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Would I Repurchase? Estee Lauder Little Black Primer

I'd seen Emily Noel speak so highly of this mascara that when I saw it in Cave Shepherd I grabbed it.

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer - www.modenmakeup.com

Here's the marketing spiel: "Think of it as the little black dress for lashes. Unlike traditional lash primers that are white, this primer is tinted black, so you can use it on its own.

Three ways to wear it:

Tint: Colors and lifts bare lashes so they stay silky black throughout the day and even overnight.

Amplify: As a primer, it’s the optimal mascara base for volume, lift and length.

Set: Brush over mascara for a long-wearing, water-resistant topcoat that helps reduce smudging and flaking.

No well-dressed lashes should be without it.

Patent-pending formula.

HOW TO USE

Apply it on bare lashes for a softer, more natural lash look. Brush on as a lash primer under mascara. Wear as a top coat to set mascara.
"

Ah boy...when you read up on things they make so much more sense.

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer - www.modenmakeup.com

If memory serves, Emily loved that this product allowed her lashes to hold a curl. My lashes don't fall flat so that wasn't my concern. I guess I was hoping for a black version of the Lancome Cils Booster. This isn't it. 

Estee Lauder Little Black Primer demo - www.modenmakeup.com
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer wand - www.modenmakeup.com
Bristles with product on them
Estee Lauder Little Black Primer wand - www.modenmakeup.com
Bristles without product on them

Worn alone it definitely lives up to the claims of a soft finish. Tint? Check. I wouldn't recommend using it as a primer unless you are the type that applies layers of mascara quickly. So, in my opinion, the best thing this product does is make any regular mascara worn under it waterproof. Set? Most certainly. And that's something I don't need.

Like many other beauty lovers, I'm not a fan of waterproof mascara due to how difficult it is to remove. Yes you can use a micellar water, cleansing balm or even coconut oil but we all want less steps to go through. From the photos above you can see that the wand is slightly curved with standard fibre bristles. The construction of the wand made it easy to apply and disperse the product but the product just didn't give the drama I'm looking for. Amplify? Not so much.
On the other hand, if you have a problem with mascaras transferring or smudging this will be your best friend.

I purchased this for $63BDS DP and I feel like I couldda really put a few more dollars and repurchase the Cils Booster. After this experience I'm not even too fussed about finding a black mascara primer because all the mascaras I love are so pigmented that they don't allow any of the Lancome primer to show through. 

Ingredients: ISODODECANE, AQUA / WATER / EAU, DIMETHICONE SILYLATE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, QUATERNIUM-90 BENTONITE, TRISILOXANE, SORBITAN TRISTEARATE, SILICA SILYLATE, POLYISOBUTENE, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, DIISOPROPYL ADIPATE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA / CARNAUBA WAX / CIRE DE CARNAUBA, PANTHENOL, PANTETHINE, CHOLESTEROL, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, METHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MAGNESIUM SALICYLATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX / CERA MICROCRISTALLINA / CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, [+/- IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)].

Would you still want to the try the Little Black Primer given its price? Let us know in the comments.

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