I was sent this ELF High Definition Loose Powder to test quite a while ago but have only had a chance recently to give it a go. (I am working on a post/video on the best make up for photographs so this HD face powder popped into mind).
There’s been plenty of hype surround this plainly packaged £6 powder. For one thing, its cheap (ELF is of course, known for being very very affordable with a large selection of the make up at £1.50), and this powder is supposed to cover pores, and leave a nice finish too.
So it comes in this box:
The ELF studio line reminds me of Nars, but less….rubbery. The container is a sort of shiny plastic…it would look more expensive with a matte finish. Pernickety? Moi?!
ELF says that this powder - creates a “soft focus” effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.
The powder itself is white, but has a brushes away nicely to leave a non chalky finish. No horrible residue here. Its got quite a light texture, and absorbs oil nicely to keep me matte. The powder can’t really add any coverage – there’s no pigment in it but it does leave this skin with a really lovely, soft glow.
I have a pet hate for translucent powders, I think they always leave looking slightly whiter than I prefer and in photographs – forget it. I look like Casper’s long lost sister.
However this powder is the first white powder I’ve put on my face and not though GAH! about. Very good.
Brushes away to:
I don’t detect any glittery edge to the product, and it leaves a matte but non-dead finish.
Was that review too quick? Let’s just say I’m very drowsy at the moment…
Anyway – when it comes to ELF, I do think its a great brand for the price and excellent if you are on budget, but no, in all honesty, its not a brand that I would go out of my way to buy from…you know I like my luxuries….
However – I would make an exception for this powder. It didn’t leave any nasty colour cast my face and it absorbed oil without looking heavy or cakey. My skin looked soft and glowy for most of the day and its just a really easy to use, easy to apply product for not very much money.
I also want to give similar powders a try (MUFE and even Dior’s Extreme Fix), and even if these two powders are better than ELF’s, ELF”s powder is still only a fraction of the price.
Worth trying? Yes definatissimo!
Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica*
*There has been various issues raised regarding the use of Silica. I believe this powder, along with MUFE’s HD Powder, which is pure Silica is silicone dioxide which doesn’t react with lung tissue to cause Silicosis.