I’ve always had a problem with my mascaras smudging and running, even with so-called waterproof and smudge-proof mascaras. It is the rare invention that survives my oily, hooded lids and the tropical humidity that I run around in. Consequently, a lash primer has grown to be an essential part of my life. However, even as practiced as I am, there are a few occasions when I caught myself right as I was about to fly out of the house, with crazy white primed lashes sans mascara! So, it made perfect sense to me, when Estee Lauder introduced the first Little Black Primer!
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer dresses my lashes up with a form-fitting black coat that amplifies my natural lash color. The brush head is thin and slightly curved, and the bristles are short, giving me better control and precision to reach every last tiny lash I possess.
Just like the most sensual lingerie, the Little Black Primer has a thin formula that does not clump up my lashes. It clings well to my lashes and does not flake or smudge throughout the day. I loved that the formula is not overly wet and does not require any time to dry at all.
The Little Black Primer provides a great base for my mascaras, holding them in place and preventing any smudging throughout the day. The thin formula does not contain extra fibers to extend lashes, does not add volume nor curl lashes. On my upper lashes, there is very little perceivable difference apart from slightly darkening my lashes. To achieve my desired lash look, I would need to pair it with a lengthening and volumnizing mascara like this or this. To that end, it is the ideal LBD for lashes as it pairs well with just about any mascara in the market, and does not weigh fragile lashes down or clump them unnecessarily by adding too much. Furthermore, it may also be applied after mascara to seal in a non-waterproof formula and ensure it does not go anywhere. I personally love using this for a last step as the brush has proven quite handy for combing out clumps after mascara!
Although I would hesitate to stop at just 1-2 coats of the Little Black Primer on my upper lashes and go out without any mascara, it is afterall quite skimpy; it has proven to be incredibly useful at defining my lower lashes! I have the wispiest lashes on my lower lids, and it is quite sparse in some spots. Regular mascaras tend to clump them too much, and overly emphasize the disparity between lash and baldness. Until recently, I would completely skip any mascara on my lower lashes… that is until I discovered how the small brush head and thin formula of the Little Black Primer worked wonders for me there!
As you can see, Estee Lauder Little Black Primer is lovely worn on its own to add some definition and slightly lengthen the wispiest of lashes on my lower lash line, without clumping them and over-emphasizing any bald spots. It is also a wonderful mascara base to prevent my mascara from smudging and running throughout the day, and may be used as a top coat to seal in non-waterproof mascaras. The lightweight, black formula is simply brilliant, and makes it so user-friendly and versatile.
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer was launched in January 2015, and is now available at all Estee Lauder counters. Regular retail price is SGD40.
This post features a product that was sent to me by Estee Lauder Singapore for my consideration. All views expressed here are my honest, unbiased opinions, and are not influenced in any way.