Here’s a product I would consider a cult classic. Funnily enough, I’ve had this for quite some time and am just now using it. In fact, I have three of the small sizes, all of them freebies from one Sephora promo or another. The reason I haven’t used it until now is because I absolutely hate the ELF HD powder, and everyone says that is the same thing.
On MakeupAlley, the ELF HD powder has a 81% repurchase rate, 494 reviews, and an average 4.2 rating.
The MUFE HD powder has 727 ratings, a 63% repurchase rate, and a 3.8 rating.
My experience with white powders hasn’t been the best. ELF HD makes me look like an absolute ghost in both photos and in person. I tried it and wanted to love it, but to me they just aren’t the same.
ELF HD powder Ingredients: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140)
MUFE HD powder ingredients: Silica powder, Spherical microparticles, talc-free and paraben free.
As you can see, they are not exactly the same and the ELF powder appears to have a lot more fillers.
I have to say I am disappointed that I waited SO long to try this powder, because I find that it really works for me. It doesn’t give me a white cast like ELF does, without or with flash! It does blur pores and I like how it makes my skin look. I don’t find myself touching up throughout the day either.
After taking many different photos in multiple lighting, I am happy with how this powder looks with flash. The only time I looked severely washed out is when I was standing near a window, which makes sense that I would look washed out from both the flash and natural lighting; I don’t think it was a powder specific issue.
Now, if you go on Google and search images for this powder, you will see all kinds of embarrassing photos of celebrities who overdid it on the HD powder (most notably Nicole Kidman). This is definitely a product where you should use a little at a time and build up. I used my Sigma F20 to buff it in and had no trouble with it. The key is to not apply a ton of it!
I don’t think I will ever need to buy a full size of this because I have three of these little samples, and this kind of powder tends to last forever. I think it is way better than the ELF HD powder after having used both, but some may find that the ELF works just as well for them.