I was lying awake in bed the other night, nestled like the insomnia meat in the middle of an epic El Hub/Tabs snoring sandwich, when I thought, “It’s bad enough that El Hub snores, but when did Tabs start?”
As I lay there, wide awake, I wondered a great many things…like are there Breathe Right strips for cats? And if there are, I bet they look pretty funny.
It occurred to me that maybe that’s what I could do when I grow up, be the inventor of Kitty Breathe Right Strips, because I still don’t know what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I started ticking off a list of things I know to be true. 1. Tabs loves gravy, 2. Nutella and asparagus taste terrible together, 3. the world really didn’t need a sequel to Honey…
I must have dozed off somewhere around 3-4 in the morning, only to wake up a few hours later, more than a little cranky and with zombie-fied eyes.
Some serious eye-brightening action was in order.
I grabbed my iPhone (“Siri, remind me to research cures for insomnia!”) and peered into my makeup bag…
That’s when I saw it — Make Up For Ever’s new nude brightening Eye Prime ($22), the brand’s very first eye primer.
A magical brew of waxes and fixing polymers that, according to MUFE, creates a smooth, long-lasting base upon which to apply other eye makeup products. The supposedly universally flattering nude shade (for every skin tone) is also supposed to brighten while amplifying eye makeup colors and reducing creasing, and it’s designed to work with everything, from powder eyeshadows, to cream eyeshadows, liners, and basically the whole gamut of eye makeup deliciousness.
Well, hello, bright eyes.
Turn around, bright eyes… Every now and then I fall apart! And I need you more tonight! And I need you more than evuh!
(Sorry. Spontaneous ’80s sing-a-long moment.)
Unblended (left) and blended (right)
Anywho…I’ve been wearing Eye Prime for a few days now, but I wouldn’t exactly call us BFFs.
I like the silky smooth texture and lightweight consistency, but the “long-lasting” claim, forget it. At least not on my combination dry/oily lids. I get some pretty significant creasing around hours 5-6.
And while my eyeshadow colors do seem a little more vivid when I have it on, I also don’t detect much of a brightening effect. Maybe a smidgen — like a thimble filled with brightness, when I could really use a bucket.
I love the idea of getting a good dose of eye brightening with my primer, but for now, I think I’ll stick to my tried-and-true NARS Pro-Prime.
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