E.L.F. • Essential Eyelid Primer - Sheer • Eye Primer

rated 3.9(795 reviews)

Average Rating.3.9
Would buy this product again.78%

rated 4 of 5 kyphie on 10/2/2010 11:40:00 AM more reviews by kyphie

Age: 36-43   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse   Eyes: Brown    

I am normally not a huge fan of ELF products, but I found that this primer(which has been sitting unused in my makeup bag for months) worked great when I used it under matte eyeshadows! I have been wearing a stila matte brown for the past couple of weeks and I had been having a really hard time getting it to apply evenly. I tried all my primers..NARS, UDPP and even the L'Oreal decrease and none of them worked well for me with this current eyeshadow phase I'm going through. Finally, I gave the ELF primer a try. Wonderful! The cocoa brown that I've been using on my lids applied evenly, lasted all day without creasing and even intensified the color. I'm glad I dug it out of the bottom of my makeup bag!

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rated 3 of 5 michyg on 9/24/2010 1:25:00 AM more reviews by michyg

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I bought two of these primers because I thought why not only a dolllar? well I don't HATE it but i don't LOVE it... It does primer my lids nicely and is a fairly pretty colour (it does go on like a very light pinkish shade) BUT it doesn't really make my eyeshadow last much longer from what I can tell. But oh well for a buck I don't really care... I'm going to try the mineral one next haul though to see if there's a diff.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* dawl_1015 on 9/19/2010 1:35:00 AM more reviews by dawl_1015

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Tan, Cool   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Green    

I don't really wear a primer when I wear eyeshadow, so I bought this product to wear on it's own. It has kind of a translucent sheen by itself, and evens out the color of your lids, so I use it alone on my eyes on days that I don't wear alot of makeup. It works like a subtle brightener for me, and I like it! I actually like that the consistency is more oily as opposed to thick or drying faster, it spreads nicely and doesn't cake or dry out the skin around my eyes like other primers/brighteners have. For $1, no one should be complaining! lol I haven't tried this under eyeshadow yet (I wear good quality shadows already, so I don't really need a primer with them?) but I will add an edit to this post if I ever do. For the purpose that I bought it for, it's good, and nothing beats a dollar. This has worked as well (if not better) for me than some of the more expensive eye priming/brightening products I've purchased at Sephora, for wayyy more money.

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rated 3 of 5 woahitsbrooke92 on 9/14/2010 11:04:00 PM more reviews by woahitsbrooke92

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Brown    

I received this in a MUA swap, so I wasn't lost a dollar. I usually use my Painterly paint pot, but I wanted to try something underneath that. I figured it would work just as fine as my NARS primer does beneath the paint pot, but I was let down. Don't get me wrong, it works for a few hours. But after about three or four hours of wear, it totally creases on me. Now, I know eyeshadows will usually crease on me because I have hooded eyes, but this is awful. L'Oreal De-Crease worked better on me than this stuff. I use a paint pot alone and I don't even get creasing. So, I'm pretty disappointed in this stuff. Goin in the trash.

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rated 4 of 5 sandia1 on 9/11/2010 2:09:00 PM more reviews by sandia1

Age: 44-55   Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral   Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine   Eyes: Blue    

Dirt cheap cost. I have dry skin and my eye lids are no exception. This product is thin, and takes a couple of minutes to dry. I LIKE the fact that it is more on the "oily" side rather than one that's too tacky or dries too fast. I wore shimmery shades with it the first time I used it and they went on very beautifully, no problems blending and my shadows were very intense. I had 0 creasing with this product and would definitely buy it again. It may not be the best for those with oily lids. Regular UDPP might work better for the oily lids. I will compare this to UDPP Sin- this leaves a better canvas to apply shadows, IMO. Sin dries too fast and doesn't really do anything to amp up my shadows. For the price difference, it's a no-brainer. I'll still use Sin and my MAC paint pots, but I'll still use this as well.

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rated 2 of 5 rose1234 on 9/9/2010 9:29:00 PM more reviews by rose1234

Age: 30-35   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

edit: after a few weeks of wearing and then not wearing the primer, it seemed that there was really no difference so I have stopped using.

Original post:
This is my first eyelid primer so I cannot compare the performance to others. I saw this in Target and I knew that this primer had great reviews, so for ONE DOLLAR, even on a budget, I was able to afford this, no problem.

I have found that just a very tiny, tiny bit is enough so I dab my finger on the little sponge applicator and transfer it to my eyelid area and under my eyes too for help keeping the concealer from creasing. Then, I do something else like my hair while I wait for it to dry.

This extends the wear of my WnW eye shadows to the point where I put the makeup on at 7:30pm and when I come home and take it off at 6:15pm, it is still there with no creasing and very little fading, if any. It is a big improvement. I do not see an increase in the vibrancy, and that would be nice, but for $1, I think I can live with it.

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rated 3 of 5 BasiaMik on 9/7/2010 9:02:00 PM more reviews by BasiaMik

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

I was so excited to find a cheap primer, I immediately ordered two of these on the ELF website. The primer, however, is a disappointment. It doesn't last the entire day. It's good until around 3/4pm, that's why I give it 3 lippies. Another good thing? The price is great. All that aside, the packaging seems to have air bubbles (not much product), the consistency is liquidy, and eyeshadow colors do not seem more vibrant. It's not a bad buy, but I think I'm going to invest in Too Faced Shadow Insurance after trying out UDPP. I liked UDPP but it's too expensive for too little product. Too Faced seems like a better deal, esp because most youtube gurus use it and rave about it.

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* girrl65 on 8/26/2010 6:19:00 PM more reviews by girrl65

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium   Eyes: Green    

So I bought this simply because I'm an eye primer addict and this was only $1. How can you pass up $1? I must say that I am a UDPP aficionado, so my standards for eye primer is pretty high.

I have been using this for several days now and I find it to be really excellent for most of the shadows that I wear. The majority of my shadows are Urban Decay, so the quality and pigmentation is all there. It doesn't need that much help. So with this primer and those shadows, I literally don't see a difference if I had used UDPP instead. I don't notice any creasing or fading and the colors look brighter and bolder. However, I don't gob this stuff on. I put a stripe on my lid and then blend it with my finger. If you try to use the brush to blend it, you get too much and THAT is what causes creasing (if your primer is so gobby that IT creases, you used too much). That and not applying this to clean eyelids. If you have dirt and oil on your lids, what do you expect? I think that's the case with any primer.

Although, when I use a low-quality or low-pigmented shadow, this primer really does not do much. I have made some really awful and cheap eye shadows wearable using UDPP, but this primer will not work for salvaging junk products.

BUT I don't really have a lot of low-quality shadows anyway so that isn't a problem for me. My only gripe with this is the primer kind of oozes out of the top a little bit and gets on the part where you screw that cap back on. I think that is kind of wasteful. Nevertheless, I will TOTALLY be buying this again. In fact, I will buy several next time I go to Target.

UPDATE: I have been using this for about 2 months now and it is amazingly epic. I will never pay $20 for eye primer again!

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rated 5 of 5 MMnoob on 8/23/2010 9:49:00 PM more reviews by MMnoob

Age: 18 & Under   Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

This is exactly the same thing as the ELF mineral eyeshadow primer and is only a $1. I know its not really that much difference for the money, but I think i'd rather buy this one instead. They both are kind of oily and thin but it works great. The only difference to the mineral one is that the tube is rubberized like NARS and has a potion shape to it.

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rated 4 of 5 DarleneAlene on 8/21/2010 4:51:00 PM more reviews by DarleneAlene

Age: 19-24   Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Black    

I've been using Urban Decay Primer Potion for years and turned my nose up at this product for a long time. After some consideration, what's $1 to try something new out? We all know we've spent way more on products that were awful, even after checking out MUA reviews.

Please note I used UDPP primarily to keep my lids oil-free when wearing liquid eyeliner. The first day I tried this, I was scared and mixed it with UDPP just in case. Afterward, I used this alone and my eyeliner has been fine after a long day!

The product IS slicker to work with and DOES have a scent to it, but at 1/18th of the cost of UDPP, I do not care because it still gets the job done! HOORAY!

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