Product Type: Too Faced makeup
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Too Faced: Are You Insured? I know I am.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Member Name: rubarbandginger
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Advantages: Keeps eyecolour crease free all day, makes pigments vibrant, evens skin tone around the eyes.
Disadvantages: The price.
Product: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Price: £16.50 but varies depending on store.
Purchased: I purchased from Beautybay.com but you can purchase via Ebay, Amazon and likewise.
* Why I Purchased *
Let's Talk about Insurance, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye shadow Primer to be exact, like everyone I know when it comes to dull conversations about insurance *groan* I switch off. In my teens I didn't understand what the fuss was when it came to primers, after all I didn't have crinkly eyelids or problem skin but now as I've got olden I know all too well the issues that come with ageing skin and creased eye shadow is one of the major issues I have.
I did a bit of research in to what was the best primer to purchase and it came down to Urban Decay's Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Too Faced won because I love the packaging and Too Faced products so I knew I would be in safe hands.
Typically If I wear eye shadow half way through the day it has really started to look washed out, shiny or creased or on typically bad days maybe half way down my face due to having combination skin with an oily T-Zone like many other woman. I have similar issues with pigments and longed for the days I could wear my pigments like the models in magazines, vibrant, even and non-creased.
* The Product *
Too Faced Shadow Insurance costs around £16.50 in the UK but can vary depending on where you purchase it from. As soon as Mr Postman arrived with my primer I had to try it out, really I was so excited I literally headed to the mirror.
I found the product was a good size, the packaging is so cute and girly (one of the selling points for me personally) and the product itself is easy to apply to the eyelids, it literally feels like silk but dries clear.
* How I use the primer *
To blend Shadow Insurance I dotted it around the eye, under the eye and up along the brow bone. Rather than smudging it in I used a clean fingertip to gently pat it in to the skin blending well rather than pulling at the skin.
The eye area is very delicate and pulling and tugging can cause more fine lines (eeekkk). Shadow Insurance dries quickly allowing me to put my eye shadows liners and pigments on straight away.
I found the results to be unanimous in that it did what it claimed to do. Stopped creases, kept my make-up in place all day and I never had to re-apply it throughout the day which was fantastic.
I also found that when you applying more than one colour on to the eyelids it stopped the colours from bleeding in to each other.
I also use Shadow Insurance on 'nude' days because I love how it keeps my skin and eye area looking fresh rather than shiny and oily and I just generally like how it makes my skin look. So for anyone wondering what all the fuss is about and thinking that surely it must be a big waste of money I urge you to think again.
Not only does it enable my eyeshadow to stay on all day but using the product under neath the eye area keeps my concealer in place also.
* Why *
Imagine that you have purchased your favourite M.A.C Pigment only to find the colour looks washed out, slides off or just doesn't have the vibrancy you expected? You would be disappointed wouldn't you? I know I would.
The money spent on the pigment will have gone to waste unless you decided that you liked the crinkly eyelid look. So what does a girl do? Prime it, that's what. If you use Too Faced Shadow Insurance or other primer you are guaranteeing that you will never waste another penny on eye shadows, liners and pigments again! The packaging also ensures that you can squeeze the last drop out rather than having to cut open the tube (hate having to do that).
* Overall *
I am a Too Faced Shadow Insurance convert and I have this on my wish list and have left 'said' wish list around the house for Mr Rubarbandginger to take note.
I have since tried L'oreal and Urban Decay's primers just to see how they compared (reviews coming soon) and found that they where either cakey, left creases by the end of the day or left my skin feeling like it had been glued.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer is my personal favourite by far.
Summary: Too Faced: Shadow Insurance - Are you insured?