Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Eyes Have It

One of my favorite bloggers is named Fran. She runs a site called Franish, and I've been following her for a couple of years now.  Although we are *cough* a few years apart in age, her style sense is very similar to mine, so I read her blog all the time. One of the things I love most about her is her candid honesty when it comes to product reviews -whether it be clothing, make up or skin care. If she says a brand is worth the money, you can take it to the bank. Case in point, in a recent post, she was talking about how she gets her eyes to "pop" by using her new favorite mascara combination. Urban Decay had sent her a package of products to try and one of them was her "hands down favorite"- the Subversion Lash Primer.  It's designed to be worn under your mascara to make lashes look thicker and longer. Definitely something I need, so I knew I had to go and check it out. Fortunately for me, I didn't have to go alone. I had an ace up my sleeve.
I had this girl living in my house at the time. This girl is what you call a make up ninja. It is seriously her super power. Sure, she looks all calm and serene, but don't let that sweet face fool you. Her mind is going a million miles an hour, crunching all kinds of data. She knows anything and everything there is to know about makeup, so all I had to do was just sit back and watch her do her thing.
It's fascinating, really. She's the kind of girl who knows exactly what she's doing when she's standing in front of all those massive displays of make up. She's looking at pigment levels, powder textures, color ranges and undertones. 
She's assessing product value versus packaging. First impressions versus media hype.  All the while, humming to the muzak overhead and fielding important questions from her mother. Questions like, "Do you think we should have meatloaf for dinner?" or "Does this bronzer make me look fat?" 
Her final assessment was that Urban Decay's lash primer looked like the real deal, so we picked it up. I also threw in some new shadow and eyeliner for good measure.  Come to find out, according to Colleen, the shadow I was still using from college was what they call "expired". That little tidbit of information explained a lot.

Here's what the primer looks like out right of the tube. You put it on your bare lashes- giving it a few seconds to dry. Then simply apply your mascara like always. It was a cake walk to use. Amazing, really.

See how much longer my lashes look and how my eyes just seem to "pop" with this stuff?  Okay, I know I'm not fooling anyone here. It's pretty obvious this is a Glamour Shot of me from the 80's. But the truth is, once I started taking pictures close enough for you to see what a difference this lash primer makes, I kinda had a "is that what my skin really looks like?!?!" moment. HD photography is not my friend, people. But, because I'm not a quitter, I'm still gonna show you those pictures. That way, you can see what I'm talking about. Full disclosure, though- I may or may not have used the maximum amount of photo filter allowed on the Internet.
Here's the proof, folks. The only difference in make up between my left and right eye is the addition of lash primer on the left. The difference was easy to see and it felt like the improvement warranted the $20 price tag. Another bonus? The primer came of easily with my oil free make up remover, leaving what little lashes I can grow safe and sound.
 Here's another view- this one from the top. Each eye has only two coats of mascara, but my left eye obviously has more bang for it's buck. I'm a convert to lash primer now and it has a permanent spot in my make up bag. But despite my enthusiasm, I'm also smart enough to know that even good lashes can't turn back the hands of time. I am hoping, however, that it might slow them down a little bit. And if that doesn't work? I'm still not too worried. I can always go get another spiral perm.


  1. My big question is did the primer make your lashes stiff?

    1. It did not make them stiff. I did notice that at the end of the day, when I was rubbing my eyes- it flaked a bit. Not a total deal breaker for me, but not a problem I have when I only use mascara. If you try it, let me know what you think :-)

  2. THAT LOOKS AMAZING ON YOU! I am so glad you tried it and liked it :) Doesn't it make such a difference?

    I do love that glamour shot though - we need to bring those back.