Review - Eyeshadow Primer & Base

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1) URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Original (Rating:4.5/5)

It's crease-free, so I can wear perfect eyeshadow for at least 8 hours! Even after exercising, my eyeshadow stays on with it!!!

2) TOO FACED Shadow Insurance (Rating: 4.5/5)

What it is:
An eye shadow primer guaranteed to go the distance.

What it does:

This is your full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eye shadow accidents. Our silicone based eye shadow primer transforms any eyeshadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. This soothing formula evens out the skintone on your lids and smoothes lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup, so no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates

What else you need to know:

Truly versatile, Shadow Insurance can be used with powder or cream eye shadow products, and it's concentrated: the size of a rain drop covers the entire lid.

Suggested Usage:

-Apply to clean, dry lids using your finger.
-A little goes a long way as the product will blend in without being visible.
-Create intensity for smoky eyes by placing Shadow Insurance on lids only, wait 30 seconds, then apply shadow.

It's a popular item, evidenced by its 4703 reviews on This primer seriously helps my eyeshadow stay on.

3) NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (Rating: 4.5/5)

What it is:
A lightweight primer that creates a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant, fresh, and just-applied all day.

What it does:

This smudge-proof eye shadow base uses a unique polymer and mineral powder blend to get a firm grip on color for long-lasting, gorgeous wear. Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, it dries on contact and keeps the delicate eye lid smooth and ready for eye shadow application.

What else you need to know:

This fragrance-free product is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.

Research Results:

After 2 week test:
- 97% felt that it maximized your eye shadow color
- 93% felt that it extended the wear of your eye shadow
- 90% felt that it prevented creasing and smudging

Suggested Usage:
Gently sweep a thin layer onto eye lids, blending with fingertips. Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base dries in seconds and then follow with your favorite NARS eyeshadow.

I personally love this one the most! Compared to Urban Decay and Too Faced, NARS's eyeshadow base is slightly drier, so it's a little harder to apply evenly. But you only need to use a tiny bit, and it will keep layers of shadow locked in place, and stop the eyeshadow from creasing. If you have a problem with glitter fallout, for example, using Bobbi Brown sparkle eyeshadow, I highly recommend this eyeshadow base! It's very good at controlling my oily eyelids and neutralizing their yellowish tone.

4) e.l.f. Eyelid Primer, Sheer (Rating: 4/5)
Sets Eyeshadow for Long Lasting Color
  • Safe, gentle formula
  • Preps your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting, crease-proof eyeshadow
  • The ultra sheer, nude color works to increase eye color longevity
Instantly beautiful, healthy-looking eyes designed, formulated & tested by our professional team of makeup artists.  Lightweight liquid formula quickly absorbs into skin for comfortable wear.

It has extremely high quality for its price. The price is about $1.50, and it did indeed make my eyeshadow last longer. It's totally worth its price!! The only thing I didn't like was its yellowish-toned color, which makes my eyelids more orange and yellow.


I have to say, I didn't see a lot of differences among these four eyeshadow primers and bases. Some may work better than others, but whether you think it's worth a higher price depends on the individual. I think that as long as you apply some form of eyeshadow primer, it works better than eyeshadow alone.

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