November 1, 2017

Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow Primer Review & Swatches

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Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow Primer ($8.99) is a new eyeshadow primer that launched with the Revlon Fall 2017 Collection. I’ve been kind of remiss in my eyeshadow primer usage lately. Before Urban Decay Primer Potion changed its formula, I was an avid eyeshadow primer user! It was part of my daily routine. However, I have drier eyes and don’t have a ton of issues with creasing eyeshadow so it is rare I use it. Unless of course, I run into a really crappy eyeshadow formula that demands it.

I decided to throw this in my cart during a Revlon BOGO offer and give it a whirl.

Here are my thoughts, review, and swatches.

If you like Too Faced Shadow Insurance you should get on fairly nicely with Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Primer. The packaging is nicer, the price is just right, and the size isn’t too shabby at 0.33 oz compared to Shadow Insurance at 0.35 oz for $20 bucks.

This comes in a tiny tube with a rather large nozzle that squirts out a good deal of product. A word to the wise, squeeze it slowly as you’ll end up with a huge dollop of primer if you don’t. It’s a pale grayish beige which applies transparently to lids. It has a creamier texture with slightly slick silicone formula that feels almost hydrating during the blending process but sets to a semi-satiny finish.

I tested with a few poorly performing eyeshadows I own which creased badly or applied horribly and it did a nice job creating a smooth canvas for shadow to adhere to. Not to mention it prevented them from creasing and kept my color fresh and vibrant. I think the texture is a little creamier and heavier than your standard primer but the hold is just as good as good as something more expensive. It did remind me a good deal of Shadow Insurance which is why I think fans of that will get on quite ok with Revlon’s version.

If you’re shopping eyeshadow primers at the moment, Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Primer is worth checking out.

Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow Primer is available now at and coming soon to drugstores.

Tried it?

Do share!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina D.

    I am an eyeshadow primer junkie which I guess goes along with being an eyeshadow junkie!

    I will def try this next time I need to toss something in my cart to meet the free shipping threshold at Ulta. It’ll be the first time in a loooooong time that I buy anything Revlon. I do like TF Shadow Insurance, and as much as I like UD’s primer potion, I have yet to find a “Holy Grail” primer.

    • Isabella Muse

      I used to be. It was an important part of my color routine. But my eyes got drier and I felt like I only needed it with poor quality formulas. It’s weird to inject it back into my routine again but I really enjoyed this. Quite a nice and easy to apply formula that prevented creasing. I purposely tested it with some of my crappier formulas that I knew were prone to creasing and it held up well 😀 LMK if you like it when you try!

  • kimkats

    Oh my… this sounds like a nice rival to my HG du jour – Milani Eye Primer. I will have to snarf this up next time I see Revlon on sale. My Milani is getting a little thick, but it’s old so I’m not really surprised about it… It’s still workable so I have time to scout for the revlon…

    Thanks for the review Muse!! Imma hafta try this on for size!

  • Andi

    I might try this, I’m also a former UD user. I got a tube of Ulta’s primer in Satin Blush (or something like that) in one of their freebies. I like it, but the blush color is a little pink for me.
    Thanks for the info

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure ;-D Yeah, I dunno what happened with UD but PP isn’t the same!

  • Brandy

    Thanks Muse! I bought UD PP for the first time about 6 months ago, and I don’t like it at all. It makes my eyes burn slightly when I put it on and it makes my eyeshadows look caked on rather than smooth. I think I’m gonna throw it in the trash and try this.

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! Sorry to hear it! At one point UD PP was amazing, I don’t get what happened sigh! Hope you like this <3!

      • Brandy

        I wish I could’ve tried the OG Primer Potion. The formula now turns my eyelids into a rough texture and it feels like I’m applying my eyeshadow to sandpaper. It was worse than the $3 Elf Primer (which actually isn’t too bad if on a budget).

        • Isabella Muse

          oh wow that sucks. I haven’t used it in a long time (just the colored ones) but when I stopped using it it wasn’t so much a rough texture, just it didn’t work as well as it did and the consistency seemed thicker than the original.

          • Brandy

            I just wanted to say that I finally bought this and love it so much more than the UD PP! It works so well with my dry eyelids and my eye makeup stays put all day! I threw out the UD one the day I tried this. Without your review I would’ve never bought this.

  • Shannon. N

    Shadow Insurance works WONDERS on my oily, severely hooded (You can not see my one mobile lid at all – that hooded!) eyes!!! I think once this shows up here in Canada, i’ll pick it up!!