Product Type: ELF makeup
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Face of a movie star on and off screen
E.L.F.Studio High Definition Powder
Member Name: sirg0508
E.L.F.Studio High Definition Powder
Advantages: Quick and easy to use, soft focus effect, light, smooth, soft
Disadvantages: Flash photography has varying results
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
Summary: Powder for a soft focus effect on and off screen