Review | ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory

Want to know my thoughts on the ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory?
Review | ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory

What is it?
It’s a pressed powder that claims to absorb oil on contact. It also claims to treat and prevent skin imperfections.

 

Review | ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory
Price
The ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory retails at £1.50 for 5g and is available to purchase on the Eyes Lips Face website.
Packaging
The powder comes in a little compact, nothing too fancy but effective nevertheless. It’s the perfect size for popping into a small makeup bag for an overnight stay and even comes with a handy little powder puff (I personally don’t use them as I much prefer my ELF Studio Powder Brush but it’s still a nice little edition)
Review | ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory
My thoughts
When I first gave this powder a whirl, I was pretty darn impressed. I mean it tackles my oily areas well, it does a splendid job at keeping the skin matte and it blends nicely without looking cakey on the skin. After a few more weeks trying it out, I began to really go off the powder. Why? A number of reasons. Firstly the shade. I believe Ivory is the lightest shade in the collection (Please do correct me if I’m wrong) and although it is pretty light, it’s super duper yellow. At first I thought I could get away with it as a full face powder but when I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, it looked as though I was suffering from Jaundice. At this point I knew I could no longer use it all over however, I didn’t want to give up hope so I tried it out on my under eye area to set my concealer as yellow is fab for counteracting blue tones so that’s what I did and it worked a treat however, I then began to notice my skin badly breaking out, more so than usual. I immediately discontinued using the product and hey presto, my skin was back to it’s usual state in a couple of weeks. It’s a shame really as I found the powder to be effective at keeping my concealer in place but I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. Oh one last thing before I forget, I found the powder doesn’t last too long despite only using it lightly a handful of times, I think this is probably does to it’s small size so if you do give the powder a try and like it, I’d recommend having a couple of backups just in case.
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Simple, effective packaging that includes a handy powder puff
  • Tackles oily areas well
  • Keeps the skin matte
  • Blends nicely without looking cakey on the skin
  • Good for setting under eye concealer

 

Cons
  • Doesn’t last very long due to it’s small size
  • Can look a bit too yellow on my skin tone
  • Doesn’t live up to it’s “treat and prevent skin imperfections” claim, I actually found it broke me out

 

Overall
Although I really loved the way the powder worked, I sadly wasn’t a fan of the shade or the breakouts that it caused so I’m afraid I won’t be purchasing it again. Sorry ELF!
Have you tried any of the ELF Clarifying Pressed Powders?
Shannon xo
  • Kimberley Johnson

    It's a shame is product was disappointing. I'm yet to try anything by Elf.

    Kimberley x

    Kimberley's Beauty Blog

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      It truly is. I'm finding ELF very hit and miss these days but they do have some cracking products xo

  • Josie

    Ahh it's a shame this didn't work out for you, as it's such an affordable product. I've heard really mixed things about Elf x

    lamourjosie.com

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      Yeah, I admit I was a little sad as at first I seemed to get on with it to set my under eye concealer xo

  • Becki Vieira

    I feel the same with a lot of elf products and have given up with them now. I buy them and when I first try them I think they are good. Then after a week, I completely to off them and they end up in the bin. Hope you can still make some use out of this though.

    http://www.beekle.blogspot.co.uk – id love for you to come visit.

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      I know what you mean, lately I've been finding their products very, very hit and miss xo

  • brainybeauty

    Great review, I have yet to purchase products from ELF but they seem to be a very good affordable brand so i'll need to try them out one day!

    http://brainybeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/brainybeauty-birthday-haul.html?showComment=1391459580810
    xx

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      Thank you! They do some great products. I highly recommend their baked blushes xo

  • Kelly

    Thanks for the review – I will have to cross this off my list!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      No problem :) xo

  • Laura Lages

    Oh such a shame! I'm glad you wrote this review and i read it, my skin is so sensitive this would probably break me out so i'm probably not even give it a try!

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      I know. At least it wasn't expensive :) xo

  • Naomi Ganzu

    I always wished to use ELF products! I will when I shift to the US!! :) <3 Great review btw!

    http://www.yourclosetdiva.blogspot.in Hope you check out my blog and follow me too just to stay connected :)

    • http://www.raspberrykiss.co.uk/?r=http://www.blogger.com/profile/01663741929620048130 Shannon Wilson

      Thank you Naomi! xo