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Most Overrated & Underrated Eyeshadow Primers

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated Eyeshadow Primers

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated EYESHADOW PRIMERS.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: Urban Decay Primer Potion — the original formula creases on me, though Eden doesn’t, but the creasing was a major let-down, so it was obviously not the primer for me!
  • Most Underrated: NARS Smudgeproof, I suppose; it’s hard to say, because it’s a primer by a major brand, so it doesn’t seem like an underrated product, but it is a newer entrant to the marketplace, so perhaps it can still fit.
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Spotlight On: Looks Inspired by Spring Flowers


Spotlight On: Looks Inspired by Spring Flowers

Check out these ten creative entries from our past makeup challenge, which was all about looks inspired by the flowers of spring! If you’re game to participate in the next one (Disney Villain-inspired looks), you can check it out and send in your submission here–you have until May 1st to submit!

Check out readers’ submissions!

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Tom Ford Burnt Topaz Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnt Topaz Nail Lacquer
Tom Ford Burnt Topaz Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford Burnt Topaz Nail Lacquer ($30.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a warm bronze with orange undertones and threads of metallic copper shimmer. It’s mostly opaque after two coats. China Glaze Mahogany Magic has a similar undertone but looks rather different otherwise. NARS King Kong is much redder. China Glaze Goin’ My Way is a bit darker.

There was a tendency for it to pull a bit, which I suspect is due partially to the longer drying time. Not much longer than average to me, but the formula is less forgiving if you’re trying to get your swatches done! Because it has a metallic finish, brush strokes are definitely present and noticeable, though they’re subtler than you’ll typically find in this type of finish. The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied decently, but it could have gone on a bit smoother.  It also did this weird thing where it seemed to recede from the edge of the tips of my nails.

I wore this shade to test wear (I’ve tested the wear of the cream finishes, but not of the metallic ones), and it lasted seven days without any chipping and had minor tip wear–just keep in mind that I can’t remember the last formula that did chip on me other than matte polish.

8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
87%
Total

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow
Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow

Revlon Neptune Star Diamond Lust Eyeshadow ($4.99 for 0.028 oz.) is a muted dark navy blue with multi-colored shimmer (preodminantly blue, green, and violet). The color payoff is sheer and looks almost muddied when it is applied dry, and when it’s applied wet, the navy blue starts to bubble forth. Dry, it has a similar color as Dior Smoking Blue, though it doesn’t have the same shimmer/glitter. Make Up For Ever #147 is closest in terms of overall color but lacks the glitter component.

This eyeshadow takes a LOT of work to get to work well (or decently, I suppose). It suffers from poor color payoff, poor blendability, and fall out (both during application and later on while it is worn). When I saw this, it looked so beautiful and shimmering in its compact, so I had to buy it. I thought it was going to be a finer shimmer application, but it’s fairly large, chunky glitter–the texture actually feels gritty to the touch. This is a product that I’d say is best used patted lightly on top of some other, better performing eyeshadow. It just doesn’t deliver enough pigmentation to be used easily on its own.

The fall out is pretty bad, but I had the most frustration dealing with how difficult this shade was to blend. It is dry and stiff to work with, and when you finally manage to blend it out, there’s a really muddied look to it. It does not play well with others for that reason.  Fall out during application is one problem, and there’s fall out because you’re heavier handed and then there’s fall out because the product is too powdery or doesn’t bind together well, but fall out that continues throughout the time you wear it is the kind I focus most on and am most concerned about.  You will absolutely need to bring out your arsenal of tricks to use with the glitter-bomb–a sticky, adhesive base (like MAC Mixing Medium, Too Faced Glitter Glue, etc.) is a must.

Revlon may describe this has having “rich, refined pigments” and a “velvety smooth texture” that “glides on smoothly, blends effortlessly,” but I didn’t find that any of those things were true.  What is true is that yes, this will provide a really gorgeous dimension to the lid with the high sparkle content, but it will take some patience and additional products to get it to behave (which solves the fall out issue the most, but not so much the pigmentation or the blendability).  It ends up being a novelty purchase for me; something to work with for a very specific type of look when you have enough time to prep and clean up after it. If you like a glittery effect and don’t mind the work to create the look, you may find this is worth checking out. I recommend it as a layering shade over a coordinating eyeshadow.

5
Product
6
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
2
Application
59%
Total

The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #5 and #6

The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #5 and #6

Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman has been developing a new product–Dr. KISS Gloss–and he’s filmed a series of videos exclusively for Temptalia readers as a look into the process behind creating a product and bringing it to the market.

Here are the next two episodes in the series — Brett receives the first packaging prototype (but isn’t happy with it), but maybe he’ll be happier with the second round of prototypes!