Eyeshadow Primer Exes


As I was brushing my teeth, I suddenly started thinking about how previous beauty products are kind of like your ex-partners.  You might end up breaking up with someone and then meeting someone else who suits you better.  That is often how it works with beauty products, so I decided to call this post “Eyeshadow Primer Exes!”:)

This post was inspired by the blog, Samarie’s Makeup for Glasses, where she did a fun and engaging post called Eye Shadow Primer Hierarchy.  This is a cumulative review of all the eyeshadow primers I have tried, so I actually don’t own some of these products anymore.

As per her post, I will start from my least favourite to most favourite eyeshadow primer.  Also, as a side note, I have super oily and hooded eyes, so these products might not work for you if you have different type of eyelid.

Canmake Eyeshadow Base

Reason for Break-up: did not meet the basic requirements

This product comes in a different packaging compared to the other ones.  It is a cream formula that comes in pan and looks almost like it could be a concealer.  I just had no luck with this one.  I have tried using it multiple times, and the shadows would crease almost within an hour.  Definitely a no-go if you have oily eyelids!

Etude House Proof 10 Eye Primer

Reason for Break-Up: there are just more “fish in the sea” you can say

This is a pretty popular eyeshadow primer in Asia.  It has the typical tubular packaging with the doe foot applicator.  This one made my eyeshadow more vibrant and it lasts 6-8 hours with minimal creasing, but there are just better options out there.  Plus, like the original Urban Decay Primer Potion, it was hard to get the product out of the container.

Paul & Joe Eye Color Primer

Reason for Break-Up: the best-looking guy in the school who didn’t suit you in the end

I won’t go into specifics here, because I have already done a review here.  It is a good primer, with longevity similar to the Etude House one.  The only reason it edges out the Etude House one is because the packaging is just beautiful.

Two Faced Shadow Insurance Primer

Reason for Break-up: there was no spark

At the time when eyeshadow primers started to get popular, other than the Urban Decay Primer Potion, this was the one that beauty enthusiasts often purchased.  Compared to the Urban Decay primer, it came in a tube.  Therefore, it was easier to dispense and more sanitary to use.  It definitely boosts the colour intensity of your eyeshadow and prevents creasing for most of the day (8 hours or more).  One minor gripe was that the product separated in the tube, and you needed to shake it up quite often and blending also wasn’t that easy once it set.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Reason for Break-up: not really a break-up, just “on a break”

This is definitely the best eyeshadow primer I have ever tried.  Eyeshadow lasts all day (12 hours or more) with minimal creasing.  It also comes out clear so you don’t have to worry if it blended properly on your eyelids.  I also found that eyeshadows blend the best with this primer.  The only thing that I am not too fond of is the packaging because it is hard to get the product out when you’re coming to the end of it.

Current Eyeshadow Primer: The Balm Put A Lid On It (So far, I think it is almost as good as the Nars primer.  I will do a review later on.)

Side note: I have used the Urban Decay Primer Potion.  I just haven’t owned one for so long  (I have not used it since the new packaging) that I thought it wouldn’t be fair to compare it with the other ones listed here.  Just based on my memory now, I feel it sits somewhere in the Two Faced Shadow Insurance category.

Which is your favourite eyeshadow primer?  Have any of these primers also been your ex?

16 thoughts on “Eyeshadow Primer Exes

      1. I’m rotating among the original (well, the original in the squeeze tube), Eden (matte beige), and Sin (shimmery champagne). I still like the original the best, but the others have their benefits (Sin is not tacky and doubles as eyeshadow and Eden covers eyelid discoloration). I did like Nars when I tried a sample.

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  1. […] So how does the Balm Put a Lid on it Eyelid Primer  compare to the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base?  That is always the first question I ask when I try a new eyeshadow primer.  The Nars one has been my favourite for a while and nothing comes close to keeping eyeshadow from fading or creasing on my eyelids (if you want to check out other eyeshadow primers I have tried collectively, you can check out my post here). […]


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