I Tried It…the Elf Versus Tatcha primers

I think by now everyone knows about the E.L.F. Poreless Putty primer being hyped as a dupe for the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer and because of the significant cost difference (ELF is $8 versus Tatcha $52) I though it would be worth a try. I used each primer product exclusively for 15 days straight with varying foundations and with my normal skin care routine and I was pretty surprised.

The Tatcha wins for its luxurious packaging. That little scoop is too cute though I had a hard time finding it most days and just rubbed my fingers onto the product for application. I did not use a rice grain for my entire face but it did blur my pores. Bonus points, it made an excellent eye primer which is rare for a primer product to be eye safe. It did give my shadows some sticking power but did not give them any extra depth as it was not a solid base. The price however is frightening. I own a great deal of Tatcha skin care products but $52 for a primer is sticker shock for most no matter how good it is. 5 out of 5 stars.

The ELF primer comes in pretty basic packaging and was applied directly onto my skin using my fingers like a balm. It certainly filled in my pores but did not have a flawless a finish as the Tatcha primer. However, to notice the difference you had to be really up and close and personal, for any normal conversation there was no difference in the appearance of my makeup. This was not an eye safe primer, or I didn’t see that info anywhere so didn’t try that. At $5? Sign me up. 4 out of 5 stars.

So was there a clear winner? Tatcha is a superior product but unless you are being photographed for everyday use the ELF does the trick and when I can literally get 10 for the price of 1? ELF has my vote.

Clarity R

Image via Jeffrey Star (I recommend his video review)

This review was not sponsored and all thoughts are my own. Links are affiliates and I make a small commission of any sale.

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