Hit or Miss: ELF Primer/Sealer Combo

I love a good combo product; saves space in the already crammed cabinet, and usually saves money, too.  ELF cosmetics are already very cost effective and usually high quality.  So when I saw this little number at my local Target, I had to get one to check it out.

ELF Eye Primer and Liner Sealer

ELF Eye Primer and Liner Sealer

ELF Eye Primer and Liner Sealer: It has a stick primer on one end and a sponge-tip brush in a liner sealant on the other.  It was around $3 (as I remember).

What a clever idea, I thought.  This will be perfect for travel….

Well, is it? I have to say that this duo is a miss for me.  The eyelid primer is a bit dry and waxy (not unlike a concealer) and did not glide as smoothly as other primers (such as ELF’s eye primer for $1 that has a sponge-tip applicator).  The primer worked fairly well; my shadow stayed put for most of the day, but by evening it had all but faded away completely.  Other primers — and even some cream eyeshadows work better.  Now to the liner sealer.  This product does work fairly well. It’s not as good as Kryolan sealant, nor my beloved and discontinued Benefit SheLaq, but it works well enough for several hours.  The main downfall is that you are using the applicator then sticking it back into the sealant reservoir….and all the bacteria picked up from your eyes goes right into the product where it can happily multiply at room temperature…. yuck.  It may save time to never wash the applicator, but the risk of an eye infection is not a pretty option.   (I feel the same way about liquid liners… I like to make my own liquid liner with a drop of a sealant such as Kryolan’s and a smidge of powdered liner.  It’s more work, but much more sanitary.)

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Have you tried this product?  What did you think of it?

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