e.l.f. is a brand sold in some chain stores, like select Target stores, but if you are like me, you need to rely on the online store for this brand. On a recent Internet shopping trip to e.l.f., I saw the Studio Tone Correcting Powder, a multi-colored powder compact that is supposed to even out skin tone and absorb excess oil.
For $3, I decided, why not?
When it arrived, my first impression is that the sleek black compact looks much more high-end than the $3 price tag. The majority of lower-priced, drugstore pressed powders have the same cheap plastic compact, but this one is heavier, sturdier, has a larger mirror, and actually looks sharp.
My second observation? This powder does not come with a puff inside the compact. Perhaps the assumption is that you will lug around a powder brush to apply this. Not me. I had some spare powder puffs, so I tucked one into the case. The compact barely shuts with a puff inside, but it works.
The color combination of the powder goes on very pale, which is great for someone as white as a vampire like me, but it may not work well if your skin tone is darker than fair. I apply it very lightly, because a little goes a long way. It looks better applied with a brush, but if I use a light hand and blend any too-heavy spots, then the puff I put inside the compact works just fine too.
But is it any better than a regular pressed powder compact? I truly don’t notice any skin correcting qualities, or anything that special about this powder. The website claims that this powder is multi-colored because “the Blue neutralizes orange, the Green neutralizes red, the Pink neutralizes grey and the Yellow brightens and neutralizes red.” It just looks like ordinary transluscent powder once it’s actually on my face, albeit a bit paler than the powders I’ve used before.
Which is not to say I wouldn’t buy this powder again. I really like the compact and the large mirror inside. And for less than a typical drugstore brand like Maybelline or Cover Girl, it works just as well but looks nicer. So yes, I’d buy it again and recommend it to a friend, just with the caveat that I am not sold on any complexion-correcting claims!