True story: I had salt and pepper lashes on my graduation day.
Long-time readers might know that I got into makeup way late in life. At college, I had some stuff that I never really used. Back at the time, duo-ended mascaras were all the rage. I remember having this one from L’Oreal with primer on one end and mascara on the other because all my friends swore it worked miracles.” Well, perhaps it did, but I never really figured it out.
Then came graduation day and I thought I’d make an effort. I was unable to cover all the primer up with the mascara. The primer was white, and not even the type that dried mostly clear. That’s how I wound up with salt and pepper lashes on graduation day. Rest assured all photographic evidence has been destroyed to the best of my ability.
If only *Estee Lauder Little Black Primer had been invented in time…
Like a little black dress, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer was created with more than one purpose in mind. It tints the lashes a grayish black. As a primer, even if you aren’t an expert at this whole primer/mascara business yet, you won’t end up embarrassing yourself the way I did. The wand has a slight curve, so it helps push the lashes up and hold the curl.
As a primer, Little Black Primer is mostly a lengthening one. I don’t get a lot of extra volume out of it, but the great part is it doesn’t weigh the lashes down and it never ever clumps. Worn alone as a mascara on low-key days, I am very surprised how well it holds up. I usually have an “all or nothing” approach when it comes to eye makeup for one simple reason: with my oily lids, I need an eyeshadow primer to prevent smudging, including mascara. I wore this a couple of times on its own, and it stayed put perfectly well till the end of the day. I even accidentally rubbed my eyes a little, but it was intact!
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer swatch:
The third use for Estee Lauder Little Black Primer is as a water-resistant top coat. It definitely keeps that promise as well, because you need a bi-phase remover at the end of the day. The beauty of using this as a top coat rather than a waterproof mascara is it doesn’t make the lashes crunchy or brittle like some waterproof mascaras can.
Ready to witness the power of Estee Lauder Little Black Primer?
Here you see my curled bare lashes:
With a careful coat of Estee Lauder Little Black Primer:
Some eyeshadow, two coats of mascara, and eyeliner later…
The power of makeup!
I didn’t do a specific shot of Little Black Primer as a water-resistant top coat, because it does not alter the shade of mascara. For the most part, I don’t see a difference.
I would recommend Estee Lauder Little Black Primer to…
a) Primer/mascara newbies who are not sure if they can figure out how to cover it up properly right from the start.
b) People who need length more than volume.
c) People who dislike the texture of waterproof mascaras but want to make sure their mascara will stay put if there is a little tear/rain/water.
d) People who want a versatile product: it really does a bit of everything!
Do you use a lash primer? I really haven’t looked into this category enough because I started out with Dior Diorshow Maximizer, and I love it so much that I basically stopped experimenting. Also, are there any embarrassing makeup gone wrong stories you care to share with me today? Come on, I gave you a really good one. Now it’s your turn!