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No, definitely not. There are a surprising number of formulas on the market that can actually be worn on their own, though if you have really oily lids, you will likely find that primer is necessary. It’s one of those, “it can’t hurt” steps to me. It’s a precautionary measure that next to never hurts your eyeshadow application.

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I have really annoying, oily lids. Without eyeshadow primer, my eyeshadow creases within an hour. I WISH someone had told me about eyeshadow primer sooner, because I thought it did that for everyone!

For me, it’s necessary – because I do have extremely oily lids. The thing that stuck the best, without primer, was a MAC Paint Pot – and that lasted just over an hour before it started to crease. Anything else is lucky if it lasts thirty minutes w/o a primer beneath it!! (I even applied a little too much UDPP once, on my right eyelid; and by mid-day the left lid was still smooth while the right lid, the primer itself had creased a bit.)

Necessary. I have oily as hell AND hooded lids. *ALL* eye shadow is pointless to apply on me unless I have a primer on first, and even that doesn’t prevent fading/creasing fully.

TOT! I love Urban Decay’s version. It allows my color to go on true to shade, as well as, prolong the life of the shade. 

@Pinkie Pie Style I have to disagree. High quality make-up does not mean the best or better and if you are having to do touch-ups with high quality make-up, it is not that high quality.

@Pinkie Pie Style Your opinion is incorrect. It seems to be based on your own experience, and judging solely from the comments below yours, it is obvious that your experience is vastly different from that of others.Everyone’s skin is different. Some would absolutely need a primer, even with high quality crease-resistant waterproof eye makeup to avoid creasing within 30 minutes, when others can wear the cheapest drugstore crappiest formulas on the planet and still have flawless eye make-up in the evening.

@Pinkie Pie Style I would have said the same until my experience just the other day!  And who has time for touch-ups? Far more logical if you can find a product that is quick and easy to use and eliminates the need for touch-ups because of some of us can’t just dip out to the ladies’ room whenever to have a quick check of our makeup.  I was honestly surprised after my experience with forgetting primer on Saturday – what a difference it made to how my shadow “showed up”.

@Pinkie Pie Style Seriously? I don’t know what you consider high quality makeup, but I have Guerlain, Chanel, Dior and Burberry just to mention a few high-end ones, and they all crease on me within 30 minutes without a primer. I’ve tried all brands that has been reviewed on this site except Armani EtK (3 on the way in the mail now) and EVERY SINGLE ONE creases. Yes, high quality shadows last longer than poor quality drugstore shadows, but for some people primer is still a necessity. Primer prolongs the wear of shadows regardless of their quality.

For me it is an absolute MUST! My eyelids are hooded and a touch oily so I’m crease city if I don’t wear a primer. I personally think that primer should be an essential step when it comes to eye makeup because it really does boost the color of whatever eyeshadows you put on. 

I don’t find my lids are that oily, but something about their shape makes anything outside of a few cream products prone to creasing on me!  Before I got introduced to eyeshadow primer, I wore a lot of cream shadows, and finding ones that worked were a bit trial and error.  I think about the only thing I have now that I know I can wear primerless without creasing are the Maybelline Color Tattoos and my old standby cream shadow–wish I could remember the line name, I found a couple recently at dollar tree and snatched em up.

I didn’t think it was necessary until i tried the one from NARS. It does make huge difference. I also have very oily eyelids.

Oily Hooded Eyelided Temptalia readers UNITE!!  Hell yes, that eye spackle is a definite must.. and I agree with Carly M..it does boost colour.  I decided yesterday to forgo the primer and I had used a dark shadow as an eyeliner.. it didn’t take long before I was wearing it just above my crease.  By the end of the day after using my pinky finger to kinda rub it off countless times, I decided I wouldn’t ‘forget’ again! Bah!

I don’t think it is necessary for everyone … though for me it is. I not only have hooded eyelids but hella oily too. If I wear a barely there eyeshadow I can skip the primer but I rarely do that. I like UDPP. I am still searching for my HG! Eyeshadow gunked in the crease is so not sexy. LOL!My face is oily, so I use eyeshadow primer on my brows too and it keeps the powder set on my brows!

While I have no issues with creasing, oiliness, etc, I think a base of some sort is a necessity for any shadow to perform at it’s full capacity. I mainly use a primer, as it is most convenient, however, I’ve also used gel liner, Paint Pots, concealer, cream bases, etc. If I’m just doing liner or a soft wash of a matte neutral, I’ll omit the primer or base, though.

For me, eye primer is necessary for all eyeshadow because I have oily eyelids and can’t afford $20+ eyeshadow unless I save up for it.

CaliRogue Even $20 + eyeshadows can crease, and it’s even worse in muggy, hot weather. So don’t feel you will necessarily be getting “non-creasing/long-lasting” shadows only if you pay more for them.

Mariella You’re right. I just feel out of place because I haven’t experienced epic Armani eyeshadows and whatnot. It is rather warm where I am, so I’ll just have to look for “long-wearing” in reviews.

I wouldn’t say it’s absolutely necessary, but I agree with others here that it can make a huge difference in regards to longevity and creasing for people with hooded eyes.  I still have issues with transfer and creasing occasionally, but not quite as much when I use a primer.  Even laying down a layer of concealer gives me better wear.

For me, it helps; although I still haven’t found a product that doesn’t crease on my (hooded, very oily, in tropical climate) eyes. Even Armani’s Eyes to Kill crease on me in a few hours, and that’s over two different primers+translucent powder. >:

Not at all, but it depends on your skin and how early in the morning you apply your shadow. In the winter I don’t really need it but in the summer, if I want my eyeshadow not to crease after 5 hours I need to use it. As to wether you need “high quality” makeup, thats nonsense, my favorite day-to-day eyeshadow is Safari by chanel and that creases too in the summer without primer.

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