Bella A: When I look to a primer, my three main requirements are that it's easy to blend, helps to keep my makeup from sliding, and doesn't cake or crease. Sorry, Benefit, I do love your products, but this time around, the Stay Don't Stray was a disappointment, only meeting the first expectation. While I appreciate the fact that a little goes a long way with this primer — just a tiny pump applied to the back of your hand and dotted on the under-eyes and lids will do — on my skin, the product seemed to clump and pill.
Once I worked through it, blending it in and applying shadow, liner, and concealer on top, I will say that my makeup had a nice glow, and I was satisfied with how the primer evened out the tone on my lids. By the end of the day, however, while I did not experience creasing or caking, my eye makeup was dull and faded.
I don't use primers frequently, so when I do, my lazy arse doesn't want to mess with multiple products. Stay Don't Stray wins me over by handling eyelids and under-eye skin in one fell swoop. I applied it after moisturizing my under-eye area, and here's where I think application technique is important: I dabbed it on lightly instead of swiping it on. Generally, I don't have many problems with concealer slippage, but Stay Don't Stray kept everything firmly in place — which helped a lot when I used a powder concealer. My one beef is that it's available in only one beigey color. In theory, you'll cover it with shadow or concealer, so it won't matter. Still, I can't see this being a go-to product for women with dark skin. Overall, though, I was pleased enough with this primer to recommend it for special occasions when you really don't want your makeup to budge.