Baking has been a difficult feat for me to pull off. It’s been a troubled tumble into the world of setting undereyes, I’ve tried different methods and even more different products. I just couldn’t seem to get it right for ages. I eventually figured out a happy medium that worked for me; lightly pressing loose powder onto my undereyes but brushing away instantly – not really baking I guess, but it works for me haha. Either way, two components remain constant: a concealer and a loose powder. In this edition of “It’s Not You It’s Me” I’d like to talk about the overhyped Elf’s High Definition Undereye Setting powder. I’d heard Shaaanxo rave about this a fair amount, and many others followed her.
The way it was described sounded ideal. It had promised to smooth out my undereyes and set them to avoid creasing for hours upon hours, as well as avoiding any flashback or raccoon eyes! This sounded like all the pros that my baking wasn’t achieving. So of course at the price point of $3 I was willing to try my luck.
There were many different factors that made me hate this tiny guy; that in and of itself is reason number one. Don’t let the photo fool you, it’s a million times tinier than it looks. The tiny packaging made it almost impossible to get my beauty blender in to pick up product; I found myself having to pour it out onto the table to use it which was a hassle that wasn’t fun to deal with! Other than that the product is also seriously overpacked which seems like a good thing, but when you have to deal with fallout all over the place and a huge mess it gets a little annoying.
In terms of formula; I had tried Elf’s same powder for the face and that had worked wonders for me. I could visibly see it blur my pores away and smooth out my skin’s texture (or at least fake a smooth texture!). So I was excited to see this more targeted version do the exact same for my undereyes; I was wrong.
Crusty cakey undereyes that crease instantly and stand out from the rest of my face is not usually what I’m after when buying a translucent loose powder. So let’s begin the run down. The first and weirdest negative effect this powder had was that it made my undereyes dark. I don’t know how to explain this or how it happened, the way I’ve explained it to myself is that it almost picked up the color of my foundation or concealer but kind of oxidized it. It just made my undereyes stand out to be a different color than the rest of my skin and not in a Kim Kardashian way! Other than that this stuff just dragged under my eyes, with every pat of powder my concealer was moving out of place, and once I managed to fix that I’d end up with cakey undereyes. This was just a train wreck in every way possible. I decided to give up on loose powders and blamed it on my undereyes, until I found Mac’s Prep + Prime which I’ve talked about before, then I realized it was the product to blame.
So here I am yet again, as I will be many times I’m sure; hating a product that everyone lives for! Let me know if you’ve tried this powder and how it was for you!