When it comes to everyday beauty staples I prefer to spend my money on affordable products. Why? Except for liquid liner, it is easy to find staples that perform just as well as high-end products.
As someone with oily lids, eyeshadow primer is a necessity. I could never find an eyeshadow primer that I’ve loved more than Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. However, not everyone can spend $24.00 USD on an eyeshadow primer.
Is Milani’s Eyeshadow Primer an affordable dupe to the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion? Please keep reading for a Milani Eyeshadow PrimerReview.
Milani Brand Ethos
Founded in 2001, Milani is an affordable American brand that takes its inspiration from the art and culture of Milan. Even though Milani is an affordable brand, their products embody the style and essence of Milan. Moreover, Milani continuously aims to releases products that reflect the needs of the multicultural consumer.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer Claims
The Milani Eyeshadow Primer promises to intensify the color shadow. Also, it promises to increase the wear-time of eyeshadow on the lids.
The formula is described as lightweight and crease-proof. This nude primer will make shadows look smooth on the eye and dry invisibly.
From a packaging perspective, the primer is simple. The primer comes in a small grey squeeze tube.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer Ingredients & Cruelty-Free Status
Talc is one of the top ingredients in this primer likely due to the mattifying properties of Talc in cosmetics products. All Milani products are Cruelty-Free and this primer is Vegan.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer Swatch & Demonstration
In the below swatch photos, I’ve squeezed out a tiny amount of product (enough for me to apply to both eyes) and blended the primer on my arm.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Milani Eyeshadow Primer blended swatch
The below photo is a demonstration of how a red shimmer shadow from ColourPop swatches over top the Milani primer versus how the shadow swatches over bare skin.
Top: ColourPop Maraschino Eyeshadow (Main Squeeze Eyeshadow Palette) applied over the Milani Eyeshadow Primer; Bottom: ColourPop Maraschino Eyeshadow (Main Squeeze Eyeshadow Palette) applied over bare skin
Hopefully, you can see that the shadow applied over the primer looks more vibrant and even than the shadow swatched solely on my bare arm.
Milani Eyeshadow Primer Application & Wear-Time
For the best application, squeeze a small amount of product on your fingers. Dab the primer onto the eyelid area and let it dry.
Personally, I don’t set eyeshadow primer with powder. Not setting primer makes eyeshadow colors brighter. However, shadows may require more blending when the base is not set.
The Milani Eyeshadow Primer is not translucent on my skin. Please keep this in mind if you have a very fair or medium-to-deep skin tone.
But the real question is: does the Milani Eyeshadow Primer help your eyeshadow to last all day? Hell yeah, it does!
The Milani Eyeshadow Primer works better than many prestige primers. My eyeshadows look vibrant. More importantly, the shadows last all day (12+ hours) on my oil-slick eyelids. No creased, cracked, or faded shadows. Additionally, this primer doesn’t add any unwanted texture to the eye area.
To purchase the full range of products, visit the Milani website. Currently, Milani only ships to the United States and Canada. Internationally, Milani Cosmetics can be purchased on Beauty Bay and Amazon.
To find the closest Milani distributor in the US, check out the brand’s store locator.
Is the Milani Eyeshadow Primer a Dupe for the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion?
The Milani Eyeshadow Primer is one of the best drugstore eye primers I’ve used. On the Milani Website, there is a logo that shows this primer is Jeffree Star Approved. While I don’t watch Jeffree Star, his opinion holds a lot of weight in the beauty community.
Is this the Milani Eyeshadow Primer a dupe for the Urban Decay Primer Potion? Yes (and no). The formulas of the two primers are incredibly similar. However, Milani lacks the primer variety that Urban Decay offers.
Overall, I recommend the Milani Eye Primer to anyone in the market for a new shadow primer.