Quick Review: Ellana Sheer Velvet HD Mineral Finishing Powder

Photo courtesy of Ellana website.

Brand: Ellana Minerals
price: Php 380 for 6g

I have tried Ellana around 2-3 years ago and I was pleased with their mmu, particularly their foundations and finishing powders. But this is the first time i tried this supposedly HD powder because I wanted a translucent finishing powder that can set my makeup and control oil. Plus it's way cheaper than its high-end counterparts like MUFE HD powder or MAC Prep+prime transparent finishing powder.

What I liked:

The powder is white but goes on translucent when applied.  It left my face matte as soon as I dusted it using my powder brush. Also, my skin felt smooth to the touch, because of the silica in it.

What I didn't like:

Well, sure my face was smooth, but the texture of the powder is not soft---because it isn't really powder like talc, it's more like cornstarch... also, the matte finish lasted 3-4 hours on me---tops. I had to blot again afterwards. So, no oil control for me. And whenever I dust it on my face, I get a little bit worried because I end up inhaling it or something---it's so finely milled that it just gets into my nose! I never had an experience like that before--- and I have tried a couple of other 'finely-milled' powders. Also, I use very little of the product---but still the same effect.

All in all this would probably work for girls with normal-to-combination skin, because it did not control my oil at all. I was expecting a much better formulation with this one since it was labeled as HD, but sadly, it fell short of my expectations. I  understand that Ellana has a new version of this powder primer, where they "upgraded' the formula, adding kaolin clay...I have yet to try that, but I'm gonna have to pass with this one.


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