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e.l.f. Prep & Hydrate Balm

BY E.L.F. COSMETICS #43 in Face Primer

4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.42 / 5 based on 867 Reviews

Product Description

This convenient, versatile water based primer stick instantly hydrates skin to improve skin texture and to prep skin for makeup application.  Infused with shea butter, cocoa, aloe, and grape to hydrate skin. The two-in-one formula and stick form is perfect for travel or your gym bag!

All e.l.f. skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.


Twist up the stick and apply all over the face in circular motions. Blend in with fingertips. Can also be used to soothe dry hands or elbows.


All e.l.f. skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates.

0.51 oz. (15g)

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacoa (Coco) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 5 (CI 19140) 

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  • "i really like this. i have dry skin and this is super nice for moisturizing right before applying foundation. " in 109 reviews
  • "this primer works awesome for me! i have dry skin and it works wonders! might not work too well for oily skin, which is why i gave it 4 stars. other than that, i think it is awesome and for the price, you can't beat it. i reach for this over my smash box, and too faced primers!" in 100 reviews
Amy H.
Houston, TX
43 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
While I love this primer, I just put it to the test in a much drier environment than usual and it did NOT live up to my expectations. I feel that it is nice and hydrating, but did not prime my face well for makeup (concealer and foundation) in a dry environment. It contains ingredients including perfumes and dyes which I do not feel are necessary and I'm not impressed by.
Shaina R.
Bath, NH
73 reviews
I bought this just because. To be honest i didnt really expect much but was i wrong. I absolutely love this just for moisturizing. I dont think it really primes or enhances the longevity of my makeup but it really moisturizes my skin leaving soft and supple.
Kassandra H.
Las Vegas , NV
16 reviews
Just purchased this product a few days ago and I'm in love with it! I've been reading great reviews about this product. It's great as a moisturizer and is perfect for a no makeup type of day or to prime. Price is also great! Only about 8 dollars. My skin tends to get oily and this product didn't leave my face more oily than it already is which is great! Recommend!
Itzy C.
31 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I love this primer! It doesn't have a oily texture like some other I have tried and leaves your face feeling light. It goes on perfectly and you don't have to use a lot to cover your entire face. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a light primer.
Brittany L.
Chandler, AZ
93 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Been seeing a lot of videos featuring this and I had to try it. I originally used the mineral infused and hydrating primer because my cheeks are extremely dry but my t-zone is oily. Sadly my nose would be looking cake-y at times cause of the mineral infused primer and the whole mixing of the two was too much. If you have combo skin or any skin this is great. My absolute favorite part is that there is no more waiting for the primer to sink in and it reduces texture! Perfect for those mornings where you gotta go and look the way you wanna look for 8+ hours.
Soraya C.
Miami, FL
66 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I like it very much, it leaves the skin extremely moisturized, suitable so that during the day the skin does not feel dry and that the makeup does not become clogged. I do not recommend it for people who have oily skin as it can produce pimples. Is ideal for people with dry skin. Personally I use it when I am tanned by the sun to prevent peel off.
gigi t.
Greendale, WI
62 reviews
I had just ran out of my $40 Bobbi brown pore filler + primer and didn't want to pay that much for something with so little product in it. So after giving this ago, I realized I loved this so much more than I loved my Bobbie brown one. It fills in my pores, a refreshing moisturizer, and evens out my skins surface for a nice and easy application.

The truth is that I have seen a lot of reviews on this product and would love to try it please send it to me because
I would love to try this product for real and the truth is that all reviews have been positive and I would like to try it And the truth is that I am sure that I will recommend this product, I will recommend it very highly because I think it is incredible
Jessica R.
Sherman Oaks, CA
1361 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
I'm still not totally sure what this stick is but I love it. Like the name implies it forms a hydrating base before you put on your makeup I actually like to use it on my chin and nose to help my makeup glide on more smoothly and it doesn't leave my skin oily the way lotion does. It's also really affordable like most elf products.
Kat G.
Durham, NC
5 reviews
THIS PRODUCT SUCKS!!! It clogged my pores and broke me out. I don't break out easily and this caused MY ENTIRE FACE TO LOOKE LIKE A VOLCANO. I have a combination of dry and oily skin. It may work for some but definitely not me. I will NEVER RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT.
Keaton C.
Suwanee, GA
21 reviews
Will this make me break out?
rebecca M.
Fredericksburg, VA
14 reviews
Is this for all over the face or is it went for dry spots only? Also, can this replace the hydrating primer?
Katelyn V.
107 reviews
Where can I find this at?
Katelyn V.
107 reviews
How does this work on combo skin? Also what is the price on this?
Nieves G.
168 reviews
Does this work for people who have dry skin?

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