Estée Lauder Little Black Primer – Tint. Amplify. Set

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer Review

I’ve never really previously understood Eyelash primers. I’ve tried a few out in my time but always found I got bored and would go back to using mascara on its own.

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer Tint. Amplify. Set

The Estée Lauder Little Black Primer is somewhat different to the previous eyelash primers I’ve tried, due to the fact that it’s black (as opposed to white or clear) and that on appearance, this one looks very much like an actual mascara to me. What I’ve discovered from simply trying out the primer, is that its formula is significantly more light weight and thinner than that of a mascara and so it separates the lashes and ever so slightly lengthens them without making them thicker or giving the appearance that a mascara has been applied.

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer Brush

This eyelash primer can be used in one of three ways; Alone ‘to tint them silky black and natural’, as a primer before mascara to add extra length, or after your mascara ‘to set, with a water resistant finish’. I personally prefer to use it in ways one and two (and am actually yet to try it on top of mascara).

Depending what you want out of this primer will depend on how well it works for you. If you have naturally ‘good’ lashes that you maybe wish to tint, then it actually does work well on bare lashes as a way to colour them black without looking like you have mascara on. It’s perfect for those no makeup days and if you want to set your lashes after curling them without applying mascara, then this product will do the trick.

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

In terms of using this product as a primer, I’m actually quite impressed with the results. It certainly has the best results I have seen from using an eyelash primer, and it really does help to lengthen my lashes along with applying my mascara.

Below, the first image shows me wearing the Estée Lauder Little Black Primer and the second image shows me wearing it under my W3ll People Mascara.

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer alone and with mascara over the top

I’m rather impressed with the results from using the Estée Lauder Little Black Primer to prime my lashes as I think the results are significantly noticeable, compared to when I don’t prime them. I love how I’m able to use this primer to lengthen my lashes to make them a lot longer without making them look thick and clumpy. I don’t use this eyelash primer everyday, but for when I want more noticeable, super long lashes then this is the product I now reach for to help me achieve those results.

Have you tried out the Little Black Primer?

You can shop the Estée Lauder Little Black Primer here.

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  1. January 8, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    I have read really great reviews on this lash primer but I never thought of purchasing it for myself. Lord knows my lashes need all the help that they can get but like you, I just don’t understand it. Maybe I need to invest in one to finally understand the differences that it makes? Will keep this in mind for sure.

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    • Samio
      January 9, 2016 / 10:49 am

      Yes I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about until I tried this one. Now I find myself using this more and more!

      Samio x

  2. January 9, 2016 / 1:16 am

    So in love with your blog! You’ve got such a fresh style and it really is a pleasure to read it!
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    • Samio
      January 9, 2016 / 10:48 am

      Thank you Laura. I’m afraid I don’t know what GFC is.

      Samio x

  3. Hazel
    January 9, 2016 / 1:30 am

    I received this primer as part of a Christmas gift and have used it every day since, very impressed with the way the curved wand lengthens and lightly coats my lashes.

    • Samio
      January 9, 2016 / 10:47 am

      It’s great isn’t it! =D

      Samio x

  4. January 9, 2016 / 7:54 am

    This sounds really good for ‘no makeup’ makeup days, it’s interesting that it’s a black primer as well. I haven’t actually ever used an eyelash primer before or even thought of using one strangely, maybe that’s how everyone is getting their mascara to look so good!

    • Samio
      January 9, 2016 / 10:45 am

      Maybe! I’m certainly glad I discovered it, as it’s better than I expected.

      Samio x

  5. January 9, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I haven’t used an eyelash primer in years, although this one looks a lot better than the ones I used back then. They were always so gloopy, and I could never cover the white with normal mascara. It was a bit of a mess.
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    • Samio
      January 10, 2016 / 11:33 am

      Yes same! I never understood the white primers, I found they would often show through the mascara and it was often clumpy and didn’t look good. Luckily this one has a great formula and the fact that it’s black definitely helps.

      Samio x

  6. January 13, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I have to buy one someday… It might be good for my lashes 🙂

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