Ok Estee, you got me. This is the most savvy iteration of a lash primer I’ve seen. It’s black so you can wear it alone for a soft tint. Wear it under your mazzie for more even application. Wear on top of a sealant. Genius.
The “by itself tint” is lovely with little texture and a touch of color; good gym makeup. As a mascara base, I noticed that my lashes we were already shaped nicely by the primer’s curved brush and the lightweight formula. One coat of mascara looked like two but I wasn’t able to build much else upon it; it was like the primer was too dry and the lashes we set in place. (However, I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing.)
As a top coat, it definitely locked in the mascara and I needed a face wipe, eye makeup remover and soap+water to coax everything off. This might be too much for those with sensitive eyes but you can’t blame it for working, I suppose. While definitely a skeptic when it comes to products like this, I’m sold here. While maybe not an everyday product, you need it in your collection.
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, $24 at Nordstrom.