Eye-shadow primers. They are a pretty big must for anyone who wants long lasting eye-shadow. But there are so many out there that it can be quite hard to decide which one is for you. I have tried two by E.l.f and found them both lacking, but today I am going to sharing my thoughts with you, and comparing, the two primers I currently use. Both are at different ends of the scale; a low end eye-shadow primer from MUA and a high-end eye-shadow primer from Urban Decay.
The MUA Professional Eye Primer comes in a masscara like tube with a doe-foot applicator. Costing just £2.50 it promises long-lasting colour and prevents your shadows from creasing. It smoothes the eye-lid ready for eye-shadow application, creating a base, helping the eye-shadow last all night long and preventing creasing. MUA claim you can sleep all day and party all night with the help of their Professional Eye Primer, just pop it on your eye-lid, pat it in gently and apply your eye-shadow as usual directly on top. I've seen lots and lots of people rave about this eye-shadow primer and I think where high-street products are concerned, it seems to be loved as much as the Collection Perfection Concealer.
The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion comes in an 11g squeezy tube costing £14.50 and comes in four 'shades'; original, which applies sheer and clear, a rose gold shade, a yellow-beige shade and a golden shade. Urban Decay claim their Eyeshadow Primer Potion is the most legendary primer in the beauty industry. It is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eye-shadow that lasts all day and never creases. It comes in an easy to squeeze tube with a needle nose tip, to help you control how much you apply. Again, this is a much raved about eye-shadow primer and is possibly the eye-shadow primer I hear about the most on the blogosphere. But which one, if any, is better?
OK first lets look at the packaging. I have a sample size of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, as it came with my Smoked palette. And I have a full sized version of the MUA Professional Eye Primer. Packaging wise, I prefer the magical and eye-catching look of the Urban Decay primer. I also prefer the application of the Urban Decay primer. As it is a squeezy tube, I can apply just the amount I need. I'm not a massive fan of doe-foot applicators and whereas when the Urban Decay one runs low I can cut it open to get more product out, I won't be able to do the same with the MUA one, which will lead to product waste for the product I can't get to. Consistency wise the Urban Decay one is slightly thicker, and also a touch more sheer in colour. The MUA one is more 'wet' and feels more moist on my lids. It also takes longer to settle and dry on my lids than the Urban Decay one.
But performance wise, they seem to be on par. They both last all day long, they both do what they say they will do. They keep my eye-shadow in place, prevent creasing and make my eye-shadow last all day long. Personal preference wise? Just from taking everything in to consideration, I do prefer the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It's also one I would repurchase, and reserve for nights out, whereas the MUA one is one I'd repurchase and use for the daytime. They are both great eye primers and I think if you are on a budget and looking for a great high-street primer, then MUA is for you. But if you don't have a budget and like high-end, Urban Decay is your winning primer. You can find the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion on the Debenhams website, here, and you can find the MUA Professional Eye Primer on the MUA website, here.