Months ago I found this pin on Pinterest (do you follow me?) about all of these different drug store dupes for name brand makeup. I didn’t pin it but did spend a good 2+ hours on the blogger’s site reading through all her trials she did. And of course, now I can’t find the pin or the blog. (note to self: REPIN!) One of the ones I was interested in was the Urban Decay shadow primer. When I received the Urban Decay Naked Palette, it came with a sample size of their shadow primer. I loved it. I had never used a primer on my lids before, but it made sense. I had been using one on my face for years. I loved how long my shadow was visible! But when it came time to replace the sample size, I’ll admit, it was a bit hard to fork over the cash. I love my makeup, but I don’t like paying for it.
In one of the posts on that blogger’s site, she spoke about the ELF brand primer (found at target for $1!) and I figured – why not. I bought it, put it on, and wasn’t impressed. This is my makeup routine in order: Face Primer, spot concealer, powder, shadow primer, shadow, liner, mascara, blush. The problem was as soon as I put the ELF brand on, and then my shadow, it was too wet. I stopped using it. It didn’t lengthen the life of my shadow.
Then I got curious and mixed up the order. Now I did both the face & shadow primer at the same time. Then I would apply “my face.” By switching that order, it gave the ELF primer time to dry and I noticed SUCH a tremendous difference. When applying my shadow, it was the same as if I had been using the Urban Decay. So, I had posted a pic of the primer on Instagram and had several ladies say they tried it & didn’t like it. I commented back to them about allowing time for it to set, and figured I should eventually blog about it. That was about 5 months ago. Oops! But better late than never, I say!
Here’s my comparison. My Urban Decay is on the left, ELF is on the right.
Immediately after application – see, they dry and look the same! (timeframe: 6:30am)
After shadow is applied. To me, I don’t see much difference. Do you? Colors on both sides seem just as vibrant and shimmery
Shadow at 5pm. The top color is missing a bit, but overall, STILL THERE!
I should have taken a snapshot later in the evening. But sort of forgot. But you get the point – almost 12 hours later, and the color is still pretty visible. Adding primer to your lids can help out so much! I think you should add some to your arsenal! Which reminds me, I’m out of my ELF and need to buy more at Target. I keep forgetting to buy that 🙂
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