Elf Prep & Hydrate Balm… first impressions

Product name:  Elf Prep and Prime Hydrate Balm

Is it Cruelty free: Yes, and so is Milk Makeup for that matter…

Price: £8.99 is the cheapest I found in Superdrug, but watch out for deals.

Shade range: This is a clear balm, it has no tint, it’s transparent. So it’s brown girl friendly yayayy!

Elf Prep & Hydrate Balm
Cooling balm in a stick? Is it a Milk dupe?

My thoughts:

My first thoughts were, though I’ve never used the Milk Makeup cooling stick this does sound like a dupe. But since, I’ve never really used the Milk Ice Stick, I can’t really do a side by side comparison .

But what I can say is that,I’ve loved using it to hydrate skin, both on top of makeup at work, instead of a mist, which don’t get me wrong- I do Love  ( but this bar smaller so fits in the handbag, especially whilst travelling.) plus a mist has a tendency to go everywhere, and some inevitably ends up on my hair. Which is fine on most days…I still love a good mist. ( I have a collection that would rival Imelda Marcos’s shoes) but for a spot application under the eyes, or a subtle daytime work appropriate sheen…I’m loving this.

Plus whilst its soft  it doesn’t shift makeup and somehow so cooling and hydrating so a great touch up under the eyes- it cools the eyes down whilst hydrating them. It says prep, but I don’t think it’s a great primer. I find it is particularly brilliant when I’m spending long days on the computer, or roasting inside my office (thanks to this glorious but, too hot for me heatwave that we are experiencing), or flying. It’s great for the latter, as its under the liquid threshold in weight, plus as it’s a solid stick…it actually doesn’t count towards your liquids allowance; unless you are flying out of Manchester Airport- who I swear are a law unto themselves!

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)

Would I repurchase?

Yes. Ive already got a backup. I live in constant fear of them being discontinued!

Final thoughts:

I’ve never tried the Milk Ice cooling stick. Is this a dupe? Can you please let me know in the comments below?

Have a great day

Elle xx

Note of disclaimer: All opinions are my own, I have no affiliations with any company, there are no affiliate links on this post and all products are purchased with my own money . Please check ingredients list of all products that you buy, in case you have allergies to any of the products that I mentioned. If you are particularly sensitive or even if you’re not, allergies can happen suddenly, even with products that you have used for years. If unsure, please do a patch test on your elbow, and wait 48 hours before using any of the products I’ve suggested. Please do not copy, publish any photos on this blog or contents in its entirety or otherwise without my express permission.



Published by Lav Mell

Beauty Musings, Makeup reviews, Skincare lover, I am a self confessed makeup and skincare magpie and this is my little corner of the blogiverse.

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