, I do whatever I can to skip a step. But I'm also one of those people who must wear eye primers. ;( I try to skip it though with cream shadows, esp. long wearing ones like from Bobbi Brown.

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  11. Oooh! You've got my empathy about that out of control haul bit!!! I've had an absolute shit of a month workwise so I've been comforting myself with high end makeup - all LE so I told myself it was now or never (and I couldn't bear the 'never' bit). I promise I will cough up and confess too :) Oh - about eye primers? - I use cheap and cheerful Aussie drugstore brands and they do the job for me. I figure as long as it works and doesn't contain any nasty ingredients, the cheaper the better when it comes to eye primers!

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    1. Hahaha - like somebody on Twitter said one day re: LE items, "It's only ONCE." So, once happened like ten times this month. lol

      I actually really admire how you go through and rely on a good mix of affordable brands as well as nicer ones. Halfway down the comments, I decided to stick with budget eye primers and save the $$$ for something more worthwhile.

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  12. I heard the elf 3$ primer is as good as the Urban Decay one, may try this when my Stay don't Stray finds its way to the empties bin...

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    1. I have the Essence $3 one on trial right now, actually. :) Previous to that, I was wanting to try the NYX which is around $10. ELF is a brand that just does not appeal to me at all for some reason. (Also it's hard to find and I can't be bothered to!)

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  13. NARS is definitely the best primer I've used, but on that note, it's only really worth it if you wear eyeshadow on a regular basis.

    I hope things ease up for you soon, Liz. :( It's true, make-up always makes me feel better.

    On that note... I'm really excited for your out of control haul!

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    1. Thanks, Denise. Our meet-up helped a lot actually. :) I was feeling quite anti-social prior to it. Some day all this will just be a distant memory!

      LOL @ your haul excitement. I'll try to make it worthwhile. Hahahahaha. :D

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  14. "makeup is literally glue" lol i like that and i'll be sure to remember when your haul comes around. Mine was a bit insane this month too! Good for you for working 2 jobs... i can barely work my one! lol. anyway, this sounds promising, and i always was sort of interested in the pro palette. Will have to go to sephora and play with it again! :)

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    1. It's kind of killing me right now but it's totally doable for a month. My night course in January will feel like a breeze in comparison to it. I hope.

      Sorry to stir up a new lemming for you but that's what we do! ;)

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  15. I feel bad for saying this in a way, but I'm kind of gleefully excited to see your haul! Not that I want to encourage bat-shit-craziness, but SOMEONE has got to have some fun and let me live vicariously!

    Love the 'makeup is glue' comment too, and I say whatever works, do it the eff up. We all need to cope in some way, and sounds to me like you've found a fairly innocuous way to do it. So far it seems to be working!

    Also - xxHUGSxx Just because sometimes you need one :)

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    1. You already saw the haul, didn't you? :)

      I don't know if I'll ever enjoy a haul fully and 100% guilt-free. There's always something later on that seems to require much more of my money later. I haven't returned anything yet, though a few of the items are on the deck.

      BIG HUGS BACK cuz I hear you loud and clear. :D

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