I love eyeshadow but suffer from creased-eyeshadow-syndrome and will find my eyeshadow creased and smudged after an hour if I don’t wear eyelid primer. I’ve tried them all but of course being of limited budget I’m enthusiastic about the budget buys.
The two budget eyelid primers going head to head today are…dun…dun…duuuuuuuun…
MUA Professional Eye Primer and ELF Eyelid Primer (sheer) and their vital stats are below -
MUA Professional Eye Primer – £2.50
ELF Eyelid Primer – £1.50
Amount of product
MUA Professional Eye Primer – 7.5g
ELF Eyelid Primer - 4.81g
MUA Professional Eye Primer – the good, the bad and the fugly
The product comes in a sleek black tube packaged in a cardboard box, I know this is trying to fancy it up a bit but I just find unnecessary packaging a bit wasteful even if it can be recycled. Anywhoo the eye primer goes on as a sort of fleshy colour and dries clear. I’ve found it takes just a few second too long to dry but once it does I’d say it’s well worth it. All eyeshadows, expensive, inexpensive and inbetween lasted for around 12 hours, with no creases whatsoever however some lighter and matte shades started to fade after around the 6 hour mark.
I often use a dark eyeshadow as eyeliner and it will look fantastic to start with but then fade to a weird grey colour, I was thrilled to find this product kept my eyes nicely lined all day and into the evening. Seriously impressive!
ELF Eyelid Primer – the good, the bad and the fugly
I’ve mentioned this eyelid primer a few times and I’ve actually gone on to repurchase it a couple times. It comes in a few different shades, the one I’ve picked is ‘Sheer’. It comes in a slim, peach coloured tube with a black lid and for some reason I always end up confusing it with concealers when I’m rummaging through my make up. The product is oddly clumpy when I apply it to my eyelids but blends smooth and velvety almost instantly but the weird clumpy-lumpy-ness is a tad off putting. Results wise, as with the MUA it will last all day without creasing however all eyeshadows tend to fade away to almost nothing after 5-6 hours which is fine for hitting the pub but not for a full day out and about.
Scores out of 5
MUA Professional Eye Primer 4.5/5
ELF Eyelid Primer 3.5/5
I will definately be stocking up on the MUA because whenever I love a product it tends to get discountinued and it just does a blinking fantastic job at making my make up last longer. I’ll probably buy the ELF one when I place an online order which isn’t all that often but because it is £1.50 it’s perfect to have on standby.
P.S. Have you tried either of these products? Any thoughts?