Thursday, January 30, 2014

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation in Almond Product Review

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation Bottle

Can inexpensive brands deliver a flawless base? I'm not going to lie I was sceptical at best before trying this foundation... Stay tuned for full details including before and after pics!

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation retails at £6.75 for 30ml of product which makes it pretty affordable but not the cheapest in comparison to brands such as Barry M, 2True and Collection 2000. However with most drug store brands retailing at around the £10 price point, it still pretty darn cheap (especially if you pick up this during an ELF sale). 

This foundation promises to "Achieve a flawless complexion with the silky smooth e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation. The lightweight formula blends in naturally for a beautiful semi-matte finish. This liquid foundation applies easily and lasts all day for visibly brighter and radiant looking skin. Using our Flawless Finish Foundation not only restores uneven skin textures and tones, but most importantly, the SPF 15 protects your skin against harmful sun damage!". 

The packaging of this foundation isn't spectacular but it does the job containing the product without spillage. The pump works well allowing me to control the amount of product I want to get out. And the glass bottle is pretty sturdy too. 

Now onto the actual product, I got my Flawless Finish Foundation in Almond. I was very cynical about how the colour would match as the little swatches on the website aren't that great. I was also expecting the undertone of the foundation to be grey and ashy as a lot of drug store foundations tend to be. BUT this exceeded my expectations by actually being a good match for my skin tone (MAC:NC45/NARS:Tahoe/MUFEHD:173) and not ashy at all. The coverage is medium to full. And it has quite a gel-like thick consistency. It has virtually no scent but I detect a faint hint of crayon, lol. 

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation Bottle 2
I used my fingers to dot it onto my face and then use the ELF powder flat top brush to blend it out. This method applied the foundation beautifully.  I loved the semi-matte finish which just made my skin look radiant but oh so natural like I wasn't wearing foundation. But the coverage still allowed my uneven skin tone and blemishes to be cover without the need for concealer. 

ELF Flawless Finish Foundation in Almond Before and After
The foundation looked great after I finished applying it so I only lightly use some of the ELF HD Powder to set it. But the foundation didn't hold up well on my skin at all. After only couple hours I could see my oily skin breaking down the foundation. What was a semi-matte finish had turned to a I just slapped butter on my face finish, not a good look at all. Even with the use of primers and setting powder I just could not get this foundation (and this was in the winter mind you) which was such a sham because the foundation looked very promising at first application :- (. So I would definitely not recommend this foundation for anyone with oily or combination skin. But this maybe a great one for those people with dry skin. I can't say this is a bad product but it definitely didn't work for me so I give at 2.5 out of 5.

Have you tried this foundation? What were your thought on it? Will you be trying this foundation?

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