When I was hauling last time I came across the Essence line & thought I'd give the primer a go. Only because I'd like to have a reliable backup that I could places with TFSI from time to time (my first TFSI did last for 2 years, though).
Packaging: Essence I <3 Stage (EI<3S) Eyeshadow base is in a plastic bottle with a doe-foot applicator. It has 0.13 fl.oz/ 4ml of product, which is surprising because TFSI is 0.35 oz/ 11g. The only downside with the packaging is that it would be harder to get all the product out towards the end, unlike being able to cut open a tube. However the wand is quite flexible so you should be able to dig it out from the corners lol.
Texture: EI<3S has a consistency of a liquid concealer so it is really easy to spread all over the eyelid. It blankets imperfections on the eyelids such as veins & discolouration which so you could use it on it's own if you'd like. All you need is a few dots to spread it all over the eyelid. It doesn't take too long to dry but I like to make sure it is still tacky so my eyeshadow sticks. It would also be nice to use as an under eye concealer on it's own (if it matches your skin tone, of course).
Compared to TFSI I think EI<3S is on par. Although it had mainly bad reviews on makeupalley.com I think if you couldn't get your hands on anything else that this is a really good primer. I had no problems with creasing and my eye makeup lasted all day with a good colour payoff.
Here is my roadtest with Essence I <3 Stage primer review.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you've tried this and what you thought.
*Disclaimer: Product bought by me, not affiliated with Essence. All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.*