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Battle of the Best – Too Faced Eyeshadow Primers

Today I’ve got a battle of the best eyeshadow primers between Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop, and Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight. TFSI has been my favorite primer for years because it doesn’t crease on me and has the best color payoff on me.

Price:
$18 each. All 3 primers are the same price.

Original Ingredients:
Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethylhexanoin, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Mica. (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Candlelight Ingredients:
Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopherol, Polysilicone-11, Laureth-12, Gold, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

Lemon Drop Ingredients:
Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane/benzimidazole/diamond copolymer Benzimidazole Diamond Amidoethyl Urea Carbamoyl Propyl Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopherol, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

What It Is:
Your full coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing and smudging. Our skin-soothing formula evens out skin tone and smoothes fine lines to create a perfect canvas for shadows. Color is intensified and locked down until you take it off.

Original Benefits:

  • Unique Binders: Volatiles lock down eye shadow pigments for amazingly long wear.
  • Versatility: Use with powder or cream eye shadow products.
  • Fights Fading: Anti-creasing formula holds eye products in place by securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup.
  • Concentrated: The size of a rain drop covers the entire lid.

Candlelight Benefits:

  • Long Wearing: Unique color binders guarantee your shadows never crease, smudge or fade.
  • Golden Glow: Our sexy shade of shimmering gold is gorgeous when worn alone or as a shimmer-enhancing shadow primer.
  • Instant Pigment Payoff: Every eye shadow formula is instantly intensified providing effortless blending.
  • Minimizes Imperfections: Our vitamin enriched, silicone-based formula glides over lids smoothing the appearance of skin and brightening a dull or discolored lid.

Lemon Drop Benefits:

  • Corrective Formula: Our lemon-yellow formula creates the perfect neutral canvas for any eye shadow.
  • Long Wearing: Exclusive blend intensifies pigments and guarantees shadows won’t crease, smudge or fade.
  • Soothing: Our vitamin enriched formula glides over lids, smoothing sensitive skin while leaving behind a feather-light, cashmere finish.

Here are the three primers on my bare skin.

Here I used it with Meow Skeptic. Meow Skeptic is a bright periwinkle with copper and pink iridescent color-changing fire. When used over Lemon Drop, it doesn’t seem as deep of a shade. Original makes it the deepest and brightest and the color shift is easily visible. Candlelight makes the color more golden and brings out a lot of the copper effect.

I feel like Candlelight changes the color the most significantly with enhancing the golden/copper, but all three primers show off the gorgeous color and are flattering.

Next I’ve got Too Faced Cop-a-teal, which is a peacock blue shade. Lemon Drop really deepens the charcoal base, where Candlelight turns the color more of a grey-green.

I feel like this shows off Cop-a-teal at its most flattering.

For the third color, I’ve got Urban Decay Fishnet. It’s a bright pink with purple shift. You know I love my duochromes! Lemon Drop seems to make it more pink. Of course it’s intense and the color shift is quite visible on the Original. Candlelight makes the color softer and brings out the purple a bit.

I used Lemon Drop primer in this Burgundy Love Tutorial.

I used Lemon Drop in this look and it did alter the duochrome shade Polymorph a bit.


I used Lemon Drop for my Zodiac Gemini look.

I used TFSI Candlelight for my Sea Siren Tutorial.


Candlelight looked great in this Fyrinnae Superstar look.

I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Original for my Nereid Undercurrent Mermaid Tutorial.

It also worked wonderfully for my Meow Smoky Siesta Key tutorial.

This was Original TFSI too, for my Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow Lover Tutorial.

Which do I prefer? Usually I prefer to reach for the original TFSI, but lately I’ve loved Lemon Drop a bunch. I like Candlelight when I want to enhance golden tones. I really do like all 3, but if I had to choose just one I would choose the original Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

What do you think of these three eyeshadow primers? Which is your favorite?

Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • jeantan2009

      I personally think that the original is the best based on your swatches<3beautythursday.blogspot.com

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        jeantan2009 Thanks!

    • http://projectswatch.blogspot.com/ Emi at Project Swatch

      I like the original the best, great post!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Emi at Project Swatch Thanks Emi!

    • Cassykins

      Based on your swatches, I like the way that the original makes the 3shadows look. I personally had a tough time with the two I bought(original and candlelight) out of the tube, so I squeezed both togetherinto a glass screw-top jar so they could “dry out” a little (mine weresuper watery no matter what I tried – shaking, kneading, storing indifferent positions) I am happy with how they work together as a team!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Cassykins Oh no! that sucks that they were separated.

    • Makeupfancy

      I’ve only ever tried Candlelight because it came in a free thing from Sephora. I’ve always wanted to try the original!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Makeupfancy the original is definitely my fav!

    • http://buyingcrueltyfree.com/ Catherine bcf

      I think the original looks best, but they all seem to work well from the swatches. I’ve been interested in trying lemondrop, I definitely like the concept, it just seems a bit light for me

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Catherine bcf I would definitely say give it a try, they might have samples for you at Sephora?

    • thecakepie

      Never tried these but I’ve been interested as my urban decay primer isn’t everything I wanted it to be. So glad you reviewed them!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        thecakepie UD’s primer is vivid but it creases for me sometimes, which is annoying. You’re welcome!

        • thecakepie

          Phyrra thecakepie I find UD a bit drying, I wish it weren’t so cakey

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    • BooBooNinja

      Phyrra, I pulled the trigger on my first high end eyeshadow primer! An online retailer was having a sale and I ordered the original TFSI. It has been on my wish list for a long time. Yay for cruelty free! Yay for sale! ps I’m still on my first tube of e/s primer: NYX HD. Do you know for how long it’s still sanitary to use a doe-foot eye product?

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        BooBooNinja I typically use mine for a year or until they run out. I’d go by smell/look. If it looks and smells ok, should be ok. If it looks / smells bad, toss it.

        • BooBooNinja

          Phyrra BooBooNinja It still smells good and wears as it did in the beginning. I didn’t know if there was an “official” use-by period.

    • cultoftaupe

      I am glad you did this review! I am almost out of my Original Too Faced SI and I was debating what to replace it with.  I am still leaning towards the Original but the description of Candlelight makes it sound pretty deluxe. How do mattes perform over Candlelight?  Does it turn shimmery?

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        cultoftaupe It does give some shimmer. I’ll have to double check, because I haven’t used just mattes with it.

        • BooBooNinja

          Phyrra cultoftaupe I look forward to your response, Phyrra. Good question, @cultoftaupe.

    • misfitgirlie

      I use UD Primer Potion in almost all varieties (original, Sin, and Greed, which are likely analagous to original, Candlelight, and Lemon Drop), and well as the original TFSI. I have so many UD primer samples from purchases that I probably won’t need to buy eye primer for a while! I haven’t decided which brand I like better, but if I had to pick one, I’d go with the original “flavor.”