To be completely honest, until I started devoting my life to the beauty world, I truly never gave a hoot about lash primers. I really just assumed that they were another way for a company to reel you into spending another $25.
After getting some education on lash primers and reading up on them, I decided that I needed to try one out and see if it was really worth dishing out the cash on. Spoiler alert: It totally was. The first lash primer I got was the Dior Diorshow Maximizer because you know I had to get the most luxurious one to know if it worked the best (well, at least that was what I was thinking when I spent the $30 on it).
I really enjoyed the way that this elongated my lashes and made it really look like my lashes were more full and voluptuous. I decided that I needed to try a few more and see if there were really any differences in what these primers were going to do for my lashes. Welcome to my little experiment.
Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum (Sephora, $28.50)
First up, the first lash primer I tried out. I put it on again today so that you guys could see where I was at for a starting point. This one was my first impression of lash primers and I have to say that after trying the others out, I’m less and less impressed with this Dior lash primer. For being the most expensive of the options I’m reviewing, I was surprised at how clumpy it made my lashes. Yes, it definitely made them look longer, but I’m not sure the whole clumpy lash thing is really doing it for me.
Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer (Sephora, $24)
The newest of the bunch, this Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer is the perfect counterpart to the original, bestselling They’re Real mascara. Basically, the two together are a dream come true. After using this primer for almost a month now, I’ve been trying it out with tons of different mascaras and it really works best with They’re Real.
What I really dig about this primer is that I can wear it by itself (and normally do!) on the days when I’m just running a few errands or when I don’t want to do a full face of makeup. This primer isn’t black, so it looks incredibly natural. It’s more of a your-lashes-but-better type of primer. Also, it’s the same brush at the original They’re Real mascara, and if you’ve ever used the mascara (and you probably have) then you know that it will do wonders to lengthen and define your lashes without getting clumpy and gross.
Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer (Sephora, $26)
This primer released last year along with the Stila HUGE mascara (which is the mascara I’m using for all the after photos!). I’m a huge (no pun intended) fan of the mascara so I knew that I had to try the primer as well. So, like the Benefit lash primer, this primer is also brown. In this formula, you’ll actually see that there are small fibers that build onto your lashes to make them appear longer, thicker and more abundant. Unlike the Benefit brown lash primer, I probably wouldn’t wear this one alone, but with the Stila mascara, it’s TDF, you guys.
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (Sephora, $24)
For some reason, I really didn’t know if I was going to like this one at first. It’s not very liquidy at all and I just made an assumption in my head that it wasn’t going to be as good as the others. Much to my surprise, I think I actually liked this one the best. As I said about the Benefit primer, you really can wear this one alone—and it’s black so if you did want something a little dramatic, this by itself it great. Or if you’re like me and go overboard on the daily, layering this with a great mascara makes your lashes look insane (in the good insane way). I loved the way this didn’t clump up and made my lashes appear super long and thick. Way to go, Estee, way to go.
Pixi Black Lacquer Lash Primer (Pixi, $15)
This was the first product I have ever tried from Pixi and I pretty happy with it so far! I think for $15, this is an incredible lash primer. If you’re someone who’s on more of a budget, this lash primer was very similar to the one from Estee Lauder that I loved. The brush is thin and has a lot of teeny-tiny bristles which are great for defining. I did like the fibers in the Estee Lauder primer better, but if you’re looking for a lash primer that doesn’t necessarily need to have fibers in it, this is probably your best option. Plus, like I said, this one can totally be worn on it’s own.
Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer (Sephora, $22)
As for the white primers, this one was definitely my favorite. The thing I liked about the white vs. the black/brown primers was that I could blatantly see where the primer was going. But, then there’s the fact that so can everyone else, so you really have to cover it up well with a darker mascara. I think that this one definitely made my lashes look great and this one was definitely top 2 for me.
All in all, yes, I definitely think that using a lash primer is worth the extra step. It can even be the only step depending on the look you’re going for and the primer you’re using. Especially if you’re someone who has lame lashes, a lash primer will truly do wonders to make your lashes look faux. If you ask me, primers are worth it simply because they’re the perfect substitute for spending 15 minutes trying to glue on falsies and ending up poking your eye with tweezers.
Which one was your favorite? Do you have any other lash primers that you love?