This or That: E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer vs. Tactha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer


–a substance used as a preparatory coat for a surface

I recently redid our downstairs bathroom…

-sidenote, I’m going to do a post on our bathroom, but it’s not finished yet. I’m sure that it won’t be finished until after Avery’s football season is over. So, it might be a minute.

So, back to what I was saying…

When I was redoing the bathroom the first thing I did was fill in all the nail holes and stuff so that when I repainted the surface would be smooth.

That’s how makeup primer works for our faces. It will fill in all our pores and gives our foundation something to adhere too. It helps to create a flawless and smooth surface. Another benefit of wearing a primer is that your foundation will stay on longer because there is a layer of something between your face and your foundation.

Honestly, I’ve never been a huge primer person because I couldn’t tell much difference when I did or didn’t use it. Who needs an unnecessary extra step.

That is until recently…

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

picture courtesy of Tatcha

Let’s talk about this one first.

It’s high end. Like really high end for the price of $52 you can be the owner of this primer that took the makeup world by storm. Literally it flew off the shelves and you had to get on a waiting list to buy.

Every reviewer I have read talks about how luxurious the packaging of this product is. It even comes with a small circular spatula to help you remove the product.

It’s not just the packaging of this product that is luxurious it’s ingredient list isn’t too shabby either. It is full of high-end products including crushed silk fibers. Tatcha has a proprietary hydrating ingredient that is included, so of course the E.LF. one doesn’t have it. They both contain squalene {a naturally occurring compound that was originally obtained from the liver of sharks, now it is primarily gotten from plant sources.} This helps to keep our oil production well balanced while at the same time providing just enough moisture to keep your face hydrated. As I said they both contain squalene.

Tatcha’s product was modeled after the wax used by geishas. They use a wax to act as a barrier between their skin and the heavy makeup they are required to wear. This both protects their skin and makes the makeup look flawless.

Now, I don’t own the Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer so I can’t speak personally about anything I just wrote. The above is just what I have read.

E.LF. Poreless Putty Primer

Now this…I own it!

This stuff is like magic in a bottle.

It completely changed my view on primers. I no longer consider them to be an unnecessary step in my make up routine…instead, it’s become one of the most important ones.

It is quite different from the silicone based primers that you might be used to. This one glides on so easily and is hydrating to my dry face, but not so much that it would be too much for those girls with oily skin.

It isn’t what I would call thick like a putty but it’s more creamy and silky in texture. It is pink (as is the Tatcha) but they both blend in translucent.

After I use it my face feels so soft.

Does it work?


I don’t have huge pores but I also can’t say that my face is flawless…{hello, freckles anyone} and it is certainly not without pores or fine lines either. However, when I use this it will blur my pores and it makes my face appear more smooth. The picture below is a great before and after shot the top one is WITHOUT any primer and the bottom one has primer.

Top picture is without the
E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer.
Bottom picture is with the
E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer.

It feels so soft and silky going on my face.

Let’s talk ingredients. The Tatcha and the E.L.F primer both contain similar ingredients but they are in different orders of amounts they each contain. As I said above, they both contain squalene. There is no getting around the fact that the Tatcha would naturally contain better or more pure ingredients but having said that I do not feel like the E.L.F. is an inferior product because of that.

Would I Recommend this Product?

Yes…absolutely, but be forewarned it might be hard to find. Not only does the Tatcha fly off the shelf but so does the E.L.F. one. It took me a minute to find it and I got the last one.

Let’s Get to the Details

THE PRIMER: E.L.F. Poreless Putty Primer | THE SHIRT: Amazon {Mrs.}

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