Milani Eye Primer


68 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.5

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals


Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Phenoxyethanol, Water/Aqua, PEG-40 Stearate, Synthetic Beeswax, Propylene Carbonate, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Algae Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Methylparaben, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate. +/-May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).

on 10/9/2015 3:35:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

There isn't much to fault this primer for. It does help eyeshadows show up/last (especially if your eye primer is mixed with a drop of water beforehand-- a trick a girl on MU board mentioned) even through sleep. even eyeshadows that tend to be blah. it doesn't seem to affect blending at all.

My main concern is that it does, on occasion slightly sting the lids, very slightly and just for a few seconds.

i am afraid this may, over time, develop into a full blown reaction on my (super sensitive) eyes. i don't like those ingredients on my eyes. If anybody has a recommendation for a GOOD eye primer that is better for sensitive eyes, please PM me!

on 10/5/2015 11:36:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I had always thought that eyeshadows didn't show up on me because of my skin color(revlon colorstay 370), which is not super dark but it was enough to turn me off to eyeshadow. It also didn't help that I have oily eyelids that glisten when I blink.
I know, crazy right? But I was young and dumb, and just like that I said goodbye to my dreams of ever rocking a smokey eye.
Then I learned about the wonderful world of eyeshadow primers, and being the noob that I was, I didn't want to spend a fortune it. I bought this product based on the reviews I saw on here, and I immediately experimented with it when I got home. For the first time in my life, my eyeshadow stayed put without settling into the creases, the colors were more vibrant, and just like that the eyeshadows that I had bought but never used were given a whole new life as I started experimenting with eye makeup again.
Eyeshadow primer is a necessity for any makeup kit, and you don't need to pay a pretty penny for a good one. I would recommend this to anyone

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 8/21/2015 10:45:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

Where to start with this little drugstore gem? I have to calm down for this review because of how hyped I am about this product. I read the reviews, decided, "eh, why not? It probably won't work for me anyway." Please note that I have oily skin, and extremely oily eyelids. I've tried plenty of primers, from that Napoleon Perdis crap (biggest waste of $15 ever) to L'Oreal's Magic De-Crease (messy, dries too quickly, and flesh toned; I want a clear primer), so naturally I had low expectations for this $6 drugstore primer. I picked it up at my local CVS and decided to give it a try when I got home. I applied the primer on one eye and nothing on the other, then grabbed some eyeshadow and applied that. Hours later, the Milani eye was still perfect! I was completely amazed. After using this product for about a year, my opinion of it still holds true: best primer I've ever tried! There will be the occasional crease, but that's when I've been out all day and have been sweating a lot, and even then the creasing is barely noticeable. I'm very pleased with this primer, and I would definitely repurchase! To everyone reading this review who has been contemplating on buying this primer, go out and get it! Give it a try! It's perfection in a tube!

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Medium

Eyes: Grey

This primer has completely replaced Too Faced's Shadow Insurance for me. Not only is it cheaper ($6 for 0.3oz vs. $20 for 0.35oz), it works just as well and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes. I dab a small amount onto my lids and blend it in with my finger. You don't need much at all and too much will cause creasing. Without primer my eyeshadow or eyeliner is creased and ruined in under ten minutes. With this, my eyeliner and eyeshadow stay in place all day, even through hiking and sweating.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 7/24/2015 5:52:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Dark, Neutral

Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

So I was on the hunt for a primer that had a squeeze tube and this was one of the ones that is reputed to be a pretty great primer out on the beauty blogosphere. So I took the $8.99CDN plunge and ordered a tube off of

Primer is a must for me and my oily lids. I cannot wear an eyeshadow without a primer or else my lids will crease them right up.

This has a squeeze tube and I'm glad it does; I hate primers with the doe foot because I feel like I always end up applying too much. The squeeze tube gives me control and I really like that. Not even the Urban Decay Primer potion can give me that.

The product itself is a slightly thick beige color. Once I spread it on my lids it feels creamy and leaves the slightest lightest tint on my NW45 skin. It looks virtually invisible which is just the way I like it. My old eyeshadow primer (Essence I Love Stage - which did not impede creasing at all) was crazily pigmented, even the smallest amount made my lids look ashy.

This product dries quickly and once its dry, my shadow brush just glides right on over. No tugging, just smooth application.

I wore the eyeshadow for eight hours straight and by the end of that time span my eyeshadow looked freshly applied. During that time span I was out in the heat, I was sweating and my eyeshadow still looked great. That's incredible for me.

Definitely repurchasing this primer once I run out. It's the only eyeshadow primer I tried that's worked for me.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 7/1/2015 10:23:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This stuff is awesome! I have dry skin, but for some reason my eyeshadow always creases. I have tried Stila, Bobbi Brown, Too Faced, & Urban Decay. None of them impressed me. This did! My shadow stays put without creasing. The price is right too. I highly recommend this!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 5/18/2015 12:44:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This stuff is great. Kept my eye shadow and liner on for 11+ hours through humidity. Love the tube packaging. Paid $7.99 plus tax, think that's a pretty fair price for an excellent product. I'll be repurchasing. PLEASE do not discontinue!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 4/22/2015 1:47:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I like this primer. It works perfectly on my sensitive, semi-dry skin. No creasing or clumping, not heavy, great staying power. It's inexpensive and so far I haven't discovered any flaws.

on 4/13/2015 2:50:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Another one that I tried just recently. It come out all clumped up! It had like small balls of the stuff in the smallest line possible to squeeze out. I did not notice it until I applied it to my lids, but dang what a mess! I tried to smooth it out and finally got the balls to smear in somewhat and the rest I had to wipe off. I then applied my shadows. Not a good finish at all. The stores around here must have very old stock, or else no one is buying this stuff enough for the stores to restock. This one creased within an hour or so too and I had to remove it. It did not make my lids look so wrinkled and dry like Fergie W&W did but it was a terrible consistency. I am going back with the high end brands. Avon works better than any of these other ones I have used lately but I am going to try UD for aging eyes and Too Faced next. Still on the search for a shadow primer that works great and looks great for aging eyes.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 4/5/2015 9:38:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

Based on a good review by Hot and Flashy vlogger, I recently tried the Milani eye shadow primer. I'm disappointed. My eye shadow creases within hours, and then it's more difficult to blend out the crease due to the consistency of the primer. My search for a good matte primer will continue.

The consistency, btw, is like a silica - slick and smooth. Not exactly wet, but I have found I need to let it set for a minute before applying shadow. The color is slightly opaque.

Update: I gave up on it and threw it away.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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