Evening all! I’m so sorry for my lack of posts lately (pretty much all of May…!) it wasn’t planned. Life kind of got in the way and I lost my blogging mojo a bit.
But here I am!
As some of you may have read I’ve begun my quest to wear make up like a grown up which has now also morphed into trying to find cruelty free options for my make up bag. I’m not completely cruelty free yet but as my old favourites run out I’m replacing them with cruelty free alternatives.
The latest item that needed replacing was my eyeliner. I’m a vintage girl at heart and know that my eyes are probably my best feature so a cats eye flick is my go-to. If I could wear only one make-up item forever it would be eyeliner! So when my Benefit* ‘They’re Real’ liner ran out I looked for an alternative. (*they’re not truly cruelty free because they sell products in China where laws require testing on animals for beauty products. They also p*ssed me off when they posted a bodyshaming “joke” on their Instagram a while ago so I don’t want to give them my money anymore!) I decided to try the Nars eye paint in ‘Black Valley’ as I’d seen good reviews and fancied challenging my free-hand skills again!
I found the eye paint easy to apply but found it difficult to keep it from sliding off my (oily) lids over the course of the day – leaving me with panda eyes by lunchtime. Not the look I was going for…!
In order to try and get my new liner to play ball I thought I’d give a primer a go. The reviews I’d seen (like this one) spoke highly of Urban Decay primers’ staying power so I thought I’d give it a try! The lady in Debenhams did an amazing job of convincing me that combining the primer with their makeup setting spray that I bought that too!
So here are the results (although it’s difficult to see from the photos!):
I was impressed that I still had an eyeliner line 11 hours after application – a first with this liner for me! Even after a (very) sweaty Street Dancersize class there’s still a slight flick and NO PANDA EYES!! I didn’t expect there to be anything left but a smudgy mess after a sweat-fest (expecting better than that would take an industrial-strength miracle!) so I’m pretty happy with the results.
The combination of liner, primer and hold spray is comparable to my old Benefit favourite – but without the half hearted anti-animal testing claims! It’s a shame it requires 3 products instead of just the one though. But it’s a reasonable compromise for the sake of staying cruelty free. Plus, the tiny amount of primer (less is definitely more!) and eyeliner used means they’re likely to last a long time so as long as they don’t dry out too quickly the combination offers fairly good value for money!
Have you tried a good cruelty free liner or primer?! I’d love to hear your recommendations!
Thanks for reading. 😊