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I used to, thinking it was the only way to live, but after reading the actual descriptions for most eyeshadows, a lot said long-wearing on their own. After going through and testing so many formulas that way, I don’t find primer necessary. It’s an extra step I’d take if I needed my eye makeup to be virtually flawless for 10+ hours, though.

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Everyday. I guess I haven’t been lucky enough to find the good, long lasting eyeshadow. It has creased or completely faded (usually more so on one eye than the other) by lunch time during my work day. I’d rather have good wear through out my whole day.

I have oily hooded lids too. I do need to wear a primer else any eye product will start creasing for me

Yeah, I have hooded eyes too and eye makeup doesn’t last an hour without primer. I don’t think people unhooded eyes realize how fast stuff creases in the fold.

I use primer every time I wear eyeshadow because I find that it makes the shadows pop against my lids and last longer than if I don’t.

Every single time I wear shadow. I have extremely oily lids, so even with a primer, I get extreme creasing after several hours.

Never. I tried it once or twice to test it out. I did not see it make a difference and I dont like the silicon feel of it.

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All the time, when I’m wearing makeup. I have to. Otherwise any eyeshadow — powder or cream — will crease on me after ten seconds, because oily eyelids.

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ME TOO!! freakin oily lids lol. But…. i hear they wrinkle less being oily and looking at my family gene pool i would say there may be something to that

Lucky you! My shadow becomes muddy within a couple of hours because of my eye shape… even with primer.

ANYTIME I wear eye shadow (which is not everyday). Due to my super oily eye area, anything used without a primer would disappear in one hour.

I wear it absolutely every time I wear eyeshadow. I have very oily skin and oily eyelids, and have tried every imaginable eye primer out there. I have to layer two primers, Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion, and then I get 12 + hours wear, more if the shadows are good quality.

If I’m putting anything more than mascara on my eyes then I’m absolutely putting primer on my eyes. I have extremely oily, hooded lids. Taking the time to do a look on my eyes and not putting primer on is a complete waste of time and product for me. It doesn’t matter if the product is $1 or $100, if my eyes aren’t freshly washed and primed, that product is going to be off/faded/creased/whatever in less than an hour.

Once I discovered it, I never stopped. My lids are the only oily part of my face, and as my eyes are hooded, it makes major difference in the longevity and “neatness” of my eyeshadow wear.

I wear Eden primer by Urban Decay everytime I wear eyeshadow. It really makes a difference in the pigment and lasting power of my eyeshadow. Its a staple for me.

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