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e.l.f Putty Primers: Original Poreless vs Matte {Review}

Happy Monday and Happy new month beauties. This post is sort of a continuation from last weeks posts. I shared my experience with my first Tatcha skincare set over HERE. This set also included the “The Silk Canvas primer” which featured in this post over HERE and compared to the e.l.f poreless putty primer. Today I’m comparing the e.l.f poreless putty primer to the matte version.



e.l.f Poreless Putty Primer – $8


Poreless Putty Primer is the #1 Primer in America*

This skin-perfecting poreless putty primer is infused with Squalane to help grip makeup for all-day wear and help protect skin from moisture loss. The velvety texture glides effortlessly over the skin, smoothing over imperfections while helping minimize the appearance of pores for a poreless effect.

Why is this skin-loving formula always sold out?

  • 1. Infused with Squalane for optimal hydration.
  • 2. Smooth texture glides over skin seamlessly.
  • 3. Grips makeup for all-day wear & a flawless finish.
  • 4. Perfect for all skin types.


e.l.f Matte Poreless Putty Primer – $8


  • This skin-perfecting putty primer is infused with kaolin and white charcoal
  • Absorb excess oil for a shine-free finish
  • Velvety texture glides effortlessly over the skin, smoothing over imperfections for a poreless effect
  • The ultimate grip on makeup



These primers feel pretty much the same. A light/thin consistency that has quite a slip when applied. The only difference is in the colour. The original poreless primer has a slight pink tint to it whereas the matte version is white. The colour of both products dissipates once the product settles into the skin.



As I stated above, both primers have quite a slip. They feel rather hydrating when applied. It’s suggested to use a thin layer and to let it sit for 30 seconds before applying your makeup. I find that waiting for about a minute or more helps the product set much better and allows for better makeup application.


The Test

The original poreless primer is definitely more hydrating. These primers might feel the same on initial application but they do set a little differently. They perform the same in terms of blurring ones pores and creating a flawless canvas. I’ve tested both on different sides of my face and could see the slight glow on the original poreless primer side.



The difference in overall makeup wear isn’t huge. If you’re an oily girl like me and have your oils seeping through around your t-zone area then you can see how well a product holds up, especially in those areas. The matte side kept my oils at bay a little better than the original side. I don’t feel the need to blot or do any touch-ups on the matte side come the 6-hour mark, where I’m more likely to do so on the original poreless side.


Final Thoughts

These primers are both such good buys and the fact that they’re only $8 blows my mind.

I love both for different reasons. The original is more hydrating and one I reach for during dryer seasons where I don’t mind a little bit of glow. It’s great for all skin types but I reckon those with dry skin will appreciate it more.

The matte is a must for those with oily skin. It works just as great as the original by blurring the pores and creating a beautiful flawless base. The difference is that it helps keep the oils at bay just a little better.

Disclaimer: I was gifted the e.l.f poreless matte primer by @shopbettyonline on Instagram. Thank you Betty for gifting me the e.l.f primer. Being offered a product to review does not guarantee that it will be portrayed in a positive or negative light. Therefore the reviews are written by my own experiences and solely reflect my personal opinion.

Have you tried any of these primers? Which would you be more inclined to purchase?




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  • Rajshree rabikishoon toolsee

    My benefit hello happy n the ordinary foundation breaks down with the elf primer. Maybe it’s oil n water. I need to check

    • Yolanda Jeftha

      Aaaw no, that’s unfortunate. And you leave the primer to set properly before going in with your foundation? This has happened to me once before but its because I didn’t give the primer long enough to settle. And perhaps the foundations just don’t agree with the elf primer formula. Let me know once you’ve check💞

  • Sadie Schwab

    I have had the original poreless & it’s running low so I got both of these can’t wait to see if I see a difference myself

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