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Top 10 Drugstore Eyeshadow Primers

Long Lasting Eyeshadow Primers You Can Pick Up From The Drugstore

Long Lasting Eyeshadow Primers You Can Pick Up From The Drugstore

There's a step in your beauty routine that you didn't know you were missing, and it's applying an eyeshadow primer. Now before you say, "Well, I don't wear much eyeshadow," these primers work just as well as standalone products—think beautiful, smooth skin that will fool your coworkers and friends into thinking you're pulling in a solid nine hours nightly. Or say you are an established makeup maven, you'll love how a primer can fight inconveniences like oily lids and unsightly creases. Moreover, an excellent eyeshadow primer will make the colors you so carefully paint on those lids even more vibrant. Whether you like to apply with your fingers, prefer a creamy texture, or like a product packaged in a tidy wand, there is without a doubt an option that will suit your routine and preferences. 

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June 8, 2017

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The Rankings


e.l.f. Cosmetics Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer

Our Score

LOVED FOR: For the days that you don't want to wear any color, this primer goes on sheer and simply makes your eyes look refreshed.

USERS SAID: "This is my go-to primer most days. I don't wear eyeshadow (usually), but I wear eyeliner (gel or liquid) and have oily eyelids. This is great because it's actually sheer—not pigmented like some others." 


Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer

Our Score

BEST FOR: You won't have to worry about creasing all day—or night—long.

USERS SAID: "I have tried Urban Decay Primer Potion Original and the Wet n Wild Primer and have found that the Wet n Wild Primer is more mattifying, a better value, and my eyeliner does not wear off or ride up into my crease (I have monolids)." 


NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer

Our Score

BEST FOR: Keeping those flecks of glitter stationed on your eyelid

USERS SAID: "I really love this product. My glitter stays on the whole night since I usually wear this when I go out on the weekends. It doesn't crease, glitter stays in place. It really holds the glitter, the best part is that it's really affordable."


Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow With Primer

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Instantly brightening your eyelid and preventing creasing and fading

BEST FOR: A subtle eyeshadow color with built-in primer


Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I have not had a single issue with this product. it blends out nicely and doesn't make my eyeshadow crease at all during the day. I've also used it as an under eye concealer and it works beautifully."

LOVED FOR: The creamy texture that is versatile enough to work under concealer or eye shadow


e.l.f. Cosmetics Eye Primer and Liner Sealer

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I put my dry shadow and liner on in the morning and by the time I am ready to remove my eye makeup at night, it's STILL on my eyes and looks as good as when I first applied it! Take my advice if you want this product to work, use dry shadows and use your favorite dry shadow colors as a liner with the sealer!"

FUN FACT: The clear liquid and built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush transforms your favorite eyeshadow into a waterproof liquid liner.


No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing and Brightening Eye Base

Our Score

BEST FOR: Giving your lids a super smooth finish that looks just as good with eyeshadow as it does without

USERS SAID: "This is a great quality product for the price. I use it alone or under my eyeshadow and it lasts all day. Since I have been using it I get several compliments on how bright my eyes look. I will definitely continue to repurchase this item and highly recommend anyone to try."


Catrice Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The lightweight texture that won't feel heavy on your eyelids.

USERS SAID: "I keep getting samples of another expensive eyeshadow primer, and this one is so much better at a fraction of the cost! It's very easy to apply. I use the sponge on the applicator to put it on my lids, then smooth it where I want it to go with my finger. My eyeshadow goes on nicely, and it doesn't come off!" 


NYX Professional Makeup Proof It Eyeshadow Primer

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Battling the elements—neither sticky humidity nor super wet rain stand a chance against this primer. 

HELPFUL TIP: Dab a little below your lower lash line if you frequently suffer from racoon-eyes.


Milani Eyeshadow Primer,

Our Score

LOVED FOR: A luxury-level performance at a drugstore price point

USERS SAID: "I normally use Smashbox primer but I saw a review for this product and decided to try it because it is considerably less expensive. I was glad I did because this product works just as well as the Smashbox."

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