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The Best Eyeshadow Primers: 67K Reviews
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The Best Eyeshadow Primers: 67K Reviews

Based on 66,857 Influenster Reviews

Calling all eye makeup lovers! These eight eyeshadow primers can provide the perfect base for your colorful shadow application. Influensters have spoken and these are the top eight eyeshadow primers on the market.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
BY URBAN DECAY
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars77%
  • 4 Stars16%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (25,628 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $20.00
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Krupa P. said...
There aren't enough words in the world to describe how important it is to me to always have this product on hand. I have a full size, a back up full size and a travel size ALWAYS. I have ridiculously #oilyskin and especially my lids, they cannot be controlled. This somehow manages to do so. I've tried other primers, Too Faced Shadow insurance and L'oreal De-Crease have nothing on this puppy. Every time I put this on, my shadow stays for the whole day (12 hrs +), goes on super vibrant and does not crease whatsoever!

I can't speak for normal or dry lidded peeps but the only time his doesn't work that great is when:
1. I only put the primer on to keep the oily lid look at bay - it needs to at least be set with powder for me.
2. I use the Eden or Sin...only original seems to work for me. For whatever reason, those shades aren't as powerful. ...read more
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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion uploaded by Kimberly C.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion uploaded by Jonelle S.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion uploaded by Nicole A.
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Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
BY TOO FACED
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars65%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.5 / 5 (5,467 reviews)
Buy on Too Faced Co... for $20.00
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Angeline L.Angeline L. said...
This is my go to eyeshadow primer. I love the texture of it. It has a slight color tint so it does block out the discoloration I have on my eyelids. It helps shadows really show to their full potential. It does not crease. It has excellent staying power.
Shadows blend very easily with it on. I really love it. With that said I do NOT have oily eyelids so I cannot attest to how it works on those with them. I constantly come back to this. I have only found one other one that is comparable but I will hold this for a long time as my favorite day to day primer. ...read more
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Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer uploaded by Aiveen O.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer uploaded by Caitlin B.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer uploaded by Jessica V.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer uploaded by Kristel H.
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer
BY E.L.F. COSMETICS
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star3%
4.3 / 5 (12,015 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $2.75
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Monica F.Monica F. said...
I've used Urban Decay Primer Potion and ELF Shadow Lock Primer and honestly ELF works just as good as Urban Decay. In my opinion there is really no difference between the two other than the price. Without primer my lids get oily and this works wonders and makes my eye shadow last all day long without creasing! I always recommend this primer to my friends and they are never disappointed and love it just as much as me. Not only is this is a good primer but the price of it (Used to be $1 but now its $2) you just can't beat that! I usually find this primer at Target, Walmart or CVS. ...read more
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer uploaded by Amber J.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer uploaded by Amber J.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer uploaded by Humera N.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer uploaded by Joesbel H.
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Smashbox 24-Hour Shadow Primer
BY SMASHBOX
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars69%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (1,484 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $21.00
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Jenn C.Jenn C. said...
This is the best eyeshadow primer ever!! I highly recommend this primer and can't say enough good things about it! This is the ONLY primer I have ever tried for my oily eyelids where I didn't get oily at the end of the day OR have to apply two primers or set it with a neutral colored shadow. It makes my eyeshadows vibrant, they blend perfectly on top, and it prevents my shadow from creasing. TIP: apply primer and let set for like 15 seconds otherwise it will be too creamy. You can also mix shadow into this primer to create a cream shadow. I wear it everyday even if I'm not wearing shadow to prevent my eyelids from getting oily. I highly recommend to try!!! ...read more
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Smashbox 24-Hour Shadow Primer uploaded by Evelyn C.
Smashbox 24-Hour Shadow Primer uploaded by EMMSAYS M.
Smashbox 24-Hour Shadow Primer uploaded by EMMSAYS M.
Smashbox 24-Hour Shadow Primer uploaded by Stephanie M.
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Milani Eyeshadow Primer
BY MILANI
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star2%
4.6 / 5 (655 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $5.97
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Tiffany I.Tiffany I. said...
I recently tried the Milani Eyeshadow Primer after hearing about it from many different beauty influencers on YouTube. Many of them swear by this product and I have to agree with them. I have tried a few different shadow primers, both high and low-end, but most of them did not hold up to extended wear. This Milani Eyeshadow Primer, however, went above and beyond my expectations (especially for a #drugstore product). I used it on Halloween to keep a very extensive, bright eye look in place. It worked all night long with no creasing or melting. ...read more
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Milani Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Jenny R.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Royal K.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Royal K.
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NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
BY NARS
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (2,170 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $26.00
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Karen C.Karen C. said...
This is the one eye primer that I use for my oily eyelids. It is amazing and smudgeproof and lasts all day. When you apply it on your lids, it doesn't make it oily and actually feels more matte. The products glide on perfectly. I've gone a couple of days without my primer, originally thinking that it wouldn't make a difference, but I could definitely tell that by the second hour, my lids have become oily and some of the color has come off on my lids. Whenever I go out, I can trust my eyeshadow and eyeliner to stay in place. One night I forgot to take off my makeup before I showered and surprisingly when I came out of the shower, I still had some eyeshadow on. I'm already on my second tube and I highly, highly recommend this product! ...read more
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NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base uploaded by Amy B.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base uploaded by Beatriz G.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base uploaded by Prisca S.
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base uploaded by Becky L.
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NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer
BY NYX
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star3%
4.4 / 5 (497 reviews)
Buy on Target for $6.99
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Jasmine K.Jasmine K. said...
I LOVE THIS PRIMER!! This primer is actually waterproof and it makes your eyeshadow last all day long even if you are sweating! It takes about 60 seconds to dry and it dries clear it makes my eyelid a matte tone, any eyeshadow that I use goes on smooth. This primer is better then any eyeshadow primer I have ever used and that goes for high end products as well. I used this primer anytime I anyone's makeup!! I recommend this primer to everyone! The price is wonderful as well for a eyeshadow primer!! ...read more
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NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Jamie S.
NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Sarasuati D.
NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Heather H.
NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer uploaded by Jennifer (@alettertoelise_89) G.
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LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer
BY LORAC
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (906 reviews)
Buy on Kohls for $23.00
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LaNaysha E. said...
I have extremely oily eyelids. No matter what I do, my eyelids are oily and it always creases my eyeshadow and looks terrible four hours into the day. I also have hooded eyes, which I believe adds to the oil production on my eyelid. I have tried about ten different lid primers and oil broke through EVERY single time. I tried NARS, Mac, Tarte, Elf, Urban Decay, NYX, Essence, - none of them could keep my eyelids from getting oily. I even tried the concealer and setting it with a powder trick. Nope. Just as bad.

And then I tried the free sample of the Lorac that came with my palette. It was marvelous! It IS on the dry side so if you have dry eyelids, stay away from this. But those of us with oily lids - you'll adore it. ...read more
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LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer uploaded by areen a.
LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer uploaded by Liliana G.
LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer uploaded by Theresa P.
LORAC Behind The Scenes Eye Primer uploaded by Sierra Z.
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