Elf Holy Hydration Face Cream Review

If there’s one thing I absolutely need in my beauty routine it’s moisturizer. My skin is extremely dry at the best of times, and during our last cold snap I had a hard time keeping my face smooth and free of flaky dry patches. Winter really sucks the life out of me so I picked up the Elf Holy Hydration Face Cream. It has a 4.6 star rating on elf’s website and contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, squalane, vitamin b5 and peptides for smooth hydrated skin.

I was hoping it could replace my favourite moisturizer, Neutrogena Hydro Boost, since I’m trying to support more cruelty free brands. Unfortunately the products aren’t really comparable at all, and I’ll be sticking with Hydro Boost for the time being until I can find a suitable alternative. Today I’ll share the pros & cons of the elf Holy Hydration face cream.

ELF Holy Hydration Moisturizer Review

Elf Holy Hydration Face Cream Review

The Elf Holy Hydration Face Cream retails for $12USD and contains 1.8oz of product. The formula contains Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide, Peptides, Squalane and Vitamin B5. It sounds like the perfect cocktail for smooth, hydrated skin does it not? Elf is cruelty free and vegan.

Holy Hydration Face Cream by ELF


This is one of those double walled containers that appear to hold more product than it actually does. I don’t love this style of packaging, as I find it wasteful. I wish brands would commit to a more minimal style of packaging without excess plastic. A lot of you have told me that you don’t like this pot style packaging and prefer products with a pump for sanitary reasons. This product doesn’t come with a spatula (which I’m ok with). I usually just use my fingers to scoop out the product. I’m not super concerned about bacteria, I’ve never found mould growing in a moisturizer and I wash my hands before each application sooo…

elf Holy Hydration Face Cream Review


For some reason I was expecting the Holy Hydration face cream to be a gel formula. It says Face Cream in the name, and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a thicker cream formula which should mean intense hydration, but honestly I didn’t find it nearly as hydrating as gel formulas.

Gel formulas absorb almost instantly into my skin, while I felt like the Holy Hydration face cream just sat on top of my face. I really had to massage it in, or else it left white streaks on my skin. My skin felt greasy when using this cream, but not deeply hydrated. While using this as a day & night moisturizer I found myself developing more dry patches as time went on, and only when I started adding in extra serums for hydration did I get it under control.

I switched back to my Pixi Milky Lotion and my skin improved within a couple days.

I think this face cream would work better for those with normal skin types (between oily and dry) based on my own personal experience. Please keep in mind that my own experience with a product may be different from yours due to a number of factors such as genetics, other products in my routine, lifestyle etc. So I don’t believe that this product is bad by any means, it just didn’t do what I hoped it would for my skin.


  • Fragrance Free
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid & Squalane
  • Niacinamide helps minimize appearance of pores
  • Didn’t break me out!


  • Didn’t absorb into my skin easily
  • My dry patches reappeared with continued use
  • Felt heavy on my skin
Skincare for Dewy Skin

Have you tried the Holy Hydration Cream from e.l.f.?

Let me know if you’ve tried the Holy Hydration Face Cream and what you thought of it. Unfortunately it won’t be something that I’ll consider repurchasing; However, I will use it up while rotating between more hydrating moisturizers. Thank you so much for reading, stay safe out there! x



  1. Jason
    December 20, 2021 / 9:47 pm

    I read so many good reviews as well. I tried it for myself and feel like our experiences are the same. Didn’t
    moisturize all day and also felt like it left a film all over my face. Kind of a like a greasy oily layer that sat on top of my skin. I think it’s formulated with too much silicone. Wish they formulated it with less silicone so it wouldn’t leave that heavy feeling.

  2. April 17, 2021 / 8:39 am

    When I saw that they came out with this product, I was super curious cause of the ingredients and the name! I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work as well as the hydro boost! It seems like a product that I’m going to stay away from. Great post Cleia xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • May 1, 2021 / 12:37 am

      I’ve heard that a lot of people have liked the cream on social media, so I don’t know why it’s not working for me :S Thanks for reading!

  3. March 21, 2021 / 10:34 am

    This is interesting. I had heard great things about this face cream from a number of bloggers and YouTubers, but it just goes to show that everyone has a different experience with products – especially when it comes to skincare!

    • March 29, 2021 / 12:08 pm

      I really thought I would love this! But I don’t think its bad, I’m just one of the odd people who didn’t love it for some reason :S

      • April 4, 2021 / 9:38 am

        It happens!

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