Eyeshadow primer is so beneficial to your eye makeup! It can make shadows look more vibrant, it can help them stay in place, and it can help your look last for a long time without wearing off or creasing. I don’t go a day without using eye primer, even when I’m not doing eyeshadow because it balances the color of my eyelids to match the rest of my face and makes them look less oily. I’ve compiled a list of 8 of the best eye primers that will keep your eyeshadows strong throughout the day.
8 Best Eye Primers that Keep Eyeshadow in Place
1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
One of the most talked about eye primers and one of the best (in my opinion)! With this primer, eyeshadows show up more vibrant and stay crease-free for up to 24 hours. It also comes in different formulas that can be used with various eyeshadow finishes. Since the packaging switched to a squeeze tube, there’s nothing to dislike about this product. Ok, maybe the price. Other than that, nothing!
2. e.l.f. Eye Primer & Liner Sealer
The cheapest one of this list! This product is dual-ended and multipurpose. One side has an eye primer and the other side has an eyeliner brush with liquid that transforms your eyeshadows to become a waterproof liquid liner. It might sound too good to be true, especially at such a low price, but most people love this one!
3. Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Another widely popular primer that intensifies color and ensures that shadows remain crease-free and fade-free for up to 24 hours. It’s offered at the same price as the Urban Decay one and pretty similar. It just doesn’t come in different formulas nor does it have an applicator like UD does, but it shouldn’t be overlooked because it’s still a great primer!
4. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
This primer comes in a universal color that can go under shadow for a long-lasting look, or it can be applied to the eyelid alone for a nude look. It also contains ingredients for moisture and skin-smoothing benefits. Smashbox is always a reliable brand, so I don’t doubt that this is a good primer, especially considering the amount of positive reviews it has.
5. NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
Another inexpensive primer that people say is amazing for the price and apparently a great option for oily lids. Some even say it’s comparable to Urban Decay and Too Faced primers! Like the others, it prevents creasing and intensifies color vibrancy. It would be silly not to give this one a try!
6. Kat Von D Lock-It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer
This primer is unique in that it primes eyelids by skintone. There are 5 different shades to choose from. It neutralizes lids, targeting discoloration and smoothing imperfections. You get intense color payoff with no creasing or fading for 16 hours! This one might win the award for “most intriguing” of the bunch…… alongside the e.l.f. Primer & Liner Sealer of course.
7. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer
One more affordable primer to add to the list! This Wet n Wild primer dries clear and keeps eyelids matte while keeping shadows in place all day. People with oily lids adore this primer and can’t get enough of it!
8. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
A lightweight primer that keeps cream and powder colors looking great all day. It extends the wear of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and even eyebrow pencils! Colors will remain vibrant, smudge-free, and crease-free. Who could ever go wrong with NARS?!
I hope you’ve added a few of these primers to your shopping list and learned what an eye primer can do for you. If you haven’t been using one, now is a great time to start! You’ll see what a difference they make. Bookmark this page so you can refer to it later when you’re shopping for a new primer!
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