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Best Eyelid Primer for Oily Lids

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Oily eyelids can be a real enemy when we struggle an entire morning to have a perfect eye makeup, and after a couple of hours it’s melting down or fading away. It’s hard to maintain a proper disposition when our eyeshadows start to crease or smudge, and we don’t know what to do.

Luckily, taking little steps like following a healthy skin routine and using a proper primer for oily skin, we’ll help us to get that perfect cat eye that will stay in place a long time.

Primarily, eyelids primers help our makeup to remain on the skin for a longer period, without getting fade, crease or smudge. They act as a base for eyeshadows, improving their pigments so that shadows will appear more intense and vibrant on the skin. Primers also help to even out our eyelids, making them more soft and smooth and offer oil control by absorbing sebum excess and reducing the grease.

When looking for the best primer for oily skin, we should have in mind three characteristics we choose our primer to have: the texture (cream, liquid, stick), the right shade (neutral, color correcting, darker shades or white) and the finish of the primer (matte, shimmer or natural).

So, let’s see which is the best eyelid primer for oily lids.

Top 5 Best Eyelid Primer for Oily Lids Reviews

Prime Time Eyelid Primer by Bare Escentuals

This oil-free primer is the key to a perfect eye makeup that will bring shadow colors to life without fading or creasing.

The Bare primer comes in a tiny beautiful white tube and has a creamy and silky texture that spreads easily and does not feel sticky or greasy at all. It only needs a minuscule amount of the product to apply and has a sheer, neutral tint that will not change the shadows colors. The product glides and blends well, leaving the eyelids even, smooth and free of grease. It offers a high-quality oil control and combats extremely well oil excess. Also, it has an incredible staying power, so eyeshadows look vibrant and resist all day long without creasing or fading.

Package: small white squeeze tube

Formula: Isododecane, Barium Sulfate, Cyclopentasiloxane,  Dimethicone, Beeswax, Oil-free and fragrance-free,  allergy-tested and dermatologist-tested.

Skin types: Oily, combination, all skin types.


  • High oil control
  • Long lasting, crease, and smudge resistant
  • Easy application and creamy texture
  • Smooth eyelids
  • Increases makeup wear time
  • Intensifies shadow colors


Shadow Insurance Primer -Anti-crease Eyeshadow primer by Too Faced Cosmetics

This cult silicone-based eyelid primer remains one of the best primers on the market due to its high characteristics and ingredients.

It comes in a slim, light blue squeeze tube and its light tan cream consistency is a little bit thick and oily at first until we spread and blend it in, becoming transparent. It only needs a tiny amount to cover both eyelids and glides well on the skin, creating a smooth base for makeup application. It works well on oily skin, preventing eyelids from becoming shiny and controlling oil excess.

Also, the primer work incredibly well with shades, increasing their color intensity and helping them to stay in place for the entire day, proving its anti-crease and anti-fade capacity.

Package: thin blue sky squeeze tube with needle-nose applicator

Formula:  Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Vitamin E,  free of parabens,  sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, and dyes.

Skin type: all skin types.


  • Smooth look
  • Oil control
  • Crease-proof, fade-proof and waterproof
  • Long lasting
  • Easy application
  • Helps eyeshadows to resist more and improves their pigments



  • Pricy


Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base by NARS Cosmetics

The Nars base was designed for creaseless and smooth eyelids and does an excellent job in providing a silky canvas for eyeshadows and eyeliners.

It comes in a small white classical white tube with a sponge tip applicator and has a slightly shimmery white formula that goes translucent upon application. The texture is silky and very lightweight and is easy to blend in, and it dries quickly to a soft matte finish. The eyelids feel soft, look fresh and are free of grease.

Eyeshadows appear more beautiful and vibrant for long hours without crease, smudge or fade. The primer maximizes the pigments intensity and increases the makeup longevity.

Package: a cute white tube with a sponge tip applicator.

Formula: Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Castor Oil Phosphate, Sea Whip Extract, fragrance-free, dermatologist, and ophthalmologist tested.

Skin types: any skin type.


  • Long lasting
  • Smudge-proof, crease and fade-proof
  • Easy to apply and blend
  • Smooth eyelids
  • Increases the makeup wear time
  • Shadow colors look intense



  • Pricey
  • Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer by Elizabeth Mott

Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer by Elizabeth Mott

This silicone based primer comes in a cute pale pink squeezable tube that dispenses a little amount of the product through a small applicator. The lightweight texture is creamy, has a white-light pink tint, and spreads quickly and dries transparent. It only needed a tiny bit of the product to apply to both eyelids,  and it blends well, creating a soft base for makeup. The skin feels fresh, smooth and free of oil for many hours.

The primer improves the eyeshadow’s pigmentation and has a remarkable staying power, providing a durable eye makeup without creasing or fading.

Package: small light pink squeeze tube with a nozzle

Formula: Cyclopentasiloxane, Talc, Isododecane,  Dimethicone,  Methicone, without parabens, cruelty-free.

Skin types: all skin types.


  • Long lasting
  • Smooth eyelids
  • Oil control
  • Lightweight
  • Intensifies shadow colors
  • High staying power
  • Crease-proof, fade-proof and waterproof


Proof It Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer By NYX Cosmetics

Design for vibrant and durable shadows and creaseless eyelids, the waterproof NYX primer is an excellent choice for those of use with oily lids.

The product comes in a white tube with a sponge applicator and is very easy to use. It has a white semi-liquid formula that feels a little bit tacky at first. It spreads easily, and we only need one application for each eyelid, blends well enough, and the tackiness disappears once the primer dries in a couple of minutes. It works extremely well on oily eyelids, reducing and controlling grease for hours and keeping them smooth and fresh.

The primer helps the shadows pigmentation, increasing their intensity. Also, the makeup resists longer without creasing, smudging or melting.

Package: white tube with a doe foot applicator

Formula: VP / Hexadecene Copolymer, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone.

Skin types: oily, combination, all skin types.


  • Cheap
  • Long lasting
  • Easy application
  • Smooth and oil-free eyelids
  • Crease-resistant, smudge-resistant
  • Increased makeup longevity
  • Intensified colors
  • Waterproof



  • Doe foot applicator (not very hygienic and we can’t use all the product in the tube)
  • It takes a little time to dry


Best Cheap Eyelid Primer for Oily Lids

Proof 10 Eye Primer by Etude House

Due to its high qualities, this eyelid primer is the best in the category of budget-friendly primers.

It comes in a small, genie-like, plastic bottle with a doe foot applicator and has a nude beige-pink tint that dries off transparent. The texture is creamy, and a little bit thick, but easy to spread and blend. The primer feels light on the eyelids and leaves the skin soft and smooth.

The formula works well for oily lids, keeping them free of oil and grease,  and with most eyeshadows and eyeliners.

The primer enhances the shadow colors and the makeup wear time, making colors look more fresh and vivid and resist more without fading or creasing for long hours.

Package: cute little bottle with a doe foot applicator.

Formula: Talc, Isododecane, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Mica, Dimethicone, Methicone.

Skin types:  all skin types.


  • Cheap
  • Long lasting
  • Oil control
  • Increased makeup wear time
  • Intensified shadow colors
  • Easy application
  • Blends well
  • Smooth eyelids



  • The bottle with the doe foot applicator (can not use all the product inside, the wand is a bit too long)

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