June 2, 2016

E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder Clinging to Dry Skin Like a Boss

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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.

E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder

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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!

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E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder swatches

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.

Sorry E.L.F.!

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts!

E.L.F. Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder is available now at www.elfcosmetics.com.

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I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • minda

    i figured out that certain lipsticks and foundations etc. morph into unattractive colors and textures depending on what was put on UNDER them. Seems to me a chemical reaction, so I’ve not given up and changing moisturizers and primers to things I hated before were really good after the switch. Worth a test when and if you feel like it.
    I’ve even found that different colors in the same product line change colors differently?!!
    Have a great weekend

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Mindy. I actually only had on moisturizer but I’m not really willing to wear powder without moisturizer due to drier skin so, I guess I better just retire this one 😀

      • minda

        me again, I guess I didn’t say what I meant (being friday morning and all).
        Definitely use a moisturizer but try a different one…
        even different primers change things….ELF is iffy, hit and miss and cheap enuf not to care much….
        stay beautiful regardless

        • Isabella Muse

          Hi Minda. I’ll give it a try with a different moisturizer but unfortunately, the problem for me isn’t only oxidizing, it’s also the fact the formula clings badly to drier skin even skin that’s been well hydrated 🙁 thanks for the recs!

  • hannah

    Hey Muse, whats your HG powder?

    I have issues with powder because of my drier skin and beginning of lines, but since my t-zone is so oily, I have to use it occasionally.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t use powder so, don’t really have an HG! I tend to avoid using it!

  • Marbie Diana C Celzo

    This might be the powder im looking for. I have super oily skin. Some girls rave for this.

  • Amanda

    Awh! Too bad! 🙁 I LOVE this powder and I have normal, sometimes dry skin. I use it to set my face oil and sunscreen everyday and it works perfectly and no one can ever tell I am wearing any powder at all. The fact that I am using it to set/matte very oily products is probably why it doesn’t look like a mask! Guess it probably does work best for those with oily skin…or those that try to mimic it LOL Not to mention it’s the only drugstore powder that doesn’t pill with my skincare. I don’t have any oxidation when I use it but I use the fair/light shade even though I am more of a light/medium skin tone so maybe that’s why it doesn’t oxidize noticeably on me!