Monday, May 21, 2012

LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer - Review, Pictures, Swatches

image from sephora.com


I know.  I know.  I have lost all credibility with you. I am now reviewing my 10th eye primer...even after I told you how I loved ArtDeco eye primer and broke up with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance (TFSI).  I even then retracted that and told you I has fallen back in love with my TFSI.  Well now I must eat crow and tell you that I have been cheating on TFSI with LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer icon. (LORAC BTS).  I am so ashamed. I feel like I have failed you all. 

Why?

Well because I have been using the LORAC BTS primer for months. MONTHS! I noticed this past winter that my eyeshadow wasn't lasting throughout he entire day again. I didn't want to admit it was my TFSI failing me, but it was.  I switched to a heavier eye cream for the winter and the TFSI with that specific eye cream just didn't work well. The cream was too emollient. TFSI just couldn't handle it.  The result. Creasing fading blotchy eyeshadow before 3:00 PM....when normally my shadow would last me a good 12 hours.  Oh how I lamented over the decision.  But just like Old Yeller, I had to take TFSI out into the back yard and put it down. (Back yard = My helmer / Put it down = Use for arm swatches)

That was a hard day.

The next morning I grabbed a small sample size tube of the LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer I had from an old LORAC kit.  I squeezed out just a tiny amount and a thick light whiteish, peachy, beige colored paste came out.  This was worlds away different from TFSI, Urban Decay, NARS, pretty much anything I have ever used. The thick eye primer had no discernible scent and spread evenly over my lids.  I found a little went a long way.  I applied my shadow and I was still able to easily blend the colors. The LORAC BTS primer was not sticky and didn't lock down my shadows so much that blending was impossible.  But once I was finished applying and blending I realized that this was the primer I had been looking for all along. 


My shadows looked richer, bolder and lasted longer than the regular 12 hour wear I get from most of my other primers!  I was even wearing the rich eye cream that made my TFSI collapse and the LORAC BTS primer laughed in it's rich emollient face.  It spoke to my eye cream and said. "You are no match for me! I am LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. Prepare to be PRIMED!"  Just as a side note. I imagine my LORAC BTS primer to sound like the voice of  Mandy Patinkin playing Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride.  Or Antonio Banderas as Puss In Boots from the self titled movie. Whichever. It's my fantasy.  My eye cream shuddered at the though of defeat and my LORAC BTS primer raised a carefully sculpted eyebrow and waited.  The battle was won before it began, my eye cream yielded and there was never again a conflict.


I cannot find one fault with the LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer. It does not separate like TFSI (which always bugged me). It does not come with a wand that can't reach the entire contents of the bottle and required you to preform surgery just to get the rest of the product out of the container. It is...well. Simplicity and Excellence all rolled into one nice sized 0.47 oz tube with a slant tip applicator dispenser.

Do you NEED this?  YES!  Even those with relatively dry eye lids will find that the LORAC BTS primer is perfect for them.  A little goes a long way. I purchased my full sized tube in February 2012 and I have yet to see an end to the contents and I use this every day, sometimes twice a day.  LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer icon retails for $21 USD and can be purchased from Sephora.com, ULTA Beauty, Beauty.com and other retailers.


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29 comments:

  1. I got a trial size in my Unzipped palette and now I can't wait to try it out. Sometimes my NARS primer does not play well with shadows and makes them hard to blend out. I am still LOLing at "take it out back and put it down".

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    1. LOL. I debated adding in the video clip but thought it would be too depressing.

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  2. SCANDALOUS!

    Honestly though, I don't know that I've ever even heard of this product before. I'll definitely have to keep this on my radar.

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    1. Escandalo! Yeah. it needs more press. Definitely an awesome product!

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  3. I've heard really good things about this - thanks for the detailed review! I'm pretty happy with TFSI, but always interested in the next best thing . . .

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    1. Same here, I just got TFSI and I love it but when I am done with it I'll try the Lorac.

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    2. I'm always looking for the next best thing too. Sometimes I realize that I already had the best thing and others I realize I didn't. It's fun trying new stuff out though!

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  4. The packaging and long lasting properties aside, the Mandy Patinkin reference is what sealed this. My bank account may not thank me but my eyes will.

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    1. Ahh! Yes. Many Patinkin makes everything better!

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  5. This stuff does indeed rock! In March Ulta had the full size of this stuff for $10 - I picked up 2 of them! It is hands down better than anything else I have used. It's bulletproof (and more importantly, eye cream proof, just like you said)

    This is Da BOMB and you never hear about it.

    Hafta say I'm glad to see you have problems with the TRSI separating too (well, not "glad" but you know what I mean) It did that for me too, and drove me nuts.

    thanks for the review - Must go find where I squirreled away my tubes of this now... :\

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    1. Find it now!!! You must use it ASAP and wow awesome price on the product!

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  7. I am so over my UDPP... the bottle is flaking on my and I get pieces of it all over my face! i am not performing surgery on this one... going to give it up and buy the LORAC. Thanks!

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    1. YESSS!!! I am sick of UDPP and their craptacular design.

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  8. Looks wonderful! Gotta try this out after TSFI

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  9. I really love the LORAC Front of the Line liquid pen liner, it really lasts! I'm going to have to check out more of their line, starting with this primer.

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    1. Yes. I'm finding that I like more and more items from this brand!

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  10. I think LORAC in general is completely underrated. I really love the eyeshadows, and have several pallettes. I have "normal" lids, but a bit on the drier side, and with this primer, I actually find I don't need an additional moisturizer. The one downside, though, is that when I go for a more "vibrant" eye look, it doesn't really seem to make the colors pop (for that, I use Kat Von D).

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  11. Go ahead, be fickle. I like that about you. ;) Hey, I'm letting you do the leg work; I'm looking for a primer that really, really, really works!

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  12. I'm going to giving all my make-up voices now. As long as I don't do it in public I should be fine

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  13. I got a sample size with the Unzipped palette and I swear it will never run out. It's much smoother than most eye primers. Love!

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  14. I love love love this primer. So much in fact that it is the one single cosmetic/skin care product that I have been using for over a year. *gasp* However, it does start to go dry around the 7/8 month mark, but still totally works, just gets thick.

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  15. LORAC BTS is my current primer-love too. Before that it was TFSI. They both perform well for me but on a per oz LORAC BTS is actually less expensive! I really don't understand why LORAC has the slanted applicator though - it doesn't help with application or dispensing the product - I actually prefer the tiny opening of TFSI.

    For record I've never tried UDPP (mainly because of the packaging) and I was sorely disappointed with ArtDeco after I hunted it down during a business trip in Frankfurt (the floral smell is a turn off, and the shimmery paste just did not prevent my eye shadows from creasing)... and I am sure I'll stray from LORAC BTS (actually I already have a NYX HD eye shadow base waiting in the wings!)

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  16. Because of your recommendation I going to try this out when I run out of my TFSI! Thanks for the review!

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  17. I am the not-so-proud owner of The World's Greasiest Eyelids, and they have defeated every primer that's ever touched them.
    Incurable optimist that I am, though, I'm going to give the Lorac one a try!

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  18. Thanks for the review.
    I got this primer from the Unzipped palette. However, when i squirt from the tube, it's a bit 'liquidy.' Am i the only one who is experiencing this? I thought it would be thick like tooth paste at least LOL. Either way, still trying this out...

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  19. I swear by Lorac's BTS primer. I have really greasy eyelids and it makes my eyeshadow last all day long. Seriously. I cannot recommend it enough. And one tube will last you so long that the price is more than worth it.

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  20. You know what, I think you convinced me with the Inigo Montoya reference. Any primer that brings him to mind is good enough for me! I'll definetly have to give this a go if i can get my hands on it in Australia :)

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