Having used up my beloved Urban Decay Primer Potion back in January, I decided it was time for me to try out some of the more affordable budget options to see how they compared.
There are a lot of eyelid primers on the market, the vast majority of which are significantly cheaper than UDPP (which retails for around the £16 mark for the 11ml full size). I picked up two of the cheapest, both of which I've seen mixed reviews for. Let's see how I got on!
MUA Pro Base Eye Primer (7.5ml, £2.50, link)
One of the most popular budget eye primers is from MUA (exclusive to Superdrug). In the past, I've found MUA products to be a bit hit and miss, but for a mere £2.50, it was worth trying out. It has a lot going for it - it's creamy, easy to apply and doesn't irritate my eyes. I didn't experience any problems with blending eyeshadow over the top of it, though it does take a little longer than the UDPP to dry. Eyeshadow shades definitely look a touch brighter and richer with this as a base but ultimately it's just not as long lasting and creaseproof as UDPP is. On my oily lids, it held up well for about 5-6 hours before those tell tale creases started to show up. With this in mind, I think it's good for an evening/night out, but I wouldn't use it for a full day unless I wanted to reapply my eye makeup.
ELF Essentials Eyelid Primer in Sheer (5ml, £1.95, link)
ELF's offering is even cheaper than the MUA, but it does contain less product at 5ml. Like MUA, I've also found ELF products to be hit and miss, and unfortunately I have to say that their Essentials Eyelid Primer is a miss for me. It comes in four different shades and I opted for Sheer. The formula is very thin and once dry, it's virtually transparent. It looked promising at first when I applied eyeshadow over it, but within less than half an hour it had already creased - not a good look! ELF also do a Mineral Eyeshadow Primer but I've tried that too and it creased on me within 2-3 hours. Very disappointing.
So the quest for a new eye primer continues! I'm tempted to splurge and pick up the NARS one - anyone use that? Failing that, I may just go back to UDPP.
Do you use an eyeshadow primer?