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Set It, And Don't Sweat It

Set It, And Don't Sweat It

Time for another installment of my Summer Makeup Savers Series. That is in no way an official title. Or something I planned before two seconds ago when I wrote that sentence. It just so happens that I am a makeup lover as well as a super sweater, and I have a lot of opinions (and experience) on the best way to keep yourself looking hot as hell whilst it's hot as hell.

Today's topic: Setting powder. There are many different types of setting powder, and there are many schools of thought on how to use them. I don't like to carry around makeup with me throughout the day (besides having, on average, seven lip products in my bag at all times), so I like to set my makeup with a sheer loose setting powder when I put on my makeup, then use blotting papers as needed when I'm out and about. My setting powder of choice is e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder. Not only is this a great product, it is SO. STINKIN'. CHEAP. For what you get, it's an incredible value. I find e.l.f. products can be a bit hit or miss, but their loose setting powder is a slam drunk/home run/other sports analogy that means PERFECT.

I've seen e.l.f.'s powder mentioned as a MUFE dupe, and while I can't speak to that directly, I can tell you that I think this powder could pass a blind test against many from prestige brands. I wish there was a less cringeworthy word than "finely milled" to use when describing this powder, but I can't think of one. "The powder pellets are very small"? Nope. "It doesn't look clumpy on your face"? Nope. I could play this game all day, but it seems as though "finely milled" may be the winner. Darn. So this powder applies like a dream, and it not only sets your makeup, but gives your skin that much-coveted, even in HD you look perfect look. Sometimes I use BareMinerals Mineral Veil as a setting powder, but I always return to e.l.f.'s, because it's just that good.

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The powder is loose, and comes with a little puff to apply. I skip this, because I personally hate those little puffs. BUT! I keep it in the back of my makeup drawer so that I can put it back in the package when I'm traveling so the powder doesn't end up dispensing all over the lid, and then all over me when I open it up. For application, I like to use a huge, fluffy powder brush, and I gently sweep a thin layer of powder all over my face. I'm currently using a brush that's also from e.l.f., the Studio Complexion Brush. It's actually a good brush, and even if it were only okay, it's also SO CHEAP. I'm slowly trying to invest in slightly higher end brushes, but for now the few e.l.f. brushes I have left in my collection are doing a great job.

To recap: Not only is e.l.f.'s setting powder on par with those from prestige brands, it's cheaper than lunch at Chipotle, and you can get it easily at Target. That's a win-win-win right there, folks.

e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder: $6

e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush: $3

Put A Face Mask On It

Put A Face Mask On It

Layering Mascara? Shanté, You Stay!

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