Studio Acne Fighting Foundation
For those who suffer with acne, the promise of a foundation that doesn't aggravate the issue and that may actually make things better is very appealing! Unfortunately, e.l.f.'s Studio Acne Fighting Foundation misses the mark on both counts!
This creamy foundation comes in a squeeze tube, and applies easily. Just a small amount provides medium coverage, and there's a variety of shades, including some good options for very fair and very dark skin tones.
As far as the wear goes, the coverage is even and semi-matte, and it doesn't highlight wrinkles. Unfortunately, it makes pores very noticeable!
This contains anti-acne superstar ingredient salicylic acid, but the pH of this foundation isn't low enough for it to function as an exfoliant—and there's really no other anti-acne aspect, save for the misleading name.
Add to that the fact that Studio Acne Fighting Foundation also contains a small amount of irritants (camphor bark oil and witch hazel water), and this product is best left on the shelf.
- Foundation applies easily.
- Not a lot of product is needed for even, semi-matte coverage.
- Doesn't highlight wrinkles.
- Makes pores very noticeable.
- Contains a small amount of irritants that aren't good for any skin type.
- The pH doesn't allow for the small amount of BHA it contains to work optimally.
e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.
For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!
For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.
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