Much like Squirrel Girl, eye shadow primers are the unsung heroes of the makeup world, IMO. They are simply a godsend if you like to wear eye shadow. If your eyelids resemble the Gulf of Mexico after BP dumps about 5 million barrels of oil into it, like mine do, it’s almost impossible to wear eye shadow without it.
Even if your eyelids aren’t slick enough for baby otters to play on, eye shadow primer can still benefit you. Besides making eye shadow last all day— it also makes the colors more vibrant and appear more “true to life”. Applying eye shadow without primer can be a gamble. The pigments on your eyelids will interact with the eyeshadow color and the final shade that appears on your eyelids will be different than what you see in the container.
To demonstrate the effects of primer, I created swatches on my arm (It turns out I am not the greatest at doing swatches). The first two are with primer and the second two (using the same colors) are without primer, I used one shimmery shadow and one matte color. I hope this highlights the amazing effects of primer with eyeshadow.
Like foundation, eye shadow primer is definitely a personal choice, so if your eyelids are incredibly oily like mine here are the two “eye” (he he get it? ...I should be stopped), recommend*:
The Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer— $20
Benefit’s Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer —$29
The Urban Decay (UD) Eye shadow Primer Potion is really nice and the first eye shadow primer I tried. It goes on really light so don’t be alarmed, but it holds pigment really well and usually lasts all day. It has a convenient little brush that distributes the product evenly. UD has an entire line up of primers (and I’ve tried almost all of them) and I still think this is the best performing one for my purposes. Pro-tip: Make sure it is completely dry on your eyelids before applying shadow, and if your lids are really oily you might need to redistribute excess primer that pools in your crease. I give this 4.5/5 Stars.
Benefit Air Patrol is bomb diggity! The formula is heavy but doesn’t weigh down your lids before eye shadow even goes on. It also has a BB (beauty balm) cream and SPF in it. This is especially nice in the summer because it protects the sensitive skin around your eyes. I mean I always forget to put sunscreen around my eyes anyway. My only complaint is the container (even though the packaging is awesome). In theory you should be able to twist the bottom once and enough product will be dispensed for one eyelid and you repeat the process on the other eye. The twisty bottom broke on the container I had. After a few uses I would have to twist it a bunch of times, but sometimes it would spit out too much, so it was a delicate balancing act. Even with this design flaw I would still rate this product 4/5 Stars, based on the product alone. It really is phenomenal!
I do realize these products are definitely on the higher scale for beauty, and I am definitely one for a good deal and love budget friendly finds. I also believe in shelling out some cash for things I use everyday that are high quality, and have a measurable effect.
Do any of you have an eye shadow primer you really love? I would love to hear your experience!
*These primers would be good for people with “normal” eyelids too.