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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review & Swatches: City Color Shadow Primer in Nude


City Color Shadow Primer in Nude
Like similar eye primers, City Color's Shadow Primer is meant to "act as a base to prevent creasing." Unlike similar products, however, this primer promises an unusually low price tag paired with a consistency much like that of Urban Decay's well-known primer potion. That being said, I immediately had to put it to the test!

As one of two shades, Nude is meant to intensify shadows while maintaining their hue. Pearl (not pictured) intensifies shadows while adding a shimmery sheen. Much like Urban Decay's original Primer Potion, City Color's Shadow Primer in Nude has a thinner texture with a sheer, matte flesh-toned finish. Once applied, it smoothed out thinly and evenly and slowly transformed into a stickier texture before drying down completely after about 30 seconds. f

While I definitely noticed it intensifying shadow shades, I also noticed some fading over the course of 8 hours. Creasing went nearly unnoticeable, but given a few more hours, I think it would have progressed. I also want to note that during this wear test, I was experiencing particularly dry, allergy eyes that cause more eye touching/rubbing than usual. Still, for only $2.99 a pop, I can't complain at the results seen below. While I don't think it's strong enough to stand the test of a truly oily lid, it passed the standard-wear test (meant only to last over the course of a work-day) on my combination skin, and would probably function well on dry-skinned folks too. At the very least, it definitely intensified the appearance of my shadows, which is exactly what it claims to do. In terms of how it stacks up to UD's Primer Potion, it's not a dupe, but at almost 7 times cheaper with just 4 times less product, it's a bargain hunter in need of a primer's dream!



City Color Shadow Primer in Nude
City Color Shadow Primer in Nude

City Color Shadow Primer in Nude

*In all of these photos, I neglected to prime my lower lash line.

Before

After 8 hours

Before

After 8 Hours

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After 8 Hours

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