I was recently sent Faerie Organic's Forty Winks Eye Primer and I'm so glad to have had the chance to try it out. I've been using it for about two weeks now and I'm super impressed! Forty Winks has really raised the bar on what I thought was possible from a natural eye shadow primer.
|On the Faerie Organic website, the primer is shown in a tube, but the pot, as shown here, is the current, newer packaging.|
Most mainstream primers are effective because they contain silicones, which act like a layer of plastic between your eyelid and your makeup. The silicones make the primer basically impermeable, so any oils your eyelid produces aren't able to reach your eye shadow and cause visible wear or creasing. Instead of relying on a silicone barrier, Faerie Organic uses boron nitride, calcium carbonate, and silica, all of which have oil absorbing properties. (And in case you're wondering, silica is different from the aforementioned silicones. It's the naturally occuring mineral that is a base ingredient in silicone based polymers like dimethicone and cyclopentasiloxane, but is, in its natural state, a safe ingredient.)
Faerie Organic describes Forty Winks as "a soft cream to powder finish," which is a great description. When I first dip into the product, it has a slightly tacky cream consistency, but as I blend it onto the eyelid it quickly dries down to a soft powder finish. The primer is also a creamy white colour, which helps your eye shadows appear more vibrant.
|Forty Winks Primer, swatched heavily and blended out|
On an average day, I do my makeup around 8 in the morning and I don't remove it until 9 or 10 at night. For the sake of comparison, with no primer, I'll usually start to see creasing two to three hours after I do my makeup. With my Detrivore Cosmetics primer, I'm usually good for about eight hours before it starts looking muddy. With the Faerie Organic, my eye makeup not only lasts the full 13-14 hour day, it also looks virtually identical when I remove it to how it looked freshly applied! Almost unheard of for a primer with such clean ingredients!
I will mention that there were a few days when I kept my makeup on for longer - 16-18 hours - and on those days I did notice a small amount of wear. Apparently my left eyelid produces more oil than my right, because it was consistently the left eye that showed wear on these days. The makeup on my right eye stayed perfect, even through an 18 hour day!
To wrap things up, if you're someone who's been searching for a natural eye shadow primer that can compare to mainstream primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I'd definitely recommend checking out Faerie Organic! The ingredients are great, it's reasonably priced at $14, and it's by far the most effective natural eye primer I've used. Forty Winks has quickly become a staple in my routine and is something I can definitely see myself repurchasing once I use it up.
Have you found a natural eye shadow primer that works? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: Product provided for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.