After seeing primer mists from brands that aren’t cruelty-free, I was really intrigued when the ELF Aqua Primer Mist was released. ELF is a cruelty-free brand with lots of vegan options that is well known for their very budget-friendly price points. I find that I enjoy a lot of their products and it can be a great way to try out some of the new beauty trends without breaking the bank. Personally, I’ve had mixed results with ELF primers in the past, but was so curious to see what the ELF Aqua Primer Mist would be like.
Claims: “A weightless makeup primer spray enriched with Purified Water that is free of silicone and alcohol to help prime, refresh, and set makeup in. This lightweight purified water spray is enriched with antioxidants and hydrating Cucumber, and Vitamin B & E to help soothe and hydrate the skin. Get all the benefits in one with this multitasking mist that hydrates and refreshes the skin, primes the skin, and sets makeup in for a rejuvenated feel. Perfect for using throughout the day for a little pick me up and to create a soft dewy effect.”
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Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyacetophenone, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Siloxanetriol Alginate, Caffeine
Directions for use: “Hold bottle about 8 to 10 inches from the face and mist with several sprays evenly all over the skin for instant hydration. Use prior to makeup application to help prime the skin, after makeup application to set makeup in, or throughout the day to refresh. Beauty Tip: For an extra revitalizing feel store mist in the refrigerator prior to use.“
Pros: Worked well to provide and even base for makeup and to keep makeup in place. Very lightweight formula. Worked with several foundation types. Cruelty-free brand. Vegan formula.
Cons: The spray mechanism is a bit unpredictable. I would not suggest spraying this on your face without a test spray into your palms first, and would not suggest using it to refresh your makeup.
The Verdict: The ELF Aqua Primer Mist is a good primer, in less than terrific packaging. When I first used the primer, I followed the instructions by holding the bottle 8-10 inches away and spraying on my skin. I was expecting a nice lovely mist. Instead, I got a steady stream of product that all landed on one part of my face. I thought maybe it was just a fluke and tried again, spraying into my palms this time, but it doesn’t appear to be. Realizing that the packaging wouldn’t allow me to spray the ELF Aqua Primer Mist directly onto my face, I improvised and decided to try out the formula by massaging the liquid in my hands into my face.
The primer goes on as a very thin liquid but gets thicker and somewhat tacky as you apply it to your skin. It still feels very light and I felt that it did help brighten the appearance of my skin. I used this primer with several foundation types – serum, liquid, cream, and powder. I found that it worked best with serum, liquid, and cream foundations. My foundation applied smoothly and did seem to wear well through the day.
If the ELF Aqua Primer Mist packaging was better, I would say this is a great budget-friendly vegan primer to pick up. I liked the formula of the primer but wish the packaging worked as it’s supposed to. Because of the unreliable packaging, I was unable to try this as a setting spray or to refresh my makeup during the day. I think it’s definitely worth trying and I did like the formula, but until the packaging is improved, I wouldn’t rush out to grab this primer.
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Have you found a comparable dupe to Mac Fix +? I’m looking for something that will work as a makeup refresher, as well as intensifying eyeshadows. I know fix + works well because it contains glycerin (not sure if there is something out there made with natural or vegetable glycerine)
Does the lid come off? Maybe it could be transferred to another container?
Actually yes! You just screw the lid off! I poured in into a different bottle with a fine mist and now it’s one of my FAVS!!!