I love a good primer me! I'm such a fan of face primers and eyeshadow primers and they are an essential in my make up routine for giving a smoother foundation on which to apply more make up on top-making it longer lasting and keeping the shades I am wearing true to colour.
I have dabbled in lash primers before-my favourite up til now being the MAC Prep and Prime Lash which really adds volume to your lashes before you add your mascara on top.
But there is a new kid on the block in terms of the Estee Lauder 'Little Black Primer' and when I saw it online on Selfridges I snapped one up. And it's great.
So the concept is pretty simple-this primer is black as opposed to many primers which are a white base so it can be used to tint your lashes for a natural look, be applied as a first coat (primer) before adding your mascara on top or used as a top coat to waterproof your mascara. I really like the narrow curved bristle brush, it makes it really easy to work around the lashes.
I am all about the primers so that is how I have been using it and I have found it really does make a difference to the look of my lashes-making them look longer, fatter and blacker.
I am currently using Chanel Inimitable mascara which I absolutely love just on its own. It offers volume and length, doesn't smudge or flake and holds a curl. But the Estee Lauder primer just seems to add extra oomph to the lashes and I love the effect.
Hopefully in my photos above you can see the effect of my 'mascara only' lashes versus my 'primer + mascara' lashes, especially in the last picture?
The only downside I have found that when I use the Chanel and the Estee Lauder together, they are such a formidable duo that it takes some getting off at the end of the day and you need a good bi-phase remover and a little patience! But that is definitely something I will sacrifice for the lashes it gives me!
It's a winner. Go buy.