e.l.f. Cosmetics

Essential Eyelid Primer

for $ 1.00
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This eyelid primer has a lightweight, liquid texture that sets to a matte finish. We did a split face test and noticed that shadow held up slightly better throughout the day (in terms of being more resistant to creasing and smudging) on the eye that had the primer, though the results weren’t all that dramatic. A good, matte-finish concealer plus pressed powder can provide the same results (if not better), but if you still want to give this a go, at this price you don’t have much to lose.

There are a few different shades but they go on so sheer there is only a slight hint of color left behind. We recommend sticking with the peachy color (labeled “Sheer”) over the others (some of which have a glittery finish).

  • Lightweight, liquid texture sets to a matte finish that helps eyeshadow stay put.
  • Results weren’t dramatic (you still get creasing by the end of the day).
  • The glittery shades aren’t as flattering.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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