If you are always on the quest for the look of false lashes without the false lashes, you know the importance of a good primer. I have tried several over the years and just wanted to take the time to compare two products that have similar price points. Lancome's Cils Booster XL is the newest in Lancome's primer evolution, there is an oscillating version as well but the formulation is much the same. As well Elizabeth Arden has added a primer to their mascara lineup with their Lash Optimizer primer. As far as I know Arden's formulation has not changed since it was first released, but if it has please let me know by leaving a comment below. This isn't going to as much of a review as a comparison, you can pick your personal winner based on what you read. I do have a favorite if you can guess what it is leave and comment and give me your guess!!
I'm going to start be comparing the applicator wand. These two companies took completely different approaches to the best way to apply primer. Arden decided to go with a much narrower applicator which is meant to be able to get into the lash line to build from roots to tips. I did feel that these short bristles did not apply as much product to the lashes, giving you a very light application. Lancome's primer uses a standard mascara type wand, which holds a lot of product and gives an even thick coat in one application.
Next is a comparison of formulation. Lancome used a very thick formulation which really builds a lot of volume on the lashes. You do have to be careful with this one that you don't overdo it and that you build your look and add mascara before everything has time to dry. Arden does all of their makeup on the more subtle end so it is no surprise that their primer follows the same rule. This primer is a much thinner formulation which allows you to build the volume you want but when using multiple layers there is more of a chance that the primer will dry before you can add your mascara which will give you more clumps an more of a chance that our lashes will stick together.
So there you have it a product comparison. Both are primers but they are so different from one another! Can you tell which one is my favorite?? Let me know by leaving a comment below!