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My skin is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination; there is always something about it that doesn't look good - whether it be a patch of red or just a general uneven skin tone. I've always been on the lookout for something to make a difference to the general appearance to my face. Even after applying make-up it still looks not quite right, I'm not a satisfied girly when it comes to my face, though my boyfriend doesn't notice and even when I point it out he's not fussed so I can't say it's that prominent in my life!
~*~ E.L.F ~*~
Eyes Lips Face, a cosmetic company available online - I'd heard so much good about this website and the products it was providing that I felt like I needed to sample the good stuff. So before Christmas I decided so go on and make a box to be posted in my direction, they supply items from foundation, to eye shadow, to nail varnish, to nail files - with lip gloss, lipstick and blusher. You'd be hard pushed to not find what you are looking for on the website. In a basic level, to mineral and studio varieties that do vary in price, most of them for around the £1.50 - £2 mark which is a bargain considering the cost of cosmetics recently!
~*~ Blue, Green, Red and Yellow ~*~
I bought this because I need something to give my skin a much better overall tone to it; during my hunting on E.L.F I found this tone correcting powder. Straight away I wanted to try it, didn't bother looking at any reviews beforehand which I'm pleased about because I think otherwise I might have been a little put off it - but instead I saw it and put it in my shopping bag despite the price. It isn't that expensive I'm just so aware of the price of everything now that I felt bad buying myself this item!
It does come in two different shades now for a fairer complexion as well as a darker complexion, which I think is what people have found in the past was the problem. For me I've chosen the 'cool' compact because I am fair skinned and its winter so there is no tan on my face at all, and I don't use a very dark foundation to change that - so the cool was ideal for me!
Pale and beautiful - maybe!
The powder comes in a rectangular compact, it is a black compact with a click open section at the front - really easy to get open actually I can just do it with two fingers no need to get your nails in to open it, because that would probably just chip them! When the case is open it has a mirror in the entirety of the top of the case, which does get covered in powder quite quickly. In the bottom of the compact you have your powder in the usual metal tray, as you find most cosmetics now - it is stuck to the bottom of the compact turn it upside down it won't fall out! The powder is in the bottom tray, it comes in four different sections that are in one - useful to blend to be able to sweep over your face.
The cool powder comes in green, yellow, blue and pink - they seem like really bizarre colour combinations since that isn't even close to a natural skin tone, but as red is neutralised by green apparently, it's not that weird. Depending on the size of your brush you can either pick each colour out individually to apply to particular areas or you can blend the entire thing together to make a colour combination that will even out your skin tone. For red areas you're trying to neutralise - which is the thing I do the most, I go for the green predominantly I start on that go round the other colours and finish with that in one sweep of my brush and I find that applied in the right places my skin looks less red. I do just blend it majority of the time regardless of the colours as together they do make my skin look better, blended from my face down into my neck gives it a more consistent tone. It's also good on top of foundation as a normal powder if you've no pressed powder left, as it will do the same it just needs to be blended a bit more than a normal pressed powder.
I use a large brush for my powder so it does pick up a bit of everything without trying too hard, and it's easily blendable on my face - it seems that is probably the easiest way to do it, so you don't have any patches where you might look a bit green around the gills if you've not blended it properly. Only problem with a big brush is that it does end up blending together quite quickly, but all it means is that after a lot of usage that the middle will end up being used up faster, but that doesn't bother me too much. I'll use it until it's all gone, and then buy another one I really like this product it gets rid almost completely of my big red patches and just in general makes my skin look more even and makes me feel far more confident at the same time! Especially as I can apply it in the morning and my red skin doesn't come through until I take my make-up off at the end of the day!
Well recommended if you're struggling with your skin tone!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
On E.L.F's website, for £3.75 which in reality compared to some cosmetic brands, is a bargain! You will have to pay postage if you can't manage to fill your basket up to £30 for the free delivery but I'm sure you could!
For someone who rarely wears face powder I seem to own quite a lot of them! I actually have three from budget beauty brand Eyes Lips Face (ELF) and the Complexion Perfection I'm about to review is one of them.
==What is it?==
I own a lot of beauty products so if I see something that looks a little bit unusual or different to the norm, I'm instantly attracted to it, which is why I bought this product. Complexion Perfection is a face powder with a bit of a twist. Rather than one solid block of colour, it is actually split into four sections each containing a different colour of pressed powder. The colours are not what you would normally expect to see from a face powder either, with this compact having a block each of yellow, blue, green and pink.
The idea behind the different colours is that each colour performs a different function. The green is supposed to neutralise red tones in the skin, as is the yellow which is also supposed to give a glow to the skin. The pink I believe is just to brighten the skin and the blue is supposed to tone down any orange in the skin. When all colours are used together the overall effect should be a brighter, more even looking skin tone.
The compact comes boxed as many of the ELF products do and it actually looks quite presentable, so looks wise, I wouldn't be embarrassed to give this as a gift.
The actual compact inside is also rather sleek looking, being all black in colour with just the product name printed in white on the lid. It's a good size too at 13.5g. Open the compact up and you will see a full sized mirror in the lid, which is really handy. I should note that it is a good quality mirror - made of actual glass, which you may take for granted but I have known very cheap brands supply you with terrible stick on shiny film mirrors before now. No applicator is included, but I don't find that a huge problem - in fact if you need a brush ELF do a good range costing between £1.50 and £3.50.
==Application and Results==
To use this, you take a large brush - such as a blusher or powder brush - and swirl it over the powder, so the brush is picking up all four colours at once. You then just sweep the brush over the face as you would with any other powder. Although the palette contains pressed powder, I find that when using a brush lots of loose powder particles gather on the top of the compact and I do need to tap the excess off the brush as the brush loads up with powder very quickly.
I mentioned at the very beginning of this review that I rarely wear powder. The reason for this is that I have dry skin and even if I've moisturised I tend to find powder will cling to dry patches or look caked on my skin. The only exception to this is if I have applied a liquid foundation as a base. I have tried this product both on bare skin and over the top of foundation and have found that both ways give the same results. Foundation or not, the powder does cling very slightly to the dry patches around my nose, but I can barely see this unless I was looking very closely. It certainly wasn't as bad as other face powders I've used, but I think that's where the positives ended.
The main problem was with this product was that it made me look like I had been dead for several weeks! I looked like an extra from a zombie film - my skin had a grey, dull appearance and I felt it put years on me . I do have a lot of redness on my cheeks and the greyish tones calmed that down slightly, but at the end of the day, I'd rather look red than grey! Rather than lift, brighten and perk up my skin, the powder had the opposite effect and made me look tired and ill. It also looks very obvious that I am wearing make up of some sort - to the point it's comical really. On the few occasions I have used this, I've been embarrassed to leave the house, as at best, I look like I've put a layer of grey dust on my skin.
I'll be honest I cannot comment on longevity of the product as I have never used it for a long enough period of time to test this. I've owned it for a while now and every so often I will take it out of the drawer and try it again, only to realise it was as bad as I remembered and have to remove all my make up and start from scratch!
The ironically named Complexion Perfection is available online only at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk for £3.50. The fact that it is relatively cheap cheers me slightly as at least I didn't waste too much money!
Whilst I love the design of the compact and the whole idea of the four different coloured powders, unfortunately in practice it just doesn't work. If the powders had some sort of shimmer rather than being matte I think there is a possibility that would improve things. As it is though this product did the opposite of what it claimed for me, so I would not recommend it and will certainly not buy it again.
E.L.F is availible exclusively to eyeslipsface.co.uk and is well kniwn for its affordable prices and its hit and miss make-up products. When I say this I mean you either recieve an amazing product or something useless. Their often isn't much in beween.
What ELF Says
'Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin.'
This powder is designed to go under your foundation to neutralize any redness or discolouration you may have on your face but if you are pale then his could be used on its own or to set foundation. If you aren't pale the colour will look ashy.
I don't think that you could look radiant with a matte powder like this but you are left wih a more beautiful and healthy complexion.I also agree that it is lightweight but will absorb oil and mattify the skin. This is particularly beneficial after sport as my redness is completely neutralised and excess oil is absorbed.
This powder has not broken me out or does not look cakey nor does it draw attention to any dry spots on your face.
I Love this powder. I blush easily so this evens that out nicely, leaving my face looking natural. I also find that my skin looks more even and because I have very fair (Lighter than NW15) skin , this doesn't ghost me out. If you have more tanned skin this will only be good under foundation but if you are pale this will serve multi-duty.
E.L.F (eyes lips face) are an online cosmetics company which provide high quality make up for rock bottom prices. I regularly order products from them, and more recently I have picked up their complexion perfection powder, as I was curious as to if it would actually work or if it was indeed just another one of those gimmick products.
It is from their studio line, therefore the powder cost me £3.50 which is still quite a reasonable price, however products from their original line are only £1.50 which is next to nothing, and you do get a generous 13.5 grams of powder with it. The complexion perfection powder comes in a little black compact which looks of quite a high quality. It opens up easily and displays quite a large mirror to help with the application of the product. The powder itself is split into four squares which are pink, yellow, blue and green.
The whole aim of the product is to create a balanced and radiant complexion that looks beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula should also aim to even out the skin tone, as well as absorbing any excess oil. It also claims to neutralise, matte and brighten the skin. I thought I would pick this up as my skin is fairly uneven with some areas being very oily, as well as some being more dry. In addition to this it can often look quite run down, so I was hoping this might help to brighten it up.
To use it, you simply have to swirl a brush over it and apply generously over the face. I would recommend using a powder brush or a kabuki brush as this makes the process much easier to apply. My favourite thing about this powder is that it takes a few seconds to apply, so the directions of use are easy, and as there is no colour to it, you do not have to worry if you have missed patches.
Even though I do wear foundation and setting powder, I do like to apply complexion perfection before applying anything. Upon application it does make my skin look much softer and more even, as well as covering and red areas and blemishes, although it is not as effective as using a concealer would be. I do feel that it is a lovely powder and does do the job, however it is not good enough to use on its own, and I would only recommend using in addition to other face products to make the skin look much nicer.
Because I use quite a lot of the powder on a daily basis, it does mean that you can get through it quite quickly, however for only £3.50 I will happily be repurchasing this as it does help to make my skin look much better, however it does need reapplying throughout the day as it only stays on a few hours. I disagree that this is a gimmicky product, and it is definitely worth trying out for the small price in which you are paying. Definitely recommend this for those who have a noticeable uneven skin tone, and it works excellently for those who suffer from oily skin! Thanks for reading.