Beautifully Bare Luminous Matte Makeup Primer
Beautifully Bare Luminous Matte Makeup Primer has a lightweight texture that creates a smooth base so foundation adheres better. The one downfall is the irritating form of fragrant alcohol (which is strong enough that you can smell it). That's unfortunate because otherwise this would be a great budget-friendly primer.
Admittedly, the "luminous matte" name is a little confusing. This primer isn't absorbent enough to hold back oily shine, but the creamy consistency absorbs down to a velvety, semi-matte, slightly hydrating finish that works well for normal to dry skin. The smooth layer that it creates has a slight blurring effect on fine lines and pores.
We'd at least like to be able to give e.l.f. some credit for the handful of beneficial ingredients like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as acai and grape seed oil, but because they are in lesser concentration than the fragrant alcohol, it's a null point.
While the aesthetics are nice, we can't recommend this product in good conscience due to the likelihood that it will irritate skin and that's never ever a good idea (see More Info). Check out our Best Foundation Primers list for better options without this one's formulary flaws.
Note: e.l.f.'s website lists this product's name as Beautifully Bare 3 in 1 Makeup Base.
- Creates a smooth base that helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores.
- Sets to a velvety, semi-matte, slightly hydrating finish.
- Irritating form of fragrant alcohol spells trouble for skin.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.
For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!
For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.
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