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Usually the UD primer potion or the Nars smudge proof(though i get more creasing with it than the UD). Nothing else keeps my eyeshadow on.

**Wet N Wild Fergie Take On The Day Primer –I’ve tried 20 of the top eye primers on the market, none work except for 2, and this is the best one for my oily lids. I’ve heard they are re-packaging it without the Fergie name, as the contract with Fergie ended
**Bareminerals 5-in-1 Advanced BB Cream in Linen –this isn’t as strong as the WNW one, but it does provide a base (WNW is more smooth silicone), the color Linen doubles as concealer/eye brightener for me (WNW is transparent), and has SPF (WNW doesn’t)

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It was the LimeCrime’s Eyeshadows Helper in the original pot (not the tube).

Now it’s MAC’s Soft Ochre Paint Pot and the Chromaline pots.

One I still like are Urban Deacy Original and Too Faced Shadow Insurgence for longevity. The colour of the shadows however are not as vibrant compare to the once potted primers.
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I’ve yet to find one that blows me away. They all tend to get the job done. I’ve tried e.l.f., NYX, Urban Decay, Too Faced, and MAC.

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I’ve been happy with all the shadow primers I’ve tried – Too Faced, Urban Decay (original, Eden and Sin), Bare Minerals and LORAC – all have worked equally well for me. I’d thought of trying NARS but I’m so pleased with all the others that I haven’t yet and probably won’t until I finish up at least one of those that I have on the go now.

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I have hooded lids and oily skin. When I was younger, MAC Paint Pot in Painterly was my fave. As I got more texture on my eyelids, though, it only seemed to emphasize that. So I switched to NARS Eye Paint in Porto Venere on the advice of an SA at Blue Mercury. It works great for powder eyeshadows. I’m still struggling with cream eyeshadows. They just love to crease on me, even the Laura Mercier caviar sticks. Everything but matte MAC Paint Pots and NARS Eye Paints. NARS, UD, Too Faced, Lorac, Laura Mercier primers have all failed to prevent cream shadows from creasing on my lids. So today I’m trying Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials Brightening Eyeshadow Primer. While not perfect, it seems to be holding up the best so far. It might be at least adequate to get my cream shadows to work on their own, instead of having to be set with powder shadows.

Thanks for sharing that – my biggest problem with eyeshadow primers is that they emphasize the texture of the skin on my eyelids. Will have to give the NARS product you mentioned a try.

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Not sure the Nars will be your answer Ann. I used to use the NARS smudgeproof myself, but it’s terrible on me now for creating worse eye texture. For reference: I’m 52 have pretty good skin, but definitely noticing texture issues on my lids in the last year or so.

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Wwendy, what I’m using now is NARS Eye Paint in Porto Venere, as a primer. The bit of shimmer seems to diffuse the saggy, wrinkly texture (I’m 59). And shadows stick to it really well, without having their color altered.

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Thanks Fran: worth a try! MAC paint pots work well, but I have to work fairly diligently to apply thin layers to get the smooth canvas. I think NARS eye paints are a great product.

I know, what you mean.. It’s not easy to find good eye primer anymore:/ Have you tried Bobbi Brown’s Cream Eyeshadows already? I just ordered shade Bone because of I have heard that it would work very well as eye primer too 🙂

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I like the NARS one too. I have to use a primer and MAC paint pot though to get any shadow to stay/not crease/not fade. I heard from someone else with oily lids like mine that the Smashbox 24 hour primer is amazing. Think I might have to try that one next!

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Interesting, I don’t like the NARS primer at all. It doesn’t work for me (my lids get oily); I guess it depends on skin type and such. My go-tos are the Urban Decay Original or Eden (depending on the “pop” I’m looking for) or the new Dior 2 in 1.

I use the UD eye shadow primer but find it heavy on my eye lids. I also bought a Lancome eye lid primer but it is awful in comparison. Bought a Bobbi Brown version but have yet to try it out. Once these are used, will look for another from the recommendations here.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer is my fave! My skin is oily and this is the only primer I’ve found that helps my liquid eyeliner stay on.

Thanks for great recommendation 🙂 I have to try it next! Do you know, is it oil free? I just bought Smashbox contour sticks and love them 🙂

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Urban Decay Primer Potion. It was the first one I ever tried. It worked. I stayed with it. I’m often tempted to try others. I don’t because my eyes are finicky.

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Without a shadow of a doubt: WnW Fergie Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer! It not only gives my eyeshadows their best intensity, pigmentation and excellent wear, but it is one of only two e/s primers tgat I’ve used that didn’t activate eczema on my eyelids that I’ve had happen with everything else! The other one that didn’t give me eczema was Nyx HD Eyeshadow Primer.

Nancy, I’m also a huge fan of the WNW Fergie eye primer, but it’s disappeared from stores and websites everywhere. I heard that WNW is re-issuing it without the Fergie name (think the contract with her ended), but just in case they are DC’ing it, I stockpiled 6 tubes, should last me 10 years. I think you can still find some leftover inventory in stores (Walmart was the last one to carry it) and amazon.

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Thanks Jaz, I’ll be checking Walgreens out too! That’s where I bought my last one almost a year ago, and that particular store never seems to have hardly anyone shopping in their cosmetics dept, so hopefully I’ll luck out!😉

I will add my voice to the choir for the NARS Smudge Proof. My one complaint is it is very expensive compared to how much product you get. I am currently using Smashbox’s eye primer, which I find to be very good and a better value than NARS

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I’m back and forth between the original Urban Decay and the Anti-aging formula. I think I like the latter a bit better. I really can’t tell much difference. As far as a white base for brightening, I usually use Painterly by MAC. But, I don’t like the dryness as I age. Maybe I need to try the UD Eden PP.

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NARS is my jam. It does the best job for me of extending wear, preventing creasing, and making the eyeshadow apply more flawlessly. It also smooths the skin really well under the eye too so I use it down there if I’m doing a smoky look!

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