I’ve been putting off this primer review for weeks because I couldn’t figure out how how to describe what was happening with the product. I wanted to be truthful, but it felt like I was going to beat this thing into the ground because initial tests were making me feel like it sucked. I’ve moved away from that, but let’s start at the beginning.
The first thing you’ll notice about ELF’s Mineral Infused Face Primer is the gel-like texture of it. A lot of the primers I’ve tried are lotion-like but this one is not. This isn’t off-putting at first but when I rub my hands together so I can apply it to my face it looks like nothing is on my hands. Part of me is left wondering did it absorb into my hands or is it on my face? That question gets answered by this feeling of something on my skin.
When I touch my face after application I can tell that the texture of my face feels a bit smoother. This is a plus because I know the product is a least on my face. It also signals to me that maybe it is filling my pores. However, I’m not sure how comfortable I am with how it sits on the skin’s surface and how noticeable that feeling is.
As far as after make-up application, it did what primers do on my face. I was matte for a few hours and then I had to occasionally blot. This is a typical for me and my oily skin.
If you’ve made it this far you might be saying this is a bust. You may be imagining blinking “Do Not Buy” signs in your heads. I don’t blame you. Honestly up until now I would think it’s a bust as well but a change in technique saved this product.
In case you can’t/don’t watch the video the tip Wayne gave was to lightly powder your face after you apply your moisturizer and primer. As backwards as this seems I tried it and it worked like a dream. Essentially powdering the primer alleviated the feeling of it sitting on my face. And afterwards my foundation stayed matte longer and looked better. Now is it the technique or is it the primer? At this point I’m unsure but it doesn’t really matter.
Sometimes it’s about the product and sometimes it’s about the technique you use to apply the product. I’m sure at one time or another you’ve tried something that didn’t work at first but with a tweak here or there the product works for you. This fact is why I say this product isn’t a bust, at least for me.
Obviously if you’re the kind of person that wants something to work as promised you might be deterred to give this a shot. I get that. But if you try/have tried this and you relate to anything I’ve said about the product give the Wayne Goss tip a shot because throwing a little powder on top of a $6 primer to make it work better seems better than paying $20 or $30 to get the job done.
E.L.F. Studio Mineral Infused Primer can be found where E.L.F. products are sold and online.