What’s the bane of your life, in make-up terms? For so many, it’s the fact that after arduous application, the make-up just ‘slips’ off the face, so that after even just a few hours into the day, it looks like you didn’t even bother. Foundation that needs reapplication, concealer that disappears and eyeshadow that collects in the creases of the eyelid to give you a particularly attractive (not!) zebra-effect of colour on the eye. Bane of your life?

So I’m guessing anything that keeps make-up on for longer is going to be a hit. I never apply foundation without using a primer (I’ll be doing a post on my favourite ones soon) but I’ve been quite lax about using one on and around my eyes, mostly for worry that I’ll look like a panda with white circles around the peepers. Now Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow and Concealer Primer* comes in a slightly darker shade, just perfect for my skin tone, I’m made up, literally and metaphorically speaking! (Medium/Deep is the one that’s right for me, in case you’re wondering).

Benefit’s Stay, Don’t Stray primer applied on the left, blended in on the right,
before concealer is applied

I’ve tried the “one eye on, one eye off” approach for a couple of days, and can honestly say, the eye that wore the primer underneath the concealer remained concealed all day, whereas the one without, was, well, without. And there’s the added bonus of using the primer on the eyelid. In addition to eyeshadow staying in place all day, the colour you see in the pan is the colour you see on the eye. The primer neutralises any redness or other pigmentation, effectively presenting a blank canvas on which to start your work of art.

I’m a big fan of primers anyway for the myriad of benefits they offer (haha, no pun intended!) and now, with this eyelid and concealer primer, I can safely say, the “amazing disappearing concealer” is a magic trick that is no more!

Are you a primer fan? Which ones are your favourites? Any others you think I should try?


*PR Sample


  1. February 11, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    I have been using a sample of this that i got with a recent benefit purchase, and its really good! i found that if used with erase paste it kept put all day long, ill definatly be re-purchasing it! x

    Georgia @ Ramblings of Geo

  2. February 12, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    I use to never feel much of a need for face primers, well, not until recently. I normally use my moisturizer as my primer, but I have found it neutralizes my occasional redness. My favorite eye shadow primer is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

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