Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has two great frugal finds for us today.
One of the greatest cosmetic inventions is eyeshadow primer. Now I know you are probably shaking your head and wondering why Prime Beauty would invite someone to guest post about something you already know about but I have two eye primers to share with you that won’t bust the budget. I never put on eyeshadow without starting with an eyeshadow base or primer. Why go to all that work only to have it disappear after a few hours or less? An eyeshadow primer protects your lids and holds the eyeshadows so that you are starting with a fresh canvas. They also should keep your shadows from creasing.
The two most popular eye primers that I know about are Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) and Too Faced Shadow Insurance (TFSI). Both are great although only TFSI actually works for me. As much as I like it though, there’s always room for improvement and experimentation. The two I have for you are Milani Eyeshadow Primer and NYX Eyeshadow Base.
I bought Milani Eyeshadow Primer at CVS for about $6. The color says Nude and that’s the only shade available. If you like TFSI then I think you’d really like the Milani especially at that price. It’s in the same kind of packaging, the texture is similar and the colors are identical. The Milani feels a little thicker to me and hasn’t given me any runny texture like the Too Faced occasionally does. This is definitely a Frugal Friday Find.
NYX Eyeshadow Base comes 4 ways. The one that I see on Ulta’s website is in a wand with a doe foot applicator. At first I was going to purchase that one but then I saw that NYX had pots for the same price ($6.99) and I decided to try something different. The pots come in 3 colors: white, white with pearl and skin tone. There are pros and cons with this but the pros win for me. First it’s only 1 inch wide and I have longer finger nails so I can’t use my finger tip to easily apply this. Problem is solved with a firm flat eyeshadow brush. Secondly the texture is pretty hard especially the first time I went to use it. I find the brush helps with that though every once in a while I quickly turn on my hairdryer to warm it up a bit. Third is that it doesn’t spread quite as easily because of the texture. I just find that I have to be sure I’ve covered my entire eye so that my shadow applies evenly. So even though I’ve mentioned some negatives they aren’t unsolvable and won’t keep me from giving this a recommendation.
I bought the NYX in white with pearl just because it was different. The White and the White Pearl were very similar but I liked the little bit of pearl since it seemed more brightening. It does a great job of perking up an eyeshadow and it’s a wonderful base for pigments. BUT I do have to work fast. I apply the NYX to one eye at a time and finish that eye before moving on. Once done though my shadows last the entire day without fading and that makes any extra work forgotten (unless I dredge it up for a review that is). In the picture below you’ll see the difference it can make – first just the pearl base, then an Inglot eyeshadow over the pearl base, last the same eyeshadow without the base. It’s like magic.
Once upon a time you couldn’t find a drugstore eyeshadow primer so we’ve come a long way. These two are both regulars in my life now and don’t even equal the cost of one of the “popular” guys.