Product Type: Too Faced makeup
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Eye makeup stays in tact from morning to night... and even until the next morning!
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Member Name: debbie41176
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Advantages: Reasonable price, easy application, does the job perfectly!
Disadvantages: Only available online as far as I'm aware...
You can purchase Too Faced beauty products from a number of online shops, the one that springs to mind for me is ASOS.com, although some smaller online outlets stock Too Faced as well. I haven't found this in any of my local department stores, but since I'm a fan of online shopping, this hasn't been so much of an issue.
On ASOS. com this costs £12. You get a full sized 10ml tube for this price. A little goes a long way, so this works out as relatively inexpensive.
I came across Too Faced Shadow Insurance in a makeup swap. I use www.makeupalley.com for swapping makeup / beauty bits that I no longer use.
I haven't had too much experience of the brand, but have tried some face powders and lip products that I quite liked. I was keen to try this since I'm a fan of eyeshadow primers in general, but have yet to find one with a neat dispenser. My Benefit 'Stay Don't Stray' works really well but too much comes out of the pump in one go! I like my Urban Decay 'Shadow Insurance' but find the applicator wand a bit awkward.
My first impressions of Too Faced Shadow Insurance were good. I liked the sleek little tube, appreciating the fact that it wasn't too bulky or likely to take up too much space in my makeup box! The tube is 10ml so it similar in size and shape to a travel sized toothpaste. The design is a bit prettier than a toothpaste tube! It looks quite retro / antique-like with a cameo logo and swirly Victorian style writing. It makes a change from Benefit and Soap & Glory's 1950's style packaging! The product details are all there as you would expect.
I was impressed by the applicator / nozzle to the tube. It's long and thin, and when you squeeze it only a small amount will come out of the tiny hole at the top. I think Too Faced have got this spot on. You really don't want too much of a product like this dispensed at a time!
I didn't read too much about this product and just applied it in the way I assumed you were meant to! So I squeezed out a tiny amount onto my finger tip - about a quarter the size of a pea. I then split this over two finger tips and blended it onto each eyelid. The texture is like a light moisturizer, and the colour is a light beige. When blended, the colour disappears - it isn't high coverage like a foundation or concealer.
The primer is meant to even out any lines / wrinkles and blend out any colour imperfections of your eyelids. At 24 I don't really have much in the way of wrinkles so I can't say if this works or not! It definitely does even out the colour of your lids though. You wouldn't necessarily notice any colour imperfections on your eyelids, but you'd probably notice that your lids look brighter with this on. On that note, I'd say that it'd be a nice addition to bare eyelids as well as worn under eyeshadows, etc.
The main goal of an eyeshadow primer is to act as a barrier between your natural oils of your skin and your eye makeup. For some reason my eyelids get quite shiny throughout the day so I really do need a primer that can rectify this.
It's gone 4pm now and I applied my primer before my eyeshadow this morning at around 7am. I've just had a check and my eyeshadow is still in place. Still nice and dry with no hint of a shine! I like to wear a full face of makeup for work so that'd mean natural eyeshadow, but full coverage too. I take my eyeshadow base colour right up to the brow bone and have darker colour on the lid / in the crease. I usually wear black or dark brown liquid liner too.
Yesterday I wore the same eye makeup as above, with this primer underneath. I was very tired (or lazy!) last night and went to bed with my eye makeup still on! Even worse, my other half insists on that our kitten comes to bed with us and I'm slightly allergic to cats! So with an uncomfortable night of allergy induced itchy, watery eyes, I was very surprised to see all my eyemakeup in tact the next morning! While I know this story doesn't paint me in the best light (crazy cat lady who sleeps with her kitten and can't be bothered to follow a proper skin care routine!), I thought it was important to include so you could appreciate the staying power of this primer.
I'm highly impressed with this product. Without an eyeshadow primer I simply wouldn't wear eye makeup (apart from mascara) for a whole day. A few hours in it would start to crease and I'd look ridiculous! With this primer I don't need to give my makeup a second thought. Once it's applied it'll stay put until I want to remove it!
While I've found that all high-end eyeshadow primers work well for me, this is by far the best due to the lightweight feel of the product and the precise applicator of the tube.
My favourite so far!
Summary: A primer that'll make your eye makeup last for 24 hours +