Choosing the Best Eyeshadow Primer

pHow many times have you carefully crafted your eye makeup just to have it disappear and fade within just a few hours? Spending all that time and effort on your eye makeup will be tossed to the wind unless you have a good base underneath to keep it vibrant and lasting all day long.Here’s my list (in no specific order) of eye primers that I have tried, and hopefully you can find the one that works best for you.

1. Benefit Lemon-aid

benefit-lemonaide.jpgDescription: This soft, yellow cream instantly hides discoloration on eyelids, making them looks fresh and young… with or without makeup.Price: $18 ( eBay / Amazon )This primer comes in a small, smooth black compact with a mirror which is great for travel. The consistency is smooth and creamy and dries to a matte finish once dry. To apply it, I recommend using your fingers vs. a shader brush.Since the cream has a color to it and is somewhat thick in texture, it works great for covering any imperfections on the eyelid. But, you would need to cover all of the primer with eyeshadow unless you want to have that light cream color showing on your lid. My only drawback to this primer, is that it is difficult to get the product from the case to your lid because it is so dense. It works best when using your fingers as the natural oils will help smooth the cream across your lid.My rating: (4 of 5)4-lips.jpg

2. Urban Decay Primer Potion

primer-potion.jpgDescription: This is an ultra-sheer, totally nude eye base that glides on with the wave of a wand and then disappears instantly. It’s the ultimate eye prep for smoother, longer-lasting, crease-proof eyeshadow.Price: $16 ( eBay / Amazon )UDPP, as it is abbreviated, comes in a genie shaped bottle with a doe-foot wand that comes out of the tube with some product on it. The packaging is unique, but very difficult to get much product out of.This primer is basically colorless and has a thin, yet creamy consistency. It has proven to prevent creasing (at least for me) and is a good base for eyeshadows to stick to. My only problem with it, besides the packaging, is that it does not leave a smooth, matte finish or hide any eyelid imperfections.My rating: (3.5 out of 5)35-lips.jpg

3. MAC Cream Colour Base

cream-color-base1.jpgDescription: Versatile and multi-purpose, Cream Colour Base can be applied directly to bare skin, or layered over foundation, moisturizer, or powder. Smooth and easy to apply with a brush, sponge, or fingers- colour effects range from a light veil to highly dramatic, depending on method of application.Price: $16.50 ( eBay / Amazon )This base comes in a small, black compact with a clear lid so you can see the color even when the lid is closed. It is small enough to throw in your purse or take with you when traveling.The consistency is very creamy and easy to apply. I have found that using a brush or your fingers work equally well with this product, but I prefer using my fingers. Since the Cream Colour Bases come in a variety of colors, it is easy to choose the best shade for your skin if you plan on letting the base show through. My personal favorite is “pearl”.My only concern with this product is that it MAY crease if you have oily lids (I am unsure as my lids tend to be dry).My rating: (4 out of 5)4-lips.jpg

4. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

nyx-jumbo-pencils.jpgDescription: Soft, smooth, easy glide on application. The perfect way to get eye-popping color combinations!Price: $3.45 ( Makeup Geek Store)These jumbo pencils are just that: large almost crayon-like pencils that applies creamy color directly to the lid. They come in a wide range of colors and are very portable- the perfect size for throwing in your purse.Since these come in so many colors, they make for a great base to “pop” the eyeshadows that you place on top. The texture is extremely creamy and somewhat thick. You can apply by drawing directly on the lid or by dipping a shader brush into it, then applying. Because these are so creamy, they will tend to crease more. My solution: place some UDPP or Lemon-aid underneath, and they will stay put.My rating: (3.5 out of 5)35-lips.jpg

5. MAC Shadesticks

shadestick.jpgDescription: A smooth and silky, rich and creamy eye shadow delivered in a sophisticated stick-style format. Provides rich gem-style colour overlaid by soft semi-precious finishes of shine. Glides on: works as a shadow – or a liner. Builds up coverage from sheer, and the colour always looks fabulous.Price: $16.50 ( eBay )These shadesticks are basically a colored base in a stick form. The product comes out of a black tube that you twist to receive more product. These are similar to NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencils, but are not as creamy. Since they are in a stick form, they are very portable and convenient.Shadesticks are great for applying more precise color on the lid underneath your eyeshadows to make them pop. But… they are VERY dry! As I tend to have dry lids, I cannot get these to apply smoothly as I can with the NYX pencils.My rating: (3 out of 5)3-lips.jpg

6. MAC Paintpotsmac-paintpot.jpg

Description: A highly pigmented eye color that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. Long-wearing, colorfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over the lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with shadows and liners. Available in matte and pearl formulas.Price: $16.50 ( eBay )These primers come in small glass containers with a black screw-top lid. They come in a variety of colors and finishes, and are best applied with a small shader brush or your fingers.Although these aren’t as convenient or portable as the MAC shadesticks, the formula is much creamier and easier to apply. Since there is a variety of colors, you can choose a neutral shade to simply prep the eye, or choose a bolder color to make your eyeshadows “pop”.These are by far my favorite primer as they blend easily, do not crease, and cover any eyelid blemishes fairly well. My only problem with the product is that the lid occasionally get stuck and is difficult to unscrew.My rating: (5 out of 5)5-lips.jpg

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