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E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder
Member Name: tigger1992
E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder
Advantages: Good size for traveling, wide range of shades
Disadvantages: Everything else! - it says do not use of eczema, cheap packaging, applicator provided is useless :9
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.
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*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*Wide range of colours
*kept my skin less oily for most of the day
*evens out my skin tone slightly
*Good size for traveling
*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
Summary: Not a very good product - I will not be buying again