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
The ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder in Ivory retails at £1.50 for 5g and is available to purchase on the Eyes Lips Face website.
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.
  • 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


  • 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


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
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