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e.l.f. Prep & Hydrate Balm


4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.41 / 5 based on 908 Reviews


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.
Janice C.
Oakland Gdns, NY
18 reviews
YESS YESS YESS. I got this after I saw a YouTuber use it and I finally tried it myself . it was only eight dollars and I got it at target .I want to first say that this is the best if you have dry skin oily skin or any skin type .this fits well for everybody and I mean literally everybody this hydrate your skin without making it Oily and you can even just wear it as it is
Shaina R.
Bath, NH
113 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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!
Amanda S.
Pittsford, NY
108 reviews
This product is hydrating and does not feel greasy. It is great to use for really targeting those dry patches that are still there after moisturizing. It helps add a little extra boost before applying makeup. It is very easy to use and absorbs pretty quickly. I don't know that it is the most essential product to own, but it is cool and does what it says.
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
141 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.
Jaunnette L.
Grand Jct, CO
429 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I get a beautiful foundation finish with this, and find out equally nice to go more natural with just a buff of translucent powder and spot concealer. It has a pleasant floral smell and interesting cooling feel when rubbed on. Easy to use too much and wind up greasy looking after a couple hours though, but I cut back and it was great. Will repurchase.
Soraya C.
Dallas, TX
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.
Keaton C.
Washington, DC
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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