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      03.05.2013 09:57

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      Try their other face products instead!

      I bought this in my first ever elf order and I must admit for £1.50 I wasn't expecting a lot but as I had picked the ivory shade I hadn't expected full on orange either. I use powder everyday to set my makeup and found myself going back to my old faithful within a couple of days of trying this.

      The packaging does not have a mirror which is kind of frustrating but as this is a budget brand I will let that slide. The powder originally comes with elf embossed into the powder, which is quite nice. This soon disappears though as the texture is far too grainy and there I tons of fall out. This put me off all other elf face products for such a long time but don't give up there are some really good ones out there .
      Even though this is grainy it doesn't look cakey so that would be one plus, it the colour is just so off. I picked the lightest I dread to see how bad the medium tones are. I have thrown this away and will not repurchase.

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      26.08.2012 12:45
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      Not the best ELF has given.

      During the 50% E.L.F sales there is always a minimum spend of £30 which means you get the whole lot for £15 with delivery added on top and during one of their sales last year I needed to add a couple of products to take me over the minimum spend and I decided to add in this pressed powder. It's something I use every day so I figured I might as well give it a go. At £1.50 this is really cheap even with Boots Naturals the cheapest you can get is £1.99 so at half price and 75p for 5g there really was nothing to loose.

      The pressed powder comes in a compact that is small and round the base is white and the flip top lid is transparent with the name and the product on the top. It's very simple packaging but for the price you really can't complain can you. The thing I like about the compact is that the lid clicks shut nice and tightly meaning there's no powder left in the bottom of my bag or anything. The only thing I would complain about is that the compact is actually really small, much smaller than I thought it would be but then for the price it's not something you can bother about really. I bought the lightest shade they have available as I have had great results from E.L.F with their other products in the palest shade. There are quite a few shades so there should be one to suit most skin tones but it's worth checking out swatches online to get a true shade as some of the pictures aren't exact in their colouring.

      I use a face brush to apply this product, I have always found using a pad or a sponge applicator gives far too much colour and I end up looking like a tangerine. The face brush I have is from ELF's budget range and I find that this isn't a bad size although it is a little difficult to swirl over the powder. However when I do get the powder onto the brush it stays there very well without dropping all over the place. I then swirl it over my primer and foundation base to give a matte finish. There is no need to even my skin as my liquid foundation has already done that this is purely a matte finisher for me and so I find that my skin is covered well and isn't too caked to get a good result. The powder is light on my skin and seems to spread well. I found that with the base in place there was no caking or clinging to dry patches etc which can normally happen with powders so I was rather impressed on that front. The powder I found lasted well enough, it did need touching up after 5-6 hours but my main problem was that when it was hot or humid out this powder seemed to stick together after a very short amount of time and I found that the colour seemed to get very orange which I was not happy about. In the colder weather this is fine but any sort of heat and this powder doesn't do very well.

      I didn't find any irritation or dryness to my skin from using this powder which was good but to be honest I'm not really chuffed with this product, I like it in the colder weather but it's not very good to have a powder sitting there for half the year unused. For the price it's not bad really but I wouldn't recommend using this during anything other than winter.

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      04.04.2012 10:00
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      I won't buy it again

      I have read plenty of reviews on eyes lips and face make up who are online retailers of make up products. Most of the reviews that I had read were positive and so I decided to give them a go and order some things to try. One of the items I purchased was their clarifying pressed powder.

      The clarifying pressed powder comes in various shades but I purchased rosy beige. I have to say it is tricky to full gauge what I colour looks like online and I do think that the rosy beige is pretty dark in real life and certainly darker than what I had expected it to be from the online picture. Of course this is a hazard of buying online and something that I was aware of before I ordered.

      The clarifying pressed powder comes in a circular pot which has a shimmering white bottom and a hinged clear plastic lid. The lid features the e.l.f name as well as the product name and inside the lid is a pad which you can use to apply the powder if you would like to but I prefer to use a large brush to apply my powder.

      The actual pressed powder had the e.l.f logo imprinted in to it as well as some ridges around the sides but these are soon rubbed off with your brush as you begin to use the product. The powder does stick well to the brush and once on the face reduces any shine that may have come from your foundation. The colour despite seeming quite dark in the tub isn't as bad when it is on the face either though it is still slightly darker than I would like to use normally. The powder lasts quite well throughout the day too though when I am at work I sometimes like to reapply mid way through the day as I work thirteen hour shifts.

      My issue with this product is that I find it is really drying on my skin and I do not have this issue with other pressed powders I have used. As such I rarely used this powder simply because my skin just doesn't seem to like it much. I do keep it as a spare powder for when I am low on my usual brand though. Sadly I wouldn't purchase this product again because of the fact that it dries my skin so much but this is not to say it would be the same for everyone and so it might be worth trying it as it is so low in price. It is available from eye, lips and face for £1.49.

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        13.02.2012 22:59
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        Will work fine for beginners or people on a budget.

        I have two pressed powders in my relatively vast makeup collection, and out of the two I own, this is the one I reach for less often. Read on to find out why.

        -What ELF says about this product-
        Treat and prevent skin imperfections. Proven skin clarifiers absorb oil on contact.

        -Directions-
        Brush powder puff (included) across powder and press gently into face and neck

        -Packaging-
        This pressed powder comes in a plastic pan with a clear plastic lid that clicks into place. There is a powder puff included with this product and I store mine in the case resting on top of the powder. I've seen a lot of people complaining that when they do this, the lid doesn't click into place, but I don't seem to have this problem. The lid comfortably clicks into place with mine, even with the puff inside. It's quite small and compact and you can easily slip this into your bag for touch ups.

        -To powder or not to powder?-
        Moving on to the powder. I usually prefer to use a brush for powders, but this one is very hard to pick up using a powder brush, so I use the puff provided to pat it onto my skin, but even picking this product up with the puff is really hard! The powder does a good job at controlling oil for about 5-6 hours. It did even out my skin tone, but didn't really provide any substantial coverage for me, which is fine, because I have foundation and concealer for that. If you apply this with a light hand you won't get a cakey look. The powder is available in 7 shades and I have it in rosy beige which is the right shade for me, so it doesn't leave me looking either orange or white. The main reason why I prefer my other pressed powder (Max Factor Crème Puff) is because it is easier to pick up with a powder brush, and hence easier to apply. It also lasts a little longer than the ELF pressed powder. This powder does do what I expect it to do though-it controls oil and prevents my skin from looking shiny. It also prevents my make-up from sliding off my skin and helps it last a little longer than it would without a powder patted on top.

        -Price and Availability-
        This powder is available at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk where I bought it for just £1.50, so it's really affordable, and actually quite cheap for such a decent product. Since this powder is only available online, finding the right shade is difficult, but searching online for swatches may help a little.

        -Final Word-
        Would I repurchase this? Probably not because like I said, my Max Factor pressed powder does a slightly better job, and while it is pricier than this particular pressed powder, I'm willing to pay that higher price for the slightly better quality. However, I do recommend this pressed powder to people who are on a budget or people who are just starting to use make-up.

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          24.01.2011 18:45
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          Not a very good product - I will not be buying again

          ELF clarifying pressed powder

          I bought a few things from ELF recently and I have already reviewed the elf tinted moisturiser. I bought this product as well and I got it in the same shade as the tinted moisturiser.

          *About the product*
          It came attached to a small sheet of cardboard, like the tinted moisturiser. It has quite a bit of information on the back of the packaging, which is good as usually there isn't. It is 5g or 0.18 oz.

          *Ingredients*
          Talc, Mica, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Titanium Dioxide, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Stearate, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance(Aroma), Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

          *My opinion of the product*

          -Packaging
          The packaging is basically the same style as the tinted moisturiser, it has a bit of information on the back of the packaging about the product, which you don't usually get a lot of when it comes to cosmetics. Overall, it is quite nice and simple.

          -Appearance/shade
          When I first opened it I was a bit surprised at how small the actual compact is. I usually buy the rimmel stay matte pressed powder, so I thought that it would be that kind of size but it is really tiny - so you obviously get less product as well. The packaging also looks really cheap, it has a white plastic base and a clear plastic lid.

          I bought the lightest shade they have (ivory - 1305) and like the shade for the elf tinted moisturiser it is not the same as shown on the elf uk site. On the site both the tinted moisturiser and this product (in ivory) look a lot lighter in colour than they actually are, which was a bit disappointing as I do have quite pale skin and although this product is a good match it would be better for my skin tone if it was lighter.

          -Application
          It is very easy to apply with a small brush, although they do supply a small circular sponge applicator with this product, but I find it is so much easier to use a small brush. The circle applicator sponge does not really apply the product well, it just tends to hold the product on it and it does not make blending easy either.

          I use a brush to apply it and as I have really really dry skin I only apply this product to the places that either need a little bit more colour, such as my neck, and to my T zone (chin, forehead, nose) as they do get a bit oily.

          I don't apply this product by sweeping the brush over the areas I want the product as it usually makes my skin a bit caky/flaky looking or it can make my skin look really obviously powdered. So I just apply my tinted moisturiser and then I apply this product with a small clean brush and just pat/press the product to my T zone, for me this tends to make my skin look less powdered and less caky.

          -Results
          As I said I only apply this product to my T zone and neck, and I have found that it does work well. It keeps my oily skin...less oily, it does not get rid of the oil for all of the day. It does even out my skin tone a bit and it is quite pigmented but it is easy to blend out.

          -Additional information
          It says on the back of the packaging that it "Treats and prevents breakouts", as it contains salicylic acid (1.0%) which is is stated to be an anti-acne ingredient in the product.

          -Important
          It says on the back of the product "avoid using on areas of eczema", when I read that I was a bit worried, but I only have eczema on my cheeks, not where I apply the product. I have not had any adverse reaction to this product since I have been using it, although I will be more cautious applying this product and when purchasing any other pressed powder products from ELF.

          -Price
          I bought it from Eyeslipsandface.co.uk, for only £1.50 but then you do have to pay £2.95 for postage, so it does work out to be about the same price as the rimmel one I buy so I think I will stick to the rimmel pressed powder.

          Conclusions

          Good points
          *Good price
          *Wide range of colours
          *kept my skin less oily for most of the day
          *evens out my skin tone slightly
          *Good size for traveling

          Bad points
          *It says it should not be used on areas of eczmea
          *Shade on the site is not the same as it is actually - The shade ivory is a lot darker and more yellow than shown on the site
          *Cheap packaging that breaks easily - the writing on the front of the compact has already worn off and I have only had it for about a week
          *Circular sponge applicator it comes with is not very useful at all

          Thank you for reading my review

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            06.12.2010 19:44
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            So so!

            Having recently introduced myself to Eyeslipsface products (E.L.F to people in the know and how I will refer to this manufacturer for the rest of this review if you don't mind lol) I have made rather a few purchases of late. This is an online cosmetic company that keep packaging simple and prices low and I have found many of the products to be of great quality.

            Noticing I was running low on pressed powder once again I turned to E.L.F and grabbed a few things in time for the Christmas party season that is impending. This product costing a mere £1.50 a compact seemed far cheaper than any sort of pressed powder I have purchased in the past and I thought that it had to be worth a go!

            The Packaging:

            The compact comes covered in see-through plastic and on a peachy coloured and white card. On the front of the card we are told that it is E.L.F (Eyes Lips Face) Clarifying Pressed Powder, the colour is stated (in my case that colour is Ivory, 1305) and that it' Eliminates shine, treats and prevents breakouts' and the size is stated which is a 5g compact and the only size this is available to purchase in. On the back of the card we are told a bit about the product and how to use it, the ingredients are listed and contact details for E.L.F are given. The compact is rather small, round and plastic with a white base and you pull to open and close the see-through plastic lid to the top of it which simply says E.L.F Clarifying Pressed Powder in gold lettering on it then within the compact you get a round mainly white 'puff' which is like a slightly fluffy towel idea with a satin white top to it again with E.L.F written on that in brown lettering. The compact itself does look rather cheap and small however when first presented the powder is presented nicely with swirls indented into it and the word E.L.F yet again and its easy enough to open and close etc and of course the information on the card is well enough to feel your well informed about what your using!

            The Powder Itself:

            This powder is available to buy in seven shades so there is pretty much a shade to suit everyone! As I mentioned earlier I opted for the ivory tone as I have a very light skin tone indeed and this is actually a pretty true reflection of an ivory colour in my humble opinion and really rather light.

            The puff is ok. it doesn't flake or go bobbly through use and its easy enough to wash through without damaging it with a drop of water and some sort of soap or shower gel or something like that.

            The powder isn't bad but it isn't the best to be fair.... it just isn't exceptional. I find it ok for day to day use but do need to 'top up' rather alot.

            The powder goes on quite thickly, even if I use say a blusher/face blush. However it applies evenly enough I just find I need to really work at blending it in, which I can do with good light and a steady hand. Once on it does go on smooth, feels soft and gives no transfer. However I suffer with a greasy t-zone and although this helps marginally it doesn't completely rid the greasy look, particularly to my nose.

            Because this isn't great at disguising greasy areas from the get go any that it does as I have already said do need re-applying with this powder rather often however I find that ok really and at least it doesn't clog or get too heavy over time no matter how many layers I apply.

            All in all this isn't too bad and I don't regret paying £1.50 for it to be fair. It feels and looks smooth and it hasn't given me any breakouts or upset my skin in any way shape or form however it isn't great and I wouldn't be happy had I have paid much more than £1.50 for it to be honest. If you don't have particularly greasy skin then this could be a very good buy for you however if you do...not so great and don't think this will cover up spots and the likes cos it simply will slide off and give up the ghost! Because of the frequency or reapplication in a day I have found that it it running out fast too!

            Only available from E.L.F (.UK or .com).

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              02.10.2009 14:29
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              Not one to rave about but ok for me

              I recently purchased several items from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk (elf) and one of them was this clarifying pressed powder. I usually use a loose powder but I wanted something pressed as it's more convenient and handier to have with you so for £1.50 I thought this was worth a try. I didn't read a review until the item was already due so I had no idea what this would be like and when I read a review saying it looked orange I didn't hold out much hope of it being good.

              The pressed powder comes in a dinky little compact that's just plastic. It is on a piece of cardboard initially with no frills packaging and on the back tells us it "absorbs excess oil on contact, helps treat and prevent breakouts and skin looks fresh and healthy." The compact contains 5g of powder and has elf printed on the clear plastic lid. Inside the powder also has elf printed on and a small puff comes with the compact. The puff is behind the compact in the packaging so it's not apparent there is one until you open it.

              This compact is just that, very compact! It is slim and not even the diameter of a tennis ball and the plastic outer makes it very light. I chose tone 1 as I'm very pale but there are 4 tones to choose from. So does it look orange? Yes, it does actually and after reading the review about it going on orange I couldn't help but worry.

              I use powder very sparingly. I have dry skin so I don't buy it to absorb excess oil as I don't have any! I use it on the eyelids as a base for my make up and a very, very tiny amount on the T zone just to make sure there's no shine there. I don't use any on my cheeks and the small amount I actually use is literally touch the puff to the powder, blow any excess powder off and lightly dab. I think this point is the deciding factor on whether this will suit you. If you use alot of powder don't buy this but if like me you use the barest hint it's worth a try.

              So onto using the powder. It is apparently fragranced "sugar orange" but I have to admit I can't really smell much when I sniff it. A very slight sweet smell is the best I can do but not enough to be able to smell it on. The first time I used this I was going to an appointment and wondered if I was being foolhardy trying a new powder when I was short on time. I applied in the bathroom with lots of natural light to make sure the tango effect didn't happen.

              First I applied to my eyelids and have to say I put a bit too much on. It's a very soft powder and that makes it very easy to get a bit too much on the puff. I did find this made my skin a bit orange looking but managed to calm it down a bit with some light rubbing. Once I'd established using quite alot had this effect I was ultra careful with my face. The slightest bit of powder on the puff is enough to eliminate the tiny bit of shine I have from my moisturiser and foundation so I just dabbed a tiny amount on the T zone and it looked fine. No orange effect and the shine completely gone. Bear in mind though I have almost no oil on my skin so I don't need alot.

              I've used it several times since and as long as I only use the barest hint it's absolutely fine. It gets rid of the bit of shine I have and makes the areas where I apply it matte but not orange. I still use it as a base for eyeshadow and just keep in mind I don't need much when I apply it and that keeps the orange effect at bay. I quite like it but because I have to be so careful with it I don't think it's one to rave about. If you have oily skin and need alot of powder this isn't for you, it will go orange if you apply lots. If like me you only need a tiny amount the tango effect can be avoided with care.

              Would I buy it again? I might actually. The small compact is so easy to pop in a handbag and I rather like the very basic puff that comes with it too. My only gripe is the tendency towards orange if you get alot of powder on the puff. I'm not concerned about the plastic case, it's just a case.

              I'm giving it 3 stars because it works ok on dry skin if you're careful but as it's intended to soak up excess oil on oily skin and can't do this without looking orange I have to deduct 2 stars. The price is excellent and this is a good standby powder to have in your bag should you need it. But I have to say one more time, please be careful about how much you apply or it can easily go from a fresh glow to Dale Winton's fake tan!

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                06.05.2009 18:18
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                A cheap and nasty powder, a one to avoid.

                As you may have guessed, I love beauty products and cosmetics, which can often be an expensive habit as I love more 'high-end' products too! Lately though I have been looking for cheaper alternatives for some of my regular and more expensive products. I've heard about E.L.F. through word of mouth going around the Internet, and the buzz seemed quite good. 'This company makes cosmetics at budget prices, yet are still great quality!' seemed to be what everyone was saying. Intrigued I decided to venture onto their website.

                E.L.F. stands for eyelipsface, and they make a good range of cosmetics like your typical company, but the majority of them are priced at a tiny £1.50, even their make-up brushes! The exception to this are there 'kits and gifts' but even then, they are competitively priced.

                My usual face powder is Clinique's Clarifying Pressed Powder, this is a powder which helps absorb oil and prevent blemishes, an essential in my make-up bag that usually costs me £18. I was intrigued to see that E.L.F. also do a 'Clarifying Pressed Powder' for a mere £1.50! I decided to give this one a try as if it turned out to be just as good as my Clinique powder, then I would be saving a ton of money.

                The E.L.F. website clearly shows 4 shades. Tone 1 being the lightest and going up to Tone 4, which is the darkest. Tone 1 looked nice and light, and is the image shown on DooYoo at the top of this page. I have fair skin so this looked to be perfect for my shade, and so I ordered it, quite pleased because I'd spent £1.50 instead of my usual £18!

                The powder turned up and it was a small case packaged on some card. It certainly looked cheap and nasty really, but I was ready to give this powder the benefit of the doubt. The compact itself feels cheap and the plastic feels like it will easily fall apart. You get a powder puff with it, again not the best one I've used but I had to remember this was a budget product. Now, the first think to alarm me was the shade of the powder. Compared to the shade on the website it looks considerably darker. I've held my powder up against the computer screen to compare against Tone 1 and it's not the same shade! I checked the packaging, the cardboard clearly says Tone 1. I checked the compact itself and a sticker on the back clearly says Tone 1, yet this isn't a light shade as shown on the E.L.F. website! The E.L.F. website states the powder has a scent of 'Sugar Orange.' I'm not sure why they thought the powder would even NEED scent but smelling it closely, it does smell faintly or oranges, but the scent is awful really, they really should have done without that!

                I set about to apply this powder, although I really wasn't expecting good results. I wasn't wrong. The powder went on terribly, my face looked orange, it didn't blend well at all, and it didn't even provide any coverage! I only applied this to one cheek and I stopped right there and removed it, it looked that bad. This powder will now be going straight to the bin, it only cost me £1.50 but it's that terrible I want my £1.50 back as it's not worth a single penny.

                E.L.F. are a budget cosmetics company and after my first product from them it's safe to say I won't be shopping with them again. They may only cost £1.50, but you might as well throw that £1.50 straight into the bin.

                I guess my mission continues to find a cheaper clarifying powder that does the job.

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