E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer


361 reviews

61% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.2

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.2

Price: $$


Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I've been using the face primer for about a week now...and I'm surprised that it did not break me out since I have oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin. Usually silicone-based primers breaks me out badly within minutes of applications so I was weary about even trying this one out. But I was out of primer and in a pinch. It does its job smoothing my skin before foundation application. It has a very velvety, silicone-y feel. I love that it comes with a pump and it's easy to get just a tiny, pea-sized amount out that I need...easy to control that amount you want. Definitely a steal for $6 when so many drugstore primers are twice the price now.

on 4/30/2015 6:44:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

pros: good daily primer, affordable, foundation/concealer spread easily and evenly, silicone-based
cons: comes in a pump bottle, not very long lasting, accentuates dry spots - people with dry skin approach with caution
My first ever primer. Never thought that a primer is needed but I've been staying 12 hours in the office and I despise retouching my makeup. This kept popping up as one of the best primers and since it is affordable, I decided to try it. I would say it's an average product. I was using this during Manila's "cooler months", my skin had a couple of dry spots that this primer highlighted - I knew it was this primer's effect because with only foundation on - the dry spots were not as noticeable. I don't think I will repurchase because I am still on the hunt for the best primer - if you want something you can use on a daily basis that is affordable this is a good product. Oh it looked like it's in a big ass pump bottle but it actually has very little product inside - I had to resort to scooping out some of the stuff when there weren't anymore coming out of the pump (after only a month). I would say there was a "wow so this is an effect of using a primer" because at 30 - it was my first time LOL. But not an HG product, because the wow factor was gone after overexposure to the stuff. If you are new to primers and would like to give primers a try - then take this out for a spin. Primers are a god send and necessary in Manila's killer summer heat.
Would I buy this product again: yes, if I can't find a primer with the same price range that would have the same level of performance, so as of this point - yes I shall buy again.

on 4/10/2015 1:05:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Green

this review is for the regular (new) elf mineral infused face primer (clear):

this stuff feels amazing going on, for real. like smearing liquid satin all over your face. however, the excitement you feel when using this product is short lived as this stuff NEVER dries down, smells like Raid (I LOVE the smell of tea tree oil btw - this does not smell like tto to me) and doesn't do too much in the way of minimizing the appearance of pores.

it's definitely better than nothing if you're okay with reapplying powder throughout the day and can wait 10 minutes after applying primer to put foundation on. and it does keep your makeup generally even - I have oily skin, and while my face stays greasy pretty much 24/7 when I have this on, my foundation doesn't look as bad and patchy as it does when I don't use a primer. overall I would say that if you bought it, and you can't return it, you're not necessarily throwing your money away and you can probably work with this stuff and figure it out. but I'm definitely going to keep looking for something else.

on 4/7/2015 1:06:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is the first primer I've tried. I like the way it glides over my skin. Good value!

on 4/3/2015 7:55:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have it in "Glowing Lavender", which sounds like a great idea for people with yellowish undertones. However this primer is neither glowing, nor the lavender color does anything noticeable. So I'm left with a normal silicon based primer. I've always liked those, so no problem. Buuuut, this one doesn't perform nearly as well as all the others I've tried.

While it does make my skin super smooth, it doesn't help the foundation stay on for much longer. A little bit maybe, but nothing amazing. Also it does nothing for making pores appear smaller. Overall I'd say if anyone is starting out with primers this might not be a bad choice, however I've already tried several primers much better than this, so I will not repurchase.

+ price
+ wide range of colors
+ makes the skin super smooth and easy to apply foundation to
+ makes the foundation stay on longer for just a tiny bit at least

- lavender color doesn't do anything noticeable
- doesn't hold your foundation for long at all
- doesn't fill pores
- the pump sometimes shoots the product into outer space

on 3/29/2015 4:53:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I got this primer in the clear option, and it's a silicone-based primer, so I expected it to do something for oil control. However, it didn't. It made my makeup go on smoother, but it didn't help with the overall staying power, and by the end of the day, my face is still as oily as it would have been had I not used a primer. The packaging is kind of cheap, and I didn't really find that it did anything other than make my foundation go on smoother. If that's all you care about, I would recommend, but if you're looking for staying power, I would steer clear of this primer.

on 3/22/2015 8:27:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Can't wear clear primer because it makes my face too light after foundation. I got the Elf Mineral face primer in Radiant Glow and I love it! Makes skin look flawless and my makeup stays on all day. It has a golden color to it and does not make my face chalky! Highly recommend it!

on 3/15/2015 5:11:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

It's not my favorite but it's amazing for the price. It'll last me awhile too. It doesn't really make my makeup last longer, but it helps smooth my skin for a flawless finish to my foundation.

on 3/6/2015 6:22:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

- small amount goes a long way
- allows for a smoother makeup application

- does not minimize my pores
- doesn't do too much in terms of making makeup last longer
- does nothing for oil

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 2/25/2015 6:18:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Now this is my first time using primer, but I absolutely love this primer. I was reluctant to buy any primers of any sort since the prices were so steep, but this was only $6. Now most reviews said there wasn't much in it, but I've had it for over a month and have yet to run out or have the bottle show signs of running low. But also: You are paying less than half of what most primers go for, so obviously you're getting the amount you paid for.
Anyways: gives a wonderful silky feel to my skin and DEFINITELY helps keep my skin from being oily, especially on my cheeks. My nose usually needs a little pressed powder later in the day but that's it. No acne issues that I've encountered either, and has definitely worked in keeping my makeup on all day.

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