Friday, January 24, 2014

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Review

**all items purchased by me

I finally got my computer to start up! Yay!!  It is definitely showing its age.  Anyway, I'm still shooting for sharing a review every Friday so I thought today I'd review the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer.  I have to start of saying that I appreciate the fact that Too Faced doesn't automatically package this with all of their palettes somehow, although this one was an exception.

I had ordered the Too Faced <3 Sephora 15th Anniversary palette (no longer available on Sephora's site so I probably won't post the long-overdue haul on it) back in November and I've been using the included tiny tube of Shadow Insurance off and on since then.  The full size tube is readily available from Ulta and Sephora, as well as online for $20.  I realize that this is not a new product, but it is new to me.  I first opened it when I was having allergy eyes (allergic reaction to a spot cleaner for brushes) since it seems like I had heard that this is the primer that people reach for when Urban Decay (which isn't my favorite either) gives them issues.
~3 g/0.11 oz. sample tube~
From Sephora's website:
What it is:
An eye shadow primer guaranteed to go the distance.

What it does:
This is your full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eye shadow accidents. Our silicone based eye shadow primer transforms any eyeshadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. This soothing formula evens out the skintone on your lids and smoothes lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup, so no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Truly versatile, Shadow Insurance can be used with powder or cream eye shadow products, and it's concentrated: the size of a rain drop covers the entire lid.
~straight from the tube, slightly blended out~

As a little background, I have fairly oily eyelids (especially during warmer months) that are very prone to eye shadow creasing.  You know those Maybelline Color Tattoos that everyone swears won't crease? yeah, they crease on me in about 5 minutes unless I prime first and set with eye shadow.

Back to the Too Faced Shadow Insurance.  What are my thoughts?
Well...for me this isn't the best match.  Kind of shocking since it seems like so many bloggers/YouTubers love this primer.  My sister-in-law swears by it as well.  I do like that it smoothly blends out and helps to even out the tone of my eyelids.  I haven't had any irritation from it, either.  BUT for me, it doesn't deliver on all its promises.  Every time I've used the Shadow Insurance on long days, I've had creasing and fading start to happen somewhere around the 6-7 hour mark.  Sorry, but when I have long days I really expect my eye shadows to stay crease-free the entire time so I reach for a different brand.  I'll continue to use this off and on for shorter days, maybe play around with how much I apply and see if I get better results, until it's gone.

So, will I repurchase this?  No, I will not.  I have other brands that I like better.  Although the Glitter Glue formula is kind of catching my eye since I'm slowly getting into pigments and glitters.

What's your favorite eye shadow primer?  Do you have a specific one you like for pigments and glitters?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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