If You Have Oily Eyelids Try This $5 Eyeshadow Primer

If you’ve been reading my beauty posts for any length of time, then you know that the drugstore is my makeup jam. Particularly lately. (See my latest drugstore beauty posts here and here). With the amount of great beauty products at affordable prices these days, I don’t splurge on makeup unless it’s a special occasion. Until recently, one drugstore product that I always struck out on was an eye shadow primer. But, then I came across the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer and all bets were off. If you have oily eyelids try this $5 eyeshadow primer!

If You Have Oily Eyelids Try This $5 Eyeshadow Primer
The drugstore finally got eyeshadow primer right with this product. And, from Wet n Wild nonetheless. That brand never ceases to blow me away with the quality of product but at a ridiculously affordable price! I can’t remember the last time I bought this high-end favorite because this drugstore alternative is that good.

Let’s quickly get my only (small) gripe out of the way. THE PACKAGING. Ugh, why does tube packaging still even exist? Don’t get me wrong – it works just fine. I would just rather have a wand since that controls the amount of product better. It’s also a little tricky to get every last drop of product out of the tube toward the end of it’s lifespan, but you do the best you can.

Okay, but now for the great stuff! I can’t believe the performance of the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer – it rivals a few of the higher-end eyeshadow primers that I’ve tried (ahem, LORAC and Urban Decay). This stuff is pretty thick (without feeling heavy), so you only need the smallest pea-size amount total for both eyelids. The product is a flesh-tone color, so in addition to prepping your lids for shadow it also helps to give you an even base and eliminate any unsightly veins. I also haven’t experienced any product separation – you know, when you squeeze the tube and only clear liquid comes out. So, that’s an obvious win.

I’ve used this primer in practically every life scenario and weather condition, and my shadow doesn’t budge. EVER. And, for someone that has ridiculously oily/greasy eyelids that’s a godsend. No more worrying about packing cotton swabs to re-blend creased shadow on-the-go. I’ve used several different brands of eyeshadow with this primer, and it makes every single one of them apply and look better! Some of you commented on my makeup from our at-home photo session – I had this primer on! Even after sweating and dancing my butt off at the Sam Hunt concert until 1 a.m., my eye makeup looked the exact same as it did when I applied it earlier that afternoon. To me, that’s the sign of a holy grail eyeshadow primer.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyshadow Primer review
Like any drugstore beauty topic or product, I could go on and on. So, just trust me when I say that if you have oily eyelids try this $5 eyeshadow primer. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

Do you have a favorite eyeshadow primer, drugstore or high-end?

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  1. 7.23.17
    Laura said:

    Ohh I need to check this out! I’ve never tried a specific eyeshadow primer, just general face primer.

  2. 7.21.17

    this is awesome! i am definitely checking this out. i have the milani one and it’s okay, but not amazing.

  3. 7.20.17
    Mes Voyages à Paris said:

    These products look so good!! Thanks for sharing!
    Mónica Sors

  4. 7.19.17
    Ashley said:

    With this GA humidity I’m all about trying products that actually keep makeup on! This eyelid primer sounds perfect for that!

    • 7.21.17

      Yes! We’ve been having crazy humidity here, so I can say with certainty that this stuff helps eyeshadow stay so much better.

  5. 7.19.17
    The Adored Life said:

    My friend SWEARS by this too! It’s such a steal!

    The Adored Life

  6. 7.19.17
    Kay R. said:

    Well this is for me. I swear one of the main reasons I rarely wear shadow is because my eyelids are so dang oily!

  7. 7.19.17

    I swear you always manage to find the best products and you can’t beat their prices either! I really need to try the Wet & Wild brand! I’ve heard so many great things about it!

    • 7.21.17

      thanks, girl! i’m all about those beauty bargains. Wet n Wild is such a great brand, and this primer doesn’t disappoint.

  8. 7.19.17
    Biana Perez said:

    I’m all about a great drugstore beauty product! Definitely going to see if I can pick this up next time Im at CVS!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  9. 7.19.17

    I’ve never tried a primer, but at $5 I think I need to try this!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  10. 7.19.17

    This sounds like a game changer! I’m about to run out of my UD primer potion, so I need to check this out <3

    Green Fashionista

  11. 7.19.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    I really need to get a primer and for this price you can’t really beat it! Love those eye shadow colors too!

    • 7.21.17

      definitely can’t beat the price! the product is so great. and, that’s the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour palette – I’m obsessed!

  12. 7.19.17

    Such pretty eyeshadow colors! Great post!

  13. 7.19.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Wow, sounds like a great product!