|This is a dramatization. If I actually looked like that, I don't think I'd be smiling.|
I'm not talking bad about ELF, they're one of my top 5 favorite cosmetic companies. However, no product line is without flaws and I need to be honest about what works for me and what doesn't.
I wasn't going to give up on tinted moisturizers. I'm hooked on how healthy, hydrated, and great-looking my complexion is when I use it. I've mentioned before that I have bad combination skin: dry and flaky in some parts, and oily in others. So when using a tinted moisturizer in conjunction with a translucent powder, I solve the combination skin problem. I did some more research and found that CG Smoothers Aqua Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, by CoverGirl, was very highly recommended, even more so than the ELF brand. I picked up a tube in Light to Medium from my local Target for about $6.50. More than twice the price of ELF, but not expensive by any means.
While there, I also picked up an ELF Essential Foundation Brush for $1.
I used to have a foundation brush awhile ago, but it went missing somehow. I forgot what a great way it was to apply foundation! No waste from being soaked up in a sponge, efficient because I can squeeze product from the tube right onto the brush, AND I get to keep my hands clean! :D Wheeeeeee!
I finished by applying ELF Studio Translucent Matifying Powder with the ELF Studio Kabuki Brush. This is what I can say about CG Smoothers Aqua Tinted Moisturizer so far:
2. blends well with and evens out skin tone
4. built in SPF 15
Most importantly, it's advertised as non-comedogenic. That's right, it does not clog pores! This is essential to pimple prevention. I've been using it for about 3-4 days now and have not even experienced a shadow of a zit. With the ELF brand, I got one after about 2 days and 3 more after a week. I think this is it for me, yay!
Also, while it's about $3-$4 more than ELF, you actually get more product per tube. When I do the math, ELF tinted moisturizer comes out to $4.29 per ounce. CG's tinted moisturizer comes out to about $4.85 per ounce...not that much of a difference, really. Love it! If all goes well, I'm going to be using this stuff FOREVER!