I actually have a weird habit of only putting eyeshadow (sans primer) on one eye when I'm experimenting with eye makeup, and walking/lounging around the house like that for the rest of my day, so when my mom sprang the idea of going to the mall on me last weekend, I flipped because 1) I only had eyeshadow on one eye, and 2) I had just finished washing my brushes. UHM, HOW DO YOU EXPECT ME TO PUT AND BLEND DIFFERENT EYESHADOW SHADES ON WITH WET BRUSHES??!!/1/?? (...Don't answer that)
But then I smelled opportunity (actually, that would be a fantastic perfume name....right?). An opportunity to compare having an eyeshadow primer on versus no primer, and so voilà, accidental post, BAM! I'll also be comparing Urban Decay's 'Primer Potion' against Lorac's 'Behind the Scenes', because you know I love me some comparison posts.
(Eyeshadow work is not my forté ;-;) (Also, even I am creeped out by these eye charts :<)
Since I had wet brushes, the intensity of the eyeshadows was more dramatic, and since Urban Decay's 'Primer Potion' neutralized my lids, the colours on the primed eye was more vibrant.
Creasing, fading and smudging, yayyyyyyyy!
The black eyeshadow I used to line my lids on the 'no primer' side has faintly made it's way up to my crease, and there's definitely less shimmer/more fade compared to the primed eye.
UDPP, for the most part, keeps the various shades intact, and there is barely any fading, smudging and creasing.
So you need a primer. But which to choose?
Unfortunately, my broke status only managed to snag two primers, Urban Decay's 'Primer Potion' and Lorac's 'Behind the Scenes', so we'll make do with that, 'kay?
Of course, both primers have their pros and cons.
LIGHTING DIFFERENCES ARE THE ACTUAL WORST ;-;
You can see how UDPP neutralizes my entire lids in the chart, but overall, I think they both do their job wonderfully--no smudging of eyeshadows onto the lower lash line, as well as minimal creasing and fading.
If I had to choose, I would probably have to pick Lorac's 'Behind the Scenes' over UDPP, just because it is a better value, is smoother and significantly easier to blend (sometimes I'll have to apply extra pressure to smooth out UDPP's chunks), has less harsh ingredients (I have sensitive eyes, so no sulfates and parabens is a plus!), and just feels lighter on the lids because of it's thin consistency. Also, with both primers, a little goes a long way, so I'm grateful I won't have to be repurchasing Lorac's BTS for a long while!
But you know, as a general thumb, eyeshadow primers are eyeshadow primers--their basic job is to keep eyeshadow in place all day, so you really don't need anything fancy to do the job! If it's cheap and works, go for it!
I just realised this post is probably less humourous than usual...or is it just me? WELP, ANYWAYS, YOU GOT TO THE END OF THIS POST, YAY (Unless you just skimmed all the way to the end, like what I normally do with academic/scholarly articles ._. [shhh....])
What eyeshadow primers do you guys use? ʘ‿ʘ