I love primers. Primers are a godsend for ladies like me. I have very oily lids and teary eyes. If I do not use primers, my eye make up will either smudge or disappear on me before half of my work day is through. I don't work in an air conditioned office all the time, half of my time is spent outside and half spent running around in the office so my primers must be workhorses for me.
I have been using Urban Decay's Primer Potion for many many years. I still like it but I don't love dealing with the packaging. The packaging creates a lot of wastage and it is a hassle to cut the bottle to get to the left over product.
I bought Too Faced Shadow Insurance after reading that it works just as well as Urban Decay. I like the nozzle squeeze tube a lot more.
I picked up the Too Faced Glitter Glue to deal with some of my glittery eye shadow that refuse to stay put on my lids.
My latest primer acquisition is Nars Smudge proof Eye Shadow Base which dear Elaine recommended.
Too Faced Glitter Glue is the tackiest of all the primers. My eye shadows stay put but darn it it is hard to blend different shadows together. My trick is to only use this only where I want my glittery eye shadow and my other primers everywhere else. I seriously don't think you need this unless you use a lot of loose pigments or glitter. USD $18.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance is creamy and leaves a transparent base. I have no issues so far with it. USD $18.
USD $24. I paid SGD$36 which I thought was a great deal.
I took a very sheer and glittery eye shadow to test and compare.
As you can see the Glitter Glue grabs the eye shadow like nobody's business thus made the best swatch. The Shadow Insurance and Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow fared equally well. I had my Urban Decay for a very long time now and the consistency has somewhat changed, so I think that is the reason why the swatch was the weakest. I threw out my UDPP immediately after this by the way.
|Freshly applied. Left to right: Too Faced Glitter Glue, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow base and Urban Decay Primer Potion|
|After two hours|
I forgot all about my arm swatches until after two hours later and saw them till on my arm. I thought it was a good opportunity to see how they fared from the constantly rubbing against my clothes. Again Glitter Glue fared the best while Nars came in second.
Here Too Faced Shadow Insurance wins because of its squeeze tube design. I can still cut the tube to get out the remaining product but not the Nars or Urban Decay. Also prefer squeezing out my product than using an applicator. Applicators can get contaminated more easily because the applicator is introduced back into the tube. Incidentally, I recently checked Urban Decay's website, the primer potions now come in squeeze tubes too.
In terms of tenacity and blendability, Nars marries both well. It blends well and keeps eye shadow colours intense and fade and smudge proof.
UD USD $20 0.37 oz
Too Faced USD $18 0.35 oz
Nars USD $24 0.28 oz
If you are a normal pressed eye shadow wearer I think the Nars Smudge proof Eye Shadow base will be a great choice especially if you always have issues with fading eye shadows and want intense colours.
If you have special loose glitter or loose pigment that you want to make sure stays on your lids, the Too Faced Glitter Glue can be a useful addition but you still need your normal primer.
If you normally do not have oily lid issues, I think the Too Faced Shadow Insurance will work just nicely for you at a cheaper price.
Again I will say this, if you can get your friends to buy it in the US for you, it would be best, all these primers are marked up quite high here in Singapore.