e.l.f Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer Review

e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer

Hey beautiful! 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 fun to do a comparison between my regular primer and e.l.f’s Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer. I’m using the e.l.f. Golden Goddess eyeshadow quad on my eyes.

On my left eye (your right) I used Arbonne’s Makeup Primer under my eyeshadow and on my right (your left) I used e.l.f’s Primer.

e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer

Here’s the primers both applied with no eyeshadow yet. My Arbonne primer is translucent and the e.l.f primer is white. The e.l.f primer is full of sparkles, I got them all over that side of my face!

e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer

Morning, 11am

It’s much 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 was 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 colours go quite well together.

e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer test


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.

e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer test


This is what I’m left with at the end of the day. 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 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.

Final thoughts

I’m not entirely sold on the e.l.f Shadow Lock Eyeshadow 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 has a shimmer to it, 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

e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyeshadow Primer flatlay

Have you tried e.l.f Shadow Lock Primer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and what kind of post you’d like to see next! Remember to like this post and click that follow button! I’m also at these links on Instagram  & Twitter!

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  1. June 7, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    I’ve tried that elf primer and while it helps the eyeshadow last a little longer, it’s not something I would rely on for everyday wear. I have oily eyelids!


    • June 7, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      I definitely feel there are better primers out there but if you’re on a budget it’s an option, I’m going to pass on this when I run out though. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. jacklynp22
    June 7, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    I do like my e.l.f. eyelid primer for a few reasons, I have red eyelids, partly because of my dry, sensitive skin, but the primer I have has a slight tint that covers up the redness and gives me a better canvas to work on. I use the applicator to just get the product onto my eye but use my ring finger to cover the lid.

    • June 7, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      I’m glad it works well for you! I think I’ll have to try this in the Sheer color instead of the white, part of my problem is just trying to cover up all that primer. Are you using this same one? It looks like they have a couple different primers to chose from. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

      • jacklynp22
        June 7, 2016 / 7:23 pm

        I think I am still using their older one. It’s just an eyelid primer. :0)

    • June 7, 2016 / 11:49 am

      Me too! it’s so hard to apply over top. Which primer do you use?

      • June 8, 2016 / 12:07 am

        Mica Beauty. I got it in a subscription box a while back. I’d never heard of it before but I’m absolutely in love.

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