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I had used lemon aid by benefit for ages and was reaching the end of my pot when I revisited the benefit stand. I am a big fan of their products and came away with a bag full of goodies. They didn't have any lemon-aid in stock and I was told that FY Eye was actually better as a primer. Its an orangey mousse and feels really nice when you put it on - really smooth feeling.
However, I have a couple of issues with it:
- first its a very orangey colour which is slightly worrying at first. It does blend in pretty well but a couple of times I have noticed half way through the day that I have an orange smudge somewhere on my face. Ok, partly my fault because of bad application but I never had that problem with lemon-aid.
- secondly, lemon-aid was great to wear on its own as it got rid of discolouration and gave a smooth, one-colour finish. I would never use FY Eye on its own.
- the shape of the pot is inconvenient - its too deep and narrow. I don;t have particularly long nails and constantly find myself with orange mousse under them - not the best look!
It is a good primer and I don't get creases from my eyeshadow but I am going to revert to lemon aid (which is marginally cheaper - FY Eye is £17.50, Lemon-Aid is £15.50... every penny counts!!)
I have always had real problems getting eyeshadow to last more than a few hours, this is especially annoying for me as I like to use a couple of colours at a time for shading. I previously used a Barbara Daly eye primer but found over time that its consistency was too much like a heavy stick concealer and the yellow colour made it impossible to put transparent style shimmers over it.
the consistency of Fy..eye is much better, it is almost mousse-like and goes on really well, however it is best to be sparing with it. Also the colour is much closer to that of skin tone. I find that shadows of all textures seem to go over it really well but I like to give it a couple of minutes just to settle before I do this. That said, as a Benefit fan I think that I expected it to work just a little more effectively as stopping the colour 'disappearing.' After a bit of experimentation I have found that it works best when She-Laq is put over the eye colour also; This way you get the best of both worlds as you the colour looks better over the primer but the sealer makes it stay longer
Yes. It does work. Oh my God, finally. I am a huge huge fan of extremely brightly coloured eyeshadow, and have been wearing it for years. It is only in the last year that I thought 'Hmm, maybe I should try an eyeshadow base..' and I am so glad that Benefit were the first to grab my attention. I love Benefit anyway, so I was doing my monthly Benefit raid, and asked the sales girl about it. I am so glad she persuaded me to buy it, as it really does make a huge difference to your eyeshadows' staying power. I use a huge range of eyeshadow brands, mainly Mac, Barry M and Benefit, and FY Eye helps these as well as the mega cheap brands to stick like glue on your lids. You need such a small amount that my tub is still basically full despite using it every day for about 5 months. It stops it flaking, creasing and fading- how does it work?!!? It's amazing! Buy it!
I am a self-confessed cosmetics junkie, with an overflowing make-up bag, much of which comes from Benefit... this is partly because I like their products and the funky, retro-style packaging and partly because there is very little choice of higher-end beauty products in my local shopping centre. We do actually have a standalone Benefit store though, and I love going in there to browse... however, it's not the busiest store and I think the sales staff have cottoned on to my lack of willpower, so they keep persuading me to try out new products.
Benefit F.Y Eye is a nude primer that you apply under your normal eye colour to give you an enhanced surface to apply your colour to. Think of it as like preparing a canvas for a masterpiece - if the surface is right, then theoretically the colours should be more consistent and last longer. The aim of this product is to smooth out the natural creases in your eyelids, meaning that your eye colour goes on more consistently, doesn't slide off and, consequently, stays looking good all day.
The product comes in a small 7g jar with a silver lid - it is very simple packaging and not necessarily typical of Benefit's usual style. The colour is an apricot shade - my skin is much paler than that so I wouldn't necessarily describe it as nude. In fact, it's more of a orange-tinged colour, reminiscent of some of my many fake-tan disasters. The Benefit website says that you can use it every day, with or without make-up. Personally, this isn't something that I would do as I don't like the colour on my skin and don't believe it is flattering to me - if it's closer to your natural skin tone, it might work for you though.
You apply the product with your fingers, blending it evenly across the entire eye lid. The texture of the product is good and it is easy to blend it to create a smooth surface. I then usually let it dry for a couple of minutes before applying my eye colour and I do find that the colour goes on better with the primer underneath.
So, does it work? My answer would be yes, although I think there are probably better primers out there. I don't think you necessarily need it for better quality eye colours - I rarely use it under my MAC eye colours and they stay looking good all day, but I do find it makes a real difference under my cheaper ones.
The biggest reservation I would have about it is that it is a very orangey colour on my relatively fair skin, meaning that if I go for neutral shades on my eyes I find it very difficult to cover it completely. It is at its best under darker shades where the orangeness is less of an issue. I also find that sometimes you think you've covered it all up, only to find that a bit is still visible in natural light - but that's probably more the fault of the rubbish lighting in my bedroom than the actual product. It's also relatively expensive at £17 for the 7g pot, although it does last a while.
Overall, it's one of those things that is nice to have but I wouldn't necessarily buy it again - I would be more likely to use my usual primer on my eye lids that buy another specialist one, unless I suddenly come into a lot of money, in which case I'd shop around for a better one.
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F Y eye is a fabulous little product. It has been designed to lock eye shadow in place and it does just that! Aswell as giving you an all day 'just applied' look, this product (as many other Benefit products) is also quite versatile. I like to use this product on days that I am not wearing eye shadow as it covers up any imperfections on the eye lid (veins included!).
I always apply this product after my foundation and really you only need the tiniest amount, it is easily absorbed and leaves skin feeling soft and silky. It is not greasy as other eye primers can be. My tip would to be to use the smallest amount and blend with fingertips (if you use too much, it makes your shadow crease, giving the complete opposite of the desired effect!).
This also works wonders with liquid eye shadows (which are my pet hate for creasing!!!)
The product is £17.00 which is quite expensive for such a small pot, (7.0g) but if you take my advice and use a small amount then the pot will last you months and therefore it is worth £17.00. Also have a look at the enclosed leaflet and Benefit always include tips on how to use.
I got this Benefit F Y eye because I needed a primer and I hadn't discovered the Urban Decay primer yet. (UDPP is now my favourite and I wouldn't use anything else).
This Benefit eye shadow primer retails at £17.00 for a pot of 7.0 g net wt 0.25 oz.
It comes in a glass jar and the colour of the product is like a peachy, apricot colour. So the instructions read to put this on eye lids with fingertips, to stop the lids getting greasy and this would stop eye shadow and liner from smudging, creasing and gathering into the crease of the eye.
So I applied this primer with my fingertips as directed, it felt quite creamy and not too heavy on the lids. Then I put my eye make up on as usual and I was ready to start my day.
When I looked into a mirror at about lunch time, I realised that the shadows have still managed to gather and cake into the crease of my eye. I'd only been wearing this stuff for about 3 hours and already it didn't do it's job.
I wasn't happy with the results of this primer, as it was pretty expensive and didn't do anything for me at all. I ended up giving this to a friend. It did take me another failed attempt at trying out an eye primer before I found my UDPP (which is only £10 and actually works).
So this is another Benefit miss for me, I'll stick with my Urban Decay as this is such a good primer, that when I accidentally fall asleep with my eye make up on, it will still look awesome the next morning.
FY Eye is another product from Benefit that works wonders. You may think that its just another product that you get talked into buying and never use...but that is not the case, well it wasnt for me anyway. I got jumped on by a benefit girl and she sat me down and this was one of the things that she showed me. She used it in conjunction with one of the show offs (shimmer eye shadows). It works as a great base for any eyeshadow and helps the eye shadow last longer. Its a pale paste like substance that smoothes on really easily with a finger. Like the show offs a little goes a very long way. If you have dis-coloured eye lids this is also a good product to even out the colour so that you have a better colour base to start off with. If you did not want to wear a coloured eye shadow you cud just wear this product on its own.
WOW, MIRACLE!! This product is totally amazing, I must admit that I am hooked on Benefit products but this is a beauty essential! For anyone who has ever noticed a faint vein under the thin skin of the eyelid or shadows beneath the eye, then this is for you. I have spent loads of money buying concealers that do the opposite of what the claim to do. FY EYE is an industrial strength concealer that covers even the darkest of circles – a definite must after a night out on the tiles, and any faint lines from all that smiling you've been doing. Although I say “industrial strength” this product is not thick and gloopy on the skin, it just has amazing concealing ability. FY EYE can be used on its own for a natural fresh look, or be used as a base for eyeshadow, but always apply AFTER foundation if using with make-up!
Aims to smoothe out lines and ridges on the eyelids and create a silky matte finish that keeps shadow in place all day