In the past I have used Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion but even though it works ok (sometimes even UDPP is no match for my eyelids), it's not something I find pleasant to use as it makes my eyelids feel dry and I can't blend eyeshadow as well. Personally I don't like how eyeshadow can sometimes look over this - slightly drier as well.
Through a bit of trial and error, I've found some products that work well for me which are:
E.L.F Mineral Eyeshadow PrimerBloom Eye Paint in Chocolate
E.L.F Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
A standard lipgloss style package with a sponge tip applicator - so nothing fancy here but I like the basic style with the matt plastic lid. The texture of E.L.F Mineral Eyeshadow Primer feels smooth, blends well (I just use my finger) and even though dries to a matt finish, it doesn't make my eyelids feel dry.
The colour is a pale flesh sort of colour with a slight peach tone. My face has quite strong yellow-tones, but my eye area is darker then my face, and I find that peach/apricot tones are much better suited to my eye area as they don't look ashy like yellow tones do.
I guess this doesn't matter too much as eyeshadow is going on top, but it's something that I prefer over UDPP.
Bloom Eye Paint in ChocolateOn the face of it, it seems to be a dupe for a MAC Paint, but comparing it to MAC, the packaging is the only similar thing about it.
This is a lovely creamy texture that allows enough time to blend well and dries to a matt finish that doesn't look dry or chalky. Chocolate is a mid-brown/beige with a slight golden tone that stops it from looking completely flat. This colour is very close to the natural colour of my lids so I like using this to even out the lids and give a subtle hint of beige/golden tone.
Both products are long-lasting, and if your eye area wasn't particularly oily I think it would be fine to use one or the other but I like using the E.L.F primer first, then putting the Bloom eye paint on top, then using whatever eyeshadow over that.
|Top - Bloom Eye Paint Chocolate, Bottom E.L.F Mineral Eyeshadow Primer|
It does seem like a bit of a faff using two base products rather then one, but as the products are quite quick and pleasant to use, and make my eyeshadow last all day I don't care.
The E.L.F. primer is a bargain at £3.50, and the Bloom Eye Paint I bought from Superdrug for £5 (I bought this on offer as the full price I think is £10).