Even before I worked at MAC, I was a committed paints girl. I always, always used a paint under my eyeshadow. I don't know what it is, but apparently I have the world's oiliest eyelids. Unless I'm wearing an eyeshadow base, I might as well not even bother, nasty creases will pop up within an hour or two.
I have worked on and off and in and out of Mary Kay for the past couple years, but have always maintained a skepticism about some of their products. I think it's the snooty MAC MUA in me that couldn't believe that their products would be on par with MAC. But alas, all pedestals must crumble.
A few months ago I ran out of paint and decided to give the Eye Primer a try. It's promoted as waterproof, fragrance free, ophthalmologist tested, and safe for people who wear contacts and who have sensitive eyes (in other words, safe for me).
I mean, for $12, why not? I wasn't exactly breaking the bank.
The primer is a white cream that slides on smoothly and clearly. As with all my makeup, I use a brush to apply it, in this case, one with synthetic bristles to avoid the product from being absorbed. I then applied my shadow over it as I normally would. Following MAC paint protocol, I applied my shadow immediately (did you know that for best results you're supposed to apply your shadow over your paint with 30 seconds, before the pain "sets"?)
My shadow stayed put the entire day...in the summer, when it was over 90 degrees and I was sweating bullets. Well, not bullets, but I was sweating a whole lot.
In fact, it stayed put so well that even after I washed my face at night, I had to take a cotton ball with some makeup remover to wipe it off. This stuff was like magic!
I decided to see if worked just as well when I didn't rush to put my eyeshadow on before it set, and took my time applying. Yep. Worked perfectly.
So, What do I Think?
I have to say, I'm really impressed. I think that the MK Eye Primer is actually better than MAC's paint, and a thousand times better than MAC's actual eye primer (which I hate, btw, it creases and looks junky on me in about 10 minutes if I use it on its own). It certainly costs considerably less than MAC's comparable products (it's almost half as much!). It has preformed wonderful for me on long days, and I've used it in photo shoots and at weddings. It has even stayed on in the pool.
So yes, I will definitely be repurchasing the MK Eye Primer should I ever run out, which is questionably because it lasts forever.
Also, Mary Kay also has another product that works great as a shadow base and is very similar to MAC paints, if not identical - their Cream Shadows, which are only $14. I'll give you a review and comparison chart next week!
If you would like to try this product but don't have a Mary Kay consultant near you or don't know one, just send me an email.