Wednesday, January 22, 2014

E.l.f Studio Acne Fighting Foundation...Review and Swatches!

I know what you're thinking "A foundation that fights acne not cause it? That's crazy!" I know, I thought the same thing when I came across this on the E.l.f website. It is always a catch 22 with me and foundation. Now I don't have acne all the time but there are certain foundations out there that make my skin acne prone. I wash my face like I am supposed to and usually remember to take my makeup off at night but I have noticed that prolonged wear of certain foundation reeks havoc on my face. Lately my skin has been worse than ever and is becoming rather irritating so I was excited to see this product. Let's look at the claims....

This lightweight acne fighting foundation works to disguise redness, blemishes and uneven skintone. The flawless coverage foundation formula is infused with acne fighting key ingredients Salicylic Acid, Witch Hazel, Camphor, Tea Tree and soothing Aloe, to help prevent and treat acne blemishes.

A makeup that covers and treats at the same time seemed too good to be true...and it was! Let's take a look at the product. 

The packaging is decent though nothing to spectacular. It has a black plastic cap and translucent bottle. It lists the acne fighting ingredients on the front of the package. You get 1 oz for $6 which isn't too bad. 
It has a squeeze tube type dispencer. You just have to squeeze the body of the product for it too come out. I like these types of bottles. I feel like they are less messy and more sanitary.
The shade that I purchased was Porclaine which was a pretty good match for me especially during the winter. The texture of the foundation is nice. It is creamy and smooth.
Here is a little before and after. The hand on the left is before foundation and the hand on the right is after the foundation. This foundation actually has quite a bit of coverage. I would say it is a full coverage foundation. It applied a lot thicker than I usually like but as you can see it did cover some of my discoloration and veins on my hand. 

Now here is the part where I talk about what I didn't like...At first when I applied it I was really impressed. It covered smoothly and made my face look flawless. It was when I looked in the mirror a couple hours later that my joy faded. It has started to look very patchy and seemed to almost be flaking off by my mouth and the sides of my nose. It also settled into the fine lines around my eyes which mind you are barely there. I thought maybe it wasn't playing well with my primer or moisturizer so over the course of the week I tried different combinations but all had the same result. It is just not a foundation that is meant to last. 

Another note is that I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with dry skin. The salicylic acid dries out the skin which can make already dry skin even worse.

Overall, this was a dud for me. I would say if you are going to purchase an ance fighting foundation spend the extra money and get the Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation. 

1 comment:

  1. Well, I bought it a few days ago and I completly fell in love with it !