elf “Flawless Finish” in the lightest shade, Porcelain
$6/1 oz, available at elf online, Target, and other elf retailers
Comes in a pump bottle
SPF 15 (combo physical and chemical)
Applied with a damp Beauty Blender (the purple one). Tried to dip the BB into the foundation and spounce, but at much better luck dotting it on and then blending it out.
Before + Afters:
Shade + Tone: Actually a decent match for my post-sun summery skin!
Ignore the purple all over my eyes and focus on the match! It seems to blend well into my neck, although at times it looked a hair too yellow and dark, but it worked well, actually!
Coverage + Finish: Medium; semi-matte to powdery.
While not 100% entirely matte, it was not dewy or shiny at all. I would call the initial application semi-matte, and over the course of the day it definitely became more powdery on me (in look and feel, actually). I’d give this coverage a medium- you can see that it definitely works to cover up a lot of my redness (note middle before/after pic), but it doesn’t cover up the freckles underneath my eyes, nor does it totally cover up my cheeks (yay natural blush?). However, it’s more coverage than a lot of other products I’ve tried.
Look + Feel: Feels pretty nice, but looked a little powdery
The most remarkable thing about how this feels is how unremarkable it felt. It didn’t feel too tight, the way a lot of matte or full coverage foundations might. I could tell I had it on, but it wasn’t noticeable unless I wanted it to be noticeable. While It looked pretty good as well, it did have some “spots”- not 100% great quality, but here are some closer-ups (slideshow view just so it hopefully enhances texture). I’ve definitely had worse.
Longevity: Decent, probably ~8hrs but didn’t keep careful track (sorry)
So here’s the thing: I put this on at around 11:30, and then I went out Pokemon hunting. I was outside for about 2 hours, getting dust all up in my face. This held up pretty well, but I forgot to take pictures because my phone was dead from Pokemon. At about 8 or so at night, I brought my phone out to take pictures with Boyfriend, and I forgot about my foundation completely.In the pictures, my face still looks great. I would show a pic, but I want to respect his privacy! Loss of coverage- yes. But it also stopped looking at powdery!
So here are a few pics instead of me post-pokehunting, one indoors and one in my car. Still looking great, right? 😀
Would I ever wear this again? Yes!
While not 100% totally enthusiastic about it, I would wear this again. I was a bit conscious, worried that it would oxidize or be a noticeable mis-match out in the sun. It was fine though. At least from a normal distance, it looks perfectly passable (nobody is going to be right up close to my face except little kids and my boyfriend). It was only $6 and performs better than I expected. My biggest concern, though, is that in a couple months, we’ll be getting snow, and my skin will become more pale, and then this won’t work.