For $6, this product works pretty amazing. I normally run out pretty quickly though. It seems like the whole jar isn't filled, not even half way. However, it does set my makeup well. It's very sheer and the powder is very fine. I don't get the cakey look like some similar cheaper setting powders give me. This product works well and I will be repurchasing. It's one of my favorite products from ELF.
I'll preface this by saying that I'm a makeup snob. But, after plopping down $35 for a small jar of Make Up For Ever's HD powder, I decided to risk $6 and try this. Best I can tell, the products are nearly identical. This powder is stark white, and as with any HD product, you *have* to apply with an extremely light hand (I use my MAC kabuki brush) then blend & buff like mad or you'll end up looking ghostly and even worse in pictures. Don't apply this like you apply your regular powder - use only a tiny bit and buff it in very well. I use this lightly after my foundation, and then apply my regular powder on top. This gives me a matte, velvety, airbrushed finish, that lasts all day. The powder itself is finely milled and gives a beautiful, soft focus finish. I don't use the puff it came with. The only dislike about this is the packaging - while you get a very generous amount, for some reason it is very messy and the powder tends to fall everywhere and make kind of a mess. I take out & throw away the sifter and the puff, and just dip my brush directly into the powder. Much less messy that way! Overall this is a great product for the price.
an ok finishing powder, giving a soft focus sort of look. but it appears a little grainy on the face, highlights little hairs, and does nothing whatsoever for oil control.
and the packaging is terrible, the sieve is too big and I feel like I lose a lot of product whenever I open it.
I love this product- it helps set my liquid foundation well, and I barely need to blot midday with this on. My skin looks photoshopped in pictures when I wear this. I avoid the white cast by applying very lightly.
The only minor gripes I have are:
- the packaging could be improved upon, like a lock-and-go thing that bare minerals has on their foundation/veil.
- I can't be sloppy/lazy with concealer. If I don't blend well before using the powder, the powder settles heavily on top of the concealer and it looks splotchy.
This is my favorite powder of all time--including prestige brands!
I've had a hate-hate relationship with most powders for most of my life. My skin doesn't seem to like talc, which tends to be in most of them.
This one does not irritate my skin at all because it lacks talc.It's translucent, so the "color" is perfect. :) It gives a flawless finish, minimizing fine lines on my face (I'm 40, though people guess I am in my late 20s all the time) and just makes my skin look smoother in general. It doesn't accentuate the flakiness I often get in the colder months--in fact, it hides it.
It doesn't leave a completely matte finish, but IMHO that's a pro, not a con. I find that for non oily skin types, totally matte powder make the skin look really fake and made up.
I tested it by having my photo taken in natural sunlight and it didn't bounce back light either, which can be an issue with powders for photo shoots. Powders that are too matte or that have sparkle tend to make the face lighter than the neck, even if foundation etc. matches the neckline.
I don't know that oily skins will appreciate this as much. I've tried it on several people and it is a dream for sensitive skin, normal skin, dry skin, and very dry skin.
I can see where the package might be an issue for touch ups though, but if I need blotting, that's what papers are for. :)
The trick to not getting too much is to turn it upside down very quickly and use your brush to pick up powder off of the puff.
I really love this powder. It makes my skin look nearly flawless. I apply it over my foundation with a kabuki brush and then use a setting spray to get rid of the powdery look and my face looks almost photoshopped. Yes, the packaging is pretty much crap. It is bulky and product goes everywhere. I put a piece of clear tape in mine to keep so much from coming out and that seemed to take care of most of the messiness. Also, like most reviewers are saying, applying with a light hand is necessary or else you will end up looking a bit like a ghost.
I purchased this product after reading several glowing reviews on MUA. I bought it from Amazon.com for a mere $5.99. The container has a screw on square shaped lid. The puff inside is a very nice quality velour and is super soft. I removed the plastic strip to access the powder and shook it to get some on the puff. A lot more came out than I expected. I think so much came out because it is so finely milled. I used the puff to pat some on my cheeks, nose and chin (over foundation). The powder itself is pure white. It blends nicely IF YOU DO NOT USE TOO MUCH. Once I removed the excess and blended it with a different puff (the one it comes with is not good for blending in my opinion) I had a very nice, soft focus matte finish. It did not give quite as much coverage as I am used to. I normally use Covergirl loose powder in 110, which has a slight tint to it, so I think that is why I feel that powder gives me more coverage. I then had the brilliant idea of using a small amount of Covergirl powder to set my foundation and then dusted the ELF powder on top. The result was flawless. I got the extra tinted coverage from Covergirl and the soft focus matte from the ELF. I would give this powder a rating of 5 if it gave just a little bit more coverage. The packaging could use a little work too since too much comes out of the sifter. But for $5.99 I am not going to complain. So, if you don't need very full coverage then this powder may end up being your HG powder. Just remember that a little bit goes a long way and make sure you blend it well.
I've had a couple of bad encounters with ELF products and this one is no exception. The most crippling thing about this product is its horrendous packaging; you'll end up losing more than you'll probably get to use! It does a decent job at setting foundation. The product is very very inexpensive and you get a very good amount (3.5g) of product. But I can not get over the great loss of product I get each time I open the jar. I think if your on a tight budget this a decent product but if you can splurge I recommend looking on here for another product with better packaging.
My Shade is Black Opal Au Chocolat or Iman Earth 3-4.
-The Price is RIGHT!
- A Little goes a long way, you will have this forever and an hour!
- Smooth and finely milled, if used right will leave you looking photoshopped
- Its easy to end up looking like a ghostly mess if you are not light handed, especially if your skin is DRY.
- The sieve holes are WAY TOO BIG for the product so you end up getting product exploding out everywhere if you are not careful. Keep the puff in its place and you wont end up wasting it all.
- It is kinda-sorta powdery.
If you have dark skin (Rev. Colorstay Cappuccino and above) the Black Opal invisible loose powder or Coty powder would work better for you.
If you have deep dark skin stay away from all the above. Visit your local theatrical store and purchase the Ben Nye translucent setting powder in Senna or Ebony. Its just $5 and you get a tonne of product.
I've had this powder for a while but I never got to wear it until a month ago. I actually am really impressed with this product. I wear this after applying my foundation. It mattifies my face, takes away the greasy residue my foundation leaves, in addition to leaving my skin feel smooth. More reasons to love elf! The only downside is the packaging. It's bulky and the actual powder itself is hard to get without making a mess. Other than that, I love the product!