Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Featherweight Face: ELF Tinted Moisturizer plus Matifying Powder

I was at my local Target the other day to pick up some housewares when I came across the ELF shelf in the cosmetics aisle.  With two more ELF orders still expected to ship to me any day now, I really didn't need to buy any more makeup, but I couldn't help myself and picked these up:

No Studio sale AND I had to pay sales tax. :(  But what can I say?  I'm an instant gratification kind of gal. Lol.

I've heard so many wonderful things about ELF's Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 and Translucent Matifying Powder, therefore I was super-excited to try them out.  I got the tinted moisturizer in Nude, while the matifying powder only came in one color.  I start off with a freshly cleansed and moisturized face:

I begin by applying the tinted moisturizer with my fingertips.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how light the formula was and how it effortlessly melted into my skin, evening out my complexion and blending perfectly with my southeast asian skin tones.

Next, I apply the translucent matifying powder, using my ELF Kabuki Face Brush.

At first, I wasn't sure if the "one shade fits all" color would work for me, but it blended seamlessly with the tinted moisturizer, creating a flawless, photo-ready finish.  The smooth texture also allows for perfect application of eye, cheek, and lip color. :)

Add eyes, cheeks, and finish with ELF's Studio Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15 in Nice and Natural and I'm done!

Whoa!  What a difference good makeup makes. Lol.
Seriously folks, this is a fast, easy, 2-step process for a perfect complexion.  I haven't used liquid makeup in over 5 years.  I detest the heavy, greasy sensation of foundation.  It feels like my skin can't breathe.  But ELF's tinted moisturizer and matifying powder combo feels like nothing at all!  

I also have the worst combination skin.  I get flaky, dry patches on my cheeks while my T-zone looks like I polish it with grease.  This problem has now been solved.  The tinted moisturizer keeps my dry spots soft and conditioned, while the matifying powder tames my oily zones with little to no touchups necessary.

BIG bonus: while I already use a moisturizer with sunscreen, the additional sunscreen in the tinted moisturizer gives an extra boost of UVA/UVB protection, hooray!

I think this is it!  I have officially discovered the perfect foundation routine for my face.  Whew!  Hope some of you found this post helpful.  Stay tuned for additional reviews and tutorials. :)


p.s. The Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths are AMAZING!  They're super-soft and remove even waterproof eye makeup gently without unnecessary pulling and tugging. (which we all know causes wrinkly, saggy skin...especially around the eyes) They also have a mild, refreshing aloe fragrance that leaves my face feeling fresh and clean.


  1. Love your makeup look! Purple is simply an amazing color! ^-^

  2. Thanks Jen! That tutorial is coming up next. :) it's the first purple look that I've really liked. It's hard for me to find purples that compliment my skin tones.

  3. The tinted moisturizer that I used was discontinued from Kohls and I FREAK OUT! Because I thought that I would never find another one. But judging from your review, I will have to try ELFs tinted moisturizer. Thank you!

  4. Hi Kelly! I've been using it for the past few days now and I haven't run into any problems. I like how weightless it feels on my face! I hope it works out for you too. At only $3 a tube, it doesn't hurt to try. :)

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