I'm slightly tanned, generally MAC NC 35. This powder lefta white cast on my face and made me look grey. Not good. It also didn't seem to be suitable for my dryer skin that has slightly enlarged pores on the cheek area next to my nose. Used it twice with the same effect. Disappointed and decided to give it away to a much younger colleague who has NC20 skin color and has very oily skin. Works much better on her but she can't use too much either or it will look ghostly.
Btw, I use a powder brush for this and it didn't make a difference.
for the difference in price I will not buy MUFE HD powder again. This does a good job of controling shine, which is why I bought it. I have read reviews that say the E.L.F. mineral booster is a better at oil control so I may try that just to see but over all I really like this one.
I'd heard so many good things about this HD powder. I heard it was a dupe for MUFE HD powder. I usually don't use translucent powder - in fact lately I've been avoiding powder. But i really wanted to try this and like it. This didn't make my skin look better or worse; it pretty much had no effect. I used my powder brush, my kabuki, the puff it comes with; I put very little, I built it up; honestly, it had no effect. I really wanted to love this =( Ill keep it around to set my foundation, though i don't feel it really did that either.
EDIT: I've been using this for a few days. With this powder, you have to find a balance of how much you put on. It still looks a tiny bit powdery over foundation, but it does set pretty well. I'm still mixed but I will continue exploring how to use this product. It's not half bad.
A great (cheap) alternative to similar products from MUF and Urban Decay. Mine cost $6 online and I'd rebuy in a second.
I just want to clarify what some people are saying. This powder does not hold oil at bay - no powder does, not even the expensive ones mentioned above. If you are oily, I mean really oily, like I am, then the oil will come regardless what you put on your face and you will have to blot. Luckily ELF makes great affordable blotting papers!
This kind of powder diminishes the look of the shine, so you'll be more presentable, but no powder stops the oil from coming so don't be under any illusions - oily skin people like me cannot leave the house without their packet of blotting papers.
I bought this to test it against the MUFE HD Powder. If budget is very important to you then this powder is a winner. Do not use the puff that comes with the powder or you will look powdery and white. Use a big fluffy brush and just lightly and gently dust a small amount of powder to set your makeup, then get rid of the rest of the product left on the brush by swiping it on a cloth or something, then use the brush to lightly dust off any excess product. It does set your makeup without drying your skin out and it help keep oil at bay. The packaging is not the best but not terrible either. Just make sure it does not flip over, you must keep it flat or you will have a mess. For 6 bucks you really can't go wrong. That said, I still prefer my MUFE HD powder because it is more foolproof, you can't apply too much, and if I want to just conceal pores I can buff it in and it is completely undetectable (great tip for men who don't want to use foundation but want fantastic skin and also keep you from looking oily as well!). I don't believe I could do this with the ELF powder as it does not seem as finely milled.
I needed a translucent powder to set my makeup, so I bought this.
I was very impressed the first time I applied because it minimized my pores and was good for setting concealer.
However, after 5 hours my nose was really oily! And I don't have very oily skin...The Mineral Booster by E.L.F. is better for controlling shine.
I did like the fact that my concealer didn't budge the whole day, but I was expecting this to also control shine for at least 5-6 hours, which wasn't the case. I am quite disappointed since I heard so many great reviews about this product.
the packaging is crap. but i love it, works great for me..
I don't have the MUFE HD Powder to compare to, though I've had many makeup artists use it on me and I can definitely say that is a cheap dupe. This is even recommended on a very popular makeup artist website devoted to explaining what is in their kits. Anyways, on with my review....
My skin feels silky smooth after I apply this and it does not leave a white cast despite it being, well...white. I am not sure how this stuff looks in photos, but as a model, many makeup artists have used the MUFE one on my skin and it has not turned out badly on print so I can imagine this would be the same. I don't know if this minimizes the appearance of pores, but I think it sort of, masks them, if that makes sense. The packaging is bulky and isn't exactly travel friendly but I don't find it to be messy like many others are saying.
For $6 or $3.50 this is a huge steal and worth a shot at trying out. I will continue to buy it!
Meh. I had to use a tweezer to get the sticker off, but it was stuck on soo tightly that the whole white plastic part of the container that the powder sifts through came off, spilling powder all over. messy messy messy. I used my new ELF brush to swirl this on my face after using my PUR minerals, and I don't see a white cast even though my skin's really tanned. But I'm not impressed with it and won't be buying it again. After being around in the hot sun this morning I don't think it made a difference. I don't see a difference in using the puff they give and patting it over my face.
I can see myself using this up until it runs out, but I think I'm going to try Tarte's finishing powder next...
AHA! I figured it out! I kept experimenting with this stuff and every way that I used it, it was TOO mattifying and made me look like a corpse, and then after a few hours would totally highlight all of my little dry patches and just look icky and awful, while other sections of my face would get oily. I had used it as a primer and as a setting powder both and wanted so badly to love it but just couldn't. WELL, I finally decided to apply it as a setting powder with the puff it comes with and not my powder brush like I had been using. I rolled it onto my skin (just a teensy weensy bit) and then brushed off any excess. And guess what? My skin looked AMAZING! Totally flawless and didn't get oily at all (big huge deal for me! I can get realllllllllllllly oily). So I have been converted! Don't know how using the puff instead of a brush could make that major of a difference, but it really did! YAY!
EDIT: Had to lower the packaging quality after a mishap. It seems that the more you use this powder, the more difficult it becomes to get it open. Mine has started locking shut and the last time I opened it, I ended up with a cut and a bruise!!!