Even though this primer is only $1-2, it really is worth the price. It could be $5 and still worth the price. I actually loved it more than I loved my Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I received for free with a purchase of their Naked palette. That was way too liquid-y for me to actually enjoy, and it just ended up going to waste, because I never used it. This product is more like a bit creamier mousse. You can just plop a little dot onto your eyelid and blend the whole thing out all over, up to your brow bone, so a little goes a long ways. And it really does last all day long. I have severely oily eyelids. I can feel them oiling up right now as I type! But this primer fights through that and really does work well.
The reason I'm giving this a four out of five stars is because you don't get THAT much product. While you get a pretty good amount of product for some pocket change, it's still not really enough. They give you a tube of it, but the tube is definitely not filled as much as it could be. You have to scrape the sides of the tube in order to really get your money's worth of product.
Other than that, this product is a dream come true and I highly recommend that everyone should try it. Especially if you're interested in the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Again, I really did love this a lot more than that.
Normally I go for mattifying primers (which usually tend to be thicker and white to provide a sort of absorbing barrier before the oil breaks through) This one seemed to be more for settling skin and filling in pores, but I can go 8 hours without blotting and I'm honestly so impressed by that. I don't have much problem with dry flaky skin as long as I exfoliate in the winter, so I can't tell you how it helps there but it is moisturizing and leaves that typical soft satin primer texture that helps makeup glide over your skin. I didn't expect it to have any oil control but surprisingly it definitely helps extend my foundation for my whole 8 hour shifts!
I don't typically pay more than $6-7 dollars or so for my drugstore primers, and I'm still used to E.L.F. products being $1-$2... As another review mentioned, the packaging is misleading. There's a tube concealing the actual amount of primer actually there so it looks liek more. So I have to admit I'm not totally impressed by their price range anymore.
-Buff small amount with kabuki brush over bbcream/tinted moisturizer/foundation to cut shine.
-With a small round brush I sweep a tiny amount on top of my eye concealer. Keeps it in place without sinking into lines.
-After applying lipstick/lipliner/gloss, with small brush sweep powder just above lip-line/lipstick to sharpen the line and keep lip products from traveling.
-If foundation seems a tad dark this helps lighten a bit.
-Sets foundation on legs. Seems to keep foundation on legs without transfer better than other powders. Very useful for back of knees.
-Use with caution in photographs.
-Can be too drying for some skin types. I can't use on flakey skin days.
-Might give white cast to darker skin tones.
-Too much looks ghastly.
-Not great with bronzed looks.
As others said, leave sticker on sifter and poke a few holes through the tape/sifter so product doesn't come out too rapidly. Apply clear tape and poke holes through it, if you've already removed sticker. I turn container over with top on and use the little bit of product left behind in the top to avoid using too much.
I've been wanting to try this scrub for awhile, but it was always sold out whenever I went to buy it. Finally found it in stock during a 50% off sale. 3 tubes for $1.50 each. Can't beat the price.
When you first open it, like others have mentioned, you need to scrape off the first layer to get to the scrubbiness, so don't be put off if it just feels like balm for the first couple uses if you choose not to scrape it.
The scrub itself is very coarse, so you don't need to apply it with much pressure to get the desired effect. I really love that this is suspended in balm. I've used potted scrubs before, and though they usually contain some sort of moisturizing oils, I always needed to apply a separate balm after I was finished with the scrub which means that if I wanted to use it on the go, I needed to carry 2 separate products. This scrub, for me, has just the right balance of balm to scrub, so I just need the one product. If you want more moisture, you can always use the side of the stick, as it'll have a more balm-like layer like the top did when it was first opened. I've used about 1cm of the product so far, and the consistency has remained the same.
Also, the packaging. Love, love, love the packaging! No sticking your finger in pots, or chance of dropping lumps of scrub everywhere. Super easy to throw in your purse or even a pocket.
For the price, especially during one of the frequent 50% off sales, there's really no beating the price. Yes, scrubs are easy and inexpensive to make yourself. But I still prefer the lipstick format, and if I were to make my own by mimicking the formula and packing it in my own tubes, I would definitely spend more time and money on supplies. For $1.50 (and it's definitely more than worth the $3 regular price as well), I would recommend adding it to your next ELF order.
This must be applied with a finger I don't think there is any other way to get it on your eye without wasting product it is simply too wet.
I agree with another reviewer this makes a surprisingly good base like the Mac paint pot but not as pigmented and doesn't dry as well. No creasing and feels surprisingly light.
A note about the colors: They don't apply on me EXACTLY how they appear on the computer swatches or on their caps. I tried the shade Wine, which I thought would be a merlot, berry color, but it actually leaned quite red on me. A veeery slightly pinkish red, but definitely not dark or berry. I also tried Tea Rose, which I thought would be a cool-toned nude pink, but it was actually more nude than mauve. I'm fine with both colors, but just know the shades are not exactly what you think!
Bonus Tip: The end of the tube pops off and there's a sharpener inside! Just in case your crayon tip dulls down and you want a sharper point. I personally don't use it because the pencil is twist-up anyway and I don't like wasting product, but if you like a really pointy end or want to use this as a lipliner, the sharpener is always there as an option.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this purchase. I think it's great for beginners, like myself, but if you're a contouring pro, or want a variety of colors, I'd look elsewhere