Benefit Air Patrol Review

I received the Benefit Air Patrol Eyelid Primer for my birthday after lusting after it for so long. I've been using it for a couple of months now so I thought it was about time I reviewed it for you guys! 

This product is a BB Cream and Eyelid Primer rolled into one, although I've hardly used it on my actual face. The primer which also contains SPF 20 claims to colour correct any skin tone so can be used as a stand alone product. Air Patrol's main selling point is its ability to prolong the life of our eyeshadow and prevents it from creasing but does it actually work?

As always I'm going to start with the price. Air Patrol comes in at a fairly costly £21.50, which is more expensive than the blogger favourite from Urban Decay. This is the most expensive primer I've ever used and I wouldn't mind if it actually worked. Before buying Air Patrol I had been using the Makeup Revolution Eye Primer which I didn't love but at only £2.50 I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase!

The packaging is another big factor for me, especially when buying high end makeup. I quite like the packing, the product itself is appealing and looks nice in a pot on my makeup table. The aspect I don't like is the 'CushionCalm' tip at the top of the tube where the primer comes out, I don't feel that is it gentle enough to be used on my eyelids. I also don't like the fact that you have to twist the bottom of the tube to produce the primer. This usually gets blocked and takes a while for the primer to come out meaning you always end up with more primer than you need and end up wasting a lot of it.

One of the biggest claims of Air Patrol is that it 'Extends the wear of eyeshadow for long-lasting colour that won't crease, fade or smear.' Unfortunately I've found it allows the eyeshadow to do all three. After just a few hours my eyeshadow creases and starts to look very tired. By the end of the day my makeup looks slept in and I don't feel that the primer has done its job very well at all.

Although smudging doesn't occur too much my eyeshadow does fade after only a couple of hours. This however is much worse when I use cheaper eyeshadows,  but still I don't think it should happen at all. Considering the budget primers I've used over the years have worked just as well or ever better I really do think you are paying for the Benefit name here instead of the quality of the product.

I've used Air Patrol as a base for numerous eyeshadows, from high end to budget and I am not impressed. For a product that costs over £20 I was expecting a lot more. Although when I use it alone it does give my eyelids an even tone it doesn't work well as a primer at all. So would I repurchase this product? No.

Have you used the Air Patrol Eyeshadow Primer, what did you think?

Thanks for reading!


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