Thursday, April 22, 2010

Benefit Stay Don't Stray Review

I have a million eye primers ranging from Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Laura Mercier Eye Basics, to MAC Paint Pots and the list goes on and back in February I was given Benefit's Stay Don't Stray Stay Put Primer for Concealers & Eyeshadows for my birthday which added to my ever increasing collection of primers.  Not that I'm complaining, it does come in handy especially when you're a makeup artist.  But this primer does have it's ups and it's downs.

Here are the UPS:

1.  My eyeshadow and concealer does tend to stay put for most of the day.  I work 7.5 hours in the day and my eyeshadow doesn't crease by the time work is over and my concealer is still on. Not much fading going on which is good.

2.  The application is easy.  It has a bit of a thick consistency but it glides on smoothly and is easy to blend.

3.  Eyeshadows and Concealers are easy to blend when put over top of it.  I like to use Benefit Erase Paste over top and it looks amazing!  Nice and smooth!

4.  I like that the color of it blends with my skin tone.  I'm a fair to medium skin tone.

5.  A little goes a long way so it can be used sparingly, that is if you can master the pump.  You'll see what I mean so keep reading!

Here are the DOWNS:

1.  The pump sucks.  I don't understand why these cosmetic companies keep coming out with silly unconventional packaging.  This is an eyelid primer not a foundation!  Too Faced Shadow Insurance got it right with having a tube of product.  It's much easier to get product out.  When I first pumped this I literally pumped out the size of a dime.  And I wasted so much product.  See the picture above?  That is exactly how much will come out if you're not careful.  It took me a long time to master the art of pumping because now I can pump out a tiny dot.  With practice you can too!  The key to getting as little product as possible out is a very slow and steady pump.  Gripping the pump with your index finger and thumb is the key!

2.  I found this to be a bit drying on my skin.  Maybe it's just me or the weather.  But I did find that when I used this my skin got a little dry and flakey underneath my eyes.

3.  I mentioned earlier that I like the shade it comes in but for my skin tone.  If you have a much darker skin tone I'm not sure if this is for you.  Their website claims that it's "neutral nude shade is universally flattering" but the color seems too light in my opinion.  It probably would have been better if the product dried clear.

So as you can see, it seems that the UPS outweigh the DOWNS but it is essentially up to you if you think you'd like this product.  Go on and test it out if you want but be forewarned especially with that darn pump!

Have you tried this product?  What's your take on it?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Find this product at:
Shoppers Drug Mart stores
Murale stores
$24.00 USD


  1. I'm usually a fan of most benefit products but this one was a complete fail. For me, I didn't find my eye shadow or concealer lasted any longer or didn't crease as compared to other primers. I found the shade lightened my concealer too much and agree that it should have been clear. Absolutely agree about the pump - sucks! For me, all those points make it a fail with so many other great ones out there:(.

  2. Aww that's too bad. But you're right about it not being any better than the other great ones out there. I guess the selling point with this one is that it helps with concealer too which most eyelid primers out there don't do.

  3. yah the angle of priming your concealer is a great concept but it would be better if it was clear so it doesn't have the potential of changing the colour. But for me, I didn't find it kept my concealer on longer than without. But products work differently for everyone :)

  4. Umm no thanks! I don't want my under eye area to be drier than it already is.

    I just stick to Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I find that I get the most bang for my buck with that one. I use it everyday and my first tube lasted way past 1 year, then I got bored and just gave what's left to my sister to buy a spankin' new tube. :)