After i'd posted about Sleek Primer palette i diligently used the palette for a week to see whether they are as long lasting as other primers.
The main thing i learned? These primer do NOT work with Sleek eye shadows! Anyone whose used Sleek eye shadows knows the shimmery shadows are already very pigmented and creamy. When you use the primer underneath, it crease crazy after an hour!..not a good look. But there are shadows this primer palette works brilliantly with.
Click below for examples of Bad creasing....and surprising improvements!
Here we are with greens from the Sleek Safari palette - Freshly applied. You can see i have hooded eyelids, so creasing is something i don't want.
Taken in daylight -
This is an hour later - (daylight had gone..so taken in bright bulb light)
So....as I'd used loose pigments when i first tried the primer palette i decided to try a different brand. Meow Minerals in fact. I also decided to see if using another primer underneath made any difference, so my left eye got a little TFSI first and my right got the Elf Mineral primer all over the eye area. As you can see there is already a tiny bit of creasing starting on the left eyelid.
( I used from Shattered Equinox collection- Melancholy and Violaceous. From Halloween collection- Spellbinding)
But an hour later, nothing had changed, no further creasing. So it seems these primers work well on loose shadows, grabbing hold of the loose powders and keeping them there. But you have to be careful with how much primer is put on the eyelid. I found the smallest amount is best, and just before adding powder, to very lightly dab the applied primer with your little finger.
Then i tried the 100 colour palette by ELF. These had disappointed me when i first got it, with even the shimmery shadows not giving the right amount of oomph, that say the Sleek eye shadows do.
That ALL changes when you use the primer palette first.
Here is a look i did with some of the blues in the palette . First the prep with the bright blue and white primers. The white was applied on the inner edge of the eye. The blue lightly applied over the lid and underneath to create a small wing shape.
Here is the look freshly applied - It makes the colours (hate using this word) pop!
Here are the eyes an 2 hours later - no change at all.
I tried my Claire's neutral's palette next, as this too had disappointed me, as the colours look unusual. There is a taupey brown that has an aqua flash to it, that hardly shows normally, but when applied over the primer really comes out. I used a light bright purple from NYX Velvet Rope palette for underneath the eye.
I used the beige primer on the lid, white on the inner corner and the purple underneath the eye.
An hour later - no creasing!
So..after trying various shadows, I feel that the Sleek Primers work best with lightly pigmented cheap eye shadows, the types that look bright in the pan but don't deliver on the lid. The primers bring them out.
They also work with loose powders as they help grip the powder, although blended can become a little tricky.
What the primers are not good with, are already very intensly pigmented creamy shadows, like Sleek's own and others of that quality. Simply use TFSI or another standard primer like ELF's mineral one will work fine on those kind.