You know how sometimes by the end of the day what should be eye shadow on your eyelid has become a faint skin colored mess. I know that feeling all too well which is why I set out on an excursion to see which eye shadow primers would hold up to this heat and humidity we are experiencing. I needed something to hold me through the morning and into the evening in case there were clients we were taking out on the town. So which ones held up to the test? Read below for a list of my current favorite eye primers.
Benefit Don’t Stray 360 Degrees Stay Put Eyeshadow Primer: this one feels pretty thick as you put it on and while it definitely does a great job holding eye shadow in place it did tint the color a little. The great thing about this one though is that well it works with both cream as well as powder shadows. The primer did not crease or sink into fine lines although I had to pat it down with a damp beauty blender then set it with some powder. All in all this one has become one of the better primers for a flawless great non cake-like concealer/primer for the eye area.
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion: probably the most popular primer out there and for good reason. This primer comes in the prettiest bottle and truly looks like some magic potion. The texture is smooth and it is slightly iridescent. This moisturizing primer held my shadow in place until the late evening hours and into the morning. There is now an anti-aging version and colored ones as well.
Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer: this lightweight non-greasy formula has become a staple in my makeup bag for sure. The color is perfect for my skin tone although it is on the yellow side so if you have pink undertones you may want to go light and maybe try one of the other options. Eye shadow and liner stayed put all day with no creases and it even works as an inner corner brightener.
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12 Hour Smoothing Eye Primer: the main reason I chose this as a favorite is due to it being waterproof. I mean can you say perfect for a summer pool day. It has a universal shade that is flattering on any skin tone. This works great on oily lids and held shadow in place for at least the 12 hours.