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ELF Eyelid Primer vs ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

Posted in Eye, Primer, Rating: A, Review by Anita on June 26, 2010

Eyelid Primer / Mineral Primer

Apologies for lack of posts. Some of the products I planned to review I have just realized I don’t really have the expertise to present it properly. Over the course of the past few days I’ve been playing around more with the products in my queue to get a better grasp on what I should critique.

Alright, enough with that: Today I will be reviewing ELF Eyelid Primer and ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer. Surely I’m not the only one that was curious which one was the better buy; EP (I’m resorting to acronyms) is only $1 for .17 fl oz, and MEP is $3 for (alright, I’m stuck with this one; the amount of product isn’t shown on the website or the tube, and everyone is saying it’s .17 fl oz, but it makes me wonder if they’re getting this from the fact that the EP is a similar size with the content info on the packaging, because I’m pretty sure the MEP has more product than the EP).

In corner #1… Eyelid Primer!


In corner #2…Mineral Eyeshadow Primer! (I forgot to take a picture so you get a cartoon)

Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

As for the packaging, you can tell a little work went into ensuring the quality of the mineral product. The finish of the EP bottle is NARS-esque matte, text included, whereas the MEP bottle is a tad in-between – matte, definitely not plastic-shiny, but still shinier when next to the EP bottle, but with the text being shiny. The lids are a different story. The EP  lid is cheap shiny plastic, and the MEP lid is the same as the bottle – matte.

The applicators are a bit different, too. The EP applicator is a bit smaller than the MEP one:


When you apply it, one immediately apparent difference is that the MEP is slightly pinker, and also a tad more pigmented than the EP:


Both take a bit of working into the skin to blend out nicely. I like to use a brush for this which makes it all the more difficult, lol.

As for how vivid the colors look on the primer:

N/A vs MEP vs EP

(N/A, MEP, EP)

Both perform well with this; however, I think it’s a little bit harder to blend with EP than MEP.

I applied some light eyeshadow preparing for around 5-7 hours of wear time. The right side is mineral, the left side is eyelid primer (And yes, I realize how bad I suck at eyeshadow, and also BLAME IT ON THE CAMERA!!):


And after about 6 hours, the eyeshadow still stands:


It has faded a teeny bit, but not much.

Overall? I think the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer wins. The packaging is of better quality, it has more pigmentation for those more interested in a concealer-primer duo, if you test it for longer it does hold out a little better than the Eyelid Primer. I will probably continue buying the Eyelid Primer, though, because one of the only times I use eyeshadow primer besides special occasions is during my ballet recitals, where I need the makeup to last a while (but not a long while) and be sweat-proof. Both accomplish this task, so I will buy the Eyelid Primer if it saves me a couple bucks, especially since I don’t particularly need the extra coverage/stay power of them mineral primer.

Rating(both): A


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