Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primer Comparison

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I have another comparison post today! I was going to review each primer individually but thought it would be more fun to compare them side by side in one post. This way you will have a clear view of how they perform next to each other. :)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers;
L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers;
L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

Currently there are 5 Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers made by Too Faced: (1) Original, (2) Lemon Drop (color correcting), (3) Candlelight (softly illuminating), (4) Champagne (nude shimmer), and (5) Glitter Glue (glitter bonding).

Shown and compared in this post is the Original (blue tube), Lemon Drop (yellow tube), and Candlelight (white tube).

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers;
L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers;
L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers;
L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

Original

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  • flesh-toned
  • thinnest texture
  • most runny consistency (but it’s not really runny per se, it’s just more liquidy than the other two!)
  • long-lasting, all day wearing without creasing, smudging, or fading
  • easy to blend out
  • dries down to invisible color
  • has a tendency to separate in the tube (shake before use!)
  • intensifies the vibrancy of the eyeshadow the best and the shadow remains true to its color
  • good for any occasion

Lemon Drop

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  • lemon yellow-toned
  • thicker texture than the Original
  • also drier in consistency which makes it a little harder to blend out
  • long-lasting, all day wearing without creasing, smudging, or fading
  • leaves a pale yellow cast
  • has a tendency to separate in the tube, too (although not as bad as the Original)
  • intensifies the vibrancy of the eyeshadow and makes it appear cooler-toned
  • good for color-correcting such as concealing discoloration, neutralizing redness and covering up veins on the lids

Candlelight

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  • pale vanilla-toned with ultra fine metallic gold shimmer
  • thickest texture
  • creamiest consistency
  • long-lasting, all day wearing without creasing, smudging, or fading
  • leaves a gorgeous, subtle sparkly gold sheen (love!)
  • doesn’t seem to separate at all
  • intensifies the eyeshadow color and adds “warmth”, making it appear warmer-toned
  • can also be used alone for a sheer wash of shimmery pale gold color
  • good for brightening up/illluminating the eye area

Comparison swatches

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight (unblended)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Shadow Primers; L-R: Lemon Drop Color Correcting, Original, and Candlelight Softly Illuminating

L-R: Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight (blended)

Top: bare lid (L) and Original (R); Bottom: Lemon Drop (L) and Candlelight (R)

Top: bare lid (L) and Original (R)
Bottom: Lemon Drop (L) and Candlelight (R)

Side-by-side comparison with eyeshadow

In the two photos below, I applied eyeshadow on bare skin, over Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight. It is pretty obvious that all three primers do intensify the pigmentation of the shadow but they do it with varying degrees of outcome.

L-R: without primer, with Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

L-R: without primer, with Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

L-R: without primer, with Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

L-R: without primer, with Lemon Drop, Original, and Candlelight

Lemon Drop seems to make the shadow appear cool-toned and it doesn’t intensify the color payoff as strongly as the Original.

Original seems to bring out the truest color of the shadow and intensifies the color payoff the best.

Candlelight definitely adds “warmth” to the shadow, making it appear warm-toned. It also adds shimmery effect to the shadow.

My favorite of the bunch has to be the Original since I like my shadow to be true to its color. It’s also the easiest to use and blend out, just all around a good option for everyday use. :)

My second choice would have to be Candlelight because let’s be honest, there are days when we just want a little sparkle to our eyes without packing on too much eye makeup!

As for Lemon Drop, I only reach for it on days when I need a quick brightening effect to my tired eyes or when I want to “tweak” the color of the shadow to make it appear cooler.

Well, that’s it! I hope this review was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions or comment! :)

Buy

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Original
$20 | Sephora
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Lemon Drop
$20 | Beauty.com
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Candlelight
$20 | Sephora

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8 Comments

  • Reply January 30, 2014

    Hoku

    Nice! hahahahaha

    Now you make me want the Candlelight

    • Reply January 30, 2014

      Jaa

      Look! A full sentence!!!! I’m so proud of you!! LOL!

      *HUGS*

  • Reply February 1, 2014

    kristen @ glambunctious

    Wow! The original really pops the blue shadow like a boss! Maybe I’ll try that one after I finish my tube of NARS Smudge Proof (though I just opened it and the last one lasted me a year…so it may be a while, lol)!
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    • Reply February 1, 2014

      Jaa

      I know I was surprised too to see such a huge difference! I love Nars Smudge Proof also. Good stuff. And the tube just lasts and lasts. I’ve been using mine for more than a year now and I’m still nowhere near finished. LOL.

  • Reply February 2, 2014

    Pami

    Excellent comparison!

    So interesting to know that lemon drop makes shadows cooler. Many shadows are a bit too warm for me, so I may give that one a try. I have the original, and am currently using Nars – good to know the tube lasts a long time since I can never tell how much is in there.

    Love all of your pics and comparisons. It’s done in such a good way – I’m impressed. Thank you for the great review!

    P.S. Came her via Temptalia :)

    • Reply February 3, 2014

      Jaa

      Thank you so much for your comment, Pami! I just don’t see myself ever finishing the Nars eye primer! There’s just so much product in the tube and I have super small eyes so I only use just a tiny bit each time! LOL.

      P.S. Christine has been sending me a lot of traffic every Sunday which I’m really grateful for. But only a few people commenting, haha! Must be me! ^_^

  • Reply April 25, 2014

    jay

    I’ve been looking for this review for the longest time! Before this, i didn’t know if the original was really matte since all the others seemed to be kind of really shimmery or metallic. Now im sure with the original one since it’s good to go for everyday natural look. This really really helped. Thank you for all your reviews!

    • Reply April 25, 2014

      Jaa

      My pleasure, Jay! The original one definitely leaves a matte finish! :D

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