If you missed last week’s post about why eyeshadow primer is important, you might want to go back and check it out. Because if you’re not using primer, you should be!
This week I am continuing the discussion with a very scientific experiment performed at home:We’re talking about the finest application of the scientific method here people. I even had a control group. Once, in a past life, I knew a lot about statistics and even taught Research Methods. I guess I haven’t completely shaken that part of myself. My past self is probably cringing at the use of those skills, ha!
Anyhow, for this field study I compared two brands that are quite popular: Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (the original). There are other primers out there that might work just as well, but for now we’ll stick with these two.
Both brands make the same basic claims: they prevent creasing, flaking, and fading. They both cost $20 at Ulta. So what’s the difference? Is there a difference? Let’s take a look:
Here we have our arm swatches again. These pictures were taken right after the primers and shadows were applied. If you look closely, you might already notice a difference between the shadows with no primer and those with primer.
By the way, here’s a little of what was happening while I was trying to put the swatches on my arm. This little man tries to be in my arms or on my lap at every possible moment. Also, if it seems a little odd to be doing this on a stoop outside, it’s because we were all waiting for my son’s bus. Multi-tasking!
Okay, back to the swatches. Here we are at the end of the day (although it was really more like six hours after application). You can be the judge, but personally, I tend to think that the Primer Potion fared slightly better. If you look at the left swatch in the top picture, the Shadow Insurance side looks a bit darker, but in person, the eye shadow looked a little brown and discolored and not quite as peachy as it should have.
Now for some actual eye looks:
Here is my look at the beginning of the day. By the way, I’ve fallen in love with this look. I used my Stila In the Light palette and I’ll show you how I did it in a future post.
Here I am near the end of the day. Both shadows held up really well, I can’t really complain. I have to add, though, that the camera just did not quite catch what I could see in person.
It’s a close call, but I still think the Primer Potion wins. There seemed to be just slightly more wear on the Shadow Insurance side (again, more noticeable in person).
Here’s my sister’s look, which she created using Urban Decay’s Electric palette.
And here is her look later in the day. Again, it’s a close call. You have to look closely, but there seemed to be just a little more creasing on the Shadow Insurance side.
And so I am declaring Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to be the winner!
A few other notes: one of the things I like about the Primer Potion is that it seems creamier than the Shadow Insurance, which is a bit oilier. Just a matter of taste, but I like the creamy better. It also seemed slightly easier to apply my eyeshadow to the Primer Potion side. The Shadow Insurance was kind of tacky, (which is kind of the point, so it holds the eyeshadow on better) it seemed a little trickier to apply the eyeshadow on that side.
That being said, both are good, high quality primers. They both do a great job and are clearly much better than not using any primer. I am just about out of the Primer Potion but I still have a lot of the Shadow Insurance left. I am definitely happy enough with the Shadow Insurance to keep using it until it runs out. But next time I need to buy eyeshadow primer, it will probably be the Primer Potion.
Okay, a few more quick pieces of information. While we’re talking about eyeshadow primer, I want to briefly mention a few more Urban Decay primers:
This is their anti-aging formula, and it is the one version I’ve tried that I’m not in love with. This formula feels oilier than the original and it just seems to crease more and not hold the eyeshadow as well. I can’t speak to the anti-aging properties because I haven’t used it enough.
However, I am in love with these two primers. I got these for Christmas and I use them whenever I can (that is, whenever they will complement the look I am wearing). They are tinted primer potions. The top primer is Eden and it is a matte nude, and the bottom primer is Sin, a shimmery champagne color. I really like both but I am in love with the Sin primer. I can’t help it, I like things that glitter!
These are a little hard to see (especially Eden), but here are a couple swatches. With these primers, a tiny amount goes a lo-ong way. I have squeezed too much out of the tube on many, many occasions. These also ended up being huge swatches for the picture because I had too much!
These primers can actually be worn alone, if you like. You can also use them as a base color, to enhance the color of similar eyeshadows, or as highlight colors. They are very versatile and pretty and I feel as primers they work just as well (if not better) than the original Primer Potion.
And that concludes my eyeshadow primer expose! I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Have a happy Monday!