Best EyeShadow Primer

We all want our eye makeup to resist all day, but most of the time it fades away in a couple of hours. That mostly happens when we don’t use an eye primer, or we use a bad one.

What is an Eyeshadow Primer?

Eyeshadow primer is the base for creating a smooth canvas for eyeshadow colors. Its prime role is to provide a base so that the eye colors and texture appear more vibrant and intense and resist more time. It also helps makeup to stay in place and not fade away, or get creasing or smudging and offers oil control.

How to choose an Eyeshadow Primer?

Eyeshadow primers come in different forms, textures, finishes and shades for all skin types.

Texture

They can be liquid and feel very lightweight (can be prone to creasing),  creamy like a mousse (are thicker and can feel heavier) or come in a shape of a stick (tends to be tacky and needs more blending).

Shades

Eye primers come in a multitude of shades, from translucent to neutral or intense colors that blend in with most skin tones. They can come in light yellow, pink or green to neutralize brown or red skin (correcting primers). On the market, we can also find black, white or metallic (with a bit of gold,  silver or bronze) primers.

Finish

The options of eye primers are sheer, matte,  shimmer and illuminating. The type of finish depends on what type of skin we have, and what kind of makeup we want to apply.

Also, we should always check for ingredients to know if they are safe and do not cause irritation, especially in the case of sensitive skin we should always look for hypoallergenic eyeshadow primers.

So let’s go find out which are the best eyeshadow primers on the market.



Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay

 

 

Regardless the fact that some of us love the new packaging and some of us don’t, the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion remains one of the best products on the market due to its high quality.

This silicone based primer comes now in a squeezable tube with the convenience of a doe-foot wand. The texture is nude creamy and soft but a little bit wet, it glides smooth and blends well over the skin. After drying, the lotion becomes invisible with a touch of a semi-matte finish.

The priming characteristics are excellent; it prevents creasing and fading for long hours, intensifies the shadow pigments, keeps the make-up in place and provides quality oil control. Only a small dab is necessary to cover both eyelids and make them look smoother and fresher.

This product comes in two other shades: Eden (with a matte finish) and Minor Sin (a champagne shimmer). Also, it has an anti-aging version and a limited-edition matte-shade version (Enigma).

Formula:  Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethene.

Skin type:  all skin types.

PROS:
  • crease and fade resisting
  • long wearing
  • improves shadows colors
  • smooth application
  • oil control
  • increases makeup longevity




BareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer By Bare Escentuals

 

 

This silky primer is the ultimate choice for people who desire beautiful and vibrant long staying eyeshadow colors and oil-free eyelids.

The Bareminerals primer comes in a tiny white tube and has a silky texture but tacky enough to help eyeshadows cling. The sheer tint neutralizes the color of the eyelids and does not interfere with shadows colors.The product glides smoothly, blends well enough and provides an easy application of makeup. It works excellent on oily skin and prevents eyeliner and eyeshadows from creasing or fading. The eyelids look smoother, and the colors resist longer due to its high quality staying power.

Formula:  Isododecane, Barium Sulfate, Cyclopentasiloxane,  Dimethicone, Beeswax, free of oil and fragrance,  allergy-tested and dermatologist-tested.

Skin type: all skin types.

PROS:
  • long wearing
  • prevents crease and fading
  • excellent oil control
  • increases makeup longevity
  • smooth eyelids
  • easy application
  • blends well

CONS:
  • comes in a small quantity for its price





Photo Finish 24Hr Shadow Primer by Smashbox Cosmetics

 

 

(Although the product claims that will last for 24 hours, we hope you’ll not wear it so long because it’s not healthy to sleep with makeup on.)

This primer comes in a silvery gray squeezable tube and has a silicone-like texture with a pink tone. In the beginning, it can feel a bit thick and waxy, but after you roll it between fingers, it warms up, and it’s easy to apply a thin layer. After application, we had to wait for 30-60 second for the primer to dry out and to set in a semi-satin finish.

Eyeshadows and eyeliner cling to it well and keep in place all day without creasing or fading. This primer does a great job in increasing shadow wear time and in improving the intensity of colors and keeps the makeup look fresh for long hours.

Formula: dimethicone, iso- dodecane, talc, dimethicone silylate, cruelty-free, without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates or fragrance.

Skin type: all skin types.

PROS:
  • very long-wearing
  • crease and fade resistance
  • intensifies eyeshadows colors
  • increases shadows wear time

CONS:
  • you have to warm it before using it





Behind The Scenes EyeShadow Primer by Lorac Cosmetics

 

 

The Lorac eyeshadow primer makes an excellent base for eyes, for smoothing the skin and for improving shadows application and durability.

The black sleek, convenient squeezable tube contains a lightweight and soft formula that has a light peach color. The product is easy to apply and blends well, and after drying it leaves a semi-sheer finish with a hint of luminosity. It has excellent staying power and provides a perfect canvas for shadows, making the colors appear more intense and genuine. The primer keeps the makeup in place for a whole day without creasing or smudging.

Formula: iso dodecane, talc, trihydroxy stearin, polyethylene, propylene,  Beeswax (Cera Alba), formulated without oil, fragrance, and parabens.

Skin type: all skin types.

PROS:
  • lightweight formula and silky texture
  • crease and fade resistant
  • long wearing
  • easy application
  • smooth eyelids
  • vibrant eyeshadows colors

CONS:
  • a bit expensive





Pro LongWear Paint Pot by Mac Cosmetics

 

 

Although it is not a standard eyelid primer, these Mac long-wearing blendable cream shadows have all the characteristics of a shadow base and can be worn alone as an eyeshadow or use as a primer.

The products come in a  small round glass pot and have a soft and delicate texture, creamy-buttery, well pigmentated that dries down to a waterproof powder finish within a minute of application.

As a base or primer, the Mac pots work excellent; they are easy to apply, are super blendable, and some of the tones are also good for concealing dark circles, veins, redness or other discolorations on the eyelid. The shadows do not smudge, crease, or fade for long hours, make the skin look smooth and fresh, and colors more vibrant & beautiful.

The most used shades as eye primers are Soft Ochre and Painterly.

Formula: iso- dodecane, dimethicone, polyethylene, dimethicone silylate, carmine,

ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, non-acnegenic.

Skin type: all skin types, not so good for oily skin.

Shades: 26 (not all of them work as an eye primer, matte and pearl finish)

PROS:
  • works excellently as a primer and as a shadow
  • long wearing
  • crease and fade resistant
  • highly-pigmentated
  • creamy texture


 

Best Cheap Eyeshadow Primer

 

Eyeshadow Primer by Milani Cosmetics

 

 

This budget primer is the best choice for drugstore primers and is almost as good as the top brand products mention before.

It comes in a squeeze tube that is easy to use. The texture is semi-thick and creamy, and the color is nude, but after blending becomes transparent. It requires only a tiny dot of the product for each eye, is easy to apply, blends well in angles, and spreads smoothly, but it needs 30 seconds to dry. It feels light on the lids and doesn’t clump or crease. This primer enhances the color of eyeshadows and increases the longevity of make-up up to 8-9 hours.

Formula:  Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Mica, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, cruelty-free.

Skin type: all skin types, works well on oily skin.

PROS:
  • prevents creasing and fading
  • long wearing
  • defines and intensifies colors
  • smooth application
  • creamy formula
  • oil control


 

Best EyeShadow Primer for Crepey Eyes

 

Shadow Insurance Primer -Anti-crease Eyeshadow primer by Too Faced Cosmetics

 

 

This silicone based and flesh-toned eyeshadow primer is the best choice for those of use with crepey eyelids.  It has a thick, creamy texture and it’s slightly oily due to the silicones, it spreads quickly, blends completely and it only needs a small amount to cover both eyelids. It doesn’t feel tacky or greasy and works well on oily skin. The product’s priming characteristics are excellent; it prevents fading and creasing, provides a smooth finish for eye makeup application, intensifies shadow colors and allows them to wear beautifully for long hours. It makes eyelids look smoother and improves the duration of makeup.

Skin type: all skin types.

Formula:  Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, free of parabens, artificial fragrances and dyes, sulfates, petrochemicals.

PROS:
  • long lasting
  • does not crease or smudge
  • easy to apply
  • blends well
  • helps eye shadow to stay longer and improves the colors
  • water-proof

CONS:
  • you have to shake it before use



 

Best Drugstore Eyeshadow Primer

 

Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Smoothing Eye Primer by Tarte Cosmetics

 

 

This product was designed for smooth and creaseless eyelids, and it’s the winner in the category of the best primer for mature skin. Its texture is lightweight, creamy white and is thinner than Too Faced Shadow Primer. When applied, the light lotion becomes translucent and quickly dries to a smooth waterproof base. The tube dispenses just the right amount of product, and it only needs a minuscule quantity to apply.  The primer fills small fine lines nicely while moisturizing and improves the appearance of mature eyelids, making them look smoother and younger for an extended period without creasing or fading. Also, the product has an impressive staying power for shadow colors (up to 10-12 hours) and offers excellent oil control. The eyeshadows remain faithful to their colors and blend in nicely; the primer helps the makeup to stay in place and resist from morning to night.

Skin type: for all skin types.

Formula: Isododecane, Mica, Vitamin E, beeswax, mineral pigments,  free of parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten, dermatologist tested, cruelty-free

PROS:
  • waterproof
  • crease resistant
  • easy to apply
  • long lasting
  • oil control
  • creamy texture
  • blends easily
  • increases the longevity of eyeshadows

CONS:
  • it can be a little too dry for the skin



 

Best Eyeshadow Primer for Sensitive Skin

 

Eye Primer by Gabriel Cosmetics

https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Eye-Primer-in-Neutral/dp/B00DDYPUYQ/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1485534417&sr=8-1&keywords=GABRIEL++NATURAL++eye+primer

 

 

This natural eye primer comes in two shades: neutral and warm beige and is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive ones.

It is made of natural ingredients and is free of chemical ingredients.

The primer comes in a little black pot, and the texture is soft and creamy. It only needs a small amount to cover both eyelids. The application is easy, and the product blends well on the skin and dries quickly. It provides a smooth base for eyeshadows and eyeliners, and the colors look more vibrant and intense for a couple of hours without creasing or smudging.

Formula: Emulsifying Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Euphoria Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, made with natural ingredients and free of parabens, soy, mineral oils, talc, propylene glycol, gluten, phthalates, cruelty-free, vegan.

Skin type: all skin types, not for very oily skin.

PROS:
  • smooth application
  • natural ingredients
  • improves makeup wear and intensifies colors
  • no irritation
  • crease and fade resistant

CONS:
  • the neutral shade is too light/white on the skin