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rated 1 of 5 on 12/2/2014 12:57:00 PM More reviews by SmithK88

Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure Hair: Other, Other, Other Eyes: Other

Doesn't work breaks you out even more! Just look at the ingredients half of them clog your skin and pores so it can't breathe and the other ingredients cause life long damage

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rated 4 of 5 on 12/2/2014 12:34:00 PM More reviews by beautyarte

Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Other, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown

I recently bought this foundation in the spirit of Black Friday; mostly because I got my pale winter skin back and needed a foundation to match. I have a hard time finding the right shade and I am still not pale enough for their second to lightest shade, although I will be very soon. It is a tad lighter and they do have limited options. I bought porcelain and the next option would have been buff, but that was also too dark. It lays on my face nicely and is velvety smooth. I am still experimenting with it, but so far it is good enough for everyday use. I would say that it is a better product for oily skin but not the best. It isn't as opaque as they make it seem, but it gives a decent amount of coverage. I will probably use it again because it is actually a decent product for the price and since I am a student it fits right into my budget. I was using a drugstore $10 foundation that was terrible and would just melt off my face throughout the day and this foundation is cheaper and superior.

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rated 5 of 5 on 11/24/2014 3:30:00 AM More reviews by kaedegordon

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Oily, Tan, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

sand=nc37 ish, with a slightly more neutral under tone

yeah this stuff is great. packaging is fantastic, fuller coverage than Mac prolongwear concealer, matte, six dollars, lasts well, dries totally untacky. i just wish there were more colors, or that you people would color reference to help a brotha out so I know what to order. seriously why say "i had trouble finding a color match" if you aren't going to help the rest of us out with a nice color reference?

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rated 4 of 5 on 11/15/2014 3:11:00 PM More reviews by Behemath

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Brown

I used to wear MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC20, but once my tan faded a little, I found that it was too yellow for me. Also, my skin started to break out a lot on my cheeks for no apparent reason, so I thought I'd hit two birds with one stone and get a new foundation for my paler winter skin that would also cover my new spots and scarring. I got the shade 'Buff' which is a perfect match for me now, so hopefully this will be a helpful point of reference for those buying online who aren't able to test out the shades beforehand (So.. Buff is suitable for skin that's a little paler and less yellow than MAC NC20)

First of all, the only bad thing that I can say about this product is that I've noticed after hours of wear that sometimes (not every time) it can look a little cakey around my mouth, but please bear in mind that I use a beauty blender to apply, so you maybe wouldn't have this problem if you were able to really buff it in with a brush.

But anyway, that's not a big deal, because there are so many good things about this foundation! Despite the high coverage, it still manages to look natural and I don't even have to use concealer anymore. I like the simple packaging. I like the smell. And I love the price! It was only a fraction of the price of my previous foundation, which shows that you don't have to pay a fortune to get great products :) Great product, and I'd highly recommend it if your skin's going through a rough patch and needs a little extra coverage, or if you are simply looking for a full coverage foundation

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rated 1 of 5 on 11/5/2014 7:26:00 PM More reviews by spottedswan

Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Grey

Rarely would I consider buying a ds foundation online, but in this case I couldn't resist. The reviews are all sooo good! I admit, my hopes were too high when I went into this. I'm comparing this $6 foundation to other great foundations also advertised as full-coverage. I found this to be: Thick, not blendable, medium coverage, and resulted in a dull ashy look.

Compared to cream foundations that I love, this is still thick. To make it work, I used Nyx Dewy setting spray -- I wouldn't walk out the door otherwise.

The "acne fighting" ingredients are tossed in at the bottom of the ingredient list. The second ingredient listed is Cyclops, a known trigger for acne-prones. Sometimes it's not what's added, but what's taken away that makes a formula great for sensitive people.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 10/26/2014 9:29:00 PM More reviews by guitarheroine91

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

This is my all time favourite full coverage foundation for those breakout times when I need a thicker coverage but still want a fairly natural look. I need to emphasise that this is an incredibly FULL COVERAGE foundation. You literally only need a penny sized amount to cover your entire face, and I recommend using a buffing brush to get a smooth, natural finish as caking tends to occur when applied with a sponge or fingertips. If you use more than a penny sized amount you'll probably get some caking.

When applied lightly, this foundation completely covers any redness or acne I may have with absolutely no need for concealer, even on dark eye circles, though I like to use a bit of E.L.F's undereye setting powder just because it gives me that extra glow! This foundation makes my skin look absolutely flawless and sets to a semi-matte finish without powder and a matte finish with powder. (I use E.L.F's Tone Correcting Powder or Essence That's So Matt!) It can be a little dry looking on dry/combination skin if not preluded by a good moisturizer and primer. My picks at the moment are Aveeno Ultra Calming SPF 15 moisturizer and Flower In Your Prime Perfecting Primer.

I took one lippie off because the shade selection is very sparse. I have the shade Porcelain and it's slightly too dark and yellow toned for my skin, even though it's the lightest shade. ELF should really consider expanding their shade range to suit caucasian, fair skin, considering how many people have complained of this issue.

All in all, for skin that's acne prone or prone to redness, this is a must have, and at only $6, you can't beat the price.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 10/25/2014 3:42:00 PM More reviews by LindseyAnne

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green

This stuff is amazing. And this is coming from someone who works in the bauty industry and who's tried just about everything there is to try. I also have super problematic skin. It's quite oily and very acne prone. I like a high coverage foundation that still looks quite natural. And that's what this stuff does. First off, I actually love the packaging. It's simple and practical. Just a nice plastic squeze tube that's compact and won't break easily like a glass bottle or jar. Secondly, it smells amazing and it blends like an absolute dream. I wouldn't call this a liquid makeup, but probably a very thin creme. A little bit goes a long way and the coverage is insane. I don't even use concealer with this foundation. It has a satin finsih and doesn't lok or feel heavy on the skin at all. I ordered this online and it ended up being like less than 4 bucks (I have no idea why this is listed as having a higher price point) so I really didn't expect much from it. But it was too cheap not to at least try. I got so lucky when I guessed my color (porcelain) and it turned out to be nearly a perfect match, for reference I'm NC20 in Mac and wear Buff in Revlon CS. As for being acne-fighting, it's tough for me to say if it actually TREATS acne, however I've bene using this for almost 2 weeks and have no new breakouts at all. Which is so uncommon for me as usually even my favourite foundations do have a tendency to clog my pores.

My only complaint about this product (and the only reason I coulnd't give it a perfect rating) is that I can't get a full day's wear out of it because I am oilier skinned. However, that's not really a huge surprise for me as I have only actually found one foundation (CS) out of all that I've tried that will last a full day on me. I can get about 6-8 solid hours out of this stuff so it's great just for basic, every day wear.

Give this stuff a try before you spend $50+ on a high end foundation like I have done many many times. So impressed.

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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 9/10/2014 7:00:00 PM More reviews by PiMehMeh

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I purchased a bottle of e.l.f.'s Studio Acne Fighting Foundation in the second lightest shade, Porcelain, some time before I had purchased Clinique's Acne Solutions Makeup in 02 Fresh Ivory, and switched from e.l.f.'s to Clinique's after two weeks so I could compare the two in effectiveness against acne.

My skin isn't acne-prone, but I do get an occasional zit or two that I normally treat with a salicylic acid-type skin care regimen. At the time of testing these two foundations, I was using the following 3 items to prep my skin: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub to cleanse and exfoliate, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Toner (2% salicylic acid) to tone, and Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion (2% salicylic acid) to moisturize. This skin care routine on its own has already been fairly effective at keeping my acne controlled, but I wanted to see if the e.l.f. foundation would compound the effectiveness throughout the day, at a fraction of the price of the Clinique foundation.

I'm happy to report that after two weeks of using the e.l.f. foundation that I have not had any additional break outs while my existing acne was being treated. I can't say however, if this foundation treated my acne on its own, since it was used with the aforementioned acne-fighting skin care. I have not been a fan of many of e.l.f.'s products save for their Studio Primer and their Mineral Eyeshadows, but this is another product that has surprised me. The packaging is practically the same as the Clinique foundation: the squeeze bottle dispenses from a needle tip so product is easy to control, and a little goes a long way with this medium-coverage (and buildable) product. The finish is not true, flat matte, but a natural-looking matte.

The only problem I have with this foundation is that although Porcelain was the closest match to my skin tone (about NC25 at the time of writing this review), it was still several shades too light, and there's a huge jump between e.l.f.'s Porcelain and Buff shades, the latter of which is likely too dark for me since it was too about 2 shades too dark for me in their Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation. So with the Acne Fighting Foundation in Porcelain alone, I looked a little sickly pale unless I added blush and bronzer. Clinique's second lightest shade of their Acne Solutions Makeup in Fresh Ivory was surprisingly a better match to my skin (maybe only a shade lighter than my natural skintone) and was just as effective as the e.l.f. foundation as far as coverage, finish, staying power, and effectiveness at controlling acne, although a bottle of the same amount of product costs about 4x the amount of e.l.f.'s.

For the record, Clinique's Fresh Ivory and e.l.f.'s Porcelain are both neutral in undertone and do not oxidize throughout the day.

While the two acne foundations are practically the same save for their shade offerings and exact ingredient lists (which are vastly different between the two), I'm left with a few options as far as shade offerings, my biggest problem with the e.l.f. foundation. I could skip the hassle and pay 4x the amount for Clinique's foundation in a closer shade, or I could purchase e.l.f.'s foundation in both Porcelain and Buff and put in a little work to mix the two shades to get my shade, and it would still cost only half the price of the Clinique foundation. I like cheap buys so if I had the time to customize my shade, I'd pick up two the two e.l.f. shades for only $12, but because I'm in a rush every morning, I find it convenient to have my match ready at the bottle.

Until e.l.f. broadens their shade offering so that there's a more middle-ground between Porcelain and Buff, I'd rather stick to Clinique's foundation for the ease of finding my shade and applying it, and getting out the door faster. But overall I have had great experiences with both foundations for what they're intended to do: treat acne. For those who can find their shades in both foundations, the choice is a matter of preference.

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rated 2 of 5 on 7/27/2014 7:55:00 AM More reviews by unicornbl000d

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I was really excited to try this, and even more excited when a 50% off sale came about!

And I was thoroughly disappointed. I'm porcelain pale, and I bought their absolute lightest shade, and it was far too orange for me. And not just like one shade, I'm talking like two maybe three shades. I was so sad, but at the same time, I'm glad I didn't waste too much money on it!

Pros- Smells great, very inexpensive, builds, and blends well.

Cons- lightest shade is too dark for pale skin, very oily (two types of oil in it)

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/4/2014 10:59:00 AM More reviews by SherryVoyles86

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I really love this foundation! I switched from physicians formula after reading reviews on here and I'm glad I did! This has full coverage but doesn't look cakey like PF did. I think the people complaining about that aren't using primer with it. It's super cheap too! The downside is that it isn't sold in any Targets near me so I have to either but it directly from the website or eBay. Also, it's definitely not acne fighting but I don't feel it worsens either. However, if I accidentally fall asleep without washing it off I will definitely wake up with a breakout. PF never did that. So just make sure you consistently wash it off every night and I don't think you'll have a problem. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is bc of the hassle of buying it.

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