Now ELF is finally back in the UK, it’s amazing to be able to try more of their products again without worrying about spending large amounts on customs fees. I’ve been trialling the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer over the last two weeks after reading quite a few rave reviews. There are four different versions of the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer; Brightening Lavender, Tone Adjusting Green, Radiant Glow and Clear, and I have the Clear shade which is £7.50. I don’t know about you, but when I apply my makeup primer I always use a fair amount to cover my whole face so I was really surprised to learn that the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer only contains 14ml. The bottle looks really big but when you look at it closely, the inner tube is small but there’s quite a bit of extra packaging to make the tube look bigger. To put the size into perspective with other primers, the Benefit POREfessional contains 22ml, the NYX Angel Veil contains 30ml, the Smashbox PhotoFinish Primer contains 30ml and the Laura Geller primers are 59ml so the 14ml size is seriously small.
The ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer is described as having a weightless silky formula which is great for all skin types, and claims to fill the lines and refine the complexion. This primer contains quite a lot of silicones according to the ingredients and has quite a slimey consistency which feels thinner then the likes of POREfessional which is more like a cream. This primer feels more like a serum except it feels slimey to apply. ELF describe it as being ‘silky’ but I’m not so sure, to me it’s very slimey on the skin and I always apply it with a brush as I don’t like how it feels on my hands. Due to the numerous silicones within the formula, it does have a blurring effect on the skin which minimises any lines and imperfections and I’d say it offers the same results as Benefit POREfessional yet the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer is nearly £20 cheaper.
I do find the formula to be a little drying but I do find that to be the case for most silicone based primers so I tend to apply this to the areas of my face which aren’t exceptionally dry such as my nose, forehead and chin. It does have a mattifying effect on the skin which I like and I do think it extends the weartime of my foundation, but I’m not entirely sure how the ‘minerals’ within the formula make a difference. I think it’s a really good primer for £7.50 but I do wish the bottle contained a little more product as 14ml really isn’t very much at all.
Have you ever tried any of the ELF primers yet?