Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Product Review: Minerallustre All Natural Eye Primer

Hello lovelies!

I'm someone who has problematic skin, and some years ago, I came across an article on the benefits of mineral makeup that convinced me to give it a try. I have since dabbled with quite a few mineral makeup brands and mineral makeup has really helped my skin considerably! As a result, I'm a big fan of mineral makeup and always on the lookout for new products to try.

Two weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try a mineral eye primer by Minerallustre. It retails for $25 AUD (for a 2g container), and is available from Mineral Makeup Market. As some of you may have noticed, I'm pretty mad for eye makeup and a good eye primer is something I swear by, as it provides a good base for the makeup to adhere to, provides longevity to your finished look and makes colours appear more vibrant.

The Minerallustre eye primer comes packaged in a round, clear, plastic container with a screw top lid, which I think is handy as it allows you to see exactly how much product you have left. The primer itself is quite colourless, and has a semi-solid, almost jelly-like consistency, which I found it a little difficult to work with initially, as I'm more used to creamy primers. As I'm not fond of dipping fingers into a pot, I used an eye makeup brush to 'scoop' a little out and found that it has a tendency to 'pill' or form little balls, which was a little difficult getting accustomed to.  It's one of those primers that feels silky smooth and more like silicone (as opposed to a cream), which is apt as silica is one of the ingredients in this product.

The Minerallustre eye primer.
(You can actually observe the clumping from when
I dipped my brush in. Please pardon the slight
discolouration from product transfer from my brush)

This is what it looks like on skin. This is a great deal more product
than I'd use for normal daily wear though, as you only need a tiny amount.

I actually really liked this eye primer once I got used to it; it blended out effortlessly, and I felt like my shadows applied very smoothly over it. I got about six hours of perfect wear from it before I noticed mild creasing, although my eyeliner/mascara remained perfect until I removed it with no smudging or bleeding observed. It also made my eyeshadows appear more vibrant, as demonstrated in the photo below.

The swatch on the left was made over bare skin while the swatch
on the right was made over the primer.
(both swatches were made with the same amount of shadow and pressure)

Here's a quick review of the pros and cons associated with this primer:

  • Comprising 100% of minerals and organic products, it is less likely to clog pores and would be a great choice for people with sensitive skin.
  • Blends very easily.
  • Quite affordable as it's supposed to last six months with daily use.
  • Packaged in a neat, see-through container so you always know how much product you have left.
  • Keeps eye makeup looking fresh for at least six hours before any creasing is noticeable.
  • Eyeshadow colours appear more vibrant when applied over this primer.

  • I prefer 'squeeze-tube' containers as opposed to a pot that you dip fingers/brushes into as I feel it's more hygienic.
  • It does 'pill' or form little balls when a brush is dipped in so it can be a little hard to get the exact amount you need out. (Again, I feel a different dispenser might work better with this product).
  • If you aren't a fan of products with that silicone feel, this isn't the product for you.

Verdict? I thought this product really lived up to its promise, and would probably repurchase, but the main drawback for me is the container! I do wish it came in a squeeze tube as it would be more hygienic, and easier to dispense the right amount without 'gouging' out chunks every time you dip a brush in! I also wonder if it might dry out after some time, so I'm storing it upside down to prevent it from drying out.

What eye primers have you tried, lovelies? Are there any that you are currently loving?

Much love,

Note: These samples were kindly provided for my consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.


  1. Oh I like the results! (Also not too sure about how they've packaged, and how it gets a bit clumpy!)
    But the results are what really matter! I love that it's natural too, and the price is really great!
    Great review! :)

    1. Thank you! I agree, the packaging is a little annoying but I do love that it is natural, performs well and works just as promised. That helps me overlook the annoying packaging a fair bit. :P

  2. Great review! Do you know if this is available in the States?

    1. Thank you! I know that Mineral Makeup Market can ship to the US! You will have to check how much rates are!

      I also know that they're doing a promotion now on free shipping till the end of August but I'm not sure if it applies to international shipping!

  3. Sounds great! I love the Australis eye primer, not that I use it much.

    1. I have heard quite a bit about the Australis one, but I haven't checked it out yet! It's on my to-do list. :)

      I can't live without an eye primer, I use it every single day!

  4. wow sounds amazing.. I only use the Urban Decay primer... and love it! x Marina

    1. I love the UDPP too! It's got to be my favourite of all the eye primers so far!

      Thanks for visiting!

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