City Color Cosmetics Shadow Primer in Nude Review

Press Sample

A few months back, I received a few products from City Color Cosmetics and am finally getting to my review on some of the products. If you have a Rite-Aid close to you, you might have seen a few items there but for the most part, you gotta shop online at City Color Cosmetics to purchase the full range. Thankfully though the products are quite affordable.

The first product I wanted to talk about is the Shadow Primer, the next in another post is the Matte Lipstick.


Where to purchaseCity Color Cosmetics
Price: $2.99 for 2.3 grams. 
Do they test on animals?: The company does not.
Packaging: The eyeshadow primer comes in a plastic tube with a doefoot applicator. I do find the packaging to be a little cheap because the plastic does squeak  as you're removing the wand.


The primer actually feels quite thin, kind of watery compared to other creamy primers I've tried. The color Nude is a translucent neutral that sheers out as you blend but I think the nude color might be a little chalky looking on tanner skin tones.


On my oily eyelids, the primer wasn't as strong as other primers I've tried in protecting against creasing. It still fared about 6 hours before creasing but I've experienced longer wear with other primers. While it isn't as good as other primers I've tried, it does enhance eyeshadows you wear on top. It was much better with pressed eyeshadows than loose eyeshadows.

Here's a comparison of Urban Decay's Gravity eyeshadow with (on the right) and without (on the left) the Shadow Primer.


All in all, while it isn't my favorite primer it's not bad if you have drier eyelids and are looking to enhance your pressed eyeshadows.

Purchase if:
a) You have dry or normal eyelids
b) You're looking for an inexpensive primer

Don't purchase if:
a) You have oily eyelids

Disclaimer: I received this product courtesy of the brand. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this post.


  1. That's too bad that it doesn't compare to some other primers out there. I think one of my favorite budget primers is the $1 one from ELF- really not bad!

  2. If this were available in my area, I'd wish to try it. I have "normal skin" eyelids and for this price it's worth a shot.

  3. I had no clue they made a primer! Kind of a dumb question, but with it being thin did you try layering it? I have done that with thin primers before, letting the first layer dry first before the second, and it actually helped with wear time.


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