I normally have normal-combination skin. My t-zone can get oily (especially in the summertime), but more often than not, I’m fine. Fortunately, I don’t have acne, or too many blemishes. I do, however, have freckles. So I’ve been looking for something (powder foundation) that will give me light coverage, mostly to even out my skin tone, and to use as a base. I think I’ve found it!
E.L.F.’s clarifying pressed powder has gotten pretty good reviews (4/5 stars), so I decided I’d try it. When I got it in the mail, I was not at all impressed by the packaging. It feels very cheap and flimsy. The compact was not even big enough to fit the applicator inside. However, the powder puff included was junk anyway. I threw it out immediately.
But when I tried the powder itself with a kabuki brush (you can also use a regular powder brush), I loved it! It had a very lightweight feeling, so if you dislike heavy makeup, this is good. In addition, since it’s powder, it’s less likely to clog your pores and make you break out. I’d say this powder is very good if you do have acne because it contains salicylic acid, which is well-known for its anti-acne properties. I wouldn’t know for sure whether it does help your acne, because I don’t have acne myself, but from the reviews I’ve read, it works well.
This powder is great because it’s lightweight, but evens complexion really well! I can’t even tell I’m wearing powder, either, especially since it’s such a great match (I have it in apricot beige). It is not caky, contrary to some reviews on the website. I suspect that the people who are getting caky results are using the powder puff included with the compact. The powder really works better with a powder brush, and applies very evenly.
It controls shine well. If you’re worried about oily skin, dust this powder on. It feels comfortable, yet it is extremely effective, unlikely liquid foundations that will suffocate your pores. Even if you don’t feel the need to control shine, it’s great for making your skin tone more even, or even setting your makeup. I would be a little careful with the colors, though. E.L.F. is notorious for having inaccurate colors on their website. The color apricot beige looked a little pale to me when I saw it on the website, but it was the closest match. It turned out to be a little darker in person, and worked fine for me. I would suggest finding other consumer photos of their product.
My complaint with this product is mainly its packaging. It’s such cheap plastic, and the applicator is useless. And there does seem to be a very small amount of product. But all in all, for one dollar, it’s a steal! If you’re going to be purchasing from E.L.F., definitely consider adding this to your cart. Remember, there are plenty of promotions every week, and you can often get free shipping if you buy more. You can even share an order with your friend! I would definitely recommend this product for people who are looking for shine control, even complexion, setting makeup, or just a light product with light coverage. I will definitely be purchasing more of this, probably 3-4 of them to stock up!