Sometimes, no matter how much you love a brand or a colour of eye shadow, it just never wants to stay put on the eye lid – especially in that darn crease. Recently, I purchased a primer for the first time which, I know, cue gasp, is something even the most make-up novice of us buys for their beauty starter kit, right?

As a first timer, I decided to go all out and bought the Chanel’s La Base Ombre À Pauières (£28) eyelid primer. Firstly, it is said to intensify eye colour and smooth the lid. Secondly, it increases the longevity of the eye shadow for up to 8 hours. So basically, it is perfect for soft powders that dip in and out of creases. You know the ones.

The product has a light cream texture that is easy to apply to the lid with the sponge applicator and a fingertip to blend which leaves a ‘smoothing film behind’. It dries to a sort of powder texture that stops cream eye shadow from smudging, and gives powdered eye make-up a ‘uniformed veil of colour’.

After letting it set for a few moments, I applied a colour from the L’Oréal x Karl Lagerfeld palette to my lid. The reason I went for this palette is because the staying power isn’t great – it always disappears into my eye crease and rubs off. So, this eye shadow is a perfect tester for a primer.

After a few hours, I looked in the mirror and there it was in all its glory. No crease lines, no skin colour, just where it should be. In fact, after a couple more hours I had forgotten about it, took a shower – and that included washing my face under the water – and then moisturised my face (including the eye area). Afterwards, I looked in the mirror and there it was, still intact on my eye lids. I couldn’t quite believe it.

I used The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser to remove the make-up easily. I’m already looking forward to using it again, and being able to wear bright eye shadow without the thought of having to re-apply it throughout the day. Maybe it’s not the most important thing in the world, but it has been a real game changer to my make-up routine. 


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