Even though a good cream-to-powder concealer can usually serve as an adequate eyeshadow primer, it doesn’t mean that your eye makeup will be budge-proof and crease-free, but that’s exactly what happened when we used Lorac’s Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. The thin-textured, light pink primer smoothes on sheer, with a hint of shine and some slight tackiness. The slanted-tip, squeeze-tube packaging is useful because it’s an easy way to control the amount applied and it minimizes waste. Once on the eyelid, applying powder over this primer does deepen the shadow’s color and somewhat inhibit blending. However, if you’re looking for a product that will help your makeup stay put through just about anything, this is worth a try.
This Los Angeles–based independent cosmetics company launched in 1990 and is the brainchild of makeup artist Carol Shaw (Lorac is "Carol" spelled backwards). It is well-publicized that Shaw has a long list of celebrity clients, but then so do all of the other makeup artists who have their own products lines—there are a lot of famous faces that need attention—so that boast is hardly unique. Compared to competitors Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, or Stila, Lorac doesn't offer the same caliber of foundation colors or the array of products, yet most of what's available is impressive. The company holds its own when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick. You will find that, for the most part, the older, established products perform better and are more attractive than many of Shaw's latest inventions. In particular, the latest lipstick, lip gloss, concealer, and waterproof mascara are true disappointments. Lorac hasn't done a great job on the innovation and performance side of the business since the last edition of this book, while her competition (particularly Stila and Laura Mercier) continues to consistently impress. There are still plenty of reasons to shop this line, but focus on the long-standing products rather than on what's new.
For more information about Lorac, call (800) 845-0705 or visit www.loraccosmetics.com.