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The container was  black plastic that was solid and expensive looking. Instead of the liners being in pans there were individual containers inside with lids. Very deluxe looking and it would keep the liners from drying out. I was impressed by the packaging.

It came with a small angled liner brush that worked great. The eyeliners went on soft and smooth on my skin. No clumping or tugging.

I found the Blue State color dull – it being a bluish gray color. It looked like dark blue in the pot but came on soft and faded looking. The Midnight Brown was a bold dark brown that I liked.  The Bronze cream was also too muted for me. I like deep vivid colors. The black was a dark solid black.

Unfortunately cream eyeliners don’t work well on my skin. I was hoping Smashbox’s liners would hold better but no luck. It was the same as any other cream liner I have tried.

My skin is oily so the liner eventually smears, smudges and makes its way down my eyes into my under eye area. Yuck! I looked like a sad clown by the end of day.

I won’t be using the eyeliners again. I’ll stick to liquid eyeliners and pencils for now. Maybe someday I’ll find a cream liner that my skin won’t destroy. 😀


I ordered LORAC Behind the Scenes Primer product after reading all the great reviews on Sephora. I’ve used it several times and feel conflicted about it. It keeps the eyeshadow on my eyelid for hours and hours. It smooths on easily with good even coverage. It doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin either.

When I use it under my eye I notice that my eyeshadow and eyeliner smear and move down my skin quicker than when I use Urban Decay’s  Eyeshadow  Primer  Potion or Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lid Primer.

My sister recommended Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion and I loved how it gave my eyeshadow staying power.  Sadly it irritates my skin terribly. My eyelid gets puffy and cracked looking and then peels like I have a chemical burn. I’d have to put hydrocortisone cream on my eyelids at night and they’d still feel irritated and burned in the mornings. The skin irritation ended my use of Primer Potion.

After browsing through the local Sephora store I came across Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lid Primer. It works well but not as good as Urban Decay’s primer.  Happily, there is now skin irritation so I continue to use it and enjoy the reasonable staying power of my eyeshadow.

I was looking for something that would keep my eyeliner fresh under my eye which is why I decided to try LORAC Behind the Scenes Primer. It works better than the other two brands on my eyelid but worse on my under eye area than the other to products. At this point I’ll stick to using Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lid Primer until I find a better product.

What do you use to keep your eye makeup fresh?

Apparently the corners of my eyes are moist and I’m in a constant battle to keep my eyeliner from migrating down my face! GRRR!