I like this more than udpp for eyeshadow but this doesn't help my eyeliner. This primer is good but I wish it can last longer and not fade as much!
I got this on eyeslipsface.com for only $1 or $3. You seriously can't go wrong with that! I know ELF cosmetics are available at Target stores, but I have never seen this particular item there. I do see the normal eyeshadow primer .. but not the mineral one. And if you do get this, I'd suggest you wait until ELF has some kind of a coupon or deal (which they always do! :)
The packaging is ... okay. It comes with a dome foot applicator. But I wish it was a sqeeze tube instead .. Just so I can get out all the product and it would be more sanitary. But for the price, I can't really complain. But overall, I LOVE THIS PRIMER!! I apply makeup around 8am each day and I'll remove it around 2am that night .. and my eyeshadow is still visible and hasn't smudged off. I also take naps throughout the day and my eyeshadow doesn't come off after I wake up either. And I do notice my eyeshadow looking more intense and pigmented compared to not using the primer at all. I seriously love this primer sooo much and will be repurchasing this over and over again!
In terms of functionality, this works perfectly for me - my shadows don't crease for the whole day and that's that. It doesn't hold up as well in super humid, hot weather (Hong Kong summer) but not much does anyway :P
The smell doesn't bother me nor does the texture. Some have mentioned that it does feel a bit greasy when blending (I agree) but it dries to a matte finish so all is good.
The one thing I have to complain about is that ELF Mineral es primer dries light. I have NC37-40 skintone and I have to be careful when using it to apply it precisely on my lid where my shadows are going to go. Otherwise, it leaves a light cast and looks unnatural on the skin. Even though the primer is sheer, it would still work better for lighter skin tones where the dried shade would not be noticeable at all.
OK guys, we all agree this is cheap, even with shipping (got mine for 4 Euros).
BUT be honest: this is NOT comparable to UDPP, which is way, way better.
The ELF primer is extremely OILY (although I read there are silicones and not oil in it) for a start and takes 4 good minutes to dry on my eyelids (patting and blending included).
What does this mean? that it will take me 4 minutes more to complete my makeup.
And sincerely, I don't have that time in the morning. In 10 minutes my face must be completely done.
On the other end, UDPP is applied and dries on the spot, is creamier and blends on easily.
Second point: ELF tube sucks big time. The first time I tried the product would be spreading all over the outer tube; when closing the cap the redundant product would go all over the place (like in bad mascaras: pls ELF replace the tube!! it does NOT work!!) as the mouth of the tube collects product that won't stay inside the tube and get spitted out. Gross.
Well, as per the performance, ELF performs OK. I have nothing to say about that. It works well with both mineral and non mineral eyeshadows.
But still, UDPP is a winner and elf is a faded copy, not even a comparable dupe.
One can say, for that price , what do you want?
Ok I agree, for that price one cannot complain too much.
If you are on a budget and can do with all the obvious defect it has, well it's OK.
But if you can afford the real UDPP, get it, it is way better.
-this will definitely be replacing my UDPP because it is so cheap and I can't afford UDPP anymore
-held up as well as my UDPP, very comparable
-I was pleasantly surprised my eyeshadow and eyeliner still looked good after an hour-long bus ride, a full day at school and intimate time with my s/o
-only a small amount is needed
-blend with your finger and let it dry before applying eye makeup
This eyelid primer may only be a dollar but it stinks.First of all I bought it and as soon asit arrivedc via mail I opened it and it was already dried out!Now it is not the point of the dollar but just the principal how long did they have it lying around? I would never purchase it again personally I prefer Sally Hansen Natural Beauty eyeshadow base is is a cakelike pan bujt goes on beautiful and for only 9.00
For days when I want my eye makeup to really last for hours, I prime my lids with this stuff and it works amazingly well. My eyeshadow and liner literally does not budge with this stuff. Yesterday I put my eye makeup on at 8AM for work, no touch ups, went straight to an outdoor graduation ceremony after work (where it was super windy= watery eyes), and then out for dinner and drinks. By the time I got home at 11PM my eye makeup still looked polished and fresh! For $3 this is a crazy good deal. Tip: give it a couple minutes to dry before putting on your eye makeup, and be careful to use just a thin layer (otherwise it leaves a white film).
Elf order finally came.I got this,trying to find cheaper version for UDPP.
I put UD to other lid and this to other one and same eyeshadows,of course:).UD is more stickier&dries fast.Elf is more "creamy" but dried fast enough and though it says sheer,it evened out the lid.After about 8h wear,I could not see any difference between UD and elf side.Eyeshadows were perfectly in place,no fading.I might go as far as
say that elf side hold a tiny bit better.I dont have oily lids,so maybe UD works better with those because its so dry.If this doesnt irritate my lids,I am happy and saving money..I always wait when elf has freeEU shipping,cause it seems like a dollar=a pound.Others are still at testing stage and some might be totally useless..
This doesn't work for me. I've already tried the regular ELF Eyelid Primer and it was just ok, didn't stop my eyeshadow from creasing for more than 4 hours, but it was ok for the price. I was hoping this one would work better, but it doesn't. I actually prefer the regular one because this one is very liquidy and my eyeshadow creases within two hours.
Why did this not work for me? Did I get a dud? After reading all the great reviews here I decided to try it out and bought it from the UK site for £3 + shipping to Ireland. It's really cheap when compared to my favourite eye shadow primer (NARS) which costs about €24.
I was a bit shocked to discover how oily the primer felt on my skin the first time I used it, but thought that maybe that was the way it was meant to be. However, that also meant that after 2 hours my eyeshadow was completely gone into my crease, not a trace of it left on my actual eye lid.
In my folly I bought two of these thinking it would be my new HG eyeshadow primer (plus I didn't want to pay for shipping an extra time) so now I'm stuck with two eyeshadow primers I can't use! I just can't believe everybody else seems to love this and it's absolutely terrible on me... I think I'll try the second tube to see if the first one perhaps was faulty and I'll update this review if the second tube works better.