Best Eyeshadow Primer


A lot of people doing beauty routines skip eyeshadow primers because they think that the extra step is both time-consuming and expensive. This, unfortunately, is one of the biggest mistakes any makeup enthusiast can make.

The best eyeshadow primer can make the pigments of your eyeshadow pop. It can extend the wearing time of your eye makeup and prevent any creasing that can happen throughout the day. If you have oily skin, the right eyeshadow primer can even stop smudging, likewise, you can wear it with the right face primer for your skin.

Wondering what makes the best eyeshadow primer? Read on to find out our most recommended products.

Our Pick: NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base

The best eyeshadow primer, without a doubt, is NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base, High Definition.  It comes in three unique shades/ formulations to ensure it meets your demands.

The white shade promises to make your eyeshadow look a hundred times more vivid. Pearl, on the other hand, has an iridescent effect while Skin Tone is formulated to make your eyeshadow hold on better. The primer is easy to work with whether you are using a brush or your fingers. It comes in this black tube that looks similar to the ones you get your mascaras in. It has a doe foot applicator for a smooth and precise application.

The primer has a slightly thick consistency. Despite that, it’s still easy to blend on the skin. It dries down to a powder matte finish.There’s no greasy or sticky feeling once it has set.

Runner Up: Too Faced Cosmetics

Too Faced Cosmetics, Shadow Insurance might not be a budget-friendly option, but it’s sure worth the money. It comes in this squeeze tube packaging with a nozzle at its tip. Its consistency is thin, making it easy to spread and blend on the skin. It dries down to a powder-like finish so you won’t have to worry about any sticky or tacky feeling after. You don’t need to use too much of the product. In fact, one droplet size is enough for both of your lids. This means one tube can last you for quite awhile.

Apart from its effects, what’s impressive with this eyeshadow primer is its list of ingredients. This one contains vitamin E which has known antioxidant benefits. It also has unique binders to prolong the wear of your eyeshadow pigments.

One of the interesting things about this primer is that it’s formulated without parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates and even sulfates. You also wouldn’t have to worry about synthetic dyes and fragrances with this one.

Also Great: Ruby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic Primer

Ruby Kisses 24 HR Eyeshadow Magic Primer is another great eyeshadow primer to try. If you’ll notice its packaging, it looks a lot similar to another popular primer brand. It has the same shape as a magic potion bottle and comes with a doe foot applicator. It has a sheer flesh color which means it has little to no effect on the colors of your eyeshadow.
The primer goes on smooth and stays on throughout the day. It does a great job in intensifying colors. Despite its great features, the primer feels really comfortable on the lids. Plus, it’s affordable, too.

Budget Pick: E.L.F. Eye Primer and Liner Sealer

For our budget pick, it’s the E.L.F. Eye Primer and Liner Sealer. One side of it comes with a built-in felt tip brush (liner sealer) for precision while the other end is a bullet (primer). The product has a yellow tone but it’s still easy to blend into the skin.

The primer has a thick consistency which can make application feels a bit like tugging the skin. One tip you can use is to warm the bullet first using your fingers or use a separate brush to pick up the product. Once you get it on your skin, it will no longer take a lot of effort to spread.

The liner end, on the other hand, has a thin consistency. Since it’s watery, make sure you wipe off any excess on the tip of the tube before applying on your lids. This way, you won’t have to deal with large wet spots on your eyeshadow. It’s felt tip applicator is great for precise application. Unfortunately, it’s not really that hygienic. If you’re concerned about that, too, you can use a separate applicator.

How To Choose The Best Eyeshadow Primer

Choosing the best eyeshadow primer can be tricky, especially if it’s your first time to do so. To help you make the right purchase, here’s a quick guide to help you out.

  • Finding the right shade.

    The right shade will depend on what look you are aiming for. For a smokey look, for example, you’ll need a darker primer to add more depth to your final look. If you are going to use multiple colors, stick with a white primer. In case you want brighter-looking eyes, pick a primer with a hint of green.

  • Finding the right finish.

    For dry skin, skip the matte primers and pick one that’s gel-based or has a hydrating property instead. If you have oily skin or you know you’ll be exposed to humidity and hot weather, choose matte primers. Apart from being able to resist oil and shine, matte primers are also great for working with both matte and shimmery eyeshadows.

  • Finding the right texture.

    If you are looking for something that’s lightweight, go with liquid primers. They, unfortunately, have that tendency to crease. Mousse primers are easy to work with and can go with any type of eyeshadow. The problem with this type of primer is that they feel heavy on the lids. For convenience, you might want to consider stick primers. You’ll only have to glide the stick, blend the product on your lids and you’re on to the next step.

  • Finding the right formula

    If your choice of eye makeup is something that’s smooth and strong, choose a matte primer.  However, if you want to boost the texture and finish of your eye makeup, choose something that’s colored.