I love beauty products. I also love (and need) a beauty routine that is quick and easy in the mornings, because let’s face it – as a mom, I just don’t have the luxury of spending hours on my hair and makeup in the morning. I spend more time convincing my six-year-old to get out of bed, get dressed, and eat his breakfast than I do on my makeup, so time is of the essence.
With that in mind, the thought of adding yet another beauty product to my routine was not something I was too keen on when I first saw the L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer. I LOVE my Voluminous mascara though (as described here) and every time I saw the primer, I was drawn to it. Eventually, I caved and picked one up and I can honestly say, I am so glad that I did!
The primer, which goes on bright white, adds volume and length to my lashes in a way that mascara alone just can’t do. My lashes look more dramatic and (and this is a HUGE plus for me) I find I have less smudging when I’m applying my mascara after using the primer. Don’t ask me why, because I honestly couldn’t give you an answer, but I somehow end up with no smudges of mascara on my lids when using the primer. When I don’t, I regularly have to touch up my shadow after applying mascara. It also promises to nourish your lashes, though I cannot claim to have noticed any significant difference on this so far, but I have only been using it for a couple of weeks.
(Forgive me for the following pictures. It is surprisingly hard to take pictures of your own eyes!! And excuse the brows – they are due for some grooming.)
One major tip to share – do one eye at a time! You cannot let the primer dry too much before applying your mascara because you will end up with chunky, flaky, and overall not so nice lashes instead of thick, enviable ones. I recommend applying a coat of primer, immediately followed by your favourite mascara, one eye at a time, rather than applying the primer to both eyes and then mascara. Trust me, you will have lashes that are much more natural looking that way.
Do you need a mascara primer? Probably not. But I love the fact that this one makes my eyelashes look much more dramatic than my mascara alone (and pretty much negates the needs for a lash curler). Given that it only added about 25 seconds (probably even less) to my makeup routine, you can bet that I’ll be keeping it around for the long term.
You can find the L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer at your local drugstore, prices will vary. But I picked mine up at Walmart for $6.97.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,