How Does e.l.f. HD Powder Measure Up?

Not everyone uses a setting powder. I not only use one, I need one.

But one of the issues with mature skin is that there is a fine line (pun intended!) between setting your makeup and emphasizing every line on your face. The wrong powder (or too much powder) can add years to your face, and no one over the age of 30 wants to look older!

jar of e.l.f. High Definition Powder on a table

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About a month ago, I snapped up a jar of e.l.f. HD Powder during a 50% off sale. I had heard good things about it, and I figured for $3, I couldn't lose. That's right, I said $3! It regularly sells for just $6 - how is that possible?

e.l.f. High Definition setting powder in the product lid

I purchased this powder in sheer, but it is also available in soft luminance, and corrective yellow. As I mentioned, the regular price is $6 for 0.28 oz., but you can often get it on sale. It's packaged in an interesting jar. There is a sifter on top, with holes on one side, and a little "dial" that you turn to cover or uncover the holes. It also comes with a cosmetic puff.

I've tried a lot of setting powders, including Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Powder ($36 for 0.29 oz.), tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder ($33 for 0.32 oz.), and Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder ($38 for 0.4 oz.)- but I love the e.l.f. best! I love it so much that I also bought some for my daughter. (Now I'm trying not to think about all of the money I've spent on setting powders in the past!)

Ingredients (sheer only): Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate.

The powder is very finely milled, and I get my best results by applying it very lightly with the cosmetic puff. Depending upon your skin and how you wish to apply, a fluffy brush may work better. I've had to switch to a more hydrating foundation in the past few months, which is great for my skin, but it tends to settle into lines more than other foundation. Since I started using the e.l.f. powder, I have had minimal to no makeup settling in lines.

open jar of e.l.f. High Definition Powder with puff

I like the concept of the sifter with the dial, but it seems to be loose, which allows powder to seep up through the sifter and creep out into the top of the jar. When I recently flew from Kentucky to Tampa, Florida and back, there was some powder in the top of the jar, but not nearly as much as I've seen with sifters that don't have a cover. I also left the cosmetic puff inside the jar, so I think that helped some, too. (The first photo in this post shows how much powder "leaked" out during my flights.) It's not a deal breaker, especially considering the price of the powder.

I saw that some reviews complained about flashback when using this powder. I didn't experience that, but I apply it very lightly, and then I do a light dusting of lightweight foundation powder over my cheeks, forehead, nose, and chin (avoiding facial lines). I apply blush over it as well. So I don't use it as the last step in my makeup routine.

e.l.f. High Definition Powder

I'm amazed that a product that costs $6 (or $3 in my case) works so well. Good job, e.l.f. - I highly recommend this one! Don't miss my upcoming review on their HD Undereye Setting Powder!

Do you use a setting powder? Why or why not? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments or send me a snap!


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