On the docket for today is ELF’s Poreless Face Primer. But first, some randomness, as promised in my original conception of this blog. It’s so funny, because while I was in the shower (which is where I always get ideas) I had tons of things to write about. The trick is getting them all on the computer before they fly out of my head. Which happens quickly :).
I have four cats living in my home currently. It’s not like I have wayward cats just stopping by; I say I have four currently because two are foster cats. So maybe I do have wayward cats. Bottom line, I have two more than I usually do.
I also have a robot vacuum, a Bobsweep to be precise. And I love the robot vacuum. I’m fairly certain about 80% of my life is spent vacuuming when I don’t use the Bob (that’s his name). Unfortunately, one of the cats got scared of the Bob last time I ran him, and peed on one of the couch cushions. So now, Bob is just another piece of furniture that I stare at longingly when I’m vacuuming. With the regular vacuum.
So there’s the random thoughts for today. Onto ELF’s Poreless Face Primer. Now I, like most women, spent most of my youth not wearing foundation. In fact, I thought for years that it aged me. I look back on those days fondly. With what I would define as starting-to-be-aging skin, foundation definitely makes all the difference in whether I look 27 or 47.
For years, I also did not indulge any thoughts of “primer,” except on special occasions where I was being made up by a makeup artist. Again, I remember these days fondly, for now I put on primer sometimes when I’m not even putting on foundation. It offers a nice, even finish to apply loose powder or highlighter or whatever.
I would like to mention that, even as I’m writing this, one of my cats (the jerk) is tearing at the corner of my shag rug. I’m sure I’ll talk more about him later. At first glance, I really like ELF Cosmetics. The aesthetic of the brand is simple, something akin to MAC, perhaps, very clean with simple black packaging. I wish it were more mainstream, as I often have to go hunting for it in the drugstore and usually find it on the end of an aisle somewhere.
The consistency of the product is hard to describe. It almost feels like liquid powder, if that makes any sense. It’s slippery but light.
By the time I got around to buying ELF Cosmetics Poreless Primer, I had already tried a few ELF products. So I kind of knew the caliber of the brand, which I think is good. ELF always stacks up well in product comparisons that I’ve read on other blogs, so I was optimistic.
Now, I have huge pores. Cavernous. Surface of the moon. And it’s just getting worse as I get older. I’ve always been envious of those girls with perfect skin. I have a few girlfriends whose skin looks like its been airbrushed all the time. I want to kick them, just a little bit.
So here’s me starting out without makeup today. This gives me a ridiculous amount of anxiety — I hate looking at photos of myself without makeup. But I think this is something a lot of women struggle with and my new rule is that I have to do things that scare me and be brave. So here:
I don’t know if that gives an accurate representation of what my pores look like, but I’ll spare everyone the close-up of my nose. Now, the next photo is me with just the primer on my face, pre-makeup application.
Still not great, but markedly less shiny. And my pores aren’t jumping out at me anymore, demanding that someone use them as swimming holes or something.
Better, right? This is me with the primer, undereye concealer, ELF Loose Powder and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, one coat. Not going to win any awards, but also not going to scare anyone at the pet store.
Cost and Where to Buy
I’d give ELF Cosmetics Poreless Primer an 8 out of 10. I’m definitely incorporating primer into my makeup routine from now on, and I think this does what it sets out to do. The price is very good. My only complaint is that I think sometimes it makes me break out. But not always. Yeah, I thought that would end when I left my teens, too. Surprise!
Want me to try a different primer? Leave me comment or send me a message!