Since I have been watching beauty tutorials and vlogs on YouTube (which I do a LOT), I’ve noticed that at this point, almost all beauty gurus use eye primer and foundation primer. I never really understood the point of this. Why throw on more gunk underneath the gunk?? But it’s been a good while now since I’ve started watching these vlogs, and I’ve decided that with all of the makeup I already own and considering how much time goes into it for me because of my love for it, I just had to try them. SO, I went on a hunt at Target! I love drugstore makeup (minus the exception of Bare Minerals… love that [expensive] stuff!). I ended up buying Neutrogena face primer and E.L.F. Eye Primer. I’m just reviewing the Eye Primer for now, but I may do the face primer later:)
Here’s some pictures of the E.L.F. primer swatches compared to no primer:
The top swatches are without the primer, and the bottom are with. There is an obvious difference! I never knew how much better eyeshadow will go on and how pigmented it can look even with a cheap primer (E.L.F. Primer– $1!!!)! I used the Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette to swatch a few colors.
Here I’ve swatched some shadows form the Coastal Scents 88 Shimmer palette. Not as much improvement as the 88 Original shadows (without glitter), but STILL a big improvement! The shadows go on less powdery with the primer (bottom swatches).
Finally, I ran my hand under some really warm water. Yep. I was going full force when it comes to testing this primer stuff out. And after about 45 seconds or so of water, I didn’t see hardly any difference with the primer swatches (bottom, obviously). This stuff ain’t no joke.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this stuff! Although the high-dollar stuff is SOMETIMES better, if you don’t want to spend ridiculous money on a primer (Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion– $20), go with this E.L.F. Eye Primer. It’s cheap, and it does it’s job.
The only beef I have with it is you have to blend it, it isn’t invisible. So women with darker skin probably won’t want to go for this one, unless you reeeally blend it out. A+, E.L.F.!