E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer

E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer
Mineral Infused Face PrimerEnter TitleEnter TitleMineral Infused Face Primer


409 reviews

61% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.3

Price: $$


0.47 fl.oz./14mLCyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone,Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, PhenoxyethanolMay Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

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on 1/28/2018 3:16:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Goes on super smooth, fills in my pores and holds back the oil tide on my face quite well.
Strange thing to note, the first part of the first pump of the day tends to go weird and pill on my face, so I squirt that teeny little first bit down the drain, and then it's perfect. It's a bit wasteful, but it's so cheap and lasts for quite awhile.

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on 12/10/2017 11:28:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Feels very silky and smooth on the face. It seems like it mattifies and fills in pores but that does not in fact happen. You get very little product compared to what it looks like.

on 11/16/2017 2:11:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

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.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This primer isn't great, but isn't bad. It's my daily use primer just because it's cheaper but it really isn't all that. The packing is plain and boring which isn't a big deal but I definitely think they could put some effort into making it look a little more appealing. The product itself, it's alright. It's pretty thick and when I use it I have to kind of use a lot because, a little bit of product won't spread evenly across my face. Which brings me to my next point, The fact that you have to use a lot for it to be even is a big downer because there's not that much product in the bottle so after a few uses it'll be empty. The plus side is when it's on the face it feels nice and smooth and does what it needs to. It primes your face and foundation goes on nicely, but like I said in the beginning of the review it's alright. I'll keep buying it because it's not expensive and gets the job done but this is not anything special at all.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

This is deceptive. The packaging is 0.5oz for $6USD. So most products are 1.0oz. So you are paying $12 for 1oz on par w L'Oréal or Physicians Formula, more expensive than Rimmel, Maybelline or CoverGirl Outlast. The bottle feels substantial & has a nice hygienic pump. So I feel gypped paying $6 for 0.5oz they don't need to make the bottle look bigger than it is. ELF is cruelty free which is awesome. Easily available at the DS's that sells ELF. I would buy again. ELF has the best DS primers i can't be too mad at them for their deceptive trickery. It protects the bottle if you drop it it won't shatter. My fave is the elf illuminating "radiant" primer but I like this one. I keep buying it lol. It makes my makeup much better! So will definitely repurchase. I get mine at Kroger.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have extremely oily, acne prone skin. One advantage of this primer is that it never broke me out. The price is cheap, but as for the packaging even though it seems that it's filled entirely, there is a little cylinder in the container that takes away from the formula size. Now on to actual priming effect:
-no breakouts
However as far as oil control and makeup longevity go, i've had different results with different foundations...sometimes my face looked average(but never great) sometimes i sported a cake face. So i guess it ultimately depends on trial and error. But i have to say I didn't see a significant, beneficial effect on my face. I will not repurchase.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is a VERY siliconey primer and sadly for me, not one that suits my skin type (combo/hyper-sensitive). I was worried about putting this on my face because of that reason, as I've had bad experiences with silicone-based primers in the past. And although nothing bad happened, nothing good did either.

I applied this mainly to my t-zone, as that's where I get the oiliest, with a little extra on my cheeks to help even things out. It applied very smoothly, but definitely had that classic silicone feel to it as it was going on. The best way I can describe it is like applying a layer of thick grease, which makes my skin feel like it can't 'breathe' properly. It's not a feeling I like particularly, as I always worry that it'll make me break out.

It didn't have any discernible scent to it, which I prefer. There was a slight 'something' to it, but I can't really put my finger on exactly what. It wasn't offensive though and didn't seem to linger after application, so I guess that's one thing in its favour.

I can't say this either helped or hindered my makeup application; I certainly didn't notice any profound changes either way. As for helping to even out pores and fine lines, it did neither. As the day wore on, I definitely noticed that my skin was feeling A LOT greasier than usual and the foundation on my forehead and chin went patchy after about 4 hours, which is something I don't usually experience. So basically it didn't do any of the things E.L.F. claim on their website it's designed for - combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines.

I got this as a sample with an online order I placed and I'm glad I did, as I definitely wouldn't pay out £12.50 for the full-sized version. I've yet to find my HG primer, but I can confidently say this isn't it.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Black

This felt really heavy on my face, even heavier than my foundation, and it made everything else go on cakey. I see no benefit whatsoever to this primer, and it's not even a good deal for the amount you get (don't be fooled by the packaging).

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on 3/14/2017 9:36:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

ETA again - I decided to go back and give this primer another try and see if my "oil" issue was from my moisturizer. This time I skipped my regular moisturizing routine and just sprayed my face with ELF's Mist and Set for some moisture before applying this primer and then my Tarte BB tinted moisturizer (amazonian clay). MUCH BETTER. It doesn't keep me completely matte, but I have found that this primer (even just worn alone) does a better job on my skin than if I have no primer. It blurs my pores which I love - and as of yet (4 days)- it still has not broken me out (still testing). I think it's the fact that Cyclopentasiloxane is the main ingredient vs. Dimethicone (as many other primers list as the first ingredient). Both are silicones, but Cyclopentasiloxane is a much more lightweight silicone and is volatile, which means it's so lightweight, that it can actually evaporate off your skin. This is a good thing for a first ingredient vs. dimethicone. Dimethicone is much more heavier of a silicone and can be one of the reasons why some people always break out from silicone primers. If you are having issues with your current primer, check the ingredients. I always thought I was allergic/sensitive to silicones, but I think it's only *heavy* silicones. You can tell immediately that this is a very lightweight silicone. The feeling of it on your skin disappears immediately, which is a GOOD thing.

Only other downside is the price for the .47 ounces at $6.00 (so $12 for .94 ounces) a bottle. But the NYX Photo Loving Primer (has the same lightweight silicone as main ingredient as this one) is 1.01 ounces for $12.99 (Target - and on sale for $9 currently!) so the price is really about the same. I'm thinking of trying the NYX just for the price/amount of product and squeeze bottle.

***Also - I edited the ingredients for this listing - they were incorrect. They must have updated the ingredients sometimes after 2011, because they are different now according to the ELF website. The ingredients in 2011 had Cyclomethicone as the main ingredient - and by 2013 - they had switched to the current Cyclopentasiloxane. I highly recommend trying this primer out if you had issues with this back in 2011/2012 before ELF updated the ingredients. Its a great, lightweight primer.

ETA a week later: I tried this again all over my face (instead of just my forehead) - this is GREAT for the first hour (it blurred my skin, I looked 10 years younger and fresher) but by 9AM, I became a greasy mess. I have oily skin from topical BP treatment and I really want to find a primer that can help subdue my oiliness so I can wear concealer and tinted moisturizer/foundation. This is not it. Bummer. Pros: didn't break me out, no smells, very smooth.


I just tried a sample of this primer out this morning (got a sample from ELF) and I was really excited to try it because I had been debating about trying a primer in my makeup routine, and the mineral primer was the most popular of all the ELF primers. I got the clear as a sample, which was the one I wanted to try.

I didn't find that it had any smell, and since I have super sensitive skin, I only applied a little to my forehead area to test it out - since that is also the area on my face that I have issues with for my makeup creasing, settling into a deep wrinkle in the middle of my forehead and powder tends to gather and dry out there.

The texture of this is amazing - it was like silk. It glided on nicely over my moisturizer, but I could tell right away there was a little bit of powdery "slip" to this - which looking at the ingredients - its the silica. Silica works fine on my face, but only as a powder to mattify my face. I applied this to my forehead - noticed it did dull/blur my forehead a bit, but once I went to put on my tinted moisturizer/concealer like I normally do (with a damp BB) I was disappointed to find that everything gathered in my wrinkles on my forehead (worse than normal, actually) and my forehead was looking dry already. I believe this is from the silca, which in powder form, can overdry out my skin.

Since my forehead is really the only place I have issues with makeup creasing - and this didn't work at all - I won't be using again, mostly because it didn't work at all for my wrinkles and I'm nervous about breaking out from a primer on my skin. I am going to see how it does throughout the day with keeping my forehead matte - but I noticed that about 10 minutes after finishing my face - my forehead looked shiny already, so I don't have high hopes. Glad I was able to try it as sample before buying.

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on 3/14/2017 1:42:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I received this as a sample and tried it this morning; I must say that I'm absolutely loving this item and will surely purchase it in my next ELF haul. The texture is perfectly silky and glides onto my pre-moisturised, combination skin perfectly. My BB cream looks flawless and it really looks as though I took a lot of time to get my face just right when it honestly took me a grand total of 5 minutes.
I usually use the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer... not because it works great, but because it was bloody expensive and I don't want to waste it. Believe it or not, ELF just beat Smashbox and I think I've found my new HG primer!

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