Thursday, December 15, 2011

Getting Schooled: Eyeshadow Primer

There are a lot of superfluous makeup products out there; foundation primer, finishing powder, finishing spray. Eyeshadow primer, however, is not one of them. It really is something I would consider to be a necessity. There are quite a few products on the market- Too Faced's Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay's Primer Potion are the two most notorious. There are a few indie labels that have products along those lines as well. (See the bottom of this blog post for a list of helpful links.) Personally, I will swear by Urban Decay's Primer Potion. It's a daily makeup application essential. What's so magical about it, you ask? Did they bottle essence of unicorn? Maybe. What I've noticed it does for me is prolong eyeshadow color, make the color more vivid (even with less expensive drug store shadows), and help keep it in place. These are important factors to not only help you use less product, but to also help for those of us with naturally oily skin fight the battle of the crease line.

For those glamor addicts out there, I would also recommend Too Faced's Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue. It will literally glue the glitter to your face. It can also be mixed with loose glitter to make a nice glitter eyeliner. It is more difficult to wash off at the end of the night. You will have to scrub. But how else do you expect glitter to become glued to your face?

For those of you who are new to eyeshadow primers here is a helpful link list to get you started:


  1. I've noticed that my Urban Decay finishing spray keeps my mineral powder foundation on all day, which it could not do on its own. Also eyeshadow primer + finishing spray *really* keeps your shadow in place, and seems to help keep mascara from flaking.

  2. Thanks for the input Morgan!
    To be honest, I don't have experience with finishing sprays. I've tried samples of foundation primer, but it seems to be an unnecessary step for a *daily* makeup routine in my personal opinion. By no means am I thumbing my nose at anyone's makeup routine in speaking of certain products as "superfluous." More like I don't break out the finishing powder after foundation unless it's a special occasion and I really want to look like a porcelain doll.

  3. I use finishing spray when I want to dance all night/run around on a hot summer day and still keep everything in place. It wasn't a cheap product, but a little goes a long way. It's definitely not necessary as an every day essential, but it comes in very handy. I know people who use hair spray to do the same job, but I just don't want that on my skin. UD's finishing spray has aloe and other pleasant moisturizers in it.