I’m back again with the e.l.f. Cosmetics product. This time it is Perfect Finish HD Translucent Powder. It is made for those of you who want your pores to be blurred and your makeup to stay put longer. An added bonus is shine control. But will it fulfill all those tasks?
I’m always up for a hunt for my favorite setting powder and I’m usually much more nitpicky about my setting powders than I am about setting sprays. It is probably because I expect to be 100% matte throughout the day when I powder myself up.
Anyhow, I got this Perfect Finish Powder on a whim without investigating online about it and I’ve decided to write my full honest opinion once I’ve used it for about two weeks. It seemed like a fair amount of time to see what this powder can do.
Here is what e.l.f. has to say about it:
Our Perfect Finish HD Powder fills in fine lines and blur imperfections, giving your skin a soft, smooth finish. Use anytime, anywhere with the convenient, portable compact.
Now let’s get on with this review.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Perfect Finish HD Translucent Powder
Packaging - 7/10
Formula - 10/10
Effects - 9/10
Price - 10/10
- Doesn’t leave powdery white cast
- Comes with a sponge and a mirror
- Fragile packaging
- Doesn’t keep the skin matte
This Perfect Finish HD Powder comes in a simple black cardboard box as you’ve seen from the first photo with some info about the product and how to apply it, along with the ingredients is listed on the back of the box. Check it out below:
For those of you who are reading this from a smaller screen and can’t see the ingredients, I’ve listed them below:
Silica, Dimethicone, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Mica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Nylon-12, Polymethylsilsesquixonane, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentaerythrityl, Tetraisostearate, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1.
It holds 0.28 oz. (or 8g) worth of product which will be enough for the heavy-handed buyers.
Let’s start with praises. I love how sleek and simple the actual packaging inside is. It has a matte black plastic packaging with just the e.l.f. logo printed on it, e.l.f. usually likes to keep it simple and I love most of their minimalist packaging styles so it is not a surprise that I like the look of this one.
When you open it, it feels much more expensive than it actually is. You get a great mirror and once you open the bottom compartment, you’ll also notice a sponge that should serve you as an applicator. I took a picture of the sponge and posted it below. It all folds nicely and clicks securely when closed.
Although this packaging looks very sleek and the fact that you get a sponge and a mirror is an added bonus, I am still not totally impressed with it. Why? Well, simply because it is very fragile, a lot of you gals complained that it broke in two just by being stored in a bag. That is just unacceptable for any brand, no matter how affordable it is. What frustrates me the most is the fact that e.l.f. advertises it as a portable compact. It seems that it is simply not true if you expect a sturdy packaging so that’s why I reduced a grade. If it weren’t for that I would gladly give it a point or two more.
First off: Don’t be afraid of its white color in the pan or when you swatch it because it will not make your face look that ghastly white. It will cling safely to your face without anyone noticing it, that’s the best part – it turns translucent when blended out with a fluffy brush.
It will blend very easily and it is finely milled. If you swipe it with a finger, it will almost feel creamy under your fingers. That fine powder comes at a price; it flies everywhere when you dip your fluffy brush in it. It is nothing negative, but since the packaging is black it will be quite noticeable. You’ll see in the photo below that there is some powder on the right side of the rim even though I haven’t even used it before that picture.
Overall, it’s a really lightweight formula that won’t make you look like a ghost – I have no complaints!
We’ve come to the effect, the most important part of this translucent Finishing Powder. Obviously, since it is white, it won’t give you any coverage which is not the point of this powder.
You will, however, get a mattifying effect once you apply it (more on that later). You will also notice that it reduced the appearance of your pores without actually clogging them (well, at least my huge pores weren’t clogged after days of using it religiously). It won’t look cakey or powdery, so no worries about that. It will also keep your makeup from sliding off your face, it fixes it in place just like a fixer spray, but much more easy on your skin. The lasting power impressed me! It truly made a difference.
The only thing I could think of that could use some improvement is the mattifying part. If you have dry or normal skin, you won’t have to worry. Since I have combination/oily skin, this is not enough to keep me oil free throughout the day.
Here is how it looks applied to my hand, the image on the left is before and the one on the right is after application. I hope you can tell a difference. The lighting is slightly different, but the point is to see its blurring effect and no white cast.
This Perfecting Powder retails at $6. It is an awesome price for this product. I won’t drop any names, but I’m sure we all know at least a few branded products similar to this one with a too high price tag. I would definitely recommend you to try this one before going for the expensive ones.
I wouldn’t recommend it only for those of you who want to carry it in your purse all the time. I’m afraid it would break sooner or later so it’s best to stick to approved travel-friendly powder. Also, I’m not sure about dark-skinned ladies among you; I cannot vouch that it won’t leave a white cast, but fingers crossed it will be as awesome for you as it was for me.
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