Today I’m reviewing e.l.f’s Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer. I’m doing something a little different this time around, instead of just giving you my overall thoughts and pros & cons I thought it would be kinda fun to do a comparison between my regular primer and e.l.f’s primer. I’m using my Golden Goddess eyeshadow quad which is also e.l.f.
On my left eye (your right) I used Arbonne’s Makeup Primer (you can check out my review here) under my eyeshadow and on my right (your left) I used e.l.f’s Primer.
Here’s the primers both applied with no eyeshadow yet. My Arbonne primer is translucent and the e.l.f primer is white, even after blending in. The e.l.f primer is full of sparkles, I got them all over that side of my face!
It was a lot harder to apply eyeshadow over the e.l.f primer. It almost felt like trying to spread eyeshadow across glue, it really didn’t want to move. I’ve added my crease shade with my e.l.f defining eye brush (which is only a dollar!!), gold on the lid and lined lightly with the darkest shade in the quad. The light is coming from the left so the crease looks a little darker on the right but in reality they were pretty close. I really like these eyeshadows for a quick eye look, the colors go quite well together.
Okay so about four hours have passed and this is how the two compare. The e.l.f. side is already starting to fade a little more than the Arbonne side but its still there. These are $2 eyeshadows, so a bit of that fading is due to the eyeshadow not the primer. E.l.f actually held up pretty well at this point, I was surprised.
This is what I’m left with at the end of the day. Once again it was really hard to get the lighting right, I try to do my photos in natural light but it’s hard to do that once the sun starts going down! The e.l.f side is just a bit lighter than the Arbonne side but they both lasted most of the day. Unless you were looking for it I don’t think it would be blatantly obvious to anyone, plus I normally wear glasses so that tones it down a bit.
Final thoughts: First I must say that the Arbonne primer isn’t actually an eye primer, it’s just a primer in general. The one I’m using is $42/30ml, and the e.l.f shadow lock primer is $2/3.1 ml. Doing the math a tube of Arbonne the size of the shadow lock container would cost $4.34.
That out of the way, I’m not entirely sold on the e.l.f primer. It doesn’t apply very evenly, the tube dries up quickly and it’s hard to get an even eyeshadow application across the lid. The sparkles aren’t a big deal here since my eyeshadow sparkles, but if I was going for a matte look it might bother me. I was impressed at how long it lasted in comparison though!
My Rating: 3/5
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