e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer & e.l.f. Studio Eye Refresh reviews | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

20 July, 2013

e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer & e.l.f. Studio Eye Refresh reviews

Remember when I wrote about my e.l.f. online order a couple of weeks ago? I finally got around to trying most of the stuff I bought, so I thought I'd write about a couple of the eye products today.

First up, e.l.f.'s Studio Eye Refresh ($3):

Classy packaging!

Out of the package. Tube contents are 11.2 ml.
The applicator is a metal rollerball.
The product on my skin (look closely!)

In case you can't make it out in the photo above, the consistency of this product is clear and sort of watery. Not totally liquid, but imagine the texture of hair gel that's been cut half and half with water and this is what you would get. Anyway, according to e.l.f. this product is supposed to:

The cooling sensation of the Eye Refresh rollerball brightens and refreshes the eye area to help alleviate under eye puffiness and dark circles. Infused with key ingredients Pomegranate, Rosemary, Green Tea, Cucumber and Grape to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin around your eyes. Perfect for portable on-the-spot treatment to awaken the skin throughout the day for a little pick-me-up. Eye Refresh is great for men too!

The scent of this product is pretty neutral - it doesn't smell like nothing, but it's so weak that I doubt it would bother someone who is sensitive to fragrance. I suppose the dominant notes are cucumber and rosemary, but like I said it's so weak that the average person probably wouldn't even notice.

This product has an immediate cooling sensation when applied - I'm not sure if that's because of the metal roller or the product or both, but it's very refreshing. Since the product is so wet it does take a few minutes to sink it, so if you're planning on applying makeup over it you'll have to wait a bit. I feel like repeated use of the roller did reduce puffiness around my eyes a bit, but it did nothing for my dark circles. I'm not terribly surprised though, since my dark circles are generally the worst when my nasal allergies are acting up, and there's no cosmetic product in the world that will totally prevent that. It is also slightly moisturizing, though it wouldn't replace a heavy-duty eye cream.

Bottom line: e.l.f.'s Studio Eye Refresh is a good product for soothing/cooling and reducing undereye puffiness, and at $3 it's a much better deal than other comparable products (like Garnier's eye roller). I would probably buy this again.

Where to buy: e.l.f.'s website, Walgreens.com

Next in line... e.l.f.'s Essential Eyelid Primer ($1):

Product in the package.

e.l.f.'s description of this product:

Preps your eyelid for smoother, longer-lasting and crease-proof eyeshadow. The lightweight liquid formula quickly absorbs into the skin for comfortable wear and increases eye color longevity.

Ingredients and whatnot.

Applicator with some product on it.

Product on the wrist, not blended - very goopy!

Blended in: You can't even see it.

I purchased this in the shade "Sheer" as I wanted something that was basically translucent. This primer is available in a couple other shades, including a pearl one that I'm tempted to try. Once it was blended in it was totally invisible on my skin - not sure if it would blend in as naturally for someone with very dark skin, but it was a perfect match on my pale self. As you can see from the photos, the consistency is sort of gloppy so you definitely need to blend it thoroughly. Here is what it looked like when I applied a ridiculous amount of blue eyeshadow (from e.l.f.'s Little Black Beauty Book, in case you were curious) over the primer on one eye and over naked skin on the other:

Left eye: With primer. Right Eye: Without.
No, I am not usually that sloppy with my eyeshadow.

In my opinion, there is only a very subtle difference between the two when it is first applied with this shadow - the one with the primer is a little more opaque, but only ever-so-slightly. The real value of this product became apparent after I had been wearing it for about 5 hours under extremely sweaty circumstances:

Sorry about the hideous indoor lighting.

As you can see, the pigment on the eyelid with primer has held up waaaaaay better than the one without. Considering how much I was sweating, I am really quite impressed. My only major complaint about this product is that there isn't much in the tube, but at $1 a pop I can afford to replace it often.

Bottom line: e.l.f.'s Essential Eyelid Primer in "Sheer" is a bit goopy out of the tube, but blends in very naturally with light skin. It's great at increasing the longevity of eyeshadow and is a total steal at $1. I will definitely purchase this product again.

Where to buy: e.l.f.'s website,Walgreens.com, select Target retail stores

So that's it for now. I'm happy with both of these items, but especially with the primer - it's hard to beat $1 for something that actually works.

Have you tried either of these e.l.f. products? What did you think?


  1. I actually purchased both products. I like the eye refresher because I have the darkest circles and I like the cooling effect. The primer I'm a lil iffy about ,I'm dark skin so it make me look clownish.I'll have to try it more to see the results.

    1. Hmm, I'm not sure how it would work on dark skin. I could imagine it leaving a bit of whitish cast but you'll have to let us know. :)

  2. Hi, I am using the Primer although I do not have dark skin, I am medium actually, I do not get the whitish cast. I love this primer because it makes my eyeshadow lasts for hours. Pretty Bird is right about the small difference about the pigmentation of the eyeshadow when applied.


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