All I wanted was a cheap eyeshadow primer! Well cheaper than the Canmake one that I was done with — yeah in some ways I can be frugal like that. So I went inside Watson’s one day and asked what primers were available and the SA presented me with 2 choices, one from BYS and the other from an unknown brand. Of course, I went ahead with the brand I’m familiar with.
BYS EYE PRIMED
Using BYS Eyeshadow Primer on the eyelids ensures that you have a good base for your eyeshadow application allowing your eyeshadow to glide on with ease leaving you with a smooth finish. BYS Eye Primer will also assist in increasing the vibrancy and wear of colours.
The BYS Eyeshadow Primer comes in a black plastic squeeze tube containing 8g of product, or so they say but I’m not sure about that which heralds in my first point of contention. The tube isn’t filled up with the primer, only about two-thirds of it. The rest is just air. Maybe they intended it that way but I feel like brands are doing its customers wrong when they don’t fill the makeup tubes or bottles with the product.
Anyway back to the primer, its scent reminds me of baby powder. That’s fine by me. The first time I squeezed it out of the tube, instead of the creamy primer, I got oil and I’ve come to a theory that the product separates with lack of use. Second point of contention, shaking a cream product in a plastic tube is tough because it doesn’t have the level of fluidity that liquids do.
I was still optimistic after but boy, was I wrong. To test it out, I used it with 3 palettes: ABH Modern Renaissance, CP I Think I Love You and NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette. All I can say is this, it made every eyeshadow patchy when I was expecting the opposite. I thought it was because of the oil content. I mean, it does leave a bit of oily sheen to the skin once patted down so I made sure to set it next with some powder. But the powder didn’t change a thing; it was still patchy, albeit less. It also made blending the eyeshadows a longer task than usual.
Performance-wise, they do make the eyeshadows last for at least 10 hours before creasing but wait, hold up, I’m not done. It made everything patchy, right? With darker shades yes; the issue ends there. With lighter ones though, aside from the patchiness, the color either barely shows (Tempera from ABH Modern Renaissance won’t show up) or it changes. In a way, it seems like it oxidized(?). See my swatch below.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure about posting this review today. This has been the most frustrating and disappointed product I have come across. In fact, it crossed my mind several times over since last month on whether I should do a review of this product or not. But right now, I feel like I need to because I can’t find any reviews of it online. And up until earlier, I was still trying to find other redeeming qualities to it, other than it keeps the eyeshadow on for a longer period, but I can’t.
I’m not sure if I should give this to someone else because it might not be for me, or keep it and work on it some more. Maybe find out how I can make it work. What do you guys think? This retails for Php 399 by the way just so you know the reason why I bought it in the first place.
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