e.l.f. Poreless Primer vs. e.l.f. Hydrating Primer

Hello everyone!! e.l.f. has really been stepping up their game lately in both makeup and skin care. I read on a Buzzfeed post I think someone raving about the Poreless Face Primer a while ago and decided to try it out for myself. I am not a primer expert and I don’t really understand the concept too much, I haven’t really liked most of the primers I’ve tried so I end up using other types of products as primers, like Josie Maran’s Finishing Balm. I do have what I think are pretty prominent pores, but I also have dry skin and those two things together don’t always work great as most poreless products are not really hydrating.

By just feeling the Poreless Primer in my fingers I knew I wasn’t going to like it. The texture was very much like silicone and it reminded me of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I have gotten millions of samples of this in beauty subscriptions and I really don’t see what people like about this. I hate it. And the e.l.f. Poreless Primer reminds me of it. The texture is really like melted plastic and I hate it. After I put it on my face, it feels dirty and I hate it.

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A couple of months later, I saw an Instagram post of someone using both the Hydrating Primer and the Poreless Primer, and I thought hmmm maybe I should try this! So a couple of days ago, I went to the store and got the Hydrating Primer. The first test, was my fingers…. and it was the exact same siliconey feeling as the Poreless Primer. I was very disappointed. I properly tried it out later and honestly, I noticed no difference between the two.

Please know I am not saying these are bad products, they’re just not the products for me. The Hydrating Primer I really don’t think is hydrating at all, but it might work for someone else. e.l.f. has other amazing products, the Bubble Mask they recently launched is amazing and I was obsessed with their blush and bronzer duo. They’re super affordable and if you’re just getting into makeup, I think e.l.f. is a great place to start!

Have you tried these before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • I also hate how siliconey most primers feel and the kind of finish they impart on my foundation.
    I now use Nivea smooth sensation as a primer, but any lotion with lots of glycerin and doesn’t sting your eyes will do.

    • That’s my biggest question… Do you really need a primer AND a moisturizer…

      • No, wearing both together is too much, especially if you have oily skin.

  • Cool post! I know that silicone feeling on your skin. It’s not great and I don’t think is good for the skin either. I am recently trying the ‘balanceme Instant lift primer’ and it doesn’t contain any kind of silicone in it. It has glycerin and different kind of natural oils. Just make sure next time to purchase a primer that doesn’t contain any of these: dimethicone and/or cyclopentasiloxane (the most commons type of silicone used in makeup) 😉 hope this helps! xx

    • Thanks for letting me know what to look for! Unfortunately I’m super lazy and never check for these things but I’ve made a note on my phone and now I know. I’ll have to check out that primer you mentioned! Gracias hermosa!

  • Really interesting post! I always have a problem with that “silicone feeling” when it comes to primers and it stops me using them because I just can’t stand the texture on my face. I have really been enjoying people doing more negative and honest reviews because I only ever see people raving about products so thank you for that!! xxx

    • Same here!! I don’t think it’s bad for your skin, but I just hate the way it feels. I was hoping the hydrating one wouldn’t feel like. Is there a primer you’re using at the moment that you like?

      • Exactly, that’s totally how I feel! No I’m having zero luck finding one I like 🙁 xxx

  • Not sure, they felt the same to me to be honest…

  • What do you think about sensitive eczama skins with this products?

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