22 December 2011

Eyeshadow Primers: Benefit Stay Don't Stray, Essence I Love Stage and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Primers are a product I have only really started to experiment with in the past year. Eyeshadow primers in particular are a step I often skip as, unless you have really oily eyelids, which I don't, I don't consider them an essential. But recently I've picked up this trio of products so I thought I'd put them to the test and report back on how I got on.

To kick things off, I wore Essence I Love Stage on one eye, and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on the other. The Essence one is the latest primer on the block, and is cheap as chips at just €2.99. The Urban Decay primer is a much lauded cult classic -- I've got a mini version that came with the Naked Palette, but the full sized version is around €20.

I applied one to each eye at around 7am and applied my makeup as usual. Repeated checks throughout the day told me that both products were doing a good job at keeping my eyeshadow in place without creasing. By the time I removed my makeup that evening, there was no discernible difference to either eye.

I repeated this the next day but this time, headed out straight after work. This time, when I went to remove my makeup at around 11pm, I saw that my eyeshadow had creased on the Essence eye. This was after around 16 hours wear though, so I can't complain too much. However, the Urban Decay eye was still flawless. 

I tried the same experiment with Essence on one eye and Benefit Stay Don't Stray on the other. At €27, this is the most expensive product of the three. I was surprised then to see that, at around 8pm that evening, the Essence eye remained intact and creaseless, while the Benefit eye displayed slight creasing.

What all this taught me was that, with primers, as with so many beauty products, price is  no indicator of quality. In a normal day, the Essence product was just as effective as the market leading Urban Decay, and performed better on me than the Benefit product at around ten times the price. Where Urban Decay came into its own was in keeping my eyeshadow in place for a very, very long time. I will continue to use the Essence product day-to-day and use Urban Decay for when I know I'll be heading out straight from work.

None of the three impacted on the colour pay-off or vibrancy of my eyeshadow but this could be because I used them with matte, neutral shades. I will experiment with these products under brighter, bolder shades and let you know how I fare.

Do you use an eyeshadow primer and what products do you rate?

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