Over the years, I have been accumulating a host of eyeshadow primers. My lids get oily and I absolutely hate the way my eye makeup will start creasing and turning patchy and disgusting. So eye makeup primers are an absolutely must for me.
I will be doing comparisons on products that are touted as “eye primers” and not other cream or liquid based eyeshadows. I used to own a few more primers but have long binned them because they didn’t work at all.
From left to right; Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance, Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Paul & Joe Eye Primer 02, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin, Urban Decay Primer Potion Original.
Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance (<<link to review):
I used to think this primer was Holy Grail status however it has started to separate a bit more frequently these days. No matter how much I shake the little tube, it will separate in a day or two. I didn’t have this problem when I first purchased it. You can see from the swatch that the oil or glycerin has sort of loosened from the beige pigment. And because of the problem, eyeshadows do not spread as smoothly over the primer. I am so annoyed with this product now! When it used to work, it was absolutely great and I didn’t have issues with application. It also helped my eyeshadows last the whole day.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (<<link to review):
I bought this in Hong Kong last year and it is definitely my favourite primer at the moment. It dispenses as a white cream but blends out clear. Eye makeup apply very smoothly over this primer and it helps intensify the eyeshadows more. My eye makeup lasts all day without getting patchy. If I ever run out, I am going to repurchase this baby.
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden:
This is Urban Decay’s answer to a flesh-toned, matte primer and the Sephora SA told me it is supposed to be better than the original formula. Unfortunately, I tend to squeeze out a bit too much each time so it won’t spread evenly when applied too thick. The amount you see in the swatch above is enough for six pairs of eyes. You only need a teensy-weensy bit. I still have issues with creasing when using this primer but it does go past the fifth hour mark. It’s not great but not the worst either.
Paul & Joe Eye Primer 02:
Although we bade P&J goodbye from Malaysia, this primer is still in my stash mainly because I love the packaging so much. I got it three years ago and probably need to throw it out but I must confess I still use this primer every once a while. It has a fluid texture that feels really cooling and lightweight. The skin-toned shade does help lessen some redness around the eyes too. Sadly, this thing doesn’t last and by the sixth hour, my eyeshadows are almost gone or creased. I don’t know why I still love it though (someone please help knock some sense in me)… Maybe it’s the faint orange blossom scent? Maybe is the sheer and airy consistency? Maybe it’s the girly-cute packaging? I don’t understand what it is but I can’t seem to bin this primer!
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin:
I got this on a whim last year and was looking for a shimmery primer. Sin came very close to what I had in mind and I fell in love with the glistening champagne pink shade. Like Eden, you only need very little product because it does not spread evenly when too much is used. In fact, I am still having a bit of trouble using it because I find the consistency quite difficult to apply. I do like using it as a highlighter or eye lid wash though. I don’t think my eyeshadows last longer with this primer and the performance seems to be similar to Eden too.
Urban Decay Primer Potion (the Original):
My little tube came with the Naked palette and I am seriously liking this stuff. It has a very smooth consistency and spreads so easily, unlike Eden or Sin. It doesn’t require rocket science to figure out how much or how little to use. Eyeshadows go over very easily and the primer has a nice enough slip so blending shadows is not an issue. I do find my eye makeup lasts better with the Original and usually takes me past the eighth hour. I will probably go back to get a full sized tube soon.
What eye makeup primers are you using and loving lately? Do share because I’m a sucker for primers and love to discover different products too.
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