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I have been purchasing ELF products for a couple years now so have tried a variety of products this brand offer. They quite often have special offers so I buy in bulk when they have free delivery or something similar. The products I find can be hit and miss but in my books this a huge hit.
I kept hearing how amazing mineral foundations are and this is one of lowest priced mineral foundations out there. Do not be put off by the fact it is on the cheaper end of the market.
It is priced at £5 for a pot with net weight of 2.84g. It comes in a range of 13 colours, as the product is easily blendable it can be very forgiving if it is not an exact match. I personally have used the shades 'fair' and 'porcelain'. Both of which I found perfect for very fair/pale girls. I have always struggled with foundation being too dark but have found 'fair' ideal for me. ELF make the promise that their mineral foundations contain sun protection factor (spf) 15 and are 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes. For this reason mineral foundation is often recommend for those with skin conditions.
This mineral foundation comes in a screw lid pot that has a 'sifter'. With the lid on, shake the pot upside down and the product will fall into the lid. A word of warning, I sometimes find the lid FULL of the powder if it was been shaken about in my handbag so caution is advised when opening. The packaging is sturdy and in years of use, I have never had a pot break or crack.
I find this foundation very easy to 'build up' with out starting to look caked on. You can use a little or a lot depending on the coverage you need. I find it would not be what you would call 'full coverage' so if you have skin issues, such as acne, I find this works well with other products. For example I use this with the Mineral Concealer to hide my blemishes. I use the ELF studio kabuki brush to apply, any kabuki brush will work with this product as long as it is soft and not scratchy.
Using the kabuki brush, I blend in circular motions across my face and blend down the neck. I find I am never left with any tell tale marks on my neck as it blends very well. It works with other products, however, do not use cream or liquid products on top. I will use this on top of liquid foundation for the coverage I desire.
Overall I would say that you have to try this product and see if it is for you or not. It is not expensive at all to try and I personally love it. The only downside for me is the coverage, it may not offer the full coverage you need but if you have problem skin this will not irritate the problem. It is perfect for my bad skin and pale complexion which I struggle to match products to.
A few months ago, I discovered the E.L.F cosmetic range, I decided that I would pick up a few of their basic products to give them a go. E.L.F stands for Eyes, Lip and Face and is a make up shop online with lots of different products to choose from. Amoung the things I bought, I picked up the EL.F mineral foundation.
There is quite a good range of colours available to purchase on the website, there are paler colours, more natural and beige colours and also dark, tan and toffee colours. I opted to select the Porcelain shade, which is quite a good match to my fair, pale skin.
I found that this foundation is quite easy to apply, I simply dust it over my face with a brush. I think it is really important to be careful when applying this foundation as it is very powdery and dusty and it kind of makes a mess really easily if you do not apply it with care.
When you first apply this dust foundation, it feels light and powdery, then when you start to rub it in, it kind of thickens and changes on your skin to spread and feel more like a foundation. I find however that it does not have any real matte qualities to it, so my skin stays shiny if I use.
I can't really say that I was impressed with this make up as a foundation. It gave me a even coverage, but that took extra work and I had to apply loads of it to get any visible results.
I don't think that this foundation did a really good job at covering up blemishes and imperfections either, my skin kind of just looks like I am wearing make up powder with no foundation when I am wearing this product.
To use this product up, I have started wearing it over foundation, and I have found that it works much better as a finishing powder, than a foundation.
Price and Availability
You can pick up a 2.84g tub of this foundation for £5, it is available only on the E.L.F website. I think that this is a really decent price for a foundation and the tub does last a long time, it is a shame however that it wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. I probably wouldn't buy this again, which is disappointing as there are lots of E.L.F products that I really love using.
Overall I wasn't really impressed with this Mineral Foundation, I think in future I will stick to mousey or liquid foundations, I just couldn't get onto this product. Overall I would give this foundation 2 out of 5 stars.
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I bought this product because mineral make up is supposed to be so much better for your skin.. My skin isn't fantastic, I have combination skin so I do have a few spots & a bit of redness in some areas. I've been using this on top of a liquid foundation - this doesn't do much in terms of coverage but it does even up my skin tone and mattifies a little. I think my favourite part about it is I don't feel like it clogs my pores even when I leave it on for 12 hours, whereas when I use non-mineral powder foundation I definitely feel it sitting on my face. I wouldn't recommend this as a stand-alone product because I don't think it has good enough coverage to be considered a foundation, but as a finishing light powder it's reasonably good. I also have to mention the price of course, for mineral makeup you really can't go wrong with elf! I'm happy to report that the 'light' tone blends well with my skin tone as well, probably partly because it goes on so lightly.
I have been trying for a long time to find a foundation that not only gave me even coverage and made my skin even along with it being not too expensive and easy to locate. Once introduced to E.L.F (Eyes Lips Face) I decided to give this particular one a try.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
To be honest this is incredibly cheap, I had previously tried a mineral foundation from Avon for around the £10 mark, in comparison this costs just £3.50 for 3.5g! Yes that's correct, not a typo. During various promotional codes this can be bought even cheaper and is definately worth stocking up on if you have the means to do so.
It is only available from the E.L.F website in the UK, however in America it can be bought from various stores as well as online websites for around the world. It can definately be picked up but just to mention in addition to keep a look out in TKMaxx as sometimes the products can be found there for a little cheaper than online.
*~* Packaging *~*
This comes as an individual round tub with a screw lid which is black in colour and displays the company name on the top. The pot is small and very portable, I found it perfet for adding to my travel case when going on holiday. The bottom is transparent allowing you to see the colour of the powder inside.
On opening the pot you are presented with a 'shelf' that has a lot of holes in, perfect for allowing a little of the powder through at a time. This is protected during delivery by a transparent sticker that keeps the foundation in the lower part. It is easily removed by the allocated flap that peels back.
There is nothing else to say about this, it is not cheap looking but neither is it very expensive looking.
*~* The Foundation *~*
I bought the very lightest shade as I have very pale skin, I generally find that it can be difficult to find a product that blends close enough to my skin but I am happy to report that this one was perfect. I didn't have to blend it to get the right shade which is perfect.
I applied it firstly using a foundation brush. I found this applied the powder a little too thick and so the next time I applied using a large face brush that I normally use for blusher. I found this worked much better. It lightly applied the powder and made my face smooth and evenly covered. I found the powder was very very fine and so I needed a couple of coats to make it do what I wanted it to but seeing the tiny price tag is not a problem in the slightest.
I found that the redness I wanted to cover and the patchiness was diminished but not as much as I would like it to have been and therefore I tried combining the product with a base coat. This was the perfect combination. Any will do, I found using a liquid base and using the powder on top not only gave me excellent coverage, whilst covering up the imperfections I wanted it to. I found that in using it this way my face wasn't as dry at the end of the day as it had been whilst using it solo. I also found it was much longer lasting using it combined, individually by mid afternoon I was finding the powder was clumping and rubbing away whereas together it lasts the full day with no rubbing, clumping or removal at all.
It was exceptionally easy to remove this product with a couple of sweeps of a make up remover wipe. not at all hard to get rid of. I didn't find my skin was any dryer than normally which I was pretty pleased about.
*~* Overall *~*
Overall I think this is a fantastic product, not solo, I really wouldn't recommend that unless you were looking for a light base, not to cover up any imperfections or give an even coverage but combining it is perfect for me and I will continue to buy it as it looks lovely and evenly covered on my skin, it matches my skin tone perfectly and the tub is long lasting. I have used it daily for a month and I still have around half the tub left. I'll give this 3 stars, purely because I feel it has to be combined to give a good result.
Usually when I read reviews about products and there's something in them that makes a product sound unsuitable for me I resist buying it but on this occasion I decided to try it anyway. The product in question is mineral foundation.
We've all heard the hype about mineral make up recently, it's made from ground minerals and doesn't contain talc, dyes or perfumes. It gives great coverage even though it's in powder form and doesn't cake or come off through the day. It even has SPF15 built in somehow! We've all seen the adverts in magazines too I'm sure, women with flawless complexions who are apparently not airbrushed, oh no, they are wearing new mineral make up. So is it any wonder I felt the need to try it?
Rather than spend a fortune on a trial I bought this mineral foundation from E.L.F for £3.50. There are 4 different shades and I bought the lightest one because I'm very pale. The tub is 3.5g in size and once you remove the lid you will find a sticker covering the holes the powder comes out of. Remove the sticker, shake some powder out and apply to your face. Simple but powder foundation? I wasn't sure this would suit me.
Some previous reviews have said they didn't think mineral foundation was suitable for dry skin and as I have dry skin this was the reason for my hesitancy before buying this. However other reviewers have said it suits all skin types so what to do? Try it of course!
So my mineral foundation arrived, I bought a mineral eyeshadow too which I will review at a later date, and I took the sticker off and shook some powder out then applied it to my hand to see what it went on like and how it felt afterwards. I could barely see the powder once it was on my hand but the area felt smoother than the rest of my hand.
Onto the face then. Firstly I'd like to point out I don't have terrible skin but I do have some areas that I prefer to be evened up to the rest of my skin, a little red patch here and there that I like to be rid of. I applied this foundation to moisturised but dry skin which in itself can take a while to achieve, waiting for your moisturiser to completely absorb can take some time!
The foundation goes on easy enough, just like applying face powder really but I wasn't getting enough coverage. I found all my imperfections still very visible after applying this and that simply isn't good enough for me.
I was only staying home so I left the foundation on to see what happened and what did happen was it sucked all the moisture out of my skin leaving me with itchy, flaky patches. Off with the mineral foundation then.
Once I'd taken it off it took a couple of days to get my dry skin back to normal and I've decided if I use it for anything it will be as a base under eyeshadow and that's all.
The coverage was dreadful and anyone with any imperfections on their face probably should avoid this, likewise anyone with dry skin, learn from my mistake! Due to the coverage being so awful it was hard to tell if the foundation stayed put or not but I'd say it probably did because of how dry it made my skin. But if it isn't going to even out your complexion it really doesn't matter if it stays put does it?
Disappointing product and not recommended.