Friday, September 13, 2013

Eye Shadow Primer Reviews

The Wonderful World of Eye Shadow Primers
I think we have all gone through this, you apply your eye shadow in the morning and by late afternoon your eye shadow has creased or it is completely gone. That's really frustrating especially when you have a really long day and no way to touch up.
Here is my tip on how to make your eye shadow stay on all day, and look great. 


This one magical word is the cure for your eye shadow heartache. Eye shadow primer is the best way to keep your eye shadow in place all day. There are lots of brands that make them, even inexpensive drugstore brands. They all do the same thing, they make your eye shadow stay on. I always use a tiny amount of primer for each eye. Less is more when it comes to eye shadow primer. I take a small amount and blend it from my lash line to the brow, and a tiny bit on my lower lash line if I'm applying eye shadow there.  
Here are some of the primers that I have used and that work great or that don't:
This primer is very good. It is really easy to use all you need is your finger. It does the job and it does it well. It retails for $20 and you can get it at Sephora, Ulta, and on the Urban decay site. 
It comes in 4 different colors: 
Original which has a nude color but goes on clear.
Sin has a champagne shimmer finish
Eden is a nude matte finish
Greed has a shimmering yellow gold finish

I have used all of these colors and my favorite is the original formula.
This is another primer that I love. It is smooth and easy to use. Lately when I wear eye shadow I have been using this primer. It is great. 
This primer retails for $20 and you can get it at Sephora, Ulta, and on the Two Faced site. 
This primer retails for $21 and you can purchase it at Sephora or on the Lorac web site. The one that I have is a sample that came with the Lorac Pro Palette. 
This primer is okay and it works for holding your eye shadow, but I don't like it because it's a bit too sticky for me and it sets too quickly. I think this makes the eye shadow less blend-able. 
The MAC paint pots retail for $20, I purchased mine online on the MAC website. I really like this as a primer even though technically it's not a primer. It is more of a cream eye shadow, but it is great to use as a base for eye shadow. I have one in the color Soft Ochre. But there are a lot more colors you can choose from.
This primer retails for $22 but is on sale on the website for $10. I am not a fan of this primer, it is really hard to blend and it dries/sets way too quickly. Since I have a lot of other primers I don't really need to use it.
The Maybelline Color Tattoo's are cream shadows but can be used as an eyeshadow base. These retail for less than $7 at any drug store. They are really good to use if you want to make a certain color more intense. They don't crease too badly and they do last all day long. These are also a cheaper alternative to some of the higher end primers.

There are also alternatives to these higher end primers I talked about. Here are some drugstore primers that will get the job done:
  • NYX High Definition Eye shadow Base - $7
  • L'Oreal De-Crease Eye shadow Base - $10
  • Almay Bright Eyes Base - $6.99
If all else fails and you want something quick and that you might already have. Use a tiny bit of concealer. It does the same thing as a primer (not as well, but you get it) and you don't have to spend the money.

There is really no reason for your amazing eye shadow work to go to waste by early afternoon. Use a little primer and make your eye shadow last all day. 


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