Primers can make the biggest difference in your makeup, and there are SO many to choose from now, ranging from all different prices. Today I'll be reviewing e.l.f.'s Mineral Infused Face Primer, I've been using it daily for about a week and I love it!
As most of you probably know, e.l.f. products can be hit and miss but you just can't beat the price and some of their products are absolutely amazing.. I love their eye primer so I was intrigued and excited to try this out and I am so impressed!
It's from the Studio line and costs only $6.
I like the packaging, and that there is a pump. If you press it down lightly, you can get just the right amount of product - unlike some pumps that give you way too much.
It is silicone based so it feels very nice to apply, extremely soft and you can't feel it at all once it's on. It reminds me a lot of Tarte's Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer ($30) - in both texture and how lightweight it is. I've used many other silicone based primers but that one is the most similar, in my opinion... Tarte's primer is one of my favorites but it breaks me out pretty badly so I was really happy when this one didn't make me break out at all. The lasting power is pretty good, I have combination skin - applying my makeup around 5:30/6am - usually by midday I'll feel slightly oily and reapply my setting/pressed powder, but the foundation still looks just as good as it did in the morning... By the end of a 15 hour day, I did see breakdown of my foundation in the t-zone, but the rest of my face still looked great. And the area where oils did break down the foundation, it wasn't too bad; nothing a quick refresh wouldn't fix if I were to go out at the end of the day.
Now, as for the "mineral" part to this, there's no saying how much is in it.. The first two and most abundant ingredients are the silicone bases, and the third ingredient is the mineral (Silica), followed by parabens so my guess is, there probably isn't much of the mineral in the primer..
Here's a listing of the ingredients in order, and a slight description of what they are - keep in mind, what is listed first (in any ingredient list) is the most abundant, then they decrease in amount as you go down the line.
- Cyclomethicone - an alochol-free clear & odorless silicone liquid
- Dimethicone Crosspolymer - A silicone that provides a silky, cream to powder feeling, it isn't sticky or drying.
- Silica - Here is the mineral mentioned in the name... One of the most common elements on earth - You are born with silica but it decreases in amount as you age. It is abundant in collagen (maintains youthful skin) so it can help combat signs of aging.
- Phenoxyethanol - a chemical compound that has the texture of an oily liquid, commonly used in sunscreens and fragrances.
- The next ingredients are all parabens - which are a class of chemicals used as preservatives by cosmetic & pharmaceutical industries: Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, and Propylparaben.
The ingredient list isn't anything spectacular, it's pretty common for primers to have these (most of your favorite primers probably contain silicone)... More than likely, there isn't much of a mineral "infused" here... But hey, it's $6 and it works!! :)
You can purchase this on eyeslipsface.com, Amazon, Ebay, and at Target.
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