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Little Black Primer by Estée Lauder
Estée Lauder

Little Black Primer

look: everyday

Top Reviews



i now get lash curls lasting all day

- Ulta User

no clumps, easy to apply, hold curl and able to place my lash where i want and separates them

- Sephora User


not smudging

i used this with my benefit roller lash and it is the first time ever in my life that my mascara didnt smudge

- Sephora User

happy with my choice- it does not smear, it stays on for a long time and it's also easy to take off with makeup removal wipes

- Macy's User


not clumping

no clumps

- Sephora User

no clumping

- Ebay User



it gives you great lash definition and length without looking like you're actually wearing mascara

- Sephora User

but for priming and setting mascara, you'll be amazed at just what a difference it makes to how your lashes look (and how long they stay looking good

- Boots User



a bit pricey but a perfect primer, plus since its black there is no need to worry about covering the primer completely with another mascara, but it works well on it own, with another mascara and post mascara to lock in the waterproof color

- Sephora User

also i love using this alone and with other waterproof mascaras (normal mascaras still weigh it down obviously)

- Sephora User



it gives my lashes volume and length and looks so natural love ittt

- EstéE Lauder User

it separates the lashes very nicely and evenly while also lifting and giving lashes a little more volume

- Sephora User

staying power


primes the eyelashes beautifully and ensures that mascara lasts all day

- Boots User

this last way past 12 hours until i remove it

- Macy's User



i can wear this without any mascara for a very natural look

- Macy's User

by itself it looks very natural and just looks like you have long, dark, lashes without the clumps that make it obvious you're wearing mascara

- Sephora User
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sephora userMarch 15, 2016

A True LBD for Lashes

I purchased this after reading a really favorable blogger review. It works both with and without mascara. As a primer it's a great base for mascara and I love that the color is black and not white like other lash primers. The formula is pretty wet so I find it applies more evenly when I run the wand brush over the top of the tube to remove excess product and start applying it on the outer lashes working my way in. This way there's less product to transfer onto your eyelid when you get to the shorter inner lashes. As a mascara substitute its works even better when you want defined lashes to look alive and polished but not LASHES lashes lol. Depending on the pressure you use to apply it, it actually does a better job of defining my lashes than a lot of actual mascaras Ive used. A little pressure applies a decent amount of product and using just a bit of a firmer hand will provide a fuller coverage and really pop your lashes. Pros: great mascara primer, extends length, no clumps, defines lashes Cons: wet, doesn't curl lashes much even though the wand is curved.

- sephora
Macy's userDecember 27, 2017

Now a Primer Fan

I never liked lash primers. They were too thick, the white meant I had to use more mascara to cover it up again, which seems to defeat the entire exercise, and it seemed like so much fuss for no added value (to me). I have thin, lighter auburn hair and only wear mascara so the lashes show up. This primer can be worn alone (as a natural look) or underneath mascara as a primer, letting me use less mascara and I have never had flaking, which I nearly always got with the mascaras I've been using over this. This primer found lashes I didn't even know I had. It separates them so I can give a quick swipe of mascara and I'm done. No blotting. No starting over because the frigging mascara clumped. I haven't changed my mascaras. It's this primer. (I have not used it as a seal coat). Estee Lauder made me a believer after throwing away a certain other brand's cils boost that seemed goopey and too wet to do anything on my lashes. « less

- Macy's
sephora userApril 04, 2017

Not what expected

I do not see anything that this does for me. It does not add volume, which was my main hope, and it does not add length. What can I say about this..? The brush is a natural-bristle of brush, the brush is quite thin/skinny, and is a bit long. The formula to me seems quite dry. Really no issues with gobs nor blobs of mascara on the brush. But this just 'does nothing' for me. You need to have a lot of patience with this, as each coat applied is very thin. I guess if this ends up not working for you, either, this could be used as a nice natural-type of mascara, the 'no makeup look' type of look. I get no clumping with this. But I can't rate this much higher because for me, this does not deliver what is/was expected. A lot of work for basically no "results". I will keep this and use this as a natural-type mascara, but very disappointed that this does not 'add' anything. I get better results with just an additional coat of whatever mascara I am currently using. But as a 'primer,' this does nothing but add a very, very thin, barely noticeable coat of mascara (and even with 2 or 3 coats). Maybe I got a bad tube, but as a "primer," this is a major pass for me. No eye irritation, though, I do not wear contacts, but I have sensitive eyes.And oddly enough, even though this is a thin formula, this is a little tricky for me to remove (the couple of days that I only used this alone, as a 'natural' look mascara).

- sephora
sephora userJanuary 07, 2016

perfection…a must have

This product is amazing!! You can use it 3 different ways.. It looks amazing worn alone – it makes your lashes more defined (not clumpy) & longer; you look like you have perfect natural lashes. You can also use it under your favorite mascara for a more dramatic look and staying power. Apply on top of your mascara to make it waterproof and prevent flaking. I will always have this. I even gave one to my best friend because I felt like she had to have it.

- sephora
sephora userDecember 30, 2017

Holds my lashes in place

I have a problem with stubborn lashes that hang down whenever I use non-waterproof mascaras. This primer helped my lashes hold a curl and it helped to give volume and length when used as a base before regular mascaras. Now i can use any washable mascaras as long as i use this primer as a base. If u prefer a more natural looking lashes u can also use this primer by itself. I love this product and i would definitely repurchase over and over.

- sephora


Overall safe Ingredients

Hexylene Glycolacneirritant

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