Do drugstore eye primers work?

Posted on October 16, 2009 by in Beauty, Friday Flops

loreal de-crease eye primerI have been trying to find ways to cut back on my beauty budget.

That means giving myself pedicures and at-home facials.  It means going a little longer between hair cuts and letting my girlfriends wax my eyebrows for me.  And it also means buying drugstore brands whenever possible.

Several weeks ago, I ran out of the eyelid primer I use to make my eyeliner smudge proof.  Instead of replenishing it immediately, I began searching for a drugstore eye primer.

A few trips up and down the beauty aisles of Wal-Mart and Target proved to be fruitless.  I turned to Google, thinking perhaps there was an alternative similar to my Monistat Chafing Gel As Foundation Primer that I hadn’t heard of.

What I discovered online were several reviews for L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Baseicon.  It was the only eye makeup primer I found mentioned that would be available at a local drug store.  Fortunately, I thought, all of the reviews were positive.  This stuff, it seemed, was exactly what I was looking for!  And it would only cost about $8!

Someone on a Yahoo! beauty forum owes me $8.

I’m not sure what, exactly, L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base is supposed to do.  Maybe it gives you a smoother surface for applying eye shadow.  My shadows did go on slightly better with the base than they did on bare skin.

bareVitamine Prime Time Eyelid PrimerBut the number one reason I use an eyelid primer is to extend the life of my eye makeup – and this eye shadow base did absolutely nothing for me in that department.  I should have suspected as much when the primer/eye liner mixture washed off the back of my hand with water and a quick swipe.

While L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base is half the cost of Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time Eyelid Primer, the bareVitamins Primer actually works.  It makes my eye shadow colors more vibrant, it mixes with my liner powder to give me smudge free eyeliner, and it makes all of my eye makeup stay on all day.

You can’t buy Bare Escentuals at Wal-Mart, but you will get a free sample product when you buy it from Sephora.

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Posted on October 16, 2009 by in Beauty, Friday Flops


13 Responses to “Do drugstore eye primers work?”
  1. AshleighNo Gravatar says:

    L’Oreal DeCrease sucks. It works when it’s all you have, I suppose, but slapping foundation or concealer on your eyelid would probably have the same effect.
    My favorite primer is Too Faced Shadow Insurance, but I hate paying 18$ for it. I also hate having to go to Ulta to buy it. So I found a new love. Victoria Secret PRO eye primer FX or something ridiculously named. It’s 8$ and came out when they revamped their cosmetic line in August, and the stuff is almost identical to Shadow Insurance.
    I’m pretty sure a ton of people are owed their 8$ back from L’Oreal, that stuff is really bad for an eye primer.

  2. FinnNo Gravatar says:

    You can also order the Bare Minerals from, which is affiliated with What I do is order my Monistat Chafe stuff in bulk, then add the eye primer on to get to the free shipping minimum. It all comes together in one box and they give you $$ back every quarter that you can put toward purchases during a 30-day period. Plus, no sales tax.

    I also get my body lotion from there since Walgreens doesn’t carry it anymore, so makes sense for me. Your results may vary!

    • Miss BrittNo Gravatar says:

      @Finn, can I tell you how much I love that you buy chafing gel in bulk? hahhahahahahaha

      • FinnNo Gravatar says:

        @Miss Britt, They don’t sell it at Walgreens and Walgreens is practically across the street from house. And they don’t sell it at Publix either. This means if I need it, it’s a THING to get it because I have to make a special trip. I have no time for that. Plus I love the idea of saving that measly 6% every time.

  3. I used a Mary Kay eye make-up primer for a while – mostly to avoid the raccoon eyes look when I was using an eye pencil for a liner.
    I still got raccoon eyes, so I simply switched to a powder liner which worked wonders.
    I have to say, I don’t really get “primers” either with those dual wand mascaras, or what you’re referring to here. I’ve never found one to do much for me…

    • Miss BrittNo Gravatar says:

      @Princess of the Universe, what that means is that a) you do not have the issues with disappearing makeup that I do or b) you have yet to experience the magic of a really good primer yet.

  4. BeckyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve tried L’Oreal Decrese before and it lasted about a whole hour. But, I hardly wear eyeshadow, so it isn’t that big of a deal for me. Except when I want to try to be pretty, then it pretty much sucks.

    And I might have to actually try the monistat chafing gel. I’m a little scared by it, but I’m willing to try most anything once :)

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