Eyeshadow Primers: Worth Your Pennies?


Hey gorgeous!

So, as you may or may not know, I love eyeshadows. As you also may or may not know, I struggle with keeping them from creasing because my eyelids are the oiliest of them all. I have tried a few eyeshadow primers now and wanted to let you know my experience with them. If you struggle with the same thing as me, I hope it will give you some insight.

The first one I ever tried is the Benefit Stay Don't Stray primer. It's coloured, so it can smooth out your eyelids if you have some visible veins on there, but it's also supposed to lock your eyeshadow in place and prevent it from creasing.

Now, I have heard many people rave about this, Shannon from Shaaanxo really loves it. I personally don't get on with it. I don't even know what this product does, it just sits on my eyelid and starts creasing itself. I mean, how can that ever lock my eyeshadow in place? At £20.50 this was not a cheap one to try out. I personally wouldn't recommend it if you have oily eyelids.

The next one I got to try was the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I never really bought the full size, but the Naked palettes came with these testers of four different ones: Original, Sin, Eden and Anti-Aging. I tried out Sin first for New Year's Eve and I packed on a ton of eyeshadows. It did a great job at pro-longing the wear of my eyeshadows, but I think a lot of it came from layering the eyeshadows. I tried them out after tat with just a natural look and I was surprised it didn't work the second time. I mean, how was that even possible? It managed to stay put for a good 6 hours at New Year's, but can't stay put on a regular day? I'm still confused as to how this could happen, but yeah, it has kind of put me off of using it again.

The Too Faced Shadow Insurance is a mini that came inside a kit with four absolute Too Faced best sellers. I'm glad I'm finally able to try it out because everyone and their mum raves about it. Now I'm not too impressed with it, but I must be honest, I haven't tried it A LOT yet. It's kind of the same thing as with the Primer Potion, I think it's better to set it with a ton of eyeshadow so it locks down.

The one that has worked best for me so far is the Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof eyeshadow base. It's a clear one so it doesn't get rid of veins, but it does smooth out your eyelids a little bit. I wore it with the Maybelline Color Tattoo the other day, piled with a few other shadows. It actually stayed in place the whole night! Again, I think it was mainly because other eyeshadows locked it down. If I wear it with only one or two layers on top, it does still crease. Too bad, because I really had high hopes for this one...

Conclusion: Eyeshadow primers don't entirely work for me, unless I pile on ten thousand eyeshadows and maybe throw in a cream eyeshadow first. I wish there was a solution for my oily-lid-problem, I really hate when I put in 15 minutes of my time to get my eyes right, then it smudges after a few hours... If only...

I will continue my search, if anyone of you knows one that's not one of these four, do let me know down below! As you can see, I'm desparate...

Lots of love,


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