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What's a good Inexpensive Eye Primer?

post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 

I've been experimenting with eye shadows a lot more now, and I'm finding that I need something to make my shadow apply smoother and stay put longer.  I don't want to pay a lot for a primer like the Urban Decay Primer Potion that everyone raves about.  Any suggestions of a primer that I can find at like Walmart or a drugstore? 

post #2 of 60

I've heard both Hard Candy and Elf have decent eye primers. Comparable to UD's primer potion.  

post #3 of 60

Inexpensive? There are lots.

 

Monistat Anti-chafing gel is pretty much the same as makeup primers.

ELF makes a good one for $3.

Hard Candy & NYX both make a few comparable to Smashbox/MAC.

 

All are under $10 except NYX which is like $12.

post #4 of 60

In my opinion, go for the ELF Mineral Eye Primer.  It's only $3 and is very close to UDPP!  It's totally a dupe for UDPP, really.  ELF is always running sales, so you could even get it for less than $3, depending on the sale, of course.  Right now, you get 7 free Studio line brushes for spending $30 or more, which is easy to do, and you get a lot of products!  I also have the monistat anti chaffing gel and the NYX base in pearl and white and still think the best d/s priced e/s primer is the ELF Studio Eye Primer. The ELF $1 line eye primer isn't bad either, but go for the $3 one since you can pick. Good luck! The UDPP is definitely worth investing in.  Especially with the new packaging!

post #5 of 60

L.A Splash Sealant/ Primer.... I like it better than urban decay ( and i'm a UD junkie so that says alot)

post #6 of 60

Honestly, I went through trying a bunch while trying to avoid the UDPP.  I haven't looked back once I gave in and bought myself a bottle though. (Tried coastal scents, aromaleigh, a couple random drug store ones...then I realized I had spent MORE money on testing a bunch of cheap primers and being unhappy than I would have buying my first bottle of UDPP)

 

The new squeeze tube should make it easier to use all of the product too, instead of all the techniques that were used in the past to try to claw out all the rest of the tube hidden inside the old bottles.

post #7 of 60

Ive tried Many eye primers & all the hype products Stil Nothing beats   Loreal De-crease        Cheap, & leaves your shadow looking great & long lasting without creasing

post #8 of 60
Thread Starter 

My local target carries ELF so I'll see if I can find the ELF one. I tried a sample of the Urban Decay PP & I really like it ALOT.  Maybe when I have some extra $$, I'll splurge and get the UDPP. thanks guys for the suggestions. I'll see what I can find if I can find any of those products when I'm at Walmart & Target this weekend. 

post #9 of 60


ELF gets my vote too.

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Originally Posted by MakeupofDesire View Post

In my opinion, go for the ELF Mineral Eye Primer.  It's only $3 and is very close to UDPP!  It's totally a dupe for UDPP, really.  ELF is always running sales, so you could even get it for less than $3, depending on the sale, of course.  Right now, you get 7 free Studio line brushes for spending $30 or more, which is easy to do, and you get a lot of products!  I also have the monistat anti chaffing gel and the NYX base in pearl and white and still think the best d/s priced e/s primer is the ELF Studio Eye Primer. The ELF $1 line eye primer isn't bad either, but go for the $3 one since you can pick. Good luck! The UDPP is definitely worth investing in.  Especially with the new packaging!



 

post #10 of 60

European gals might also check out Manhattan's cheapo eyeshadow primer - works well for me.

 

 

post #11 of 60

Check out my article - Best Eyeshadow Primers For Under $10

post #12 of 60

I found Jordana Cosmetics Eye Primer is inexpensive. I love it

 

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post #13 of 60

I am actually in search of a good primer myself. Most of my eyeshadows are glittery and shimmery and although they look great the first out, they definitely loose their "oomph" in less than a few hours.

 

I've used MAC eye paints which works OK but not great.

UDPP never seemed to hold the heavy glitter products at all

I think Mary Kay's does a decent job compare to what I've used, but still doesn't give 100%

 

I don't live near an ELF store so that option is out. I may try the Hard Candy if people like it.  It's good for strong glitter shadows??

 

Any other suggestions????

post #14 of 60

I like the Smashbox eye primer - I was very happy with the results.

post #15 of 60
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I am actually in search of a good primer myself. Most of my eyeshadows are glittery and shimmery and although they look great the first out, they definitely loose their "oomph" in less than a few hours.

 

I've used MAC eye paints which works OK but not great.

UDPP never seemed to hold the heavy glitter products at all

I think Mary Kay's does a decent job compare to what I've used, but still doesn't give 100%

 

I don't live near an ELF store so that option is out. I may try the Hard Candy if people like it.  It's good for strong glitter shadows??

 

Any other suggestions????


Ordering from ELF is pretty inexpensive and you would get a great product.  As for the glitter question...Too Faced carries a Too Faced Shadow Insurance for glitter and glitter shadows.  I own it, but haven't tried it yet.  I imagine it's probably stickier than the other products to help adhere the glitter to the lid.  Other things you can try with glitter is to use Duo Adhesive on a q tip and spread it over your lid in a light layer and apply the glitter/glitter shadow on top of that.  That's been in a few tuturials on YouTube as well.
 

 

post #16 of 60

@ Sarah Afshar : I read your write up on primers and found it helpful as they weren't all ones I had come across before. Will be trying some of those out. Thanks for posting the link :-)

 

I personally detest silicone primers for use ON the lid, although they work great UNDER the eye to prevent concealer from caking and creasing. If I use a silicone type on my lid, it actually makes my shadows crease, every single time. I normally apply my concealer and then use Coastal Scents Camo Quad on my lid, the texture of which reminds me of MAC's prep and Prime for eyes, which I used to use. I then put a bit of a more sticky one over top of that which I got a couple of years ago from some mineral makeup company which I can't remember the name of, then shadow overtop. My shadows never crease. When I have less time, I just use the Camo Quad, which has 4 colors so is great for making shadows have different color depths. It never creases either, even in the summer. I have oily skin, but still find they both work with no problems at all. I have Smashbox's primer and seriously don't like it at all. Doesn't work for me and is seriously overpriced. Haven't tried Hard Candy primer as I don't like their other products.

post #17 of 60



Tis I agree w/this.. I absolutely LOVE Loreal Decrease and it lasts..... forever too.

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Ive tried Many eye primers & all the hype products Stil Nothing beats   Loreal De-crease        Cheap, & leaves your shadow looking great & long lasting without creasing



 

post #18 of 60
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Tis I agree w/this.. I absolutely LOVE Loreal Decrease and it lasts..... forever too.



 


Do you find it holds glitter/sparkle shadows good? It has gotten good reviews, the only drawback is someone said it's not really "skin toned". Agree?

 

post #19 of 60

I don't wear a lot of sparkle/glitter products, but I do wear shimmer and it hold it quite well.  Now as for the color of the primer... of it not being "skin-toned"  my skin tone of my eye area is one of the darkest places on my body for some reason.. and extremely oily.  So I use primer, plus a base, usually NYX JEP in Milk.. and it keeps it quite well.  It actually lightens it tbh.

post #20 of 60

I have not tried e.l.f. Cosmetics eye primer, but they have pretty solid products for the price.  You are right they always have great sales!

post #21 of 60
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Do you find it holds glitter/sparkle shadows good? It has gotten good reviews, the only drawback is someone said it's not really "skin toned". Agree?

 


I bought De-Crease Eye Primer about a week ago and I'm finding it to be the best eye primer I've ever tried. I put it on with my loose eye shadows (very glittery) in the late a.m. and by bedtime my shadow was still true in color, in place, and no creases.  AND I can find it locally at a regular retail/drug store. Cost was low. Can't say anything bad about it. The color is a bit off from my skin tone but with shadow over it, you can't tell anyways!

 

An A++++ purchase for me and an A++++++ to you who suggested it.  Thanks!!

 

post #22 of 60

omg, UDPP is the bessst! but i got it as a sample and i know it's pricey so i really would like to try out the E.l.f. brand primer when i run out of UDPP.

post #23 of 60

 For the cheap I like NYX (wand not pot) and its only 7 bucks at Ulta. For me an eyeshadow primer should neutralize the skin tone so the true color of the eyeshadow pops as well as be slightly tacky so powders stick to it and don't stray. Slightly tacky may not hold glitter well though... I use to put a super thick lip gloss spread thin on the lid and then pack loose glitter on it. This would be over a powder eyeshadow, and it would last all night without much creasing but you have to spread it reaaallllly thin to not crease. And it was a B*&^tch to remove.

post #24 of 60

i used NYX Concealer Magic Wand as eye primer i got this idea from YouTube 

Also i used Inglot eye primer  .. wish u all the best =)

 


Edited by SarMoon - 8/13/11 at 7:27pm
post #25 of 60

I've been using the L'Oreal Color Fresco paints as base for my eyeshadows and I'm amazed at how well they work. My eye shadow looks as good at night when I'm ready to take it off as it did when I put it on. I have oily lids so I was sure they would crease within an hour, but no they held up great! I only paid $1 each for them at the Dollar Tree too. They are still at my Dollar Tree, so check yours. This is what they look like:

loreal color fresco

post #26 of 60

I dont actually rate eye primers at all, in fact for dark colours I just use a black khol eye liner or my MAC sharkskin shade stick and if its pale, I just use my normal concealer (MAC Studio finish concealer).

 

If you want a more vivid colour and longevity from your shadows, the best tip is to wet your brush and invest in decent quality, highly pigmented shadows.

post #27 of 60

I don't like the ELF primers, they all have creased on me.  I also don't like the wet approach or just using concealer, they're not great options IMO.  I do like the Mary Kay primer, it's not super cheap, but it's less than $10 I think.  I LOVE the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and think I'll stick with it until they stop selling it, and then if I know about it, I'll probably stock up a ten year supply...


Edited by Barefootlady 27 - 10/13/11 at 2:54pm
post #28 of 60

Call me nuts, but I don't get the rage about UDPP... I love their products in general, but IMO, the primer potion is totally over rated.  It's runny and does NOT work well on clients with oily lids (or under hot lights).  I prefer MAC Painterly Paint Pot, I am not sure about inexpensive, but it lasts what seems like FOREVER!  totally worth the money!!!

post #29 of 60

Personally I've had a lot of luck with e.l.f's primer, I think it only costs $1 in America (I'm in England and it costs £1.50). My eyeshadow lasts for hours when I use it!

post #30 of 60

E.L.F. makes a really good eyeshadow primer as does NYX! They're both really affordable at $3.00 and $7.00 respectively!

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