For the last couple of years I've been liberally plastering my skin in high-factor sunscreen each day, come rain or shine. I'm now firmly convinced that sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles, freckles and general age-related skin-gnarliness as the SPF-fest has done wonders for my skin. But there's been one little bit of my face that hasn't reaped the benefits - my eyelids. Oily-lidded people will appreciate why I haven't wanted to put rich, creamy sunscreen products on my eyelids. And then there's the potential for stinging when the ingredients inevitably get in your eye.
|Speaking of ingredients: the ever-handy ingredients list|
The price is fairly steep - £17 for 3ml. But having had good experiences with Bare Minerals in the past, I decided to take a gamble on it. I opted for Soft Shell, a light, cool toned colour. It's not a dead-on match for my skin but is close enough to look fairly natural when blended.
The payoff is excellent. It's a thick, smooth and creamy formula that spreads evenly on the lid and doesn't smear, streak or cake. Powder shadows and eyeliner sit well on top of it.
Likewise performance. I have no complaints about the longevity of the product and haven't noticed any creasing or oiliness coming through within the 12 hours they claim it will last. Boxed ticked.
|A quick swipe to apply|
|Fingertip blending, easy peasy|
|Left - before. Right - after|
It doesn't necessarily look bad, but wow does it cut down the versatility of the product. You can't get a true, natural my-lids-but-better effect with this, because it gives you sparkly eyelids. Everyone knows you're wearing makeup on your eyes.
|Direct sunlight allows camera to pick up the full extent of the glitteriness|
It's a shame, as there's so much this product gets right, particularly the inclusion of SPF 15. I'll use up the tube, but due to the glitter I can't see this being the long-term everyday staple I hoped it would become.
P.S. here's what I did after applying the primer for these photos - it's a quick coloured liner shebang with couple of UD 24/7 pencils in Honey and Mildew. Blended with my new Zoeva brush.