Whenever I'm presented with a new primer to try, I feel pretty skeptical. Odds are, they're just gimmicks at best and at worst? Hello breakouts! Despite this, here I am trying out an eyelash primer. I'd never tried a primer for anything that wasn't my face before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer is designed to be used before you apply mascara and helps to give your lashes extra lift and volume with its mix of straight and spherical fibers and thickening waxes. Besides the usual waxes and colorants, the Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer also helps condition your lashes with jojoba and sweet almond oil. In Stila's trials of this primer, the results showed a 40% increase in eyelash diameter and an 81% increase in weight. I'm not sure what making lashes heavier would do, but increased diameter = increased volume = *happy dance*!
The Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer comes in just one shade, brown, and a 8 ml tube retails for $34 from wherever Stila is sold, such as Sephora. The price and the limited shade range are what make me kinda sad about this product, but what does make me happy is that it really does seem to work!
To use, I apply one coat of lash primer to curled lashes and then immediately follow afterwards with my regular mascara. If you wait till the primer dries, then your lashes have time to get that crusty feeling and your mascara won't apply as well.
When using the primer, I definitely notice that my lashes stay curled longer and appear longer than normal. My mascara also doesn't seem to melt as easily either, which is pretty awesome for someone who gets perpetual raccoon eyes. In terms of volume, I only noticed a slight difference, but it's enough to convince me that this primer works!
As for whether I'd repurchase this again... well, I'm on the fence. The Stila Lash Stunner Extreme Lash Primer is pretty cool, but was it life-changing? Not really. Mascara is something I use up fairly regularly and I do love my expensive Lancome mascaras, so spending around $60-70 every few months just on lash products is pretty ridiculous! This primer also isn't something you can just save for special occasions as the tube will dry up like any other mascara. I'll have to consider whether I want to opt for a cheap mascara, like the CG LashBlast and pair it with this primer, or just opt out of this primer altogether.
|Left: primer + mascara|
Right: mascara only
Ditch - if I had to choose I'd say ditch. This primer does work well and I really like it, but there are just so many mascara formulas out there that you're bound to find one that works just as well and which doesn't require you to buy yet another product.