Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Product Review: Etude House "Proof 10 Eye Primer"
I am back from vacation, at last! (Though I'm still getting over a bug that I caught on the trip...) I'm ready to get back to work and catch up on all of the things that I've missed in the past couple weeks!
Starting with a review on an eyelid makeup primer that I bought a while back. Let's just get this out of the way now, the label does say "eye primer", but it's for your eyelids. I have no idea who would want to use this in their eye, but that kind of typo just something that happens a lot in Korean Cosmetics. I've also seen "Lip and Eye Remover" before, and I know what they are trying to say, and in comparison this label isn't so bad! Anyways, I wanted to try it out and see how I liked it, so let's get to the review!
Etude House - Proof 10 Eye Primer
(4 out of 5)
I think that primers are more of a "luxury" cosmetic, it's more of a bonus to use if you are more serious about your makeup. It's not necessary to have in your makeup bag, and isn't used very often by every day people, but seems to be getting popular recently with the growth of makeup tutorial blogs and videos. At least, that's the reason I bought some. It helps keep the eye shadow and liner crisp on you lids, prevents "bleeding" and creasing, and can even help make the colors stand out. It is especially recommended for people with an oily complexion, and since I have combination skin I wanted to try it. Having a good primer wont make up for having cheap shadow and liner, it helps improve the quality of the look, by adding staying power and helping the color to be a bit more vivid, but it does not do all the work and make any product look great. What I'm trying to say it that you should still get good quality shadows and liners, regardless if you have primer or not.
The Proof 10 Eye Primer is from the Proof 10 eye makeup line by Etude House, including the primer, liners, and mascara (I wrote a review on one of the liners a before). "Proof" is short for waterproof, which is a part of all the products, and gives them great staying power. They are also made with high quality ingredients which gives them a smooth finish. I really like this line, if you can't tell, and am planning on buying more from it in the future. Just like mascara and liners, primers can come in different colors. Though Etude House's Proof 10 Primer only comes in a natural shade, you can find primers in different skin shades, white, and other colors as well. One of the downsides is that, if you don't want it to show at all, it probably won't blend as well into darker skin tones, though it's sheer.
This primer is described as having a long lasting effect, giving better adhesion, and having a smooth texture. The shape of the container makes it look sleek and polished, even though it's made of plastic, but convenience-wise the applicator is too long for my taste. Though I don't like the long applicator, I'm glad it's not in a pot. It has a long applicator that is similar to a lipgloss wand. It doesn't soak up much of the primer when you dip it in, but in a way that's a good thing. Using too much primer can have the opposite effect, and the product description is to only use a little, so only getting a small amount from the wand helps you control how much you use. It is really sheer and you can barely tell that you have it on, except for feeling it. If you want something that's barely noticeable, you will like this one. I don't have very oily eyelids, but I do have a difficult time getting colors to show up on my lids and stay on, which is why I bought it. You can either apply it straight onto your eyelids with the brush, or use your fingers, it's really up to your preference.
When I use the primer it made a difference when it came to the color of the shadows, they were deeper and lasted longer. Though I didn't see too much of a difference when it came to the texture, it didn't make it worse either. There were times when I used too much and there were creases in the eye shadow, even though it was powder. The best thing about the primer is that it does give it a longer lasting effect and better adhesion, even when washing my face the shadow didn't come off fast because it's waterproof (After swiping a sample for the photo, I'm still trying to wash it off!). Even after rubbing it, the shadow won't smudge and will stay crisp where the primer is. Being able to apply makeup in the morning and not really worry for the rest of the day is great! Since I don't have issues with makeup "sliding" I can't say for sure how great it works in that sense. As far as I can tell, it's a good primer, and it only takes a few extra seconds to apply when doing my makeup. This is the first primer that I have used, and it has the effect that it's supposed to. It doesn't get a 5 out of 5 because of the packaging and the creasing, also it does do what it's supposed to, yet still not as much as I would like. I'll keep using it, but I'm always on the lookout for a better one.
I have been using this primer for a few months now (I know, it's a pretty late review for something I've had that long) and I still have a lot of it left over! Even though it looks small, if you used it every day it could probably last you half a year or more. Since you can buy this online for around $7, that's a pretty good deal! I bought mine on Cosmetic Love, but you can find it in other online stores of your choice as well. It lasts long and is a good price, so I really recommend it!
Now, I'm going to try to get this blue shadow off my hand! Have a great day!
See you next time you jump down the Rabbit Hole,