Product Type: ELF makeup
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If You Want A Powder Just For Winter This Is For You
E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder
Member Name: xxBeccaxx
E.L.F. Clarifying Pressed Powder
Advantages: Mattifies the skin, blends well.
Disadvantages: No good in heat, not very long lasting.
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.
Summary: Not the best ELF has given.