Product Review: E.L.F. Translucent Matifying Powder

TGIF Everyone!

I am so ready for this weekend. I need to rest! It has been a hectic week, as I knew it would be. I was crazy studying for exams and I have another one on Monday! So you all know what my weekend is going to consist of LOL! Ugh...when are these exams going to end? But no worries, I am sure everything will all be worthwhile in the end :)
I stopped by Sephora today because they were having their 20% off sale, so I picked up some stuff. Stay tuned for more reviews and such. And I know I have been a very bad blogger lately for my lack of postings, and looks of the days . I want to Thank You all for sticking with me, and I will be back to more consistent posting very soon, promise!

For today's post, I am going to review E.L.F.'s Translucent Matifying Powder ($3.00) that I picked up at Target last month. I am that kind of girl who always needs powder! My skin is very oily-mostly in the t-zone area and I can't leave the house without setting my makeup with some powder because then I will be a shiny mess all day. That's not a good look for me. Here is my breakdown of what I thought of it. (click all images to enlarge).

E.L.F. Translucent Matifying Powder ($3.00)

Packaging-I love how attractive the mirrored black compact looks. Although it feels sturdy, I do have a fear of dropping it because I have a feeling it is going to break real easily. This powder also contains a little sponge to apply the product with for those times when one needs to perform touch ups.

Thoughts on product- I don't know why this powder is labeled as being translucent seeing as I do observe a bit of color in it. But I guess it's no biggie seeing as this does apply colorless and translucent on me. On the E.L.F. website, they claim that this powder "works on a wide variety of skin tones". I hope this is true and this  powder works for my lovely darker skin beauties. I love that this powder is finely milled, though it can get a bit messy sometimes as the powder is very soft. I apply this on my troublesome oil-prone areas like my forehead, nose, and chin using a fluffy powder brush. I don't like to use the sponge that comes with this because I don't think it is very sanitary. I put this on at 8:30 AM when I am applying my makeup for school and it stays on throughout the whole school day until I get home at about 6:30 PM. I don't really bring this powder, or any powder with me to school to use for mid-day touch ups. I should, but I am just too lazy LOL! OK, here is the deal. This powder does an amazing job at keeping my forehead and chin matte and oil free all day. But when it comes to the nose does not last at all! My nose becomes super oily within 3-4 hours of applying this matifying powder. I don't know why it matifyies the rest of my face, but not my nose? I guess I have a huge oil problem in that area. I think I am going to have to start bringing this E.L.F. powder with me to school to apply to my nose area midday.

Conclusion- I am happy to report that I have had no breakouts or any allergic reactions while using this matyfying powder, and when it comes to the amount to apply, I believe a little bit goes a long way. If I apply to much, then my face starts to look a bit cakey. Definitely less is more with this powder. Overall, I do like this powder seeing as it really helps control the oil on my forehead and chin area. But it is a bummer that it is not powerful enough for controlling the oil on my nose, which is a place that I need my oilies controlled the most. The only powder that most helps with the oil on my nose, has been the MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($22.00). I was really looking forward to finding a great affordable translucent setting powder, but alas, this E.L.F. Translucent Matifying Powder and I just weren't meant to be.

Have any of you tried this matifying powder from E.L.F.? What did you all think of it? Do any of you have suggestions for affordable options for me? Let me know in the comments section!

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