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

Of all the issues that come with aging, one of the ones that has caused the most distress for me is the skin under my eyes. Up until a a few years ago, I had never experienced dark circles. Now I not only have those, but I also have crepe-y skin and puffiness. Fun times!

A lot of people just slap on some concealer and setting powder and they look fantastic. Me? Not so much. Most concealers either cake or creep into lines, and powders just emphasize the wrinkles. Honestly, just leaving the area covered with light foundation looked better than trying to conceal.

jar of e.l.f. undereye setting powder

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I recently reviewed e.l.f.'s HD Setting Powder, which I had picked up during a sale for $3 (reg price $6). At that time, I also ordered their HD Undereye Setting Powder, which comes in a 0.04 oz. jar with a sifter top and a tiny brush for $3 (so I got it for $1.50). Yes, I know - just $1.50!

jar of elf undereye setting powder and small black brush

The powder is very finely milled and so silky! It also contains vitamins C and K, which are supposed to help strengthen the skin. I don't know about that, but I do know that I really, really like this powder! As you can see in the photos below, the powder isn't white - it has a very slight pink/peach tint that is great for the undereye area.

Ingredients: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phytonadione.

e.l.f. HD undereye setting powder and makeup brush

I don't use the brush that came with it - I use the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 (shown in the above photo). Less expensive alternatives would be Real Techniques Concealer Brush or the e.l.f. Flawless Concealer Brush.

e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder

Here's how I have my Tim Gunn moment ("make it work" for those who aren't Project Runway fans):
1) After my usual morning skincare routine, I apply a light oil to my undereye area. I rub one drop between two fingers and then lightly pat the oil under each eye. (I use tarte maracuja oil or rosehip oil)
2) Next I apply my foundation (which is Missha BB Cream) with my fingers or a brush, but not under my eyes. Once the foundation is on, I use a damp beauty blender to smooth it. When I'm finished, I use what little foundation is on the sponge to press a little foundation under my eyes.
3) Now I apply Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener (which is a pale pink), using my finger, not the spongy applicator tip. I pat a small amount under each eye and keep patting until it is blended and smooth.
4) Lastly, I swirl my concealer brush in the e.l.f. Undereye Setting Powder, tap off the excess, and press it under my eye - starting at the outside corner and working my way in. I am sort of "dotting" it on rather than using a sweeping back and forth motion.

Not only does this powder keep the concealer/brightener in place without making my undereye area look wrinkly, it has also cut down on the transfer of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.

What do you have to lose for $3 (or less)? I definitely recommend giving it a try. And I like it better than the super-popular Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder, which is way more expensive!

Have you tried the e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder? What did you think? What's your favorite undereye powder? 


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