Luxurious eyeshadow looks don’t need to break the bank. We’ve lined up the best drugstore eye primer that will keep your glitter shadows looking lit!
Best Drugstore Eye Primers for Long-Lasting Looks
Best Non-Creasing Drugstore Eye Primer (For Oily, Hooded Lids)
1. Loreal Magic De-Crease Eye Primer | $7.49
Whether you have oily or parched and dry lids, creases are a common enemy. The Loreal Magic De-Crease eye primer will lock creams and powders in place so your hard work doesn’t go to waste. This our best drugstore eye primer pick for beauties with hooded eyes.
Keep your eye glitters chunky but crease-less for up to eight hours.
2. Wet n Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer | $6
This quick-drying formula dries clear and brightening, perfect for beauties that rock bold colors. Apply this before your concealer if you’re going for a nude look. This mattifying drugstore eye primer will give your luxury option a run for its money.
3. Covergirl Lid Lock Up Eyeshadow Primer | $9
This eyeshadow primer formula will dry faster than you can say, “I’m late for my meeting!”
My pick for babes that are always find themselves running out the door, but not without putting on a full face of makeup first. Your eyeshadow will not budge no matter how busy your lifestyle and schedule are. This drugstore eye primer dries fast, so best to apply your eyeshadow first before moving on to the other eye.
4. E.l.f. Putty Eye Primer | $5
Our best face primer also has an eye counterpart, the heavens have heeded our call and they’re saying this drugstore primer will last for 24 hours.
Grab any of the six shades or all of them if you’re an adventurous beauty, each shade serves a different purpose. The white primer will intensify and brighten your look, while the cream and rose shades provide some coverage and will add depth. The black and clay colorways will give you depth, dimension, and a mysterious smoky effect.
Best Waterproof Drugstore Eye Primer
5. NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer | $6.99
This is the proof in the pudding that NYX dominates the drugstore game, the NYX Proof It! waterproof eyeshadow primer is the one of the best primers money can buy – and this drugstore pick won’t take much.
Perfect for beauties with sensitive, teary eyes and for watching a real tear-jerker flick, this drugstore eye primer won’t budge. Sweat and play under the sun worry-free because your eyeshadow isn’t going anywhere. Allow the crease-proof and intensifying formula to set for a minute or two before applying eyeshadow so you can enjoy intense pigments for hours.
6. Maybelline Master Prime Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Base, Matte + Prime | $18
Enjoy fierce color payoff with the Maybelline Master Prime eyeshadow base in Matte + Prime. This deluxe drugstore eye primer will give you a tinted and mattifying base to help control oils and coverage for veiny lids.
The best part about this isn’t even its performance, but how gentle it is on sensitive eyes and ladies that wear contact lenses. Ophthalmologist tested makeup are a rarity in the industry. Claps for Maybelline for thinking of it!
Best Lightweight Drugstore Eye Primer
7. Milani Eyeshadow Primer | $7
If you’re as much as a fan of chunky eye glitters as I am, you would understand the stress of carrying heavy lids for a whole day. This lightweight drugstore eye primer has you covered, providing heavyweight color payoff and long-lasting effects. Goes on nude, but dries clear so it won’t mess with your color and plays well with all skin tones.
8. Ulta Matt Eye Primer | $12
The makeup house comes up with its own drugstore eye primer, giving us a competitive formula. Long-wear and crease-proof, enjoy loose pigments and shimmers upon mousse and gels without a care in the world. Applies translucent, and its formula vegan because that’s what we like.
9. Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow Primer | $8.99
Revlon ColorStay stays true to its name, giving us a luxurious drugstore eye primer that will lockdown your color for 24 hours – no typos here. Allow the velvety formula a minute to set before experimenting with that eyeshadow look you saw at MakeupTutorials. No budge, no smudge, no crease – Revlon did that.
Best Drugstore Eye Primer for Glittery Looks
10. NYX Glitter Primer | $6.50
NYX Professionals came up with another drugstore eye primer formula that’s giving us fairy dreams and glitter goals! Say goodbye to fallout common to shimmery powder shadows and chunky glitters with the NYX Glitter Primer. Keep your glitters on your lids, not on your face – unless you’re heading to coachella.
11. Maybelline Master Prime Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Base Base, Prime + Illuminate | $18
Boost that base to show off your illuminated look. Rock a glittery and luminous finish with this illuminating eye primer from the drugstore giant Maybelline.
12. E.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer, Pearl | $3
This Leaping Bunny approved drugstore eye primer comes in a pearly finish, great for high class and high glass looks. Keep it crease- and smudge-proof with the E.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer in pearl. Wears comfortably and long-lasting, why isn’t this in your cart yet?
Best Drugstore Eye Primer for Pigment
13. NYX Professional Eyeshadow Base, White | $7
Increase wear time and intensity with the NYX Professional Eyeshadow Base in white. A smooth and clear canvas will help you glide on an effortless, bold look. No muss, no fuss, no fallout. The price tag is impressive even for drugstore makeup.
14. Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base | $3.49
Pop on the Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow base with its super easy to use doe foot applicator. Achieve stage looks even on your Zoom meeting with this cruelty-free, paraben-free, and nearly wallet-free drugstore eye primer.
15. E.l.f. All Day Stay Eyeshadow Primer | $4
Turn heads with your most intense eye look yet – for 24 hours straight.
Just a little bit of this drugstore eye primer will lock on your glamorous eye look – shadow, loose glitter, gel liner, all of it. Apply this sheer formula all over your lids with your fingertips or a flat brush and let it set for a minute. All it takes is $4 to look like a million bucks.
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Glamorous looks need not break the bank, and neither will these best drugstore eye primer picks! These no-brainer primers will get you looks the whole day – you’re welcome!
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