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The "WHY" Files: Eye Shadow Primer



If you live in a tropical climate like I do, you know that the heat and humidity do a number on makeup. The word “waterproof” is your friend and you have to search high and low for the foundation that actually STAYS PUT without looking like you’ve just been made over by a funeral director! Many people ask me “How do you get your eyeshadow to stay in place all day”? My answer? Eyeshadow Primer. Typically the next questions then are, “How does it work?” and “Which one do you use?” I have three that I alternate between right now and sometimes a fourth if I’m just feeling that it looks lonely. Sometimes I don’t bother and pay for it within 5 hours….


But Primers are super important whether it be a foundation primer or an eyeshadow primer. Think about it, you wouldn’t paint your walls without first applying a primer would you? Why would you apply “paint” to your face without it? I hate to call makeup paint because I like to think of makeup as a tool to self-improvement. It can be subtle or dramatic. Primer can help you achieve looks that are subtle or dramatic with a sweep of the finger. No fancy tools required, just a clean fingertip. So I’ll share with you the primers that I use and ones that I’ve tried. The beauty of the makeup industry is that there are kajillions of companies vying for the opportunity to introduce their product for you. Most of them are great products, so you really can’t lose. I encourage you to try one for yourself.


Here are seven great primers to try:

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion $19.00  


(Clockwise from top left: Eden, Greed, Sin, Original)


This is my go to primer…not sure why, I just love it. I currently alternate between the original formula and the sin. Sin is a champagne color with a slight shimmer and I really like it when I’m doing a shimmery look. Original is a matte clear color and it’s great for everyday. Greed is golden and would be great with gold tone shadows. Eden is the one I plan to buy next because it is a matte flesh tone color which I think will work best for any occasion. Currently available in a squeeze tube at Sephora though I’m told that is a Limited Edition medium. They usually carry it in a hard tube with a lipgloss style applicator of which I’m not a fan because much product is wasted. However, that wouldn’t stop me from buying the product! Smile

Too Faced Shadow Insurance $18.00




This is my other go-to eyeshadow primer. It evens out the skin tone and creates a place for your eyeshadow to “stick” giving more pop to the color as well as longer staying power. Color locks on to your eyelids and stays put without creasing. Can be used with both powder and cream based products.

Benefit: Stay Don’t Stray $24.00




This primer creates a perfect canvas for eyeshadow. I like this primer but it’s price is the only reason it’s lower on the list because I want you guys to save some money while getting great product. It’s just as good as the other two but the pump dispenses way to much even if you’re careful, which is a waste. I like the control I get with the squeeze tubes and even the lipgloss wands.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer $20.00




Again, great primer but this landed at the bottom because it was just slightly more expensive than the others. Also (for me) it seemed a little drying and didn’t last QUITE as long as the others but still in the top dog league. Some people are loyal to brands so I put this one out there because I do love my Smashbox.

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The original Urban Decay primer potion is my favorite! I'd like to get the $19 bottle in the tube, but I got the little jar with the lipgloss type applicator in my NAKED palette (AMAZING, btw). I will definetly be repurchasing that.

by sami_jo 2 years, 3 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Love all of those! Urban Decay Sin has been my fav for a couple years now. One that wasnt on the list that I have been using this year is Lorac. Its consistency is just like the Too Faced, but seems to have a little more staying power.

by SunBunnyxxxooo 2 years, 9 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I use Too faced and Urban Decay primers.  They are both really good and work to keep eyeshadow/under eye concealer from running.

by CaroleVonAllten 2 years, 9 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I love UDPP and TFSI. Tarte's lifting primer is also awesome.

by LipglossandSpandex 2 years, 9 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I also like that Smashbox one.

by aly7 2 years, 10 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

I use the Too-Faced primer.  But I just got the Too Faced Under Eye Concealer and discovered it works better than the primer.  Powdered eyeshadows really stay put!  I also use Benefit Erase Paste and it workes better that the primer.  The concealers have more 'tooth to it." Carole VonAllten

by CaroleVonAllten 2 years, 10 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

have you tried Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer? It is my favorite! I also like Hard Candy's- a great drugstore option.

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