I’m always on the hunt for the perfect primer. While I have an old faithful that I truly adore and love, I always want to venture out and try new ones.
Enter e.l.f.’s Poreless Face Primer!
I was intrigued by this because I love the e.l.f. brand and the fact this primer is only $10 USD made me a huge fan. Let’s face it, when you have cheap makeup that looks good and works, it’s usually a deal, right?
Usually. We’ll get to that part in a minute.
Turning over the back, I read the ingredients. A key ingredient came to my attention.
Notice it has a lot of silicones (anything that ends in cone is a silicone, however, not all silicones are bad so it’s a buyer/consumer beware). The silicones didn’t faze me since a lot of primers contain them. It was the other ingredient of tea tree oil that cause me to pause.
Tea tree oil is a strong oil that has numerous benefits. It can clean your hair, act as a deodorant, antiseptic, cleanser, etc. It can also help clear your skin.
I love me some essential oils and my husband can tell you about the small collection I have. I also have tea tree. I also know it smells like the damn devil took a shit in the middle of Death Valley in 125 degree weather, but I digress. Sometimes something that smells putrid works really well.
But I do want that smell on my face?
Once I took it out of the box, it was cute. Small and dainty.
It’s a cute container and pouring out the primer, it was also dainty and neat; not a big mess at all.
So I put it on my face and LORD HAVE MERCY….I was already over it.
The primer went on smooth and easily spread. However, the tea tree oil smell was overwhelming for my already sensitive nose.
It’s a no from me, dawg.
So let’s review:
- e.l.f. is pretty much available everywhere – Amazon, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
- It was hella cheap – $10 USD.
- The packaging was cute.
- When I pumped some out, I felt the appropriate amount came out. Not too little, not too much.
- This has a lot of silicones. I know the majority of primers have them, but I was aware that this one had quite a few.
- Tea tree oil. While it’s not a primary ingredient, it’s a strong odor that is daunting and unless you like the smell of it, you probably don’t want that on your face. (I will note, however, the smell didn’t last all day and if you wear makeup over the primer, you won’t smell it past a few minutes after application). But the smell was strong enough for me not to use the rest of the bottle and I just opened it.
Personally, I don’t recommend it but if you want to try it, go for it. You might love it while I hated it. Let me know what you think!