Tested on animals:Yes
Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 is an eyeshadow primer that soars above the norm to offer standout results with the benefit of added sun protection, all in an easy-to-use, fragrance-free formula.
Housed in Benefit's usual mix of clever-yet-cute packaging, Air Patrol's formula is dispensed from a click pen component. It's outfitted with what the brand refers to as a "CushionCalm" tip that's "softer than your pinkie!" which we found to be true. In fact, the tip, which we suspect is made of flexible silicone, makes application a breeze right from the component and it's easy to keep clean. You will need to use your fingers or a brush to blend it properly on your lids.
Although Air Patrol doesn't offer substantial coverage, it nicely evens out skin tone on the eyelid and underbrow area, setting to a soft matte finish that feels light. Applying eyeshadow over this is a pleasure; in fact, we noticed it enhanced blending!
A good eyeshadow primer should at the very least extend eyeshadow wear, and Air Patrol passes this test with "flying" colors! It kept our eyeshadow looking just-applied (and perfectly in place) for well over 12 hours. Your mileage may vary depending on how oily your eyelids are and which type of shadow (creams or powders, powders are usually preferred for long wear) you apply, but we were impressed!
Also impressive is the reliable broad spectrum sun protection this eyeshadow primer provides. Its blend of synthetic (octinoxate) and mineral (titanium dioxide) sunscreens had us a bit wary, as octinoxate can be sensitizing for some when applied around the eyes. However, we found it to be a non-issue—and we did test on it a staffer whose eye area normally reacts when octinoxate is applied around the eyes.
Air Patrol only comes in one shade, a sheer, light nude tone with a slight yellow cast. The slightly warm color will work for most skin tones and does a good job neutralizing the pink to bluish-purple some people have on their eyelids. But again, if your eyelid area has more marked discoloration, then you'll want to apply your usual concealer and follow with this eyeshadow primer.
Benefit claims that their "EnviroDefend" complex guards not only against sun exposure but also smoke and pollution in the air. Although the sun protection will happen, we're skeptical that the tiny amounts of antioxidants in the formula can do all that much to shield the eye area from environmental pollutants. Still, their combined presence likely provides some benefit, just not a total shield from pollutants!
To bring this review in for a landing (somebody stop us!), Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 earns a strong recommendation from us for its easy-to-blend, long-wearing formula, applicator tip, sun protection, and ability to not only enhance eyeshadow application but keep shadow vibrant and in place for an entire workday (and then some!). Benefit Cosmetics certainly earned their "stars and stripes" with this fab product.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Easy to apply and blends superbly.
- Well-designed packaging + applicator tip.
- Really does enhance eyeshadow application, vibrancy, and wear.
- Single shade will work for a variety of skin tones.
- The "EnviroDefend" claims overstated, as the antioxidants are present in surprisingly low amounts.