Overall, I really love the E.l.f Essential Clarifying Pressed Powder. It has nice coverage, it does a good job at controlling oil, and the price is unbeatable. As you can tell from the pictures, I like the product enough that I have plenty of backups. Although this is a great pressed powder, it definitely has its cons. To make this review simple, I’ll just make a list of pros and cons of the product.
- It comes with a puff. Although the puff has lousy quality, it’s still included. M.A.C doesn’t even give puffs with their powders, and that’s why I’m considering this to be a positive feature.
- The price. $1.00 for a compact powder is phenomenal!
- There is hardly any smell to the powder.
- Good coverage, though it’s no Bare Minerals. It’s good for drugstore. I feel fine wearing it alone.
- Great for controlling oil.
- See-through compact. It may look tacky to some, but I personally like being able to see the color of my products.
- The powder feels super silky on the skin.
- Applies evenly.
- The powder is pressed and nicely compacted. There isn’t much fallout except when you first use it (I think it’s because of the ridges from the initial design).
- It will look like you have powder on your face. However, the “powder” look will go away shortly if you have oily skin. You can judge if this is a pro or con.
- 100% matte!
- These compacts can double as a bronzer. They’re pigmented enough for that.
- The compact is kind of flimsy. This isn’t a big deal for me but those who would keep this in their purse would hate this compact. I’d say 1 out of 3 of mine would break at the hinges or crack.
- The pouf is terrible quality (but this doesn’t affect the quality of the product… you can decide if this is a pro or a con).
- The color oxidizes around 2 shades up. Did you see my 10 Products under $10.00 post? My Rimmel Foundation color is #400 which is the deepest shade Rimmel offers. For the E.l.f Essential Clarifying Powder, Spice would look like the best match for me, but I actually need to use Apricot Beige to get the closest match.
- As you can see from the third compact in the second picture, sometimes the powder gets really hard. They say it’s from oil from the puff touching the powder, but that compact was fairly new. The puff and powder absorb my makeup too easily. It’s an easy to fix though (take a toothpick and scrape it off until the powder looks normal again, wash the puff regularly).