Eye Shadow Primer Hierarchy

Hi guys!

I’ve been thinking about doing this post for awhile, so I’m excited that I am finally getting around to it!

A huge makeup pet peeve of mine is to spend time on eyeshadow only to have it fade or crease within a few hours. Unfortunately when you have oily skin (and therefore oily eyelids) this tends to be the case more often than not. This is why whenever I see a primer for a good deal, or hear someone else recommending one, I have to give it a try. After testing out so many, I have finally found my holy grail primer that makes my shadows last all day/night! However, in the process I’ve also come across ones that did absolutely nothing (good) for me and my shadows.
In this post I’ll be ranking all eight primers that I have used from worst to best. Let’s go:

7) Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Eyeshadow Primer

This primer is by far the worst that I have ever used. The texture is extremely watery and doesn’t sit on the skin well at all.



I find that my shadows look even worse with this primer underneath them as it does nothing in terms of making them vibrant. They also do not last more than a hour or two without creasing. Although this product cost only $4.99 I definitely do not recommend it!

6) Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow Base
I used this primer quite frequently about a year ago when I didn’t have many other options to choose from. Although it does make your shadow last a decent amount of time, the color of it is so dark that even when I’m at my tannest it is too dark for me.


If you are really tanned than this will probably be a good shadow primer for you, but the color is so off for me that it ends up causing too much of a noticeable contrast between my skin and the primer. Like other essence products, this primer is super inexpensive at $3.99.



5) Lorac Behind the Scenes Face Primer
I received this one along with buying the lorac pro 2 palette. I have no real complaints about this primer, however I don’t have any rave reviews to share on it either.


I find this to be a very average primer that does make your shadows last for a decent amount of time but not for hours and hours like my number 1 does. I’ll usually reach for this primer when I know that I won’t be wearing my shadows for a long time.I just have the sample size of this product, but the full 0.53 oz tube is $21.00! Because of the price, I wouldn’t say that this is a must have.


4) NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
This is another primer that I used to use all the time. As I was using it I loved it and thought it was great, but after trying more I’ve realized that it is, again, just a average primer.


This one is $10 and goes on very smooth and is a nice consistency, however I find that my shadows won’t last all day without creasing on me when I’m wearing this underneath them.



3) Milani Eye Shadow Primer
This one has a very mousse-like texture with some color to it. This is actually my favorite texture out of all the primers that I own. I love that it is thicker than the others, and when I apply it to my eyelids there is a opaque base for my shadows.


It just feels like it’s going to make your shadows last for a long time, and it does. This can get me through a day without creasing, and for the price of $6.99 its definitely a good buy.


2) ELF Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
This is by far the cheapest primer that I own, and actually performs better than a lot of my more expensive primers.


This does a great job of keeping my shadows looking good and lasting a long time. For the $3.00 price, you really can’t beat it. I highly recommend it for everyone, whether you’re on a budget or not.


1)Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
The number one spot on my list was a no-brainer. Although this primer is expensive at $33.00 a tube, this stuff makes my eyeshadows last like no other.


I can wear this for upwards of 12 hours without my eyeshadow fading or creasing, which is insane. This is always my go-to primer whenever I know I’m going to be wearing makeup for a long time. It is also the only primer that I use in the summertime when the temperature is hot and I know I’ll likely be sweating more than usual. The texture isn’t too watery or too thick, and it is clear when sheered out onto the lids.
Although this is the most expensive primer that I own, I am still only on my first tube of it and I have been using it for about a year now. A little bit goes a long way! If you have really oily eyelids and are struggling with your eyeshadows, this product will solve all your problems.



I hope this helped you in regards to what eyeshadow primers to go for and which to avoid.

Let me know your holy grail eye primer in a comment 🙂

Thanks for reading!



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