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i wear e/s alone allll the time. i find they often look the same with or without a primer =]. when i first started with mac makeup, i used all the shades without a primer or base, shades like amber lights were and still are my faves and were just as vibrant then as they are now. if its a great quality shade, it should glide across the skin evenly and pigmented without a base, the first time. the base is just a plus.

Never, my lids are on the oiler side so eyeshadow slides right off. I used to use UDPP for about a year and I thought it was great, until I let it expire and decided to try out TFSI, which I love, it’s my HG primer. It never leaves my shadows looking muddy, which UDPP used to do after a few hours.

I wish eyeshadow primer had been invented five+ years or so ago. Before I discovered it, eyeshadows almost always creased on me. (I have oily lids and semi-hooded eyes.)

I have to but i find my lids are getting so oily lately that it still creases on me or fades after a few hours! Ive tried mac paint pots, nars eye primer, benefit creaseless cream shadows, mufe aqua cream, tfsi, & udpp. I alsk try experimenting with thethe amount of use and try I adjusting the amount of eyetime cream i use. Help!

Have you tried changing your skincare routine or changing what you use to remove the makeup? I also had pretty oily lids, but now that I just use water and a microfibre washcloth, my lids are barely even oily by the end of the day! Going water-only for my face also helped, but the lids didn’t decrease in oiliness substantially until I ditched the remover – Lancome, btw. I’d recommend that you try going about a week if you can without any eye makeup (or just mascara if it washes away in the shower/sink easily) so as to give the skin a product break, and then try a few pieces of makeup and remove it all with a microfibre washcloth. You can get them at most stores I think, my mom bought the ones I use at a general supermarket.

Oh, and the way I use mine is to soak it in some very warm water (unless I’m in a rush and don’t want to bother), squish the dripping water from it but still keeping it fairly moist, press it up against my lids for 10 seconds at a time or so, and gently blot/swipe the lid. Then repeat until all makeup is removed. If I’m really in a rush, I just wipe with more pressure, but that habit can result in ashy lids if done too often (same occurred if I’d be too quick with using cotton pads and Lancome to remove my makeup). It doesn’t remove all the glitter if my shadows were shimmery, but by the time I wake up the next day it’s pretty well gone anyways.

All the time. Way back in my day when I first started wearing eyeshadow there wasn’t such a notion as “primer”. Now I use them on my less pigmented ones, or the finicky ones with longevity issues, but I tend to find that primers can take away the intended look of the eyeshadow or a particular creation. It is a hard to a soft sheer wash with a primer, for example.

Almost never. Once in a while I do when I sweep a light shimmery shade all over and just a bit of mascara. But generally I don’t. It makes application smoother for me.

Due to having VERY oily eyelids, I almost never use eyeshadows without a primer. I’ve yet to find ones that don’t crease on me

Never, unless it’s a creme shadow (then I top it with a powder anyway). I always experience some sort of creasing otherwise.

Now I’m curious: Which eyeshadows are designed/marketed to work without a primer?

I have only skipped a primer a few times, with a creasing nightmare as the result. I started off as a teenager just using my foundation as a base on my eyelids. I also use primer or a base to hide veins. The first real primer I used was Urban Decay Primer Potion. I am currently using a cheap one by E.L.F. that works just fine, or L’Oreal HIP paint as a base. I am curious about Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the Nars primer.

Powder eyeshadow with nothing underneath? Never. I will use some creams alone – MAC paint and UD cream shadow, for example, because they wear decently on their own. For dry shadow, I occasionally skip UDPP, but I still will put foundation on my lids as a base. I have oily skin, so if I use dry shadow without layering it over something, it creases. Besides, I much prefer the application with a primer/base.

Never! I always at least have a primer on and I have 3 different types to choose from. I skip the base now and then but its very rare I dont wear a base

I used to wear e/s alone, but they always creased on me since I have oily lids and live in the philippines where it’s hot most of the year (even now in december! boo!). I sure am glad e/s primers were invented. 🙂

Not unless I’m just testing something really quickly. My eyelids are really troublesome and it seems like almost everything creases on them (unless I use primer, then some sort of colored base, then eyeshadow on top).

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