The NARS Smudgeproof Eye Primer is my current favourite eyeshadow primer but I feel that the drugstore is severely lacking in good quality shadow primers. I’ve tried primers from Rimmel, L’Oreal, Essence and Bourjois but I’m yet to find an eyeshadow primer which even comes to close to higher end eye primers so I bought the MUA Luxe Bright and Lighten Eye Primer to see what it was like. I really feel that MUA have seriously upped their game within the last twelve months, and I find myself enjoying their products more than I do Makeup Revolution as MUA are launching lots of unique items whereas Makeup Revolution just keep reproducing imitations which got boring very quickly in my opinion.
The MUA Luxe Bright and Lighten Eye Primer is part of a duo of primers, this one is designed to Brighten and Lighten with a pale pink hue and there’s an almost black shade which is the Smoke and Smoulder version which is designed to make your eyeshadows deeper and smokier. I’ve never seen primers like this before but the Brighten and Lighten version really appealed to me as I tend to use a black cream eyeshadow as a base when I want my eyeshadows to be deeper, but I don’t have anything to brighten my shadows.
The MUA Luxe Bright and Lighten Eye Primer £5 is packaged within a chunky, clear plastic tube with a black plastic lid and doefoot applicator. I feel the pinky hue of the primer is almost identical to that of the MAC Painterly Paint Pot, except this is more of a liquid version but they’re both very flattering for my skintone. MUA describe this primer as being able to intensify colour to create a flawless look, by instantly lifting any shade and brightening the tone whilst ensuring long-lasting wear without fading and creasing. To apply the primer I like to apply a little to the back of my hand and then apply to my eyelids with my fingertip, and because my skintone is so pale, I can apply it along my lower lashline too as I like to wear shadow there too.
I really like how creamy and smooth this primer is, and how easy it is to smooth into the skin and it dries down to a matte finish so powder shadows are easy to apply and adhere to the lids. I really don’t like tacky eyeshadow primers as I find that shadows end up looking a little patchy and uneven, but the matte smooth finish when using this primer is the perfect shadow base. I genuinely do notice that my eyeshadow looks a lot more true to colour when using this primer, as well as looking more intense especially when using shimmer shades and it also helps to prolong the weartime of my shadow too. Overall I think is such a good primer especially for £5, and I think it honestly does rival the likes of the Urban Decay Primer Potion which is £17 so the MUA Luxe Bright and Lighten Eye Primer is an absolute bargain buy.
Have you ever tried either of the MUA Luxe shadow primers?