Rated 2.66 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Perfect for my extremely dry skin! Not for oily!
I bought this primer because I have extremely dry skin and I was looking for a nice hydrating drug store primer. I have no clue what it is, but ever since I started using this primer and the Smashbox Primer Water (which I just recently repurchased after the 21 days of beauty sale) my foundation has looked FLAWLESS! It's crazy! I went from having horrible dry patches and literally looking crusty lmao to looking super luminous and healthy! It is pretty oily so I wouldn't recommend for anyone other than dry skin.
Most Helpful Critical Review Whipped Vaseline: Greasy and Destroys Makeup
I have very dry skin, especially on my nose. After seeing reviews I thought this would be a miracle product. Far from it. Its like whipped Vaseline. One pump and it covers your whole face, neck, and somehow even the lips. Like a grease film. Yuck... After I finish doing my makeup, even after applying powder and setting spray, THIS primer makes my makeup SLIDE around. I can take my finger and literally wipe away my entire eyebrow or eyeliner from how greasy this product is. I shouldn't be afraid of wiping off my makeup in the middle of the day by accident; especially when before I used this my makeup would be bulletproof stuck on my face. I'll stick to applying eczema lotion to my face every night before bed., that alone works okay for me. I'm just sad that I had hopes for this product when ELF is usually amazing beyond expectations.
Reviewed by 209 customers Blech... can't get past the rancid-oily smell...
mac from Mesa AZ
I bought this Hydrating Face Primer for the first time because my store was out of the Poreless Face Primer (which I love), and I'm typically an e.l.f. fan. But as soon as I applied this product, I was overwhelmed by the vegetable-oily smell... total turn off! At first I thought maybe it had been mishandled, or was expired, or exposed to heat, but I see others here have had the same experience.
It also has a greasier feel than their other primer (which feels smooth and smells great)... so far, no breakouts. Hadn't thought to read the ingredients before buying.. one is "grape seed oil", which may account for the issues. Will definitely be on the lookout for that cosmetic ingredient in the future.
I won't be using this product again, and will return to find something better.
Sofboi from Sanborn NY
The smell is absolutely awful. It smells like nutty garbage, so if you're sensitive to fragrance I would not reccomend. It does give my face a little dewy glow, and holds my makeup ok I guess. I feel like it's hard to review primers because in my opinion they don't do a lot. Maybe I just haven't found the right one. Overall, meh. I will keep using but won't be repurchasing.
Izzy from VA
Where to start,where to start,I buyed this product because I was looking for a cheap primer and I bought it and the packaging looked great. I tried it and it was SO GREASY it was literally frying oil and the smell was absolutely DISGUSTING it smelled rubbery and oily. Once I put it on my face it had a 'waxyish' feeling to it, I do not recommend this WHAT SO EVER!
Shantel from Seattle
It does feel hydrating, but it smells so bad and feels icky to the touch. Doesn't rub on smoothly.
Adr from Orlando
This always made my foundation slip off and I have very dry skin. Breaks up, turns into chunky jelly. Instant return
This product sucks!!!!!!!!!!! It smells disgusting
Viancap23 from Il
Dont buy this product, you can buy a better face primer at the same price. Save your money!
Not worth it
Kate from Massachusetts
It does nothing and just smells like old olive oil!
Yoongi from Right here
This smells absolutely disgusting.
Sunshine 88 from Whitesburg TN
I put this on before my foundation and it's not greasy, its smooth and I would recommend this product.
Ashley from TX
I really like this primer. It works really well in smoothing out my skin and helping create an even canvas to put my makeup on. For the price, this is a must-have now. It reminds me a lot of another primer I have, which I spent a ton for.
Do not purchase!
Penelope B. from Arizona
This was super tacky and had a horrible smell. J got a second one thinking I got a bad one and it was the same thing. Not a great one but at least it works.
ayonni from miami,fl
allows for very smooth makeup application
Made My Dry Skin Oily
Calista from Oregon
I have dry skin and i was super excited to try this because I've been needing a primer to help make my makeup less cakey, however, this did not work. The texture of this is similar to vaseline and it smells much worse. This didn't make my makeup slip and slide like some others, but it made it oily for once. I noticed a lot new breakouts and I was upset about it. My skin has always been dry and my skin was oily for a while after.
:/ from Fl
This primer has the weirdest smell and feel to it. It feels slippery and waxy once you put it on. It just has a terrible feel to it! It also smells like pee so that's extremely gross! Would not recommend!!!!!
DEFINITELY ONLY FOR *DRY* SKIN
MandiJayOkay from Okc
I just purchased this because I have very dry skin! It stinks very much but it goes away. It helps me a lot and makes my foundation look more natural. The consistency is very greasy. But does hydrate dry skin.
Tree from Los Angeles California
I have dry sensitive skin and was so excited to try it that I bought it twice. But each time I could not get past the smell! This smells like a tire factory and a methane gas plant had a baby! I thought that I'd just got a bad batch so I waited a couple of weeks and went to an entirely different chain to buy it again. Only to find that's just how it smells. So if you trust putting such strong smelling unnatural chemicals on your skin go for it I guess.
**McDonalds fryer oil—DON'T waste your money!!**
Ashley from Kansas City, MO
I kept my makeup in a shoebox and somehow it miraculously disappeared, so I was on the hunt for a cheap primer as I had to replace all my makeup. This primer is like putting fryer oil on your face. First time I tried it, I did 2 pumps as I was expecting it to be more like lotion. Definitely not the case. The next day I used 1 pump and still managed to cover my whole face, neck, and everything else. Over the next 2 days, I used 1/3-1/2 pump. And even with this minimal amount, my makeup still did not stay on and would wipe right off. I am usually pleased with elf products as they are wallet friendly for a great product, but this was a complete waste. I have dry skin and this was absolutely terrible. I have since then bought the elf primer putty and am absolutely in love with it!
too oily even for dry combo skin
jessy from California
felt ok on skin but smells BAD and makes me oily and I have combo skin on the dry side. would not recommend.
KVINCE from U.S.A
This really caught me by surprised and I absolutely love it. It's very hydrating and my skin feels such a relief. This is strictly made for dry skin and I would only recommend it for that.
Chelsea DJ from Beaverton, OR
I love how effective this primer is. The comments about it being akin to Vaseline, are silly to an extent but it is hydrating and very silicone like. I've tried MANY primers and this has proved to be the best for me.
This was my saving grace!
Shortylutfz from Roscoe Illinois
**This is for people who have extremely dry skin**.
No matter was foundation I used it always looked cake-y cause of my dry skin. This product has saved my face and my $$. I've used other primers to combat my dry skin and nothing had ever helped. This product covers my face evenly, and when I put on liquid foundation, it glides on smooth. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ it. In other reviews, someone complained about a rubbery smell. I smell nothing. There's no smell.
Abbey from Florida
- cruelty free
- Didn't react poorly with my skin or skin care products
- Made my makeup slip and slide everywhere.
Keep in mind this is for those with VERY dry skin.
Amber from New york
I suffer from many health issues which leave my skin very dry and irritated. Everytime I try a product it makes me break out, burn, or just dries me out more. This has made it impossible to wear my makeup out and feel confident that it looks okay. Since using this item my skin is so much better, and YES it is a product that feels a lot like oil but does not stay oily on the skin first those who use it properly and have dry skin. I am finally able to look at my natural skin and not see dry flaking skin. Not only has it helped with being able to wear makeup but it helps with my skin as a whole. This for me is a must!
I like this
Ana from Austin, Texas
It makes my face soft. It helps for dry skin
only primer that doesn't cling to my dry patches
Emily F. from Georgia
I use prescription topicals and have very patchy, dry, irritated skin from it. This is makes it so that I can use my beloved mineral powder foundation again! I do let the primer "set" for a few minutes while I do my hair before putting any other makeup on top of it, which helps with the greasiness other reviewers have mentioned. Once it settles it is a divine barrier for sensitive and dry skin. Also I did not notice any weird smell, but fragrance and botanical oils are highly irritating anyway so I'm glad it's not delicious smelling.