I picked up the $1 ELF (eyes lips face) Essential Eyelid Primer while I was at the grocery store. Figured it couldn’t hurt to try since the one I always use, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, is not cheap! For the ultimate test, I tried these two make up brands’ primers side by side to see if I should splurge or save
It was clear to me, upon application, which primer would out perform the other. I was hoping that the two would be similar enough that I could start only paying $1 for eyeshadow primer, but alas HAHAHA If you’ve never tried these primers, the ELF one is more liquid-y and the Urban Decay is more creamy. I just dot a bit on my lid and then blend it in with a fingertip. Both primers (in the original shade) leave an ivory color behind, so make sure to cover it with your eyeshadow, especially if you have a darker skin tone.
Both of these pictures were taken after a couple hours of wear. Can you tell which make up brands’ primer I used on which lid? On my right eyelid (the first picture) I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion and on my left eyelid (the 2nd picture) I used the ELF Essential Eyelid Primer! You can see that the ELF primer left my eyeshadow looking terribly creased…after only a COUPLE hours of wear. The UDPP can last so much longer.
Save or splurge make up brands…
If you are a beginner with makeup or have a really tight budget, the ELF primer is better than no primer at all. Otherwise, I recommend saving your dollar toward the $20 Urban Decay Primer Potion. The bottle will last a long time because a little amount is all you need to apply. Here’s my FOTD with these products:
When it comes to primers, save or splurge?