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Can e.l.f.’s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer Keep My Eyeshadow Fresh?

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

e.l.f.’s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is one of those products I’ve intended to try for a long time, but could just never find at .my local Target stores that carry the e.l.f. brand. After having it on my mind, I gave in and placed an order for this $3 product, which is one of the lowest priced primers on the market. So, how does it stack up to my current must-have, Prestige Primed & Ready?


To find out which primer lasted longest, I put it to the test, wearing both primers on an extremely busy day that involved  a lot of outdoors time and walking around. e.l.f.’s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator that you can use directly on your lids, or swipe on the back of your hand and pat on to your lids with a brush or your fingers.


The texture of e.l.f.’s Primer is very lightweight and moist. In comparison, I find Urban Decay’s Primer Potion to be very drying. Prestige Primed & Ready feels about the same, but I’d say e.l.f.’s has a lighter texture.


Now, on to the test! Here’s what my eyes looked like when the day started.


And after, about 9 hours later. My eyeshadow took a beating! Prestige is clearly the winner, with no creasing in comparison to e.l.f.’s version.


My Final Thoughts: e.l.f.’s Mineral Eyeshadow Primer is a lightweight, easy to apply primer that makes my shadow look bright, but fails to keep my makeup uncreased through a long day. I’ll keep using it for days I won’t be wearing makeup for long, but will rely on Prestige Primed & Ready for those occasions when my makeup needs to go the distance.

Rating: C

Price: $3

Availability: You can find this at Target stores that carry e.l.f. and online.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? No

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Have you tried the basic elf eyeshadow primer? That one always holds up for me, so I’m not sure what went wrong with their mineral formula :/

  • Caroline Jackson Hankins

    I have the same issue with both of elf’s eyeshadow primers (the regular $1 one and the $3 mineral version). They both seem to work well at first, but they don’t keep my shadows from creasing. Guess this is definitely a case of getting what you pay for, sadly. :(

  • http://makeupbykim-porter.com/blog Kim Porter

    I’ve never tried ELF primers. People rave about it since it’s $1. I can see why :(

  • myCosmeticBag

    I haven’t tried many elf products, but at least now i know to stay aware from this primer!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Oh that’s too bad! i heard great things about it – but I’d rather put that dollar towards a lasting product :(

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Great comparison! My lids are so oily, UDPP is the only thing that works for me and even in a humid climate that’s a lost cause =( NARS seems to hold up pretty well but it’s $$$

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    Aww that’s too bad. Most things crease on me, with the exception of TFSI, Jesse’s Girl and UDPP Anti-Aging / UDPP Eden

  • Harshleen

    That’s a good comparison post! My fav is UDPP but I also like Milani’s eyeshadow primer.

  • MyNewestAddiction

    Almost everything creases on me eventually. Very few things keep me good all day!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    That one didn’t work for me either, sadly. It’s one of those YMMV things, I think.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    Yes, I quite agree. It’s worth the extra $$$ for something that works.

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  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    It’s a shame because I do like many other e.l.f. products.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I totally agree with you!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I totally feel you there – oily lids + humid climate = aaargh!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I always found the original UDPP to be drying – is the Anti-Aging less so?

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I have to try Milani’s – have heard nothing but good things.

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    It’s a pain, and I can relate!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    the original UDPP creased on me. Eden does not. and Anti-aging does not.

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I don’t really think it’s drying, more than a normal primer?

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I haven’t found to have a creasing problem with this one. I do have dry skin and eyelids so perhaps that could be why?

  • Laura Sorenson

    I absolutely love Nyx’s HD Eye Shadow Base. I have yet to find anything that beats the price ($7) and can make my eye shadow stay put in my deep creases.