Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nature Republic Botanical Eye Primer

In addition to Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer and Holika Holika Fitting Veil Eye Primer, I also picked up a tube of Nature Republic Botanical Eye Primer. I'm not sure what's so "botanical" about it, probably because I'm Korean-illiterate, but perhaps there's nothing much to begin with...

All pictures taken in natural light without flash.

Same as the others, this is also unscented and with doe-foot applicator. The texture is also different, a much firmer cream than Etude House, probably the firmest cream of all 4 primers swatched below actually. Not only that, it has a strange oily feel. I wanted to blame this oiliness on the item being old stock, but expiration date is June 2015 so it's not that old.

Anyway, I'm afraid "botanical" is a no go. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. Definitely not for liquid/gel/cream shadows and will hold powder shadows only. Even then, with powder shadows it lasts a meager 2-3 hours before creasing. Ironically, my bare lids probably keep the shadows better than when prepped with this primer. Boo. Hiss. Perhaps I'll try it with baked powder or the hybrid powder-cream in the case of L'Oreal Infallibles or Sephora Outrageous Prisma Chrome.

From left to right: Etude House Proof 10 Primer, Holika Holika Fitting Veil Primer, this Nature Republic Botanical Primer, and TonyMoly Face Mix Primer (will review next).

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