As someone with combination oily skin, a good setting powder is a must. That said, I go through so much of the stuff that I also don’t want to pay an absolute fortune for something on a frequent basis. I’ve used all kinds of loose powders over the years – the old Cover Girl standby, Marcelle, Morgen Schick, and they all did the job. They kept my makeup set and my face matte, at least for a while. But usually not long enough for me to feel truly happy with them.
I recently tried E.L.F. (Eyes, Lips, Face) High Definition Powder. At $7.99, I figured why not, I might as well try another one to see what it had to offer. After using it for a week or so, I’ve learned it definitely has some great pros, and at least one major con, which I’m sharing below.
- This stuff works to reduce shine. Of all the powders I’ve used lately, this one seems to work the best in terms of keeping my face looking (and feeling) less greasy than normal. This is a huge plus for me. My shine is significantly reduced and I have to touch up less often to keep it that way.
- This powder is super light. I love that this powder is light and airy – it feels much lighter than the Cover Girl translucent powder I had been using and it feels silky on my skin. I really enjoy the lightness.
- I enjoy that it is a colourless powder. After putting on my foundation or BB cream, I don’t need any additional colour provided by my powder, which happens even with coloured powders that claim to be translucent.
- The packaging. This is probably one of the most cumbersome products I’ve used because of the packaging and it is my number on criticism of it. The powder is incredibly fine (a plus in my books), more so than any other powder I’ve previously used. Because the holes in the container are as large as with traditional powders, too much product comes out, leaving a bit of a mess and causing wastage, which I hate.
- The white powder sometimes leaves my skin a bit too pale. This doesn’t seem to happen every time, so I think it may be how I am applying it. I found that on the days when it looks slightly chalky, a bit of bronzer helps to even things out.
- It’s not portable. Not because of the size of the container, which is standard for a loose powder, but because the holes are too big and too much product gets out (into the lid) if I carry it around. This is a big disadvantage for me because I like to take my setting powder with me for touch ups.
- The puff is pretty useless. It’s a velour puff that works fine for my cheeks but is too dense to really use it on my t-zone, which is the key place I need powder. I use a powder brush instead.
Although I listed more cons, the most important pro – that it does what I need it to and has staying power, far outweighs the cons and is the reason that I will purchase this item again. A good setting powder is one of my most important beauty tools, and with a fantastic price and great action, I am definitely a fan of this product. I’ll just have to figure out a better tool to use for application and perhaps a better way to store it.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,