Monday, April 5, 2010

AMW Reviews: ELF Eyelid Primer

Happy Monday!  How's the weekend?  Mine was super relaxing!  I am all ready and re-charged to face the busy weeks ahead!

I have so many requests to come up with a review for the ELF Eyelid Primer the moment I posted the Something New: What AMW is using at the Moment.  I have used this product so many times and I'm all ready to do a review.  Please note though that I live in a very hot and humid environment, so the experience could be different if you're living from the opposite side of the world!  :)

ELF Eyelid Primer says ---
Preps your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting and crease-proof eyeshadow. The ultra sheer nude color works to increase eye color longevity. The lightweight liquid formula quickly absorbs into the skin for comfortable wear.

AMW says ---
  • very cheap
  • goes on smoothly, no tugging of eyelids
  • dries up instantly 
  • no shade or color, dries up like your eyelid color

  • applies eyeshadow easy as it creates a smooth surface
  • makes eyeshadow more vibrant
  • does not change the color of your eyeshadow.
  • creases, even with the product itself, it creases after 2 hours in our hot weather
  • doesn't make my eyeshadow last longer
  • not available locally, I have to purchase this online
If you want to find a cheaper alternative for Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP), this is NOT the one!  This does not hold the eyeshadow, vibrancy disappears after 2 hours or so and it creases my eyelid big time! 

The positivity of this product though, is it makes eyeshadow application a breeze because of its creamy texture.  It does not have any glitters or shimmer which made it an exact dupe for UDPP when it comes to "shade". Do check out the "tips" below on how I maximize this product.  Though this is a very inexpensive $1.00 product, we shouldn't waste it right?  :)

I am definitely more intrigued with the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer from ELF.  

  • if you have dry lids like I do, apply a your preferred eyeshadow primer onto lids, in my case it's UDPP, then top with this ELF Eyelid Primer so my eyeshadow will spread easily! 
  • use this eyelid primer on the brow area so the eyebrow powder will "stick" and last the whole day!
  • if you don't have sensitive cheeks, I also tried using this on the cheek area as a blush base and it works!  Blush stays longer and looks more vibrant.
  • do not share the applicator with a friend for hygienic purposes. Use a cotton bud if a friend wants to share!
Will I repurchase?
No, I want to try ELF Mineral Eyeshadow primer though, everyone says this is better

Where to purchase and how much?
I purchased mine at The Makeup Mix Shop for $1.00 (approx Php46.00)

A closer look at ELF Eyelid Primer

Sponge tip applicator works really well and was able to grab the right amount of product to be applied on each eye.

One swipe on hand

Gently blend and the eyelid primer disappears

Here's a photo to show how vibrant the eyeshadow is on top of the ELF Eyelid Primer.  I am using I Nuovi's Colours 027 (Silver). The top portion swiped once without primer while the bottom part swiped once with primer.

I hope my review helps!  Who have tried the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer?  Is it worth purchasing?  Let me know as I'm lemming for it!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. thanks for this review nikki.. i really want to try this one but i guess the mineral primer of elf is the one i should go for.. godbless

  2. I had no idea they had two primers. I have and am trying out the mineral eye primer. Today it did pretty well, but I had a wash of shadow, nothing heavy. Also, the weather was in the 60s and breezy. We shall see.

    Thanks for the review.

  3. i have the mineral primer nikki, used it thrice, and i never touched it again haha. my shadows still creased eh. i'm loving TFSI now.

  4. I love the ELF mineral primer. I never had any problems with blending eyeshadows, creasing and fading. For me, it works just as well as UDPP does. In fact, I've put my three UDPPs aside because of ELF's mineral Primer. Unfortunately, it's not available locally so it's hard to get a hold of it. That's just me though. Different strokes for different folks.

  5. Nice review! hahaha~ it's gonna be work nice for monolid eyes :P

  6. its a nice primer for not so oily lids like mine LOL too bad its not yet available locally.

  7. Thanks for the review and it's a shame it didn't work for you. I wanted to try it because it's so cheap but I guess I should stick to UDPP instead.

  8. ahhh
    if you get the mineral version
    do a comparison k?
    i would love to hear

  9. donnarence, yes, go for the mineral primer, I really tried to make this work, but no talaga! And I don't have oily lids ha?

    T, yes, I didn't know as well until I clicked the BUY ME button :)

    Lelila, really? so even the mineral primer does not fair well in our climate? I won't be surprised why ELF locally does not carry these 2!

    Tish, yes, I heard the MINERAL primer is better, I tried the eyelid primer which of course, base on my review, does not work on our temperature down here Thanks for sharing your experience!

  10. Anastacia, oh yeah, for monolids! Could work! Thanks!

    Khymm, nah, even I don't have oily lids and it didn't work that well!

    Gio, yes, I should also stick to UDPP, its just me and my super adventurous moments! Well, its only $1...nothing to lose :)

    LyNn, sure, I'll definitely report if I have the mineral primer, thanks

  11. You are one of many who said that the ELF primer creases on them. even when its not humid, I hear it still creases. but the idea of having it as a blush base really got me curious to try it for that.

  12. i agree w/ you. this is a yikes product! hahahaha.

  13. Donnarence, go for the mineral primer if you NEED to purchase one!

    T, me too, I purchased this in an instant because of the price! hahaha I'm a cheapo!

    Lelila, so you reckon I'll give mineral primer a pass?

  14. Tish :)hey sweetie, I hope you get well soon and thanks for sharing your experience, now I'm confused, should I take the plunge on the mineral primer or not? heheh but truth be said, I have so many eyeshadow primers already! Do I really need another one?

    Anastacia, yes, you're right, would work perfectly for monolids! Thanks for adding that one!

  15. Khymm, yes, I guess they knew that it won't work for our weather down here? So i think its good that its not available locally, helps us save money!

    My-my, give it a try, but be careful if you have sensitive skin!

    Crystal, thanks for agreeing! :)

  16. The ELF mineral primer works fine with me,didnt crease and made the colors vibrant but I still like Artdeco better. =)

  17. try the palladio eye primer available at Beauty Bar. its around 350 but works well. :)

  18. hi! im interested in buying this but im not sure now. i only wear make up during parties/events which happens rarely. and those are only 3-6 hours. is it worth it if i try this? i wont use it often naman. just to have a nice base for eyeshadows. and btw, im new to make up. :)) just 18. and i dont think i'll spend money on UDPP since im just a student.

    hope you can help. thank you!

  19. September, thanks :)

    Hazel, I haven't tried that, thanks for letting me know!

    Anna, you can try the "mineral eyelid primer version" if we have it down here or go for Etude House, this one creases so it won't help when you're a party girl :) Goodluck


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