Jelly Pop Dew Primer
e.l.f. Cosmetics Jelly Pop Dew Primer has an interesting formula and texture that can help enhance makeup wear. Although not a slam dunk for everyone, it might be worth a try if you have normal to oily/combination skin.
Housed in a translucent plastic tube with built-in pump, e.l.f. describes this primer as having “a unique gel texture that works like glue to grip makeup to ensure it stays put.” To that effect, Jelly Pop Dew Primer really does look and feel reminiscent of a clear-gel glue… which sounds weird but stick with us.
You’re instructed to apply the primer, and let it set 30 seconds before applying makeup. If you blend it on in a thin, light layer, it meshes imperceptibly with skin. If you apply a heavier, richer layer, skin looks dewy (but not greasy/oily). Either way, Jelly Pop Dew Primer’s tacky finish feels like it’s gripping your makeup but not in a manner that causes makeup to go on unevenly. Instead, it forms a skin-smoothing layer that helps prevent your foundation from caking or crinkling as the day wears on and overall keeps makeup looking fresh.
We’re also happy to see a beneficial mix of good-for-skin ingredients, such as sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid) and niacinamide. Skin is treated to antioxidants in the form of vitamins A, C and E—just be aware that this primer would need to be stored in dark place in order to limit the antioxidant’s exposure to light and preserve their efficacy.
Unfortunately, the presence of potentially irritating fragrance (which creates the candy-like watermelon scent) sets the formula back a bit (see More Info to learn why). We also have to point out that Jelly Pop Dew Primer doesn’t play well with all types of foundation—most notably, it’s not a good canvas for powder foundation (we found it paired best with liquid foundation). We wouldn’t recommend it as the best primer for dry skin either, as the formula isn’t moisturizing enough on its own.
That aside, despite our hesitation about the “works like glue” claim, we were pleasantly surprised by Jelly Pop Dew Primer!
- Forms a skin-smoothing layer the helps keep makeup looking fresh.
- Prevents foundation from crinkling as the day wears on.
- Can give skin a dewy appearance without looking oily/greasy.
- Beneficial mix of sodium hyaluronate, niacinamide and vitamins A, C and E.
- Fragrance in the formula puts skin at risk of irritation.
- Doesn’t pair well with all types of foundation.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem 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
This multitasking primer has a unique gel texture that works like glue to grip makeup to ensure it stays put. Packed with skin-loving ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, and a powerful blend of antioxidants, your skin will be looking and feeling its very best.
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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