Every avid makeup user has been through the frustrating process of spending hours learning how to make that perfect smokey eye just to realize, to your horror, it’s pooled in the crease of your eyelid two hours later. Enter eyeshadow primer: a wonderfully brilliant invention that fills the lines and gaps, relaxes the bumps and provides that smooth, fresh canvas on which to apply our artwork. We don’t know what we would do without the best eyeshadow primer settling down our traveling shadow and boosting up its vibrancy.
It helps us cover those perfect imperfections and we can’t get enough of the lift and brightening it can add to your face if the right primer is picked. It’s also a killer concealer stronghold (especially on those pesky pimples.) However, the buying process can be overwhelming when you have a date night or a big meeting coming up. Do you pick the wand, the pencil, or the tube? Should it be white or lavender or match my skin tone? How much do I need to use? Who has time for that kind of research? We do. So we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons, along with some instructions for use of some of the newest and best eyeshadow primers on the market.
Best Waterproof Primer
If you live in or are visiting a hot and humid area, a waterproof primer can be the difference between looking like a model and looking like you’ve just spent nine hours crying over romcoms. Consumer reviews state that this stuff will stick. If you’re looking for longevity, this product does the trick but you can have too much of a good thing. However, if you are in a rush in the morning and need to get going, you may want to avoid this ultra-sticky concoction as it takes awhile to dry.
Something else to consider is that many enjoy the blendability of loose pigments and found that they were a bit difficult to blend with this product. It has caused flaking in eyeshadow due to overuse so you’ll need to learn how to use it and create a relationship with this NYX Professional. We are confident if you have the patience, your shadow will pop and keep popping for the whole night. If you’re more of a “get up and go” type fashionista, it may be worth your time to peruse the options below.
Best Organic Primer
This product is a great one for those looking for a hypoallergenic option as it contains vitamins that are actually helpful to those sensitive eyes. It is Parabe-free which means you won’t find any gross preservatives and it’s talc-free so it utilizes more natural means of keeping the skin dry. The primer comes in a little tub as opposed to the standard tube and wand duo so you’ll need to apply with a makeup brush or your finger (be sure to wash your hands first.) It also works well as a lipstick primer. This company sports a “not tested on animals – proud member of PETA” position so if you’re are the activist type, SHANY’s all about it.
The container is quite small but it’s been impossible to find a glowing review that doesn’t mention how little of this you need to make a difference. A tiny bit packs a punch and applies very smooth. A few reviews claim that it becomes heavy and the shadow will begin to crease after several hours but overall, this seems like a decent organic option and is a great choice for dry lids that could use a boost.
Best Eyeshadow Primer For Dry Lids
The container of this little tube is incredibly sleek and the application doesn’t fall far from the tree. It is velvety and those with sensitive eyes seem to have nothing but good things to say about this concealer like application. This product won’t cake as it’s more oil-based so if you have oily eyelids naturally, you may find that LORAC doesn’t have quite the staying power you’d prefer. If you have naturally dry eyes, you will likely love the silkiness in the application and the ability to hold your color. Be warned about using too much. Due to its velvety consistency, it can stray into your eyes so stick to the old adage “you can always add more but you can’t take away” and keep those peepers safe from the potential fallout.
Unlike the other previously listed products, this is a pencil applicator. It does the trick but due to its fairly new entrance to the market, it’s still in the consumer test phase. The simple application is fantastic and works very well under the “other things primer does” category such as a concealer primer for pimples, undereye concealer primer, and lipstick primer. The market hasn’t seen enough of this product to give a thorough review but there have been reports of the pencil falling out of the tube. Due to its pencil applicator, you can expect bliss Please Don’t Go to last a long time. Other primers can be overused too quickly due to their application method. bliss will likely be with you for years and it makes for a speedy base for your shadow.
This primer comes in a three for one deal. You won’t hear anything but wonderful from the reviewers on this primer’s staying power but be wary of adding any setting powder as the two seem to cake when used together. Other than that critique, it does exactly what it offers. It makes eyeshadow stay put, it’s easy to apply, and it’s easy to remove. It has been likened to Urban Decay’s cosmetics for a fraction of what you pay but understand makeup that kicks butt at what it offers.
There can be too much of a good thing and if you don’t figure out the right amount and use too much, this stuff can cause the horrendous face melt phenomenon. We recommend using a makeup brush with a little dot to cover both eyes. When it dries, it should look as if you have nothing on that spot so keep your amount to a minimum and you should still be sporting a pretty poppy color by the end of your day.
Best Eyeshadow Primer For Oily Lids
This little metallic tube with a pink stripe screams “queen” and has the effectiveness to match. Pur claims it tightens the skin and gives the lovely visual of “holding onto color and not letting go.” This little 3 oz container has been noted to last for over a year and the product itself keeps your color on point all day. This is a great product for those with oily lids due to its chemical makeup. There have even been claims it will make your shadow stick through an intense workout although we suggest washing your face before sweating on purpose. If you’re the type that likes the BAM quality in your color and you have seen all of your work pooled in that little crease, Pur Minerals may be the way to go for you.
This little tube comes in a big box and has a sponge wand applicator. It comes in various colors to match skin tone and this is a huge benefit. When the product is tinted to match your skin, it does wonders with evening out discoloration, concealing dark spots, and covering any blemishes. Yes, those can even happen near your eye. To put it bluntly, this tiny tube is a fantastic addition to your makeup arsenal and works great as an “every other type of primer” product. It keeps all makeup put and the texture and consistency is that of foundation so it’s easy to work with. It brightens and can even give the illusion of lift if you opt for the correct color to complement your skin tone.
Best Eyeshadow Primer For Natural Coverage
This product looks like a concealer stick but actually acts as a 2-in-1 primer and eyeshadow. Neutrogena claims it helps to revive and brighten and contains light-reflecting pearls and nourishing antioxidants. The color is subtle but it won’t be your official primer for bright and vibrant colors. However, if you’re more the au natural type artist and you’re looking to add a little shimmer and color to your lids, you probably won’t find a better deal than this. The added primer makes this subtle flair stay put and due to its easy application and small package, it makes a great traveling companion and speedy makeup partner on those rushed mornings.
This primer is getting rave reviews from women with crepy eyelids. Those with bags, crow’s feet, and natural discoloration due to aging are loving blinc Shadow Primer. Many have sworn it takes years off their lids and tones down discoloration with the added benefit of keeping makeup on. It’s a fairly soft primer and has an incredibly high rating as far as lack of irritation is concerned. The applicator is a sponge wand and being such, it’s easy to over-apply this primer so keep that in mind especially if you have oily eyelids. Excessive application can make your makeup very hard to blend and that combination leads to that lovely crease we all can’t get enough of.
We’re going off track with this primer but we think it deserves an honorable mention. This mascara primer claims to bump up the volume of your mascara leaving your eyes looking brighter and fuller. It’s an interesting bright blue and the consistency is drier than that of other mascara primers you may have used in the past. However, the color actually makes the eyes pop quite a bit and it does a decent job of priming for mascara if it’s applied immediately afterward. The dryness can cause clumping so be sure to keep your wand clean. This mascara primer does what it states but consumer reviews claim you can get the exact same results from other companies at a lower cost.
Whether you’re concerned about creasing, the fallout from your looser pigments or glitter, or runny eyeliner, eyeshadow primer can be your fix-all for those pesky makeup mishaps. You should be able to find a primer that works with your skin, whether it’s oily, dry, crepy, or just discolored and you won’t need to spend a fortune to find the primer that works for you. We hope this list gives you exactly what you need to get the most out of your makeup mastery. Good luck and happy artistry!