October 14, 2009

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer Review

A while back ago when I first started blogging I moaned and whined alot about my under eye area.  The deal at the time was I had just turned 30 and suddenly I woke up and had all this insanity going on under my eyes.   My sister claims it’s some sort of law that once you hit 30 it all goes down hill.  Indeed, my eyes were heading that way fast.

A reader recommended that I try prepping with Clarins Instant Smooth which I did and didn’t really notice much difference.  The general idea was it would prep my eye and create a smooth canvas for concealer.

This idea is pretty much what Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer is all about.

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 1

Check out the review for it below!

So this is the deal peeps, Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer is kinda sorta very similar to what you’d get with any silicon primer out there. Only difference is this is for your eyes not your face.

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 2

I didn’t see the presentation on this but it claims to extend your eye makeup’s wear…personally I wouldn’t suggest using it above your eyes just under as it has a strange silicon feeling that’s almost greasy in texture which could cause creasing, fading, etc….

Now under your eyes that’s an entirely different playing field.

This offers a very light moisturizing finish that fills fine lines and extends concealer wear for me. It creates a perfect canvas for concealer and gives the illusion of a well rested Muse. I didn’t love the texture as even though it advertises a non-greasy feel I felt it was quite greasy feeling. The best way to apply is after eye cream and let it settle for a bit. Go do your hair or something else and just give it a minute to sink it and set prior to following up with concealer. You’ll get the best results if you do this.

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 6

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 5

The formula is considerably lighter when compared to Clarins Instant Smooth. If you’ve been using Clarins Instant Smooth for under eye purposes you’ll absolutely adore this as it’s meant for that specific area and the formula isn’t as heavy feeling but rather light.

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 4

Now it doesn’t perform miracles in my humblest so I’d recommend it for fine lines not deep set OMG! wrinkles under your eyes. Smaller fine lines could benefit from it as a prep as it offers a tad bit moisture plus a good, solid base for concealer. It actually comes with a brush for application which makes it a snap to apply.

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 7

Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Eye Primer 3

At $35 with the brush it’s decently priced in my opinion however I really doubt I’ll purchase again because I just don’t dig silicon anything. Even though I loved the results I can’t get over that strange slightly greasy, weird cream to powder formula that’s associated with silicon primers. Yak, no likey.

Overall, I’d probably recommend it for those who have fine lines or who are right now using Clarins Instant Smooth under their eyes. It definitely does a rather great job of smoothing out problem areas under your eyes and creating a smooth, even finish for concealer.

It’s available for purchase on QVC, Item Number A92481.

Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Nicola


    Great review, have you tried Benefit Dr Feel Good? I still have teenage skin so it brought me out in spots but it’s good for smoothing out lines and brightening the face.

    Take care
    Nikki xx

    • the Muse

      hei nikki! my pleasure glad you enjoyed the review. I don’t like it at all hun. It really does brighten a bit and I like the smell and just the overall design but it breaks me out BAD. I get little pimples cropping up everywhere after use. Def not a over 😛

  • Nicola

    I’m glad someone else thinks the same as me! I even spoke to Benefit and they couldn’t understand me coming out in spots as if I wasn’t normal lol! My spots were really bad, I’m 22 and it was embaressing!

    Do you have any advice on a product which will control shine?

    • the Muse

      hi nicola I’ve VERY SORRY about the delayed reply! It happens to me with Dr Feel Good too 😀

      Oil Shine I’d go with a good primer hun. I use moist primers b/c I’m dry but Clarins Extra Smooth Primer is a good one to mattify!

      Hope this helps!

  • Laura

    Hi Muse!
    What do you think would work for OMG wrinkles?? I’m 25 but I wear glasses and I squint a lot and I have 1 wrinkle that is causing me nightmares. And I have the worst dark circles on the planet…
    So I use a brightening anti-wrinkle eye cream and the most pigmented yellow toned concealer I could find that doesn’t crease and stays all day. Except it creases in that 1 wrinkle in an hour. What progress I make with the eye-cream is erased by the line that forms in the concealer. The eye cream made that deep wrinkle into a fine line that you can’t see but when I put concealer on after an hour it looks like it’s as deep as 6 months ago…
    I know that you have tried a lot of products so please if you know something that would help please tell me. Setting powder, new concealer, under eye base, anything!!!
    Thank you

    • the Muse

      laura sounds like you might be facing dreaded dry skin under your eyes! yak! I have that problem! first thing you’ll want a moisturizing eye cream for night wear. Please please be sure to apply every single night…this will make a huge difference promise. I rec dermadoctor wrinkle revenge for eyes. It’s a balm that really helped me with puffs, dark circles, and lines. I’m busy testing other stuff lately but this really helped me over the course of a 6 month period. Also like philosophy’s new eye cream. You’ll want something hydrating for day use as well so I’d dry out Clinique About The Eyes…the day wear one..it’s gel and quite hydrating and perfect to get eyes prepped for concealer. As far as concealer I highly recommend you get yourself a Bobbi Brown Concealer Palette. It’s available on QVC and comes with a dual sided brush 3 concealers for mixing and matching plus a brightening powder you can set with…this is my HG and incredible! It’s highly moisturizing and won’t crease, fade. It may be a bit to shell out but well worth it imho!

      I hope this helps 😀

  • Laura

    Thank you so much for the quick reply, I know that you are always busy with comments.
    So… I said to myself this can’t be, i have oily eyelids, not dry…. BUT then I read again: “undereye area”… So just after I woke up this morning I took a blotting sheet and I placed it over my entire eye and surprise! The eyelid was oily but my underye was dry as a desert.
    With the products you recommended I only have acces to Philosophy and Clinique. I’m in Canada so I do not know what QVC is but I may have a Bobbi Brown counter 20 km away. It’s just that I don’t see that concealer palette on her website. I guess that is a product made only for that QVC thing? If so, do the others on the BB website work just as well?
    And what is the name of that new Philosophy cream because I’m not familiar with their products and I see a couple of them at Sephora…
    Thanks again

    • the Muse

      my pleasure laura!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 You’re 25 so it’s kinda early for dryness under your eyes already but honestly it happened for me when I was around you age. Even if you are a complete oily skin type the dryness under your eyes is still possible 😀 this is actually the one I was talking about https://www.musingsofamuse.com/2008/02/bobbi-brown-concealer-palette.html I don’t think BB sells it directly. QVC is an online/tv home shopping deal. Hmmmm I’d suggest checking on ebay for the palette or head to your local BB they can fit you up nicely with another concealer. All there concealers are VERY VERY good. I first hated them but after using them a year I absolutely adore them! I highly suggest trying one I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how well it works for your eyes :_D

      <—this should be available from Sephora

      and here's the Philosophy one:http://www.philosophy.com/web/store/prod_eye-hope______80414 this one is new and I've been using it for about 4 months and so far it's quite good 😀

      I hope this helps Laura and please do stop back and keep me updated how it goes? 🙂

  • Andrea

    Hey, Muse! I read your review b/c I’m watching Mally’s QVC show. I think I read that you like her concealer. Her eyeliner system has me intrigued. I read your comments and I am wondering, what’s your favorite face primer?? I don’t love Smasbox. I’ve been using Tarte lately.

    • the Muse

      hey andrea

      what’s new? 😀 love me some Mally! I do indeed love her concealer. I don’t really have a fave face primer outside of Japanese brands…I do kinda dig the new UD face primers and also love the korres face primer (good for the dry skin folk) nope smashbox kills it primer wise…makes me itch like crazy 😛

      What sort of skin do you have? maybe I can be of some help suggesting something!

  • Andrea

    Yo yo yo! I ordered Mally’s concealer–exciting. I also scored 4 full-size bottles of Korres lotions (guava and quince) for $28!!

    I’ve been looking for a good eye cream or eye gel. I’ve noticed little wrinkles forming and the area under my eyes has been so dry lately. Maybe I’ll try Philosophy’s eye cream.

    As far as primers go, I may want to try Korres or UD. My skin isn’t really oily, but it’s acne-prone (yes, I still use Proactiv at age 30, which is sad). Because of that, I have small acne scars / little tiny bumps on the hollows of my cheek and upper cheek. Foundation covers it, but I would like something to help even it out and smooth out my skin. This weather has made my skin sort of dry as well. I guess I’m saying I have combination skin–lol. What do you think? I would use a Japanese brand if you have a suggestion.

    I love that you love make-up!

    • the Muse

      w00t good hauling Andrea, hope you love it the concealer as much as me and nice on the Korres 😀 Quince is a fav!

      you know what’s great too, H20 eye complex http://www.h2oplus.com/retail2002/productdetails.aspx?productid=100-00246-000 feels like a glass of water 😀

      Ohh yes I hear you, you might want to go the silicon route to even out those tiny scars so your foundation will sit on top of your primer. Don’t go with the Korres as it’s more moisturizing and won’t help with those woe areas. Mmm most Japanese primers and bases are almost always non silicon. I HATE silicon primers with a passion but sometimes when you have tiny bumps, scarring, it’s the best solution. I’d try the UD, not the brightening, but the other. This might be a good one 😀

      hehe I love that you guys love makeup too I feel less alone LOL!

  • Andrea

    Awesome, I will try the H2O eye complex. I also think I’ll buy the UD primer in that kit while the F&F sale is still on at Sephora. Thanks for the tip! I shall talk to you soon, I’m sure!

    • the Muse

      Andrea I have a 25% coupon code for H20 would you like it?

      Talk soon hun! Happy hauling!

  • Andrea

    That would be awesome! I almost bought it yesterday, so I’m glad I waited! Do you see my email address or do you need that?

    I was a Lush haulin’ girl over the weekend. I’ve played with so many of the products and I love them!! I don’t think anything smells as wonderful as the Mange Too Massage Bar.

    • the Muse

      damn andrea late reply here sorry doll! by now you have the coupon LOL!

      yayayayya! whatcha get during your trip? 😀 Mange is lovely!

  • Andrea

    I actually received the H2O stuff today–can’t wait to explore!!

    I literally got one of everything. I spent a lot of money. The face masks are WONDERFUL, and the King of Skin is my new HG. Love it in the shower.

    I need to try my shower jellie. It kinda weirds me out…

    • the Muse

      oh please please tell me the good word I really wanna see what you think! 😀

      LOL awesome. I’m not much of a face mask fan but I like Magaminity 😀 King of Skin is the boom! also did you get Buffy!? Incredibles!

      Shower Jelly I’m kinda meh on it always ends up down my drain sigh!

  • Cari Galloway

    Need Concealer Help! Purchase Mally Cancellation Concealer System last month… worked really well the first couple of weeks. Now, not so good. What’s the deal? Trying to play with my a.m. eye moisture and see if that makes a difference. Thinking about purchising Mally’s Perfect Prep Eye Primer to see if that’s all I need to get the concealer working again.
    Any suggestions?
    Have you received the new Smashbox concealer yet?

    • the Muse

      hi cari…not sure what the deal is as you haven’t really said why it wasn’t working for you 🙂 is it creasing, caking, not covering well? I didn’t like the mally prep eye primer to be honest but proper prepping and priming prior to concealing is really important!

      Haven’t gotten my Smashbox concealer yet but waiting on it.

    • the Muse

      hi cari.

      hmmm are you doing anything different that you weren’t doing before?

      I don’t have a prob with creasing or coverage. Perhaps a bit my hydrating on your part with good eye cream and perhaps some primer?

  • Cari Galloway

    yeah… can’t seem to pinpoint what I’m doing differently.
    (1) What primer do you use?
    There’s a local girl here in Austin TX (Rae Cosmetics) who has created a line for hot, humid climate… I’m using Raw primer… it’s to die for… going to try letting my primer set for a few b/4 application and see if that makes a difference.
    What’s you a.m. under eye routine?
    What moisturizuer do U use under eye?
    May try Bobbi Brown concealer.

    • the Muse

      depends on the weather cari 😀 sometimes korres primer (hydrating) sometimes clarins instant smooth sometimes a japanese brand for whitening..depends on the look I’m going for hehe. I use several.

      am I use a depuff followed up with bare minerals eye cream and at night I use dermdoctor wrinkle revenge but at the moment have switches this for skin food eye creams I am testing.

      BB concealer is awesome particularly the concealler palette 😀

      how old are you? if you don’t mind my asking as this effects concealer as well!

  • Cari Galloway

    Don’t mind at all. Turn 50 this year. A life-long product junkie so started fighting sagging under eye last year… hydrating is definately a need now.

    • the Muse

      cari highly suggest Dr Denese Eye Serum…not going to help with the sagging tbh but will hydrate crazy like and should help with the creasing on Mally hun!!!!!!!!

  • Amanda

    I’m 22 years old and have been suffering from VERY dark circles under my eyes since I was a pre-teen. No matter how much I drink enough water, go to bed early, etc… nothing seems to fade them. I’ve tried many, many concealers through out the years and none seem to do the job at all. Another problem I have is the concealer gets in these fine lines I have under my eyes which makes it look bad, even though I put primer on before I concealed. I saw Mally on QVC and I’m thinking about purchasing her Cancellation Concealer System from her website. Do you have any suggestions for “miracle” working concealers lol?

    • the Muse

      samples amee? from qvc? sometimes they give small samples with purchases but no when I brought this I didn’t get any samples.