Stila Prime Pot in Taffy

You may remember my review of my Stila Smudge Pot, and after loving that product I was excited to find their Prime Pot on sale a while back.

I’m always on the lookout for a good eyeshadow primer. I tend to have very oily eyelids and as a result eyeshadows always crease. I hadn’t tried a pot version of a primer before, and I was worried it would be too heavy, but the only way to know for sure is to try it on!

Prime pot packaging

Prime pot product

Packaging: The product comes in a nice wide pot with a lid that screws shut. It’s the perfect size for using it with my finger, and it doesn’t make a mess. I wish the lid would click shut instead of screw on, just because it takes a bit longer to open and close the product, but I suppose this kind of lid best protects the product from drying out. My one issue with both this product and the smudge pot is that glue from the cap gets stuck around the sides of the pot, so that every time I open it there’s stringy bits of glue coming up. It doesn’t get in the product but makes the pot sticky to hold.

Prime pot swatch

Product: The primer is creamy and has a bit of a pinkish tone to it (the photo above is a bit dark). It goes on thick and does a good job covering any discoloration, providing a smooth base for shadows. It dries very fast, so you only have a couple seconds to blend it out before it sets. Blending out is important, though, because it’s so thick that it can look a bit cakey, especially under the brow.

Usage: There are a few tricks to using this primer. I found that it didn’t do a good job unless I applied it above the lid as well, almost to the eyebrow. I typically run my finger over the product a couple times to warm it up and get a lot on my finger, and then quickly smooth it over the lid and above the crease before blending the edges. It takes some practice but I found that the product worked a lot better this way!

Overall, I have grown to really like this primer now that I know how to use it properly. Once it sets, it provides a really nice base for my skin tone. When I’m not wearing shadow I still put this on to smooth out any discoloration and to make any eyeliner or mascara stay where they’re supposed to. The primer seems to work best for powder eyeshadows, as cream shadows can add to the thickness/cakey-ness of the primer, but when I blend it out well I like to use it with cream shadows too.

What’s your favorite eyeshadow primer?

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