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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 871 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
Raven S.
63 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I highly recommend this if you have dry skin or even areas of dry skin! Noticed a difference in how hydrated my face felt after hours of wearing. Price is reasonable as well
Taylor K.
10 reviews
This primer makes my skin feel so nice and fresh. I can feel it hydrating my skin. It sits really nicely and works well with most foundations. I have dry skin and it works really good for me.
bren m.
Toronto, ON
188 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
this is so cute! the packaging is super modern and adorable. it’s a reallly good dupe for the milk makeup which is like 40$ and the elf one is only 3$ !! pretty amazing i love it
Johana M.
Miami, FL
243 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I love this primer!! It moisturizes the skin a lot and feels cleaner minimizes the pores a lot, it is not very oily and it allows the makeup to be very beautiful
Katie S.
120 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
This balm is so hydrating and can instantly transform dry skin to healthy looking skin. It is not tacky at all after applying. I use this daily and it has lasted so long. It is a very affordable skincare product which I would recommend to anyone who struggles with dry skin.
Jay L.
6 reviews
This prepping product is very light on the skin and does not have an oily/greasy feel to it and can be used on dry and oily skin! The product is a little bit pricy but you get what you pay for! When the product is applied to the face it rubs in easily and it goes further than you think so you do not have to use a lot to cover the entire face and it leaves a cooling effect which is good in the summer. I have very sensitive skin and I did not break out in blemishes or spots after using this product so I would highly recommend it as it is gentle on the skin but leaves foundation looking flawless!
katherine Z.
4755 Mercantile Ave ste 7 City: Naples State: Florida Zip 34104 - United States Phone 239-3
149 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have used this and other ELF initiators for more than a year. It does the work, and it feels good on my skin. My pores are full and I do not explode, even with my skin prone to acne.
Noely Isabel B.
Doral, FL
43 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I love to have and hydration before my makeup or daily foundation, because it looks better and also you don’t get your skin damage, this one it’s too perfect for me
Yara N.
233 reviews
this fascinating product I love is very helpful is easy to use its use is very handy and has a very good design called a lot of attention at sight is very practical and you have a lot of benefits for your skin and not mistreat your skin I recommend a lot
Kristen H.
St catharines, ON
126 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I dont know if I love this product but i do like it enough. I have normal to dry skin and it works alright. I habent noticed any drastic changes to my skin. The great thing is that it doesnt break me out which happens a lot because my skin is so sensitive. I'll keep at it and see if it really makes a difference but for now its just ok.
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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