I’ve had these photos for such a long time of the ELF High Definition Undereye Setting Powder that I thought it was high time to review it! This powder is similar to the large tub of HD powder that ELF makes, with one big difference: this has shimmer and some glitter in it, but let’s look at the description and the good things first!
This light-diffusing powder camouflages fine lines, dark circles and imperfections, perfect for on camera or everyday wear. The silky powder adds a velvety finish ideal for wearing alone or setting in cream concealer. The Vitamin C & K infused formula helps to restore and strengthen skin for a revitalized appearance.
Sounds great, right? When I first got this powder (I ordered it from ELF’s website), I really liked it. It set my under eye concealer nicely and made it look smooth and brightened! The sparkles and glitter didn’t really phase me or seem to appear on my face.
The color is not quite as white as the larger HD powder; it’s more of a pink tinged beige. It comes with a small brush too, which works just fine since it allows for precise control of the application. As mentioned I really liked this when I first got it. The powder does set my concealer….
…Then I decided to test it with some flash photos, and it was just a disaster! Sorry I don’t have the shots of that…they were so awful that I immediately deleted them, but let me just leave you with this description: I looked like a white, ghostly raccoon. Reverse raccoon eyes! PLUS the glitter/shimmer was glaringly obvious. It’s like my under eye area went all Twilight without the rest of my face. Okay that is a slight exaggeration, but I am so glad I didn’t wear this powder in an event where I had to have a million pics taken (like a wedding, etc.). After that mishap I was wondering if it appeared that way in bright lights, like at the store or in bright sunlight.
It’s only $3 so it is worth a shot. A lot of people adore this setting powder; overall the reviews are mixed and it seems to be either a hit or miss rather than in-between. I am going to label this a miss due to how terrible it looks in photos, which is the exact problem I had with the larger HD powder that left a white cast no matter how much blending I did.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the ELF HD powders if you have tried them!