If nothing at all the new E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder ($6) clings to dry skin like a boss and oxidizes to a delightful orange, heavy sarcasm there! I know, I know, I have dry skin why am I purchasing powder anyway? I actually thought this would be a nice, natural powder for Summer wearing when my skin is a little oily but man, it is dry as the Sahara Desert!
And let’s not talk about how badly it oxidizes! I was running around looking like I could play the part in the next Chocolate Factory movie! Seriously, I’d make a cute Umpa Lumpa in this!
E.L.F. introduced their Beautifully Bare Collection last year and continues to release a variety of different products to the collection such as the new E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Lip Tint. I like this collection a lot as there are some really nice, affordable picks in it plus I like the overall idea, of natural, flawless beauty products! However, like many E.L.F. products there are hits to be had and misses and the Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder is a miss.
This comes in a double compartment compact which features a mirror and the powder on one level and a sponge applicator nestled below it in a separate compartment . The packaging is quite lovely but lightweight and made completely from a mirrored surface which makes it a magnet for fingerprints.
This is supposed to be a lightweight, silky tinted powder that mattifies skin and sets makeup. It’s quite dry and it clings to my drier areas (and even my smoother ones) horribly. It’s a texture that’s not forgivable in the least and the texture is not only dry but quite heavy, powdery, and chalky. I got it in the shade Light/Medium but this is more for a medium to medium tan shade. It’s sheerer but there’s enough coverage that it can be used as a natural, lightweight powder foundation however, it does oxidize badly or at least it did for me so the medium tan shade went very orange-y almost directly after application. I swear between the orange-y finish and the drier texture it aged me about 20 years!
I absolutely hated it. It felt like I had a mask on and it looked simply horrible.
It is getting rave reviews so, maybe my drier skin is the exception to the rule. It might prove a better fit for oily skin but personally the colors seem way off, the texture isn’t exactly silky, and the finish will likely accentuate pores rather than conceal them. I’m giving it a big thumbs down for both drier and oily skin types alike.
Do share your thoughts!
E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder is available now at www.elfcosmetics.com.