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I am going to start this review by admitting I am a little bit of a makeup snob. Unlike most other products, with makeup I truly feel you get what you pay for. However, there was a sale going on when I purchased these ELF products and at the time I needed some makeup that would 'do the job' but wouldn't break the bank to take on a trip with me.
So I bought a few non-necessities from the ELF website to try out, with the view to pick up more if they worked nicely. Of the products I ordered, there was an almost 50-50 divide of products I wish I'd never bought, and products that challenge my perceptions on the quality of more expensive brands.
This product is of the latter category. The box looks classy, a square box with a screw on lid. However, once you take the lid off there's another plastic layer that needs to be removed to get at the powder. This was screwed very firmly, and whilst this is a good thing so as not to ruin the powder, unfortunately when taken off quite a bit of powder went with it. I am not sure if this was a design fault or a fault on my particular product.
The puff in the container isn't worth using, but to be fair most aren't, even in higher end products. I ended up applying it with a face brush, at which point it went over my makeup smoothly and created a stunning effect. Truly, it made my makeup look far more flawless than before, was lightweight, and stayed 'fixed' all day. I have been using this product a few times a week for about 3 months now and still have plenty left!
All in all, a very impressive product that could rival the big brands, if they changed their packaging a bit!
I am no makeup expert, however as I do buy a good amount of magazines I regularly read markup tips to make skin look more polished. During one such read I read about the qualities of definition powder and how it created a softer look both in front of the camera and for everyday use. Spurred on by this advice, when I saw an 8g pot of corrective powder at e.l.f. for just £6 I had to buy myself a tub to see what all the fuss was about.
Choosing my tub from the e.l.f. options was a little more tricky than I had imagined, having only thought there would be one colour available when there were actually three. E.l.f. produce this powder in the following colour ways which I guess should be picked according to the effect that you want to achieve:
1. Translucent - A white coloured powder.
2. Shimmer - A creamy peach colour.
3. Corrective Yellow - A light yellow.
Being that I had just recently seen a show on QVC about yellow powder, I opted for this colour way.
When my powder came through the post I was keen to try it out. The packaging of this product is rather neat and looks rather quality in my opinion being quite sturdy in feel. The box is square in shape and matt black in colour and although it is plastic in construction it has a slightly textured feel. Imprinted on the lid of the pot is the standard e.l.f. text and this is subtle in size and look rather than being in massive text. The pot opens by simply swivelling the lid off and this is a very easy manoeuvre without being stiff to do. Inside the box, the pot is divided into two halves with the bottom half housing the powder and the top being the application section and storing the powder puff. Between both halves is a white plastic divider which features a series of punched holes and it is through this that the powder travels from one side to the other. A nice little feature of this product is the powder puff that comes inside the tub which is white in colour with a small black band allowing you to firmly pick up and use the puff.
The powder itself is a light yellow colour and has a very fine consistency whilst being completely odourless. I had heard that yellow powder was good for correcting red marks and dark shadows, and whilst I do not have a good deal of these I do suffer from the occasional spot on my chin and areas around my eyes where the skin looks slightly darker in colour to the rest of my face. On their website e.l.f. advise that this powder is useful for correcting the following:
"The high definition loose powder creates a "soft focus" effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear."
Before applying the powder I did make sure that I washed my face and used my everyday mosituriser to prime my skin. Following this, I simply took the powder puff from the pot and liberally dabbed the powder over all the areas which needed correcting in my opinion. I found that the powder spread onto my skin very easily and the size of the puff meant that I could easily cover large areas of my face quite quickly, plus as an added bonus was that the puff felt incredibly soft on my skin and did not pull the skin in any way. For slightly more detailed areas such as around the eyes, I did use my e.l.f. complexion brush to give them a good dusting. Although the powder looks quite yellow in colour when in the pot, once on my skin it blended in to my natural skin colour leaving a slight hint of yellow but nothing too obvious. After applying the powder I simply topped off with my usual powder and bronzer and then sat back to assess the results.
In my opinion you could see the difference in my skin with and without this powder. The corrective qualities of this powder meant that the slight redness in my skin was reduced and the skin was definitely left looking more radiant and clear than it had done before. In addition, the yellow tone of this powder did make a difference to my under eye darkness with my eyes looking slightly more defined than they had done before. The great thing about this powder in my opinion is the very light feel that it has in my skin and the way that it blends into my skin rather than sitting on top. This means that I can liberally dust myself in powder and yet not feel like I am too made up during the day.
I bought this powder from the e.l.f. website and paid £6 for it. Although this did seem a tad more pricey than my usual face powder, I was pleased with the results and the fact that the tub is likely to last me a very long time. Therefore I would spend the same amount again in the future.
This is a great product which was a good introduction to corrective face powder and for that I would recommend it. As a result of my review this product scores an excellent five stars from me, the only issue being what colour I will buy on my next visit to the e.l.f. website.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I'm so not into 'gimicky' makeup products. This High Definition powder just seemed like another one to me.
At the full price of £6.00 this isn't exactly a high price product (although it is for E.L.F) but during a 50% off promotion I decided that I would see what all the fuss was about.
This product promises to give your skin a soft focus look and rid your face of all its imperfections and therefore leave you looking radiant. I for one was skeptical!
The packaging itself is nice and expensive feeling. Inside there is a powder puff to apply the product as well as the product itself which is separated. The powder itself is very fine and the packaging only allows a little product to come out at a time (unless like me you drop the pot!).
I apply my foundation first and then apply a little of this powder all over the face. I'm amazed, this product does actually work. It leaves my skin looking nice and the perfect base to apply the rest of my makeup on.
My only criticism of this product is that the powder puff is unnecessary and not very good for applying this product with. I threw mine straight in the bin and instead use the E.L.F total face brush which is much better.
All in all i'd say that this is the best product E.L.F make!
I purchased this product when ELF had their last 50% off sale for only £3. You get a good 8g of product. After reading excellent reviews about this powder on makeupalley I decided to take the plunge and buy it as it was so cheap. To be honest I wasn't expecting it to be so amazing due to the price but I was pleasantly surprised.
The packaging is not very good as it is too bulky and messy. When you open it to quickly powder flies out everywhere making a big mess. The sieve holes really should be smaller so you don't end up loosing as much product. You also get a white fluffy powder puff to apply the product with but I just use a regular powder brush.
ELF claims that 'the high definition loose powder creates a "soft focus" effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion.'
When I first touched the powder I was shocked to feel how soft and smooth it felt on my fingers. It felt like there was nothing there because the particles are so fine. This powder is very white so if you apply too much it will make you look like a ghost.
I pour a little bit onto the lid and gently swirl my brush into the product, tapping off the excess. After I have applied my face make up I then dust it over my face lightly concentrating most on my t-zone where I get most oily.
I have fairly tan skin so it did make me look a little bit pale and powdery at first but after spraying it lightly with a setting spray my face looked so smooth. This powder made my face feel really soft and made it look flawless! I have slightly dry skin and it didn't settle into my dry patches which was great.
I found that it did make my make up stay on longer and no slide around and fade as much. When using this powder my face stayed matte for the whole day, no need to re- apply!
Overall I would definately recommend this to anyone who wants a affordable setting powder it really does work well. The price is excellent too!
I'm a big fan of E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) anyway and after reading a couple of reviews here on Dooyoo highly recommending the High Definition Powder I couldn't resist getting some. I say I couldn't resist but actually it's taken me over a month to get hold of some because it's frequently sold out on E.L.F's website and I had to leave my email address for them to contact me when it was back in stock, finally however I managed to get some of this holy grail. Surprisingly for the usually very, very budget E.L.F this is £6.00 for an 8g pot which does make you think either this is ridiculously good or ridiculously over priced and over hyped.
The pot is a very nice squarish black affair with slightly curved edges, inside you will find a soft white face puff and below that a number of holes for the powder to sprinkle through. These holes are covered with a sticky piece of plastic and once that's off I feel I must immediately warn you how fast this powder comes out of said holes. Anyone (like me) who has had loose face powder that has literally refused to come out of that kind of grid without being battered please don't do that to this product! One tip and you can have the entire contents in the lid. The powder is very fine and alarmingly very white too.
The claims about this powder are that it gives a "soft focus" effect to the skin and masks fine lines and imperfections. Now I've heard those kind of claims before and been suckered into buying something that didn't work so although hopeful I wasn't convinced this would be any different. I'm almost 38, haven't had a charmed life so have some fine lines and imperfections and anything that can disguise those and make me appear "soft focused" would be great.
As far as I know you can wear this on its own or over foundation, or if you really want to layer it on over foundation and face powder. I chose to wear it over foundation only, I don't have even enough skin to wear it alone so I applied foundation as normal then got to work with this HD powder. I don't use face puffs and prefer to use a soft face brush instead. This was the point when I discovered how quickly the product comes out of the holes and found myself tipping it carefully back in off the lid. Once I'd got only a small amount in the lid I lightly covered the brush and began to apply. It's true what one of the other reviewers said that you don't need much of this powder, it's a good job too since you only get 8g but I suspect this will last me a while as I don't intend to use it every day.
Once on the very white powder had not left me glowing like I do in the summer in certain sunblocks but had settled into an almost invisible layer. I say almost invisible because it had actually made a difference. Surprisingly my fine lines really did look reduced and my pores had disappeared, I don't have large pores anyway so mine had vanished. Some of my less fine lines shall we call them were still visible but again reduced so I did actually genuinely look much fresher in the face and dare I say it a bit younger! I had a friend coming round that day and she immediately remarked I was looking really healthy (I'm not so it was obviously the powder!) and wrote the name of the product down before she left. Sadly it wore off after a few hours so I think if I was to wear this out I might have to take it with me to touch up but it would depend how long I was going to be out for, I estimate this lasted a good 4-5 hours before it started to fade.
Despite the pot only containing 8g only a small amount of this powder is needed to finish off your face, £6 is far cheaper than other brands that I've heard less than glowing reviews about so it's a highly recommended bargain. A full 5 stars from me and I'll definitely be buying more.
Elf High Definition Powder is a talc-like translucent powder which helps provide a flawless finish to your make up leaving skin matte, smooth and ever so soft. If you're unfamiliar with the brand, e.l.f (Eyes Lips Face) provide great value make up with HD Powder under their Studio line costing £6. I'd bought it after hearing so many great things about it and after considering the different brands of finishing powder on offer which were around £20, decided this was definitely worth a go.
While the HD powder is designed for use when filming in high definition it's certainly not restricted to it. I did have filming in mind when I bought it looking for that 'soft focus' effect but have found myself using it over my everyday make up for a more flawless overall look and as a primer or finishing powder to help set my make up helping it last longer.
When it first arrived I was surprised by the quality of the packaging. The outer cardboard box gives it a high value image with the powder itself in a very sturdy screw lid tub with a lovely little powder puff applicator provided. To save wastage during travel there is a sticker over the sifter which isn't too difficult to remove. The sifter can also be removed so the tub can be reused. While it doesn't look as though there is much powder, it's surprising how little you need to use and with regular use over the last few months, I still have plenty left.
My worry when I first saw the powder was it was awfully white so I had visions of walking around looking like a mime but in fact, I needn't have worried. After applying my make up and giving it a few minutes to let it settle, I found the best way to apply it was to tip the tub to let some of the powder onto the puff then rub the puff over the sifter rather than the edge of the tub to ensure the excess went back into the tub. This is my main reason for opting for the puff over a brush. With a brush I find the powder tends to fly off with the brushing action whereas the puff provides good coverage without losing any of the fine dust as it's dabbed on. The results are instant. With Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer and silica it leaves my skin smooth, soft and matte without a noticeable colour difference.
Even though I'd have foundation, blush and bronzer on, applying this powder on top doesn't make my makeup feel heavy. The powder makes my skin very soft to the touch and although my skin can get oily on my T-Zone, this helps to control it. My cheeks on the other hand can be dry but the powder doesn't leave it feeling tight although I will always apply a moisturiser before my foundation. You can apply the powder without make up underneath but I don't tend to do this as it won't cover blemishes or give me an even complexion - I just don't have flawless skin to be able to get away with it. The other way I tend to use it is as a primer applying the powder first before powder foundation and powder blush/bronzer as this method won't work well with cream/liquids.
The powder is incredibly fine getting into all the pores and fine lines reducing their size for a more flawless finish. There is definitely a 'soft focus' effect and it does 'mask fine lines'. I wouldn't quite say it goes as far as a 'radiant complexion' though. While it works extremely well for HD filming, I've had to be careful with flash photography. With some liquid foundations (mainly my MAC Pro Longwear) I found it can build up too much of the powder so it can make me look extremely pale with the flash of the camera. This problem is limited though as I use a range of liquid foundations and found the results do differ depending on how wet they are after application. It's not been a problem in photographs using natural light.
Although I have been dabbing the puff rather than wiping it across my face, there has been some make up transfer so I will clean this every few weeks. I always make sure I remove my make up as early as I can although I did ask if it is non-comedogenic. Elf replied saying it's not a pore blocker or absorbed by the skin and I haven't had any adverse reactions - no breakouts etc. I have carried this around in my bag when travelling and there hasn't been a problem with powder flying about as the puff acts as a good barrier to prevent this but I would always try keeping it upright.
I do love this powder and think it's a fantastic price. I'm not a film star but with the increasing popularity of video cameras now producing HD content I do like to aim for that flawless finish to my make up which I can now afford to do day-to-day. It's available to buy on the e.l.f website but means paying a little extra for postage. It's worth keeping an eye on their Facebook/Twitter pages though as they do have regular promo codes offering discounts and free postage.
The High Definition powder regularly sells out and was sold out when I wanted to buy it. I added my email address so I'd receive an email when it was back in stock which only took a few days. It then took 4 working days to be delivered from the website.
e.l.f. don't test their products on animals.
PAO 6 months
High Definition or HD for short as we know has taken over the television and movie world with their new HD cameras and now it has taken over the cosmetic world. This means camera men can now get up even closer to their stars, but this is not always a good thing and something normal makeup can't cut. HD has the ability to view every facial imperfection to the audience so you can see why TV personalities were not too happy with this idea.
HD makeup was originally developed for actors, TV personalities. The makeup has been formulated with light reflecting ingredients so men and women don't look so washed out under the harsh studio lights and are able to look flawless. However not all of us work on TV and we all want the same look in everyday life and HD makeup allows you to look flawless in any light even with one product.
The whole point of a translucent powder is to use it after you have completed applying your concealer, foundation and blush. The powder helps to 'set' your makeup for the day keeping it in place, looking fresh, natural, matte and flawless.
I have tried many translucent powders in the past all ranging from low to high price and ones makeup artists recommend and all with disappointing results, they never seem to do as they say. I did give up on finding the right powder for me and continued to use any powder in my stash and blot when necessary.
I knew ELF Cosmetics had launched their High Definition Powder a few months back and even though it is a very reasonable £6 for 8g of product, which can be purchased from www.elfcosmetics.co.uk I didn't want to purchase another product for it not to live up to my expectations and be another product that goes into the bin. That was until I read review after review on this product and everyone was happy with this little bundle of joy. Because of all the raves I had to give it a go. ELF HD powder has also been compared to a more expensive brand called Makeup Forever. Makeup Forever do a HD powder called HD Microfinish and will set you around £25 for 0.35oz.
ELF HD Powder comes in a black box with the product on the front opened with the powder spilling out and shows you the powder puff that comes with it. The back of the box states this HD powder creates a soft focus effect to the skin, helps to mask fine lines and imperfections while creating a radiant complection.
Upon taking out the product from the box I was surprised to see and feel how sturdy the packaging felt even it is quite big. The box itself is black with white writing on the front; it is square with a screw off lid. Taking off the lid you are greeted with a powder puff, which in my opinion is a horrible product to use with any powder. You always use too much and the finish is never natural looking so this quickly found its home in the bin.
The reservoir is protected with sticky plastic sheeting on top of the sifter to stop the powder from escaping through the holes. Because there is a bit of a gap from the holes and the top of the lid you have to be careful when transporting as you will find a lot of the product has escaped from the reservoir and opening will result in a white mess. A good tip is to keep the plastic sheeting and stick it back down when not in use.
The product is pure white in colour and very finely milled with microfine particles and light reflecting particles that are hardly noticeable on the skin it is designed to be used with high definition technology or everyday wear for that polished look.
There is no scent at all with this product.
Rubbing the product between my fingers almost feels like there is nothing there, it feels very light but you can feel the silica as the product feels really smooth and almost slippery.
On the back of my hand as the product is pure white it feels a little frightening to dust on my face, even though it is a translucent powder, powders like this in the past leave a white sheen on your face and that is not the look I am going for.
You can apply this powder alone without makeup or after concealer, foundation and blush, which is what I do. Simply tap some of the product into the lid, take a powder brush and swirl it in the powder until the brush has picked up all the powder. Tap off the excess and apply all over your face, paying more attention to your t-zone and pores.
ELF HD Powder is so fine it feels so light on my face as if I haven't applied any at all. I was not left with any white sheen and my face was left instantly matte without looking cakey. My skin felt smooth and actually looked flawless in the mirror, an almost polished look without trying too hard.
I also noticed my pores were virtually invisible, my makeup really did look flawless and at least I was able to achieve something with a cheap yet very good product.
I found this product controlled shine all day and that is great for someone with oily/combination skin as I am forever blotting.
I also found most powders to be drying on the skin and eventually your makeup cracks; this powder doesn't dry out the skin or make you look washed out even if you apply this powder a few times a day you will never look like you have powder on.
I have used this product for a few months now and with loads left in the pot I am still very happy and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend again and again.