Thursday, September 11, 2014

Battle of the Eyeshadow Primers

Hello again readers!

I love being able to try new makeup products, nothing beats being able to test out a  new product to see if you'll fall in love with it, or if you'll hate it. I've had my fair share of eye primers, and after using one for the first time, I can never go back! Of course, not all of them are created equally, so I compared the ones I have to see which ones are really worth your money, and which ones are better worth a trip to the bin.



For the shadow, I used the dark green eyeshadow from Forever 21. I love the shade, but without a primer it just will never reach it's true potential. I applied it with my ELF Essential Eyeliner Brush.

The competitors:

-ELF Eyelid Primer - Original
-ELF Eyelid  Primer - Pearl
-Wet n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Primer - Original
-Wet n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Primer - Shimmer
-Milani Eyeshadow Primer
-Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer
-NYX HD Eyeshadow Base
-Urban Decay Primer Potion - Original
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Original

And I put them in order with the (C)ontrol being the shadow by itself.


Obviously right out of the gate, they all look very brilliant, aside from E1, and F1, that look duller than the rest.

The next is after 8 hours of wear:

Clearly there is a lot of fading present in all of the swatches, which isn't surprising at all, now to really separate them.

Now to separate them I have separated them into three categories: Low, Medium, High Performance Categories.

Low  Perfomance:
-Elf Eyelid Primer - Original
-Elf Eyelid Primer - Pearl

Both are better than no primer at all, but only by a little. E2 started out looking brighter, but ended up fading the most. Out of the two, I will stick with E1 for swatches.

Medium Performance:

-Wet n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Primer - Shimmer
-Milani Eyeshadow Primer 

These both had better wear, but not as great as the higher performance products. They faded, but still retained colour and shimmer well. I was surprised with Milani, as I've heard many times that it's a dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion, but clearly that is not true.

High Performance:

-Wet n Wild Fergie Take on the Day Primer - Original
-Hard Candy Eyeshadow Primer 
-NYX HD Eyeshadow Base 
-Urban Decay Primer Potion - Original
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance - Original.

I was really impressed with how many did well. I found that the higher end products did hold up (as they should, since they are so expensive), and I was really impressed that the Fergie primer did as well as it did, since it's so cheap. They held colour, and shimmer for 8 hours, and did really well.

I hope that this helped some of you make decisions on some of the products you're interested in.

Thanks for reading!

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