Oh, ELF. I have such a love/hate relationship with the products that are Eyes Lips Face. On one hand, they are so affordable that it’s easy to say “oh well, I didn’t spend much” if it doesn’t work out. On the other, I think of how those dollars add up to something great (like a blush from NARS or MAC!). I have heard good things about the ELF Mineral Infused Primer ($6), so I decided to try it out in one of the colored primers: Tone Correcting Green.
This primer comes in three other shades: Clear, Brightening Lavender, and Radiant Glow. On ELF’s website, it has a 4.2 rating (out of five) with 918 reviews, so it is a very popular product. Radiant Glow seems to make up a lot of the negative reviews due to the glitter.
Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Penoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben.
Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish.
Tone Adjusting Green is ideal for minimizing redness and correcting blotchy skin.
Brightening Lavender is ideal for uneven skin tones and to brighten dull or yellow tones.
Radiant Glow is ideal for creating a luminizing effect on dark spots and uneven skin tones.
I chose Tone Adjusting Green because I am one of those people who always has rosy cheeks! I can’t say that after applying this I really see much of a difference in the tone of my skin; it minimizes some redness, but it’s not a miracle worker by any means.
This is a silicone based primer; a lot of people have compared it as a dupe for Smashbox Photo Finish primer. I can see how this would be true, but if you’re looking for something to truly even out skin tone, Smashbox does a much better job at that. I wore Smashbox Photo Finish primer on my wedding day with only some powder over it.
The texture of ELF’s primer is very smooth and silky, and it dries to a powdery finish. I don’t notice a huge difference in how my skin looks after applying this primer; my pores are slightly blurred, but it’s nothing that anyone but me would notice, that’s for sure. I can’t say that it makes my makeup stay on longer either. The primer is very moisturizing and doesn’t irritate my skin at all, but the tone correcting properties are nil.
Upon the first pump, expect this primer to come out watery. That will change with more use. And speaking of the pump, I can’t stand this one. The pump on this primer is awful and makes the product splatter everywhere. It rarely comes out evenly. Supposedly ELF has a new pump for this product now; I have no idea which one I have.
The packaging of the product is quite sleek. It comes in a white tube with clear packaging around it, one of the classic “make this look bigger” tactics often seen with lip glosses and other products. For $6, you’re getting less than an ounce of product (.49 ounces).
Overall, I would say it is worth a try, but I am not going to be repurchasing it. Personally, I prefer stickier primers with an almost “tacky” texture that still glide onto the skin (more on this in my favorite primers post!).
What do you think of this product? Have you tried it?