Rated 4.15 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review My Go to for Acne Control
TLDR; This is product rules and I highly recommend it
I have sensitive combination skin and this is my go to moisturizer. While I know that's not its intention, I found that's how it works best for me.
My whole face is acne prone, with my cheeks being as dry as sand/my nose is so oily you could grease your engine with it, so finding products that meet my needs for my whole face has been hard to say the least. Something that helps my oils will dry me out, and something that helps my dry skin tends to clog my nose pores. This Primer meets all my needs and helps keep my acne to a bare minimum.
While I have found that it doesn't really help to keep my foundation on as a primer, it does make the perfect mixer for a tinted moisturizer that lasts all day and looks natural. I also just use it in the mornings and evenings after I wash my face and apply my serums.
All in all, hands down this is on ride-or-die skincare list and I will buy it as long as Elf makes it.
Most Helpful Critical Review This made me break out ☹️
I am acne prone and wear a salicylic acid based liquid makeup. I thought that this primer would be perfect. It was not. It made me break out within 2days of trying it under my makeup. I waited a few weeks and tried it again...same thing,breakouts almost immedietly. I was very disappointed. I love ELF products but this one is a def NO. My acne has been under control wearing the makeup I do,but this threw it into chaos
Reviewed by 48 customers Terrible Chemical Burning
Jenna from Maryland
If you have combination skin and use this product please be careful. I happened to chemically burn my skin twice. The first time was completely my fault. The second—my skin under my eyes just could not handle it. My skin completely burned and I had to wait about 14 days for my skin to naturally come off. Terrible. The product does peel underneath of foundation as well.
Don't buy this! It made my foundation clump
Erica from Port Saint Lucie Florida
I put this on in a thin layer. I'm no stranger to makeup or primer. After putting on the primer it made my foundation clump and peel off my face. I'll be returning this. Not worth the hassle.
works, just not as a primer...
Chrissy from NJ
Let me start this off by saying I really like this "primer" so far. So, I put primer in quotation marks because there is absolutely no way I can use this as a primer. I mainly have breakouts centered around my forehead so that is typically the only place I put this stuff. I never put this anywhere else on my face because it pulls up really badly. I also don't wear foundation or any sort of makeup on my forehead (because of the acne) So I guess I like to use this as more of a skincare item than anything else. Other than that, I quite like this. Maybe try using it only in your nighttime skincare routine if you were planning on using this app over your face.
Evo from Arizona
a nice everyday primer for my acne prone skin. Feels nice and a little goes a long way and whats the best quality is....NO NEW BREAKOUTS! 😄💕
The perfect barrier between my foundation and my skin. I also love that it has salicylic acid.
Kay from Saint Charles, MO
I've loved every elf primer I've tried but definitely not this one. I usually never leave reviews for products but this one just peels so bad all over my face and neck it makes my foundation look terrible.
Macie from Sav
I love this product! I've ran out before and thought I'd try another product but every time I come back to this one! I now keep it in stock! Do not use it if you have oily skin it doesn't work right with oily skin types thought
Peels under makeup
Emily from Metro Detroit
Wanted to love this but it peels off after applying makeup with a beauty sponge. I tried on top of moisturizer, under moisturizer, and without moisturizer and the edges of face and nose go first like crumbles of silicone peeling away. Useless.
Liz from Mesa
Works really well, but it kinda smells like sunblock
Stacy_Georgia from Georgia
It's an ok product. Not my favorite but inexpensive
Don't let the price fool you----this is awesome!
GoldenGirl222 from Northeast PA
I've tried about 4 or 5 primers, all prestige brands. I tried ELF on a whim. It is fantastic! The pump applicator allows you to take the product in small increments so you can do spot priming or build your coverage. I find it very smooth and "dries" quickly so you can put on your foundation immediately. Lasts all day!
wanted to like it
tammi from usa
Clo from Ontario, OH
I simply wash my face and apply this product with a blender all over my face. I bought this as a last hope to clear my breakout since my fiance and I are doing engagement photos very soon and the stress and poor diet broke me out. It's been 5 days since I started using this and now I only have 3 tiny pimples compared to a full face covered in them. Woohoo!
I would buy again
norabean from Milton, WI
This product worked well for me, not my go-to primer, but it works well for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Better than prestige brands!
Kelsey M. from Royal Oak, Michigan
I have combination skin, so I'm always on the pursuit of a product that won't cause break outs, dry my skin out, or make me look like an oil slick. I decided to give this a try since I'm tired of spending SO much money on prestige primers only to be let down. I saw good reviews for this and after having it for a month I really like it! It's a gel consistency, super easy to apply with your fingers, and it goes on smoothly. This has reduced my redness when I have a zit that's flared up, making it much easier to cover up. It's also kept my skin matte, even when I'm working 8-10 hours, managing a gym! The only con is that if you aren't moisturized enough it CAN emphasize dry patches around the eyes. Other than that, I'll keep buying this!
Tammy J. from Pittsburgh
Of all my primers, this one works best for me. I have very oily skin and this allows my makeup to stay on. Works well with all of my different foundations... Best of all, it's vegan/ not tested on animals... That's huge for me!!
I was nervous to use it at first...
Okeelena from Iva, SC
I recently bought this primer and I have to admit, I was nervous about the salicylic acid because I've used skin care products with it before and I always seem to break out IMMEDIATELY if I skip using it for even one washing. But this primer cleared up my face overnight, I swear, and the breakouts haven't returned. I had nasty, sore pimples all along my chin before I started to use this product and all but one has disappeared in the last week that I've been using this primer. I mean, there are days that I will wash my face and then just slap this stuff on by itself for the day it is that good! And if I skip a day? No worries because my face stays clear and radiant! I can't really complain because this stuff works AND it's affordable. Five stars.
Great for acne, hope you got a moisturizer...
Jon from Florida
As a boy I don't really like to use makeup to cover my acne. I only use a tiny amount of B.B. cream with salicylic acid to slightly reduce redness and treat my acne. This primer takes the cake in terms of treating acne. It helps tremendously with reducing acne or just preventing breakouts. I literally had clear skin in conjunction with the acne treatment I had at home. This with the B.B. improved my skin significantly while giving me a light yet indistinguishable coverage. However adding this to my regime dried out my skin tremendously especially around my nose making it hurt to smile. It could just be because I was using so much on my face, I'll give it that. I'd recommend this for acne prone skin but please use a good moisturizer. Get this bottle rather than the $6 bottle bc this one is significantly bigger.
I want to like it but...
Leah from NY
I've tried using this as a primer with different foundations, different brushes, and my normal sponge (i use ecotools) but no matter what the primer pills up. it's easy enough to wipe the little balls away with a less dense brush but its a hassle. i've tried using it as a spot treatment but i don't think it helps any. i'll keep trying it but i can't imagine any other way to make it work.
#1 Fan! Thought it was too good to be true...I WAS WRONG!!
Nan in SC from SC
I added this to my cart as a last minute purchase...soooo wish I had discovered it sooner. I kept waiting for my skin to get used to this primer and rebel but it's been 3 months since I started using it and I love it even more. My bumps are FAR less frequent, less inflamed, less red and less painful. It keeps my makeup from getting sucked right into my pores. Truly works as a healer and barrier. There are 60+ pumps per large bottle...plenty of product even if you use it multiple times a day. I beg ELF to never stop making the blemish control primer.
Amazing for Acne
Victoria Marie from Philadelphia, PA
This has been a god send for my skin! I do not use it as a primer because it seems to pill up on top of my moisturizer but underneath as an acne treatment OMG! I was shocked at how many of my clogged pores disappeared. I have been having bad hormonal/cystic acne since stopping BC and this has made such a difference for me. I still breakout don't get me wrong, but the amount of pimples I get has definitely gone down a bunch!
Ashley from California
I used to break out really badly on my forehead, and I tried this out. So far this is one of the only products that has helped. Results within a few days and I use it every day before I go to bed. Definitely recommend!
Only primer that controls my acne
Jayde from Corvallis, OR
I usually purchase pretty high-end products, but this primer truly is the one I've found that actually helps control my breakouts and blemishes. Absolutely recommend this product to everyone.
okay product from Syracuse
Acts like a normal primer doesn't really do anything special
Great for everyday
JudyD from Venice FL
As an outdoor gal, I spend a lot of time in humid and warm climates. This primer is my everyday go-to makeup. Yes, it's a primer, but I blend it with a very lightly tinted sunscreen and bam! Photo ready, with a smooth complexion, low shine and very light feeling. I like that the primer is pumped out so I don't have to worry about contamination. Even when blended, this does not settle into creases....just gotta give it a minute or two to set up. Especially nice when used along the hair line, where breakouts tend to be my biggest issue.
Treats blemishes while priming skin
Emma from Maryland
It has salycilic acid to treat pimples and makes makeup cover them more smoothly. It's not green tinted like it is in the one picture, though.