How are you all doing? I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend & enjoyed the amazing sun we had (if you’re in the UK). I know I did. Unfortunately I had to work a few days over the extended weekend but I still managed to fit in some time in the sun which was great.
Today I want to review the e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer which I picked up from Superdrug a couple weeks ago. My makeup had been looking so dry & just not sitting nicely on my skin, so I thought a hydrating primer could help me out a little. I also switched up my foundation brush back to my old one.. no regrets!
So, if you want to hear my thoughts on this one, keep reading.
For £7.50 you get 14ml of product – the packaging is a little deceiving as it does look like you get more product than this. So that’s something to bare in mind. For comparison, the NYX Honey Dew Me Up (a firm fave of mine) will set you back £15 for 22ml. So although the e.l.f primer seems to be way more affordable than the NYX one – it’s actually not.
e.l.f claim that this primer will ‘transform your face into a flawless, smooth canvas, ideal for long-lasting makeup application.’ The primer is infused with grape, vitamin A, C & E ‘to boost complexion and hydrate your skin.’
I was surprised at the texture of this primer. It has a silicone feel to it & had I of felt this without knowing which primer it was, I would’ve guessed it to be a pore filling primer rather than a hydrating one.
Although I was surprised, I wasn’t disappointed. I personally don’t mind a silicone primer. I used to love the L’oreal Infallible one & it actually feels rather similar on application.
As I mentioned, I first tried this out when my skin was particularly dry & giving me some hassle. So I was definitely putting it to the test.
I noticed that my foundation applied much smoother than before and it didn’t immediately cling to dry patches as it had been doing in the days before. Great first impression! Although don’t get it into your brows as it makes applying any product in there a nightmare..
The satisfaction didn’t end there – I found that my skin remained looking much more hydrated throughout the day when I wore this primer. My face looked smoother as promised.
I wouldn’t say this primer increased the longevity of my makeup, at least not enough for me to notice. But I didn’t mind that as I don’t necessarily think that is the main focus of this particular primer (although they do say it creates a base ideal for long-lasting makeup).
Overall, I am a fan of this primer & it is definitely something I will be continuing to use when my skin is feeling dry. If you find your foundation is looking dry & flaked, I would definitely recommend this one for you! The only downside is that I’ll probably be going through this really quickly. It also smells like playdough which might put some people off.
Have you tried this primer? What other products do you recommend from e.l.f? Let me know in the comments below!