** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **
It seems like Mary and I are constantly playing a game of temptation. We always encourage each other to buy new products as they freshly hit the makeup shelves. The conversation goes something like this:
“Did you hear about this and that coming out?”
“You should get it! It’d look so great on you!”
“Stop tempting me to spend more $$!”
(Repeat lines 3 & 4 for several days.)
Case in point: When Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight came out, Mary kindly informed me since she knows I love the original TF eye primer. For a while I avoided getting it because I already have two tubes of the Original. And then I gave into temptation. Sigh! I have no will power. Am I glad that I gave in?
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight Pictures & Photos
- √ Glides effortlessly
√ Locks down shadow
√ Intensifies color
√ Prevents creasing
- Name: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight
- Amount: 11g or 0.35 fl. oz.
- What I Paid: $24 CAD
- Price Per Unit: $2.18/g or $68.57 fl. oz.
- Related Product: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Where to Buy: Sephora online, Sephora in-store, Too Faced website, ULTA
Too Faced Candlelight Shadow Insurance Review
Application & Formula
This brand’s really mastered the great consistency of their eye shadow primers. Too Faced Candlelight Shadow Insurance is so easy to apply on the lid since the smooth consistency spreads easily. And you really only need a dab to cover your entire lid area because it’s so spreadable.
- Comparison to Original: While Candlelight has a soft formula, the consistency is slightly thicker than the original. This doesn’t affect the application though. Also, Original blends out much quicker, while Candlelight takes going over the eye with your finger a few more times before you can even out the warm golden glow.
I quite like the warmth that Too Faced Candlelight eye primer offers on its own. It really perks up the look of my eye, even if I’m lacking those needed hours of sleep. It basically looks I’m wearing a light gold shadow! No creasing without having a shadow to set it, either.
While it looks pretty on its own, I’m disappointed that I don’t see much of the shimmer peeking through when I apply my shadow. You’d have to look really hard. I mean, that’s what the whole point of this primer is, right?! Major disappointment!
Effect on Makeup
Unless I’m testing a new shadow or liner, I never leave home without primer on. It’s such a crucial step! You’d be happy to know that Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight Eye Primer protects your eyes from all the makeup mishaps. It stops creasing, fading and melting in their tracks so your eye makeup always looks fresh.
Not only that, it’s soooooooo much easier to apply shadows with it on. Ever had mineral shadow or loose pigment just slip and slide on your lid? Wear this primer, and your shadow will stick on your lid like glue. It’ll also intensify the color of your shadow ever so slightly. This means you’re using less product in the end!
- Comparison to Original: Both these Shadow Insurance primers lock in the shadows for great results. However, I find that Original brings out the color of my eye makeup a bit more.
Simplicity wins first prize here. There’s no fancy-schmancy shape to the packaging – it’s just a simple tube so it’s super easy to get the product out. The tip has a hole that’s not too big, dispensing a small amount of the product so you’re not wasting any. Plus, the white tube has a golden shimmer to it, too, mimicking just exactly what’s inside.
Final Verdict: 7.6/10
It is a good primer in its own right. However, if you want that gold shimmer to show when a shadow is worn on top, you’ll be disappointed. That’s why I gave it a somewhat low score since it fails the main reason for this primer. And if you’re just looking for a great primer to make your makeup last longer and intensify the color, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Original is much better. I still really like the gold shimmer that this gives off when worn on its own though!
What do you think of my verdict? Do you agree or disagree? Sound off now!