Last week, I reviewed e.l.f.’s mineral primer after finally being able to purchase the brand at my nearest Target Canada location. I mentioned in that post I scooped up a bunch of products to try, so today I’m sharing my review of their Studio Flawless Finish Foundation.
I’m always looking to try new foundations – my combo skin is a bit of a pain to work with, and while my favourite discovery to date has been Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, I can’t always shell out $40+ for it (a girl’s gotta eat!). So, I often find myself heading down to the drugstore to look for dupes and alternatives that will work for my skin.
e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish foundation promises a semi-matte finish that’s smooth and lightweight. It’s an oil-free formula that also has SPF 15 to protect against the sun (I wouldn’t rely on SPF 15, though, if you’re concerned about sun damage), and sells for $8.00 at Target so it’s definitely more budget-friendly than my preferred MUFE product. It’s got a convenient pump for using the product, though I have to wonder what that’s like when you get to the bottom of the bottle!
I grabbed the lightest shade, Porcelain to take home and try. In the bottle it looked like a close match, but unfortunately there’s no way to demo the product in store so I knew I was taking a chance. When I got it home and swatched it I realized it was a lot more pink than beige (which in the photo probably doesn’t make sense against the redness of my arms), and I definitely lean towards the beige undertone end of the spectrum rather than pink. It was then I realized the first limitation of this product – the range of shades. It’s very limited, with only six available.
I applied it with a foundation brush (Sigma’s F60 brush) and found it went on smoothly, but the colour was off. I could get away with it for a day after setting with a powder that better matched my skintone, but the colour was too far off for me to realistically work it into my daily routine. As for coverage, I found it to be at the just-right level I like – not too heavy that it’s cake-y or washes me out, but not so light that it doesn’t even out my skintone or cover up problem areas.
From a wearing standpoint, I found the semi-matte finish was just that – semi. I think if you have skin on the drier or less-problematic side, you’d have better luck with this product and it would be good if you’re looking for a dewy finish or a touch of moisture. I personally found it didn’t help me out when it came to eliminating shine and that’s a big one for me.
For an $8.00 foundation, I think this product is great if your skin isn’t too troublesome and you fit one of the shades offered. Sadly, it’s a little too hydrating for me and the colour was off, so I won’t be using it again, but it’s worth a shot if you don’t have the same problems as I do!