• NO.1 NYX Pigment Primer
  • NO.2 Milani Eyeshadow Primer
  • NO.3 URBAN DECAY  Eyeshadow Primer Potion
  • NO.4 Wet n Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer
  • NO.5 Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Base
  • NO.6 REVLON PhotoReady Eye Primer
  • NO.7 Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
  • NO.8 MAYBELLINE Baby Skin Instant Pore Primer

8 Best Drugstore Eyeshadow Primer 2022

Mar 8, 2022

Many women will apply foundation as the first step in daily makeup routine, but don’t forget the most important step—primer. Some makeup beginners may think that primers are useless. I used to think so, but later I found that the right primer is very essential.

For example, it can cover pores, control oil, and correct skin tone to make eye makeup more pigmented and longer-lasting! Primer is the first step and most important step of the whole base makeup application. After testing many products on the market, my team and I finally rounded up the following 8 best drugstore eyeshadow primers. Hope you will love these excellent products on this list!

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NO.1

  • Long-wear
  • Easy to apply
  • Cost-effective
  • None

NYX is a well-known cosmetic company in the United States, owned by L'Oreal Group. All products from the brand are certificated by PETA and recommended by many users and professional makeup artists. Pigment Primer is one of the brand's bestsellers, with many good reviews from users. This creamy primer is easy to apply without any irritation on your face. Using it before eye shadow and it can offer high pigmentation and all-day wear. This affordable product is the well-deserved NO.1 on this list.

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NO.2

Milani
Runner-up, Best Overall

$5.99 $6.99

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  • Lightweight
  • Vegan
  • Crease-proof
  • Long-lasting
  • None

Milani is very popular among beauty enthusiasts for its affordable price and high quality, and many well-known beauty YouTubers have recommended its blushes. Eyeshadow Primer is one of the brand's bestsellers, as well as an Amazon’s Choice. This lightweight, nude primer dries naturally and invisibly on your face. Plus, it is also crease-proof. I like to apply a powdery eye shadow after using this primer for a smooth application and natural look. Use it before eye shadow for a perfect and long-lasting eye makeup look from morning to night. Eyeshadow Primer is formulated with vegan and hypoallergenic ingredients, great for sensitive skin. In general, I highly recommend this cost-effective product.

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  • Long wear
  • Natural makeup look
  • Vegan
  • Coverage
  • Pricey

Urban Decay is the largest independent makeup company in the United States and an avant-garde cosmetic brand from L.A. The brand became popular in 2010 for its Naked Palette. Eyeshadow Primer Potion is a nude eye primer. It covers the blemishes on the eyelids for a natural finish. Plus, it is also crease-proof. Use it before eye shadow for a smooth and long-wearing eye makeup look for up to 24 hours. It is vegan, and cruelty-free, suitable for sensitive skin. However, the product is a bit pricey, only recommended for those with sufficient budget.

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  • Brightening skin tone
  • Smooth
  • Vegan
  • None

When it comes to drugstore brands, Wet n Wild is a well-known one. The brand launched Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer, which is also the brand's bestseller and Amazon's Choice. It is a vegan, creamy, smooth primer that is easy to apply. There are also no allergenic ingredients, suitable for most people. This refreshing eyeshadow primer is especially suitable for oily skin. What’s more, it can also help brighten skin tone around the eyes and enhance the pigmentation of the eye shadow for the perfect eye makeup look.

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  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Waterproof
  • Long-wear
  • Evening out skin tone
  • None

Alice, the founder of Elizabeth Mott, has traveled in Korea all her life, and founded that Korean women were crazy about beauty. Every time she travels to Korea, she is excited to discover unheard-of ingredients and incredibly good products. So Alice founded Elizabeth Mott to continue her passion about beauty and infuse her makeup and skincare formulas with K-Beauty's quirky ingredients.

Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Base is the brand's very best-selling eyeshadow primer, ranking NO.1 on Amazon. This primer is lightweight, non-greasy and long lasting, so you don't have to worry about touch-ups and won’t feel heavy around your eyes. It can also help even out the skin tone around the eyes and blend seamlessly into your own skin. Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Base is designed to enhance the pigmentation of eyeshadows for a bold and lively look. Plus, it offers water resistance, great for rainy days. It is vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free, suitable for all skin types.

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NO.6

  • Brightening skin tone
  • Coverage
  • Safe ingredients
  • Lightweight
  • None

In 1932, Charles Langford, Joseph Langford and the chemist Charles Langman co-founded Revlon in New York. The brand is well-known for its colored nail polishes and blending colors. PhotoReady Eye Primer is one of the best reviewed products, as well as an Amazon’s Choice. This primer is lightweight and breathable on your face. The gel texture helps smooth and perfect the eye area, as well as reduce creases on the lids and under the eyes. Best of all, the photographic chromatic pigments can surely bend and reflect lights to reduce blemishes and perfect your skin. PhotoReady Eye Primer is especially suitable for women with fair skin as it can brighten the skin tone, beloved by many ladies. What’s more, it is free of oil, talc, fragrance, and paraben, making it safe for any skin type.

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NO.7

  • Crease-proof
  • Long-wearing
  • Enhancing eye makeup
  • Cost-effective
  • None

Essence is a popular drugstore brand in Germany and a member of the Cosnova cosmetics group. Products of the brand are favored by young fashionable girls for their affordability, youthful styles, and quick upgrades. I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base is also one of my favorite eye makeup primers. It has an excellent coverage, great to be a concealer. The creamy texture makes it smooth and easy to apply, blending seamlessly into the skin without any crease. Using it before eye shadow can make your perfect eye makeup last all day. What’s more, it can also enhance the pigmentation for the perfect look. All in all, this budget-friendly product is a great gift for others or to treat yourself.

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  • Concealing pores
  • Smooth
  • Hydrating
  • Cost-effective
  • None

As a popular drugstore brand, Maybelline has launched many powerful beauty products that are beloved by the public including beginners. Baby Skin Instant Pore Primer is one of the brand's best sellers, and has received five-star reviews from almost every customer. This smooth primer is easy to apply, making your skin look flawless and poreless. It is also hydrating, suitable for dry skin. Use it before eye shadow for a more pigmented eye makeup look throughout the day. In general, it is a cost-effective product.

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