The same goes for eye make up as it does for the rest of your face, you should always begin with a good base to help get your makeup looking its best, and keep it that way throughout the day. I've used eye primer as part of my daily make up routine for a good few years now since discovering the MUA Professional Eye Primer, and to be honest for the bargain price of this, it works brilliantly and I've never thought to try anything different. That is, up until I received a sample of the Benefit Stay Dont Stray Eyeshadow/Concealer Primer in a Birchbox a month or two ago.
It is a dual action primer, for use all around the eyes to help both your under eye concealer and your eyeshadows stay put! The primer is creamy in texture, easily blendable to create a smooth, flawless base, and has a hydrating formula containing vitamin C & E to fight signs of ageing. All this goodness for your skin whilst the product works to keep your concealer in place and keep your eyeshadows looking vibrant and preventing crease lines.
Stay Dont Stray currently comes in two shades, Light/Medium, which is the one I received and is perfect for my skin tone, as you can see in the above swatches, it blends beautifully and looks so natural, and a second shade Medium/Deep. According to Benefit Cosmetics website, the full size light shade comes with a pump applicator and the deeper shade comes with a wand applicator, not too sure why - I personally think the wand would be best for both!?
The primer is applied by dotting 3 times under your eyes then blending, before applying 3 dots on the eyelids and blending. You can then go ahead and apply your concealer and eyeshadows as normal. (For reference, I don't have oily lids, but if I don't wear primer, my eyeshadows do fall and settle in the crease of my lid) I can vouch for the fact that it keeps my eyeshadows looking great, all day. I've put makeup on before I go to work on a morning, done an 8 hour office shift, then gone out for a meal or something on the evening and my eye makeup still looks intact when I get home. I don't really use a concealer, but I imagine it would have the same effect. I have however found it can also act as a concealer in itself, for example if you're going for a "no make up" make up look because it lightens dark circles and evens out your skin tone/discolouration.
As I mentioned, I've only received a small sample, but the full size is 10ml, and it will set you back £20.50. Which unfortunately is a little pricey for my personal budget, because my usual primer is only £2.50 - I'm a total cheap skate to be honest. But if I could afford to buy this again, I definitely would, and I would definitely recommend it!