I’ve had the e.l.f. Cosmetics Poreless Face Primer in my collection for quite some time, but completely forgot to share my thoughts on it. e.l.f. currently has the number 1 selling primer collection in America and it’s easy to see why. Their primers come in a wide spectrum of varieties and sizes. They have priming mists, balms, sticks and serums; all in either travel, small, large and value sizes. The primers cover a huge range of skin concerns including hydration, colour-correcting, blurring, soothing, illuminating and blemish control. Their collection is borderline excessive. To put it into perspective, their UK website had three foundations and a BB cream available versus 15+ primers with prices ranging from £7.50 to £14.50.
Unfortunately, I don’t find myself reaching for the e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer very often. If my skin is feeling a little thirsty, it’s perfect for creating a smooth canvas to help prevent my foundation clinging to dry patches and appearing blotchy and uneven. However, on a ‘normal’ skin day, my combination skin tends to get shiny and oily on my forehead, chin and nose. I can usually get away with dimethicone based primers such as Porefessional and Photo Finish, however, this one has a tendency to add a greasy texture to my skin which causes my foundation to slide about more than usual, even when I use the tiniest amount. There are things I like about it which is why I haven’t binned it. It fills the pores on my nose and helps them appear less noticeable, it’s infused with Vitamins A & E and Tea Tree (it does, however, have strong fragrance) and I like that the tube comes with a pump.
If you have dry skin, I think you’d enjoy this but it’s a no-go for oily/combination skin. It seems to lie on the surface of the skin rather than actually sink in and mesh with your other base products. It just didn’t work well with my skin type but I am still intrigued about their new (Jeffree Star approved) Poreless Putty Primer which is said to be a Tatcha Silk Canvas dupe and I still might pick it up if it ever comes back in stock.
If you liked today’s post you might also like my review of the e.l.f. 16hr Camo Concealer. Spoiler alert! It’s one of the best ‘drugstore’ concealers I’ve ever purchased…