I’ve never been that picky when it comes to my mascara... I know some people spend years looking for the perfect one, and when they finally find it, they tend to stick with it. I on the other hand, am just not that fussed. If it’s black, long-lasting and doesn’t make my lashes look like spiders’ legs, I’m good. This is one of the reasons I’ve never been an advocate of high-end mascaras. Unlike foundations, BB creams and eyeshadows, which I always prefer to spend a bit more on, I really don’t see a noticeable difference between a mascara which costs £20 and one which costs £7. Case in point, my verdict on the much-hyped Benefit Roller Lash was pretty luke-warm.
Interestingly though, mascara is the one product which I rarely leave the house without. I have very blonde-tipped lashes so I find that without mascara my eyes just look quite small and squinty. Waterproof mascara is my absolute must-have for holidays on the beach if I don’t want to look like some sort of blinky mole who’s just risen out of the ocean. And when I heard about the Estée Lauder Little Black Primer, I must admit, I was intrigued… The fact it’s advertised as a sort of 3 in 1 product which can be used as a natural tint and lengthener, a primer, or a setter after you’ve applied you standard mascara, sounded very interesting. Not to mention the fact that the name is far too cute. My mum picked up one for both of us as a little Easter gift (isn’t she a doll?), and let me share with you my thoughts!
Estée Lauder Little Black Primer (£20)
Ohhhh it’s always so bad when you end up loving something expensive!! As you can see from the title, this has become my new “Everyday Mascara”. As I said before, I tend to wear mascara every day, but if I’m just heading on to campus or into town for a bit of shopping, I much prefer a more natural “no-makeup-makeup” look. This gives my lashes a really pretty but subtle curl, as well as a slight dark tint. Basically, it just gives me the slightly longer, darker lashes I wish I had in real life!
As for the priming/setting part of this product, I’ve tried it as both a couple of times now, and to be honest I didn’t notice a massive amount of difference. I think if a mascara is decent enough, you shouldn’t really be needing a primer to keep it in place, although this does act almost like a curler would by giving a bit of extra length.
The packaging itself is nice and simple, classic Estée Lauder, and the applicator is just your standard mascara wand shape. Nothing crazily original, but I must admit, I actually prefer a classic wand, as opposed to some of the gimmicky ones on the market right now.
Overall, this is one of those products which you don’t really need. It’s not something I would be running out to tell all my friends about, but it’s definitely become a bit of a staple in my everyday makeup routine. If you’re someone who prefers a very no-fuss, natural makeup look, then I would tell you to give this a go. If, on the other hand, you prefer a big smack round the face of volume and a more high maintenance look, then maybe avoid this, and go for something like the Benefit They’re Real! or the Clinique High Impact Mascara instead.
Have you guys tried the Little Black Primer? What were your thoughts? And do you have any mascara/eyelash primer recommendations to share? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,