Monday, 30 May 2011

Top 3 Eyeshadow Primers

Eyeshadow primer is probably the most essential product to use before applying eyeshadow. I always apply eyeshadow primer even if I'm just wearing a bit of eye liner, mascara and a wash of colour. Not only do eyeshadow primers keep your eyeshadow on a lot longer but they also help to intensify the colour of your eyeshadow.

My top three eyeshadow primers have to be Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC Paint Pot in 'Soft Ochre'. 

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - £18.50 - Available at Nars

The applicator...

A swatch...

Nars smudge proof eyeshadow base is such a great primer and I'd say that in terms functionality, this primer has the best functionality out of the three primers. The Nars smudge proof eyeshadow base has three functions;
1.) It extends the wear of eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil and eyeliner.
2.) It instantly transforms into a matte finish. This doesn't effect the finish of the eyeshadow it just create a matte canvas.
3.) It maximises colour intensity therefore making your eyeshadow look a lot brighter and generally a lot better.

The Nars smudge proof eyeshadow base also prevents smudging, creasing and caking, this is ideal for people who suffer from oily eyelids as it'll prevent your eyeshadow from fading and also creasing. 

The Nars smudge proof eyeshadow base is also colourless meaning no white eyes...YAY! Some people may see this as a negative as you cannot see where you've applied the primer once you've blended it into your eye. This doesn't bother me at all, you just have to make sure you've fully applied it to your eye. 

This little beauty is a costly £18.50 but it really is amazing. I've had the primer for 4 months too and there's still a lot more left, so you really do get your money's worth. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion - £14.50 (15ml) - Available at Look Fantastic

The applicator...

A swatch...

Urban Decay Primer Potion is probably the most talked about eyeshadow primer there is and I can understand why. It's such an great primer, not only does it keep your eyeshadow on all day but it also makes your eyelids feel soft. In my opinion this primer is the most blend-able out of the three primers. 

Here's what Urban Decay state;
"Eyeshadow Primer Potion is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24+ hours and NEVER CREASES! Once you experience its powers (plus how smoothly it glides on – an added bonus) you’ll never want to live without it. Original formula dries down invisibly."

I couldn't agree more with this statement and I honestly can say that Urban Decay are 100% truthful in what they say. Primer Potion really does make your eyeshadow last, in anything I'd say it'd last a lot more than 24 hours. I have never experienced any form of creasing when using Primer Potion and I genuinely think that it could turn an awful eyeshadow into something great. It'd be interesting to see if Illamasqua Liquid Metals would crease when using this.

The Primer Potion is also colourless once applied to your eyes. The primer does take a while to dry so be patient, I'd let the primer dry for around 5 minutes before applying your eyeshadow.

MAC Paint Pot in 'Soft Ochre' - £13.50 - MAC Cosmetics

A swatch...

MAC Soft Ochre probably isn't my HG primer but it acts as a great base for eyeshadows. I usually apply this underneath brown toned eyeshadows or sometimes use it on it's own when wearing eyeliner and mascara. 

MAC Paint Pot is available in a wide selection of colours, and they are generally used on their own but they are great for using as an eyeshadow base. MAC Paint Pots are long lasting and they also create a seamless coverage without looking cakey, they also prevent your eyeshadow from creasing. 

MAC Paint Pots aren't exactly the most blendable and they do dry fast which means you have to work quick with them. 

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base - Practical for everyday use but I recommend using this with vibrant eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Primer Potion - Practical for everyday use, definitely my HG primer!

MAC Paint Pot in 'Soft Ochre' - Great for using on it's own or with brown toned eyeshadows. I think this would be good for using with pigments too. 

Hope you liked this post!


  1. I love Primer Potion but I just think it's quite a lot for what it is! I made my own recently and am so impressed with how it turned out! I did a post about how to do it if you fancy having a go! I totally agree that primer is an essential though!

    Lauren :)

  2. Primer potion is really good but I do agree, it is a lot for what it is, I don't get why they have charged £2.50 more for a new packet too, bizarre lol. I'm so going to check out your post! I've never thought about creating my own! :D xx

  3. great post! i've been thinking about buying the urban decay for ages but the old packaging put me off! it's great to hear about your alternatives too x

  4. Elise - Thank you! :D The Urban Decay PP is fab! And there's always the new packaging? :D Thank you! :D xx


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