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Product Review: Laura Geller Spackle Trio

One of the biggest developments in makeup over the last few years is the popularity of primer. Think of primers as a base coat for "painting" your skin: They help makeup go on smoothly and last longer.

On that note, I've just picked up Laura Geller Spackle Trio ($30). It contains three primers — one each for face, lips, and eyes — in one container. Having everything packaged together makes a lot of sense, especially for people who travel frequently. Unfortunately, not every part of this product is worth packing.

Earlier this year, Whiplashgirlchild reviewed Spackle for the face. Her review praises the product for reducing the appearance of pores and helping makeup glide on evenly. I agree; it creates a very smooth canvas on which to put foundation. But I also agree with her other opinion: It's a good product, but there are less-expensive options that work nearly as well.

To find out which Spackle product worked well and which was a stinker,

I tested the eye Spackle twice, using light and dark shadows. The primer goes on as a beigey white, which provided a good base for the deep colors of the Nars Blade Runner duo. The colors blended well and stayed on well, too. Today, I repeated the process using True shadow in Rosewood (a dark mauve); Benefit Silky Matte shadow in Low Profile, a neutral cream; and finally, Stila Kitten. Because of the white base, the colors looked a lot lighter than usual. It isn't a bad thing, but I definitely had a different look.

Eye Spackle does provide a better base and helps the shadow last longer, and it mostly gets the thumbs-up. But it would be ten times better if it were clear. What are women of color supposed to do with this stuff, for instance?

Take a pass on Lip Spackle completely. I've tried making this stuff work, but it just doesn't do anything but change the color of my lipstick. It goes on beige (effectively erasing my lips) and even after letting it sit for a few minutes, I find that it still mixes with my lipstick too much. Red becomes pink; pink becomes that creepy, dead-ish noncolor. I just couldn't make it work.

Individually, the face Spackle is a four-star product; the eye Spackle is a three-star product, and the lip Spackle is a no-star product. If you're dying to try all three, this product might work for you, but I'd test it out in Sephora first — before you drop the $30.

See reader reviews of this product and add your own here!

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cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Totally give triple thumbs down to the face primer! It didn't absorb well at all and when I put powder over it I looked like a Dalmatian (i.e the "wet" unabsorbed spots make the powder a mess)! Smashbox Photofinish works great with powder and makes a totally smooth clean look!
lotuslight lotuslight 9 years
If something is called "Spackle" I refuse to use it on my face! Lol:)
lou-rose lou-rose 9 years
i tried this over hyped product-it's not great. i think freeze 24-7 is great
chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
I like the smashbox primer LIGHT. It's less slimey. I don't know if it has less silicone but it's nice. I also like Dr. Brandt Pore no more. Spackle is fine but I wouldn't switch from UDPP for eye primer and Mac Lip Erase. I think this is a cool idea if you're a fan of the brand and it is compact..
Judyh0311 Judyh0311 9 years
I tried the Spackle and I wasn't impressed to be honest.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Eh I don't need anything else to layer on my skin...
BabydollJustina BabydollJustina 9 years grandma uses this brand :P
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
haha spackle
donnac36 donnac36 9 years
i am dying to try this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AMP AMP 9 years
I could really use a face spackle to hide some pores. Might have to look into some.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I really like the eye spackle... I've always used the Urban Decay one, but I recently bought a Laura Geller eyeshadow palette that had her eye spackle in it, so when I traveled last I gave it a shot. I had no problems with the color changing the color of my eyeshadow.. in fact, I really don't think it's all that different from Urban Decay. I don't know if I've had two straight defective bottles of the Urban Decay primer or what, but mine is a light tannish color to begin with (as in, if I put it on the back of my hand, I can easily see it), NOT clear.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
The skin rever upper that comes in the BE kit is not a primer. It preps the skin but is not made to keep the makeup on longer. Primers have a different function
Beauty Beauty 9 years
How long have you been using the Ceramic Skin Smoother? I have been trying it out but it's doing almost nothing for me so far. Are you finding that it's more of a "with consistent use this is awesome" product, or a "right away, it's awesome" product?
htiduj htiduj 9 years
that sounds awful! white eyeshadow primer and beige lip primer?!?!?! and the name spackle does make me think that its really heavy makeup. i personally love my nv perricone ceramic face smoother (though its a fortune and a half) which i use with either my benefit "that gal" (a product i love so much, that half the time i dont even need to wear anything else except for some lipgloss and mascara -- its THAT good), if I am useing bare escentuals, their spray vitamin thing that comes in the kit, and if i am using liquid foundation, my nars primer. (i started out with only nars, but then got the bare escentuals kit, and that gal for days when i didnt want to wear foundation...i had samples of the nv perricone, but i just got the whole bottle as a gift (yay!) and so now i have all these options!!) as for an eye primer, ive been using benefits lemonaid for years, and its really worked well for me. and for lips, i just always use my sugar fresh lip balm, dust my lips with powder and then put on whatever lip product i feel like works really well for me.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Boo, zombie lips.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I like my BE Prime Time but I dont apply it all over. I usually just apply it on my chin, nose and the area of my cheeks by my nose to reduce the appearance of pores. It works well
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
I bought the Spackle in pump form for $21 and I like it but I always forget to use it.
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't know much about this product, but I hate the name! "Spackle" makes me think of thick and pasty makeup. Yuck!
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