Sometime last year, elf Cosmetics was having a huge 70% off sitewide sale, and I found it hard to resist ordering a bunch of things.
I was looking for a setting powder that would curb those mid-day oilies. (Sure, I keep blotting paper on hand, but it’s nice to put your makeup on and have it stay matte for longer on its own.)
Since I heard a lot of great things about the elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder, I gave it a go. How did it fare for me? Let me tell you!
(Believe it or not, this is my very first elf Cosmetics review on Swatch And Learn! I was really excited to try out a new-to-me brand. All the previous posts on this brand were done by my former blogging partner, Fiona.)
elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder Pictures
elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder Ingredients
elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder Swatches
√ Translucent loose powder
√ Creates a flawless, ‘soft focus’ effect
√ Masks imperfections for a glowing, radiant complexion
? Masks fine lines (I don’t think I have enough fine lines to properly test this claim.)
- Name: elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder
- Amount: 8 g (0.28 oz.)
- What I Paid: $1.80 USD (on sale for 70% off! Retails for $6 USD.)
- Where to Buy: elf Cosmetics website & some Target stores
elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder Review
Colour & Texture
The powder is a bright white (much like white flour) in the package. It is translucent, though, so on me, it didn’t look like I lost a food fight in the kitchen after I applied this.
My skin is fairly light, so I didn’t notice that the powder made my skin any whiter or pastier. However, if you have a richer skin tone than I do, I’m not so sure that this will work on you and blend in. It may make you look ashy. (If you really want to use this, maybe you could try mixing a little in with your other loose powder…)
The texture was silky smooth, and it felt finely milled. When it was on my face, I couldn’t feel it, so that gets the thumbs up from me. (If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s feeling heavy products on my face.)
How to Apply It
A little goes a very long way. If you put too much on, it looks very unnatural and sickly. So, to avoid that, I didn’t bother using the little cosmetic puff they included. I feel like you’d pack way too much product on at once.
Instead, I used a fluffy powder brush to make sure only a little would be applied at a time. After all, if you need more, you can always get more with your brush, but if you pack too much on, it’s really tough to remove the excess.
I tilted the container slightly so some of the powder would collect in a corner. Then I used my brush to pick some up. Before applying to my face, I gently tapped the brush to remove the excess. While holding my breath, I lightly dusted the powder first on my forehead (where I get the shiniest). Then I moved to my cheeks, my chin, and my nose.
After I applied the powder, I didn’t notice a dramatic difference. My skin looked slightly better than without it, but I wasn’t jumping up and down.
However, when I checked my makeup by mid-day, I was floored! Normally my forehead would be really shiny by then, and sometimes my cheeks, too. But when I used the elf Cosmetics High Definition Powder, I didn’t even need to use my blotting paper!
And by the end of the night, my forehead did get a little shiny, but it was nowhere near how shiny it used to get without the powder! Colour me impressed – it actually works, and it’s so inexpensive!
I believe that it’s what’s inside that counts…but when it comes to cosmetics, I judge the packaging, too. I really didn’t like the bulky, box-like packaging of the elf Cosmetics High Definition Powder.
Also, even though the holes of the sifter are covered by a large, clear sticker to prevent the powder from coming out until you open it, some powder still managed to fly out from the edges of the container! (This product is reallllly messy. No matter how careful you are, the powder flies everywhere, so that’s also why I recommend you hold your breath when using this stuff. You don’t want to breathe it into your lungs, especially if you use it on a daily basis.)
Is It a Dupe for the Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder?
A lot of people have compared the elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder to the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.
I have both, although I haven’t tried the Make Up For Ever one yet. I will, though, and then I’ll post a review on it.
However, just comparing the ingredients for both powders, you can see that they’re not dupes.
- elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder contains Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer and Silica.
- Make Up For Ever HD Powder Microfinish Powder contains 100% Silica.
Maybe people think that they work equally well, but it’s important to note the differences in the ingredients.
Edit: Click here to see my Make Up For Ever HD Powder Microfinish Powder Review & Pictures!
For just $6 USD, you get a lot of product that lives up to its claims. And when elf Cosmetics runs a sitewide sale (which is pretty often), you can often get it for less or even save on shipping.
Considering that Make Up For Ever products are sold for a lot more, the elf Cosmetics Studio High Definition Powder is a great value, especially for those who just want to test-drive a silica powder without forking over a lot of money.
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
The High Definition Powder by elf Cosmetics really impressed me because it prevented my face from getting as oily as it usually does even by the end of the night!
I’ll continue using this until I run out, but before then, I also want to test out the Make Up For Ever HD Powder Microfinish Powder to compare results.
(Edit: I ended up trying out that powder. Click here to see my Make Up For Ever HD Powder Microfinish Powder Review & Pictures!)
I really like this powder because it works well for me, and I highly recommend you try it if shininess is an issue you deal with.
What was the first elf Cosmetics product you ever tried? Do you use a setting powder? How do you curb the oilies?