The Silk Canvas is described on Sephora’s website as ‘a velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.’ Damn, pressed silk?? Sign me up. But forreal though, I really, really love this primer. A lot of people think that the elf Poreless Putty Primer is an exact dupe for this Tatcha product, but I disagree (for the most part).

The textures of both primers are largely identical – they both have that silicone slip feel (I believe that’s where the Tatcha product’s ‘silk’ namesake comes from), and they both are sort of designed to be pore-filling primers. Now, if that’s all you’re looking for in a primer, I think the elf Poreless Putty Primer does that and does it well. Great, even. However, if you want added features and benefits (for an added price, of course), then you may side with me and favor the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer.

First of all, the Tatcha Silk Canvas comes in standard Tatcha packaging – it’s utterly luxurious, and opening it feels like a ceremony that should be recorded because of how lavish it makes you feel. It’s not only beautiful, but it’s also delicate and pristine: it feels expensive. The elf primer, well… it comes in plain black and white standard plastic packaging. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m just saying, there’s a reason why Tatcha’s products cost more.

Next, elf’s primer is, at least to me, scentless. The Silk Canvas, however, is infused with that lovely signature Tatcha scent that smells like you’ve just walked into a luxurious spa. It’s the kind of scent that’s light enough to where it doesn’t feel like a perfume, but rather like the product is just made with such nice, fresh ingredients that some of the scents still linger.

Tatcha’s primer contains ingredients like pink and gold pearl, and a trinity of Japanese superfoods: green tea, rice, and algae. The Poreless Putty Primer from elf contains a bunch of stuff I can’t pronounce, and not to be one of those snobs who thinks that’s a bad thing; there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not quite as luxurious a composition as Tatcha’s product.

I’ll likely repurchase both the Tatcha Silk Canvas as well as the elf Poreless Putty Primer. They both do a great job but one I use strictly for my everyday pore-filling needs whereas the other I use on occasions where I want to treat myself and really indulge in my self-care. So, it’s obvious that the Tatcha Silk Canvas is my favorite of the two, but I’m not too good for the elf product either. Both serve their purpose and, sure, I agree that the elf product is a great pore-filling primer, but do I think it’s an exact dupe for the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer? Nope, sorry! :p