review too faced shadow insurance

My lids are so oily that if I skip eyeshadow primer, I end up looking like a 3 year old has been painting with crayons over them – all within 3 hours of wear. Ugh.

I’ve always relied on Urban Decay Primer Potion to keep my canvas intact. Until Too Faced Shadow Insurance entered into my life. It has completely blown me away. Here’s why:

What’s In Too Faced Shadow Insurance?


Truth bomb: most eyeshadow primers out there contain silicones.

The reason is simple: silicones create a barrier on the skin that smoothes out imperfections, fills in tiny crevices, and give its texture a nice slip. Anything you apply on top goes on smoother and looks more flawless.

You’ll be happy to know that Too Faced Shadow Insurance uses fewer silicones than most primers. Not that silicones are bad for skin. As long as you remove your makeup every night, they won’t clog your pores or anything.

Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?


Talc makes up the base of Too Faced Shadow Insurance. It’s what keeps the oils on your lids from messing up your smokey eye.

Here’s everything it does for you:

  • It absorbs excess oil
  • It helps makeup better adhere to the skin
  • It gives cosmetics an opaque finish
  • It prevents caking

P.S. Talc isn’t dangerous. It undergoes a strict purification process to remove any traces of nasty and toxic substances that may be lurking in there. Phew!

Related: Is Talc Dangerous For Skin?


Isododecane is a clear and colourless liquid that softens skin and gives slip to a formula – without leaving a greasy residue behind.

But those are not its main jobs here. Isododecane is highly volatile, a fancy way of saying it evaporates from your skin instead than absorbing into it. This trick makes your makeup last longer.


Silky and creamy, yet lightweight and thin without being watery. It dries instantly.


It blends so well into your skin, you literally can’t see it. Yet, you know it’s there because your eyeshadows stay put all day.

Staying Power

My lids are pretty oily, yet Too Faced Shadow Insurance keeps my eyeshadows stay intact from morning till evening. No creasing, either.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

You can apply it either with your fingers (what I do) or a brush on clean eyelids.

too faced shadow insurance review

Performance & Personal Opinion

Too Faced Shadow Insurance does everything an eyeshadow primer should do and more.

I apply it in the morning before my eyeshadows and my makeup stay put all day, without creasing nor fading, until it’s time to go to bed. Even if I decide to workout and hit the gym, my makeup won’t melt away.

TFSI also improves the color payoff of eyeshadows a bit, but don’t expect anything too dramatic. If an eyeshadow has no colour payoff, even the best eyeshadow primer in the world can’t save it.

I also didn’t have any problems at all with blending eyeshadows over this base. Everything glides on so smoothly.

The only problem? Rumour has it, the formula can separate. I read reviews saying that the ingredients weren’t holding together anymore, releasing a yucky liquid when you squeeze the product out of the tube.

It’s never happened to me in all the years I’ve used it. If it does, I’ll report it.

Who Is This For?

Anyone who wears eyeshadow.

Who Is This Not For?

If you want a completely silicone-free eyeshadow primer, this isn’t for you.


Too Faced Shadow Insurance comes in a sleek blue and gold tube with a needle-nose applicator that releases just the right amount of product you need, so that none gets wasted.

Does Too Faced Shadow Insurance Live Up To Its Claims?

Featherweight eye primer that locks down shadows for 24 hours of crease-proof, budge-proof, waterproof and true colour payoff.I haven’t tested it for 24 hours, but it really makes eyeshadows lasts from morning till night without creasing or fading. It’s lighter than a feather, too!
Neutralises any lid discolouration.It helps hide them, but if they’re severe, this alone won’t do.
Grabs pigment and intensifies eye shadow colour.Yes, just not too much.

Price & Availability

Β£17.00 at Asos, Cult Beauty, Look Fantastic, Sephora and Ulta

Do You Need It?

If you wear eyeshadows, YES!


Dupes & Alternatives

Have you tried Too Faced Shadow Insurance? Share your experience in the comments below.


Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Triethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)