I like my wardrobe to be monochromatic. Recently, I like my makeup to be bright on the lips and minimal elsewhere. I prefer clean looks, so it’s usually flawless skin (try to anyway!), defined lashes without falsies and bold lip. A simple but classic look. Thing is, I have annoying lashes. Very uncooperative and they like to play hide and seek. Short, fine, and all that. Recent mascara purchases have failed me because they did absolutely NOTHING on me. I even named them Sucky 1 and Sucky 2. However, this lash primer I have here might just give me some hope. It doesn’t matter if I used the King of sucky mascaras, because this primer does all the work first! Hah! Take that! So now, this is my new favorite lash product. The Estee Lauder Little Black Primer.
This primer is said to tint, amplify and set, and I have to agree. It does all that. Instead of the white lash primers we’re used to seeing, this is actually black. It tints your lashes first, then pumps up the volume. I noticed some difference, but it got very obvious after just ONE layer of the Sucky1 mascara which did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on my lashes before. Now, it’s become WHOA!! I could also use the primer after mascara to set and separate the lashes, but nah, I prefer to use it before. I also like that the wand is smaller, and it fits the length of my eyes perfectly. If you have bigger eyes, you might think this wand is tiny, but for me, it’s perfect.
Here’s a shot of my eye (or two) where I used 1 coat of this primer and then 1 coat of the Giorgio Armani ETK mascara. You can actually SEE my lashes. That my friends, is already amazing. Usually, even for mascaras that work, it takes 3 coats of layering to get this kind of volume! And then, there’s the issue of whether or not the mascara will clump or droop. This one gave me amazing volume (and slight length) with no clumping and the curl held.
So what do we do with better lashes? Don’t spoil it with lots of eye shadow 🙂 I like to keep it clean with just liquid liner. I’ve been enjoying Envious as well. This Pure Color Envy Sculpt Lipstick was launched last year in the West, and we got Envy Shine here in Asia. I’m glad we finally have both! I was curious to see the differences between the 2. All I can say is that the Envy Shine is lighter in texture, but not necessarily less pigmented. Envy Sculpt is definitely more pigmented and opaque in 1 swipe though. Both are creamy in texture, and both are comfortable on the lips.
Envious is a beautiful bright red which can be sheered out. But where’s the fun, right? Here I am, wearing a red lip with minimal makeup elsewhere. It goes on effortlessly, no lip liner needed. I don’t really like my red lips to be crisp because I prefer mine to have a softer edge. Makes it more casual, and a tad more modern. So what I do is to apply the lipstick first, then use my pinky (or a cotton bud for more precision) to run over the edges to “blur” the line. This lipstick does not feather, so you don’t have to worry about that. You’ll also notice that the crease / fold on my left eye is more obvious. Thanks to a chazalion that takes forever to go away, my left eye looks sleepy. But because I love you guys so much, I’m showing you an FOTD anyway!
I’ve been enjoying looks like this. I just change up the lip color from red to orange to berry to burgundy. What have you been wearing? Have you tried the Little Black Primer? Or the Envy Sculpt lipsticks? If you have short fine lashes like mine, I urge you to give this primer a try. Awesome stuff!