My really good friend who wears just about as much makeup as I do gifted me the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in sheer. She is an oily girl like me and knows that I am always on the hunt for mattifying products.
A couple of weeks before, I picked up the Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder from Tarte. I had been applying Smooth Operator over my full face for a couple of weeks so I was familiar with using this type of translucent setting powder.
Some people say that the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder has terrible packaging, but I have no had any problems with it whatsoever. I just tap a little into the lid and swirl it with my large powder brush and apply. I haven’t had any problems with mess.
When I received this e.l.f. HD powder, I switched it out for the Tarte S.O. powder and actually ended up liking the e.l.f. powder a bit better. It also doesn’t help that the e.l.f. powder is $26 less expensive than the Tarte version, and they essentially do the same thing.
This result surprised me, because I actually really like Tarte. Their whole line is amazing! I usually shy away from e.l.f because I haven’t had the best experience with their products.
The e.l.f. HD powder really held up throughout the day, and I had to dab away at my oil less than I usually do, which is a major plus. It did not feel heavy, or make my skin feel tight, and it didn’t leave as light of a cast on me as the Tarte powder did.
BUT and this is a big but, it broke me out! After using for about a week, I noticed that I had quite a few large blemishes in places I usually don’t get them. I wasn’t sure which of my products was causing this, but I stopped using the e.l.f. HD powder for two weeks, and my skin cleared up right away.
Will I stop using this powder? Nope. I really think it makes my makeup look flawless and even makes my pores almost disappear, but I will probably only use this on special occasions, and use the Tarte Smooth Operator for my daily needs.
I know quite a few brands are coming out with these types of oil absorbing translucent powders. Which ones are your faves, or do you just stick to plain ‘ol cornstarch?