Estee Lauder

Little Black Primer

0.20 fl. oz. for $ 25.00
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Estee Lauder Little Black Primer is sold as a three-in-one product: It can be worn alone for a subtle lash tint, used as a primer beneath regular or waterproof mascara, or applied over mascara as a topcoat, where it's said to extend wear. It works beautifully for two out of three of those claims, and is overall worth considering!

Worn alone, the fragrance-free formula adds a sheer yet dark tint and lengthens lashes without adding bulk. The wetness of the formula tends to cause lashes to stick together a bit, but if you're patient you can smooth this out. Otherwise, this tint leads to worry-free wear and is a great way to naturally enhance lashes without the "heavier" look most mascaras deliver.

Used as a lash primer, this lets you make the most of your mascara, taking it to more dramatic heights, literally and figuratively! The catch is you have to apply your mascara while Little Black Primer is still wet. Waiting for the primer to dry causes mascara to go on unevenly.

Applied as a topcoat, this does make any mascara more water-resistant (not necessarily waterproof, though) but doing so isn't easy, as the primer tends to skip and drag when applied to already-dry mascara. If you do this before your mascara sets, application is smoother; however, in this manner you're mixing the products rather than applying the primer as a topcoat (kind of like hairspray to set your hairstyle) over dry mascara.

  • Works great as a subtle lash tint and for natural-looking length.
  • Excellent primer for making the most of any mascara.
  • Wears without flaking or smudging.
  • OK as a water-resistant topcoat if applied before your mascara dries.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Doesn't apply easily when used as a topcoat over set mascara.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Unlike traditional lash primers that are white, this primer is tinted black, so you can use it on its own. Tint: Colors and lifts bare lashes so they stay silky black throughout the day and even overnight. Amplify: As a primer, it's the optimal mascara base for volume, lift and length. Set: Brush over mascara for a long-wearing, water-resistant topcoat that helps reduce smudging and flaking.
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Estee Lauder At-A-Glance

The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.

The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.

When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.

For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.

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