Review and Swatches: Elf Mineral Foundation SPF15

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I’ve had this Elf Mineral Foundation SPF15 in my stash for at least a year, but just found it again whilst spring cleaning this long weekend. This is actually pretty good for a mineral foundation: great coverage that can be layered from sheer to full; good lasting power and oil control properties: some sun protection (useful for the morning commute): and a standard, no-nonsense packaging. I actually like the fact that this one takes a bit of product to achieve full coverage, unlike some mineral foundations that are so concentrated that even one sheer layer is hard to achieve.

20150503_102156Unfortunately, the shade ‘Fair’ (the lightest shade in the line-up) is way too red for me,  and layered for full coverage, is plainly too dark (see the difference with my lighter neck in the picture below). I’ve also about given up on mineral foundations as it takes too long too buff out the color, and used in the morning after a night treatment of gentle peeling (retinoids, vitamin c, etc), is just too much exfoliation overall.

However, if you are around NC30 and have neutral undertones, this would be a good one to try, I think. Elf products are priced very attractively (this one is priced at $5), and if you’re thinking of trying mineral makeup, this is a good one to test the waters. If you’re fair-skinned though, you’ll probably not have a match as even the lightest shade (Fair) is pretty dark.

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