Eyeshadow Primers 101
This is a mini review on the different brands of eyeshadow primers I have purchased and used over the last few years. I’m not going to go into detail because there are quite a few primers I’m going to talk about, I’ll just be discussing the key points concerning the pros or cons of each product. Finally, I will be reviewing each item in no particular order!
1) Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion:
I’ve actually purchased and used this primer in its original version and the “Sin” version. They both feel and work the same way, in my opinion, with the only difference being the color of the primer. The UDPP in Sin has a sheer and shimmery pinkish-copper color to it and can also be used on the eyelid alone if you want a barely there frosty eyeshadow look. While I think this eyeshadow primer does help eyeshadow stay on longer than average, I don’t find it to be the “best” primer for me because my eyeshadow does still end up creasing after a few hours. The space on my eyelides seem almost non-existent when my eyes are open so eyeshadow tends to crease easily if I’m not wearing a good eyelid primer under it. I would recommend this primer for people who have wide spaced eyelids because it definitely does make the color of eyeshadows look more vibrant and last longer. I give this primer an 8/10.
This has got to be one of my favorite eyeshadow primers, ever. It’s definitely in my top 3 list of eyeshadow primers, that’s for sure. I love that it makes my eyeshadow last for ages without having to do any touch-ups. I love that it actually does prevent my eyeshadow from creasing and that it makes it look so much more pigmented. The cost of this product is ridiculously overpriced in Dubai because I buy it in London for half the price. Nevertheless, a little of the primer goes a long way so if you want to invest in something that’s top-notch in quality, you won’t be sorry with this baby. For me, it was an investment worth making. 10/10.
3) NYX Eyeshadow Base:
For a budget-friendly eyeshadow primer from a brand that’s considered to be “drugstore”, this product turned out to be a lot better than I expected. Very reasonably priced and very easy to apply. The product comes in a little jar so you can apply the primer with an eyeshadow brush or your fingers. Its soft and light-weight texture blends in so smoothly and easily that it feels like you never applied anything on your eyelid in the first place. It does a good job at making eyeshadow colors pop out and last long enough throughout the day. For me, I didn’t find it to be that effective at preventing eyeshadow from creasing but considering its price, I would purchase this item again. I like that it’s available in 3 colors: White, White Pearl and Skin Tone. I give this product an 8/10.
Decently priced for a brand that’s considered to be mid to high-end. It comes in a little jar and is very easy to apply with fingers or an eyeshadow brush. Even though its color (in the jar) appears to be medium-dark beige, it applies as a very light nude beige that merges with your skin tone as you blend it in. It does a very good job at making eyeshadow last longer and preventing its creasing. I would recommend this product for people who have eyelids that tend to get oily as it has a very smooth and matte finish. I give it a 9/10.
5) Benefit Lemon Aid Color Correcting Eyelid Primer:
The first thing I’d like to say about this product is that it is NOT for people whose eyelids tend to get oily or suffer from eyeshadow creasing. My eyelids only get oily-ish in really warm climates and since I do not have wide-spaced eyelids, eyeshadows crease easily with me. I did not find this product to be very beneficial for me as an eyeshadow primer that I would use regularly. However, during cold climates, this eyeshadow does work well enough for me. Still, I wouldn’t buy it again unless I decided to move to a cold country…which won’t be happening any time soon. For the sake of being objective, though, I would give this product a 9/10 for people who suffer from dry or dry/sensitive skin. For people who have combination or oily skin…I’d give it a 6.5/10.
6) NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils:
Okay, I know what some of you may be thinking….that NYX’s jumbo eye pencils are not eyeshadow primers. Okay, they’re not labeled as eyeshadow primers but that doesn’t mean we can’t use them as eyeshadow primers! If any of you have actually tried to use one of these babies as an eyeshadow primer, then you already know what I’m talking about. For those of you who haven’t, go to the makeup store and buy at least ONE of them in a color that would work under most eyeshadows, like Milk or Cottage Cheese, and then go home and give it a try. (Or perhaps try it at the store, at least!) You might just be surprised. It really does create a good eyelid base for that eyeshadow color to stick to. Also, since it’s in a pencil-form, it makes applying it a breeze! For their pricing and effectiveness, I give those jumbo eye pencils a 9/10.