I’ve never really gotten into eye primers but recently I’ve been wearing more matte eyeshadows which I feel can be a bit wishy-washy without a decent base underneath. Also, I’m convinced that all the oil has been sucked from my face and migrated to my eyelids – 9 times out of 10, I end up with creasing half way through the day. So, I thought I’d finally give the Canmake Lasting Multi Eye Base a try, which I mentioned in my Hong Kong haul. In case you’re wondering what’s so ‘multi’ about it, it claims to hold eyeshadow in place, as well as eyeliner and eyebrow products. I can’t say I’ve tried it with eyebrow products as I generally use Anastasia DipBrow (review here), and that shizz can survive a nuclear war, with or without a primer.
Firstly, this primer is super thick. As in, you have to give the tube a big ol’ squeeze to get the product out. It comes out as a white paste-like substance and blends quite easily into an invisible finish. It’s very silicon-y and suitably tacky without being overly sticky. Because it’s so thick, less is definitely more otherwise you end up with a bit of an uneven base, and the excess crumbling off into little pieces. I’m also enjoying the tiny tube which takes up minimal space in my ridiculously bulging makeup bag.
For swatch purposes, I used the Stolen Chocolate eyeshadow from the Makeup Revolution I Heart Chocolate palette, which is a dark brown matte shade. The texture of this is already quite nice but you can see the colour come alive over the primer. I wouldn’t say the texture changes, but the colour is richer, more vibrant and comes off a bit darker than how it looks in the pan. On the lids, the eyeshadow applies nicely and evenly over the primer – I used the shades One More Piece, Thank Friday and Pleasure Girl whose colour payoffs performed much better over the primer.
I think where the Canmake eye primer really impressed me is how long it keeps eyeshadow looking flawless. The photo above was taken around 12 hours after application and there is no creasing, and things are looking pretty even – rather impressive I’d say!
The Canmake eye base has made me wonder why I didn’t get into eye primers before – it really is a must for eyeshadow wearers – whether you experience creasing, fading or just want eyeshadow (especially matte colours) to appear more pigmented.
Helpfully, I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for this primer but it was definitely less than the equivalent of £5. If you don’t happen to be travelling to the Far East any time soon, it is available from Amazon here.
I first bought this Nivea Express Hydration Primer about six months ago and have been meaning to write this review for a while. I’d been in one of those moods where I was in Boots just chucking things into my basket willy nilly and ignoring the consequences. Needless to say, it was a very mixed bag, but this little saviour has now become one of my most used skincare products, and i’m now on my fourth pot. It comes in Dry/Sensitive Skin and Normal/Combination Skin. I’ve used both and can’t really tell too much of a difference, although I tend to buy the Dry/Sensitive only because it was the first one I’d ever bought and I loved it, so why fix it if it ain’t broke?
Firstly, what I will say is the packaging is a bit misleading – the box is much bigger than the pot so unless you sneakily open it in the shop, you won’t experience the disappointment until you go home (or the bus, if, like me, you get too excited and open everything en route). A bit annoying but hardly the sort of thing that will keep you up at night. Plus, there’s 50ml of product which is quite generous, and the chunky glass pot gives it a more high end feel.
Right, on to the good stuff. The primer has a gel-like consistency, a bit like if you were to mix your moisturiser with a normal primer. It’s light and fresh, with Nivea’s usual cucumber-y scent. It really slides onto the skin with ease and it does dry very fast. It’s my product of choice in the mornings because it sinks in so quickly (I’d say in less than a minute) and leaves the skin smooth and really soft. If it’s just for a daytime look, I’ll use this one product instead of a separate moisturiser and primer, perfect for when you’re doing a bit of a rushed job (pretty much every day for me). It leaves a perfect base for foundation and keeps everything in place for most of the day, as long as I’m not doing anything particularly sweaty or strenuous. On days when I really can’t be bothered, I use Nivea Hydration Primer on its own as it helps me feel and look little more polished.
I’ve read lot of reviews for Nivea Express Hydration Primer and generally, people rave about it but a handful have mentioned a problem with pilling (I think that’s what it’s called?). This has happened to me on occasion with this product but only when I’ve either used a dedicated moisturiser first or slapped on my foundation too soon. If I avoid doing these two naughty things then I don’t tend to have a problem. I’m pretty sure the recommendation from Nivea is not to use any moisturiser beforehand so it was my own fault!
Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer is definitely something to have on your makeup shelf, especially as it’s so cheap. I always think of good skincare when I think of Nivea, and it has been a joy to use. It’s one of the things I often recommend to friends and genuinely don’t see pricey primers as being much better.
Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer costs £3.99 from Boots and Superdrug.