Product Type: ELF makeup
Newest Review: ... stuck and refusing to give me any primer so I am pleased with this aspect. *~* How To Use *~* ELF gives the description as follows: &... more
E.L.F.Mineral Infused Face Primer
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
E.L.F.Mineral Infused Face Primer
Advantages: absorbs well, make up lasts longer, make up looks better, light, long lasting, easy to apply.
Disadvantages: Not the best packaging.
Anyone who has read my reviews will know I am a huge convert to E.L.F the full name being Eyes Lips Face. Last year they had a multitude of 50% off sales and during this time I bought a huge variety of products that I would never have normally bought but never got around to using quite a few of them. A couple of weeks ago while clearing out my make up drawers (yes, plural) I came across this primer and decided it was time to give it a try and here is the review.
*~* About E.L.F *~*
ELF is an American company that is based primarily online however it is a huge brand in America where the products can be bought even cheaper and in stores. In the UK the easiest place to get a hold of the items is from their website www.eyeslipsface.co.uk, I have also heard that TKMaxx also stocks their products sporadically however I haven't seen them, I am not a frequenter of the store but the times I have been in I haven't noticed them. ELF believe that their products are simple tools to enable a woman to be herself and I have to agree that they cater to many tastes and budgets so they have tapped into a market that is overloaded and yet still managed to provide quality products at tiny prices.
*~* Price *~*
I noticed recently that ELF's prices have recently risen slightly, when I bought the product it cost just £5 and as it was 50% off I paid just £2.50 for this which I feel is pretty good value. At the moment the primer is selling for £6 (as of August 2012).
*~* Packaging *~*
ELF products are always delivered promptly and safely even during their sales which I feel is excellent customer service. This primer came in a black cardboard box which is representative of the Studio range which this primer is from. The box is sleek and expensive looking if a little unnecessary. Once opened the primer itself is a white bottle that feels like plastic with a silver inner part which I presume holds the primer. The lid is transparent plastic, I like the packaging but it does look a little cheap and neither can you see how much you have left which is annoying really. Underneath the lid is a pump dispenser which I find to be regular of their Studio range which I have the foundation from, this is also white and although clean looking also a little cheap. The thing I will say about the lid is that it doesn't stay on at all, after a couple of weeks I have resigned myself to the fact that the lid is utterly useless and therefore it has been banished to the bottom of my make up box although it should be in the bin. I mention this as if you were to keep it in a bag to take it out it could result in the primer being all over your bag. The pump works well and I haven't had any problems with it being clogged up or becoming stuck and refusing to give me any primer so I am pleased with this aspect.
*~* How To Use *~*
ELF gives the description as follows: "Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines to result in a natural and youthful looking radiance. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a lasting finish."
(http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~176 .htm, August 2012).
To use you simply apply to a clean face, I find that you only need the tiniest amount, a 20p blob at the very most is more than enough to coat the whole face, perhaps even less than that.
*~* What Does It Do To The Senses? *~*
I first used the pump to add a little amount onto my finger tips, I was surprised to find that it's almost a clear gel, I did wonder at first what it was actually going to do! It doesn't really have a smell to it, it does smell slightly of cleanliness if that makes sense, it's not really a smell I would associate with make up but it's not unpleasant or strong and it doesn't stick to the skin either so it really doesn't affect use at all. When I rubbed it into my skin it felt very cool which I was surprised about, at first it had a greasy feel to it but once it had absorbed (very quickly I may add) it had a very matte feel to it, almost chalky feeling. It was a very strange feeling on my skin but it did feel super soft.
*~* Applying Make Up On Top *~*
Once I had applied the primer I went about using my make up as normal but first I had a peek to see if my skin looked any different and found that no, it looked regular so I was concerned as to how this was going to make a difference to my face with make up as so far it felt nothing had been done except making my skin feel silky soft. I applied my foundation which is a liquid over the primer and I found it smoothed on extremely well. It was like the primer gave a base to my make up base if that makes sense? It glided on and made my face much smoother and even than normal. Applying powder and blusher on top I found that my make up felt lighter almost, I didn't use as much as I normally did and I found that it all went on much easier than normal. It definitely made applying my make up so much quicker and easier which I was very impressed with.
*~* How Did It Look? *~*
When I first saw myself in full make up using the primer I was shocked at how flawless my skin looked. I have patchy redness, dryness in some places and generally look terribly awful without the use of make up. When I use make up this improves how I look but it by no means covers up all imperfections however this primer most definitely does help get rid of those huge pores I'm blessed with (or at least cover them up), banish redness and dryness for which I am truly grateful.
*~* Does It Make My Make Up Last? *~*
I was having problems getting my make up to stay put past mid afternoon and was struggling however using this primer I have found that I can put my make up on and 10 hours later it is still on there, it has wavered a little but that is to be expected, on the whole however my make up lasts so much longer than it used to so I am very happy with the results it provides.
*~* My Overall Opinion *~*
Overall I am extremely happy with this product, not only does it improve how my make up makes me look it also makes it stay put longer. It feels light on my face and gives it that silky softness that it hard to achieve. It absorbs into the skin well and really does do what it claims to. I have found that you need a miniscule amount to cover your face so I believe that the 14g bottle will last a fair amount of time. The packaging could use some work, a better lid that actually stays of would be beneficial as would changing the look of the bottle as it does have a cheap feel to it but the pump action works well and I really like that about it. I do have to knock off 1 star for the packaging but overall this is an excellent product and I really would highly recommend it.
Summary: An excellent product to have in a make up box.