The ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder £4.50 has been on my beauty wishlist for years but I’ve never bitten the bullet and purchased it via eBay due to the considerable markup. Even when ELF used to have a UK website a couple of years ago, they never stocked the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder even though I pleaded with them multiple times as I’d been dying to try it.
I already own the ELF HD Setting Powder which I really like but the packaging is on the bulky side so the compact packaging of the undereye powder was more appealing. The ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder is packaged within a small, plastic cube with a clear base and matte black lid with a small sifter inside as well as a very small black brush.
ELF describe the powder as the following;
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.
For application, ELF recommend applying after foundation or concealer to set it in place or you can wear it alone for light concealing, by gently sweeping in the undereye area with a small face brush in an upward-outward motion. I really don’t like the brush sadly as it’s not very effective for application as it’s so incredibly small, and stiff that it doesn’t blend the powder into the skin so I prefer to use a fluffier brush for better blending.
The sifter is covered by a sticker when you first open it, but once you’ve peeled the sticker off it does become quite messy within the pot just like it does with the full size face version of the powder so I’d recommend storing it upright to limit any potential spilling issues.
On the packaging, the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder is described as being ‘Sheer’ but I can’t see that ELF do any other version of the undereye powder but I was surprised to see some very subtle shimmer within the powder. The shimmer isn’t obvious when you apply to the skin, but it’s definitely there which I guess is designed to give a more illuminated effect but I would prefer for the shimmer not to be there personally.
It’s a very nice and silky powder, which leaves my undereye area looking smooth with no cakeiness whatsoever providing you use a light hand, as it’s easy to go overboard with loose powders in my opinion. I don’t agree that the powder camouflages anything at all as it’s the concealer and/or foundation which offers the coverage, but this is a good powder which sets concealer nicely and those that adapt the baking technique tend to really rate this powder, but I don’t do baking myself. I think £4.50 is such a great price for a powder of this quality, but I’d recommend skipping the brush which is included within the box and using a fluffier, more flexible brush for more even coverage.
Have you ever tried the ELF HD Undereye Setting Powder?