Thursday, June 25, 2015

Translucent Powder

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After a bad experience with setting my under eye area with a Nyx setting powder for deep skin tones (which was yellow), I decided to try a translucent powder, which I have really grown to love. I use them for setting my under eye area after applying concealer. Translucent powders are great because their finish is sheer and it makes it appear as if you don’t have on too much makeup, which is what I feel like happens when I wear a yellow powder to set my under eye area.

Today we will be comparing low and higher end translucent powders. One is from elf and the other from MAC.

So, when comparing the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder and the MAC Prep +Prime Transparent Finishing Powder the first thing that comes to mind is the huge price difference. The price difference is $20.00, where the elf costs $6.00 and the MAC will run you $26.00.

The other differences are the ingredients contained in each: 

Elf: Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate. 

MAC: Zea Mays Starch, SilicaMica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol

The common ingredient shared between the two are Silica, which is a chemical compound that is an oxide of silicon with the chemical formula SiO2. It is basically a powder. 

The major difference in the ingredients between the two are that MAC’s powder contains an actual skin conditioner and emollient in the form of Caprylyl Glycol. MAC’s powder also contains Mica, which is a shimmer component to the formula. However elf’s shimmer version of this powder does have Mica in it. Elf’s powder does contain a preservative it in (Sodium Dehydroacetate). This preservative is used in cosmetics products because of its antimicrobial properties. Elf’s powder also contains Dimethicone which can also be used for medical purposes for the skin because it protects the skin against irritation and wetness. My guess is that this ingredient keeps the skin from getting oily. 

A sigh of relief came over me when I noticed that none of the ingredients of these products used Talc which is merely baby powder. I would definitely feel sick to my stomach if I paid $26.00 or even $6.00 for baby powder. 

None of the ingredients appear to be harmful except for maybe the preservative within elf’s formula, however, I did not find any bad reviews on this ingredient. 

All in all both provide the same results. Therefore, both work well. However, I think I will go with the elf next time (when these run out) because it comes with a pretty puff for application. The MAC does not.   

That is all. Let me know if you have any questions. 

Thanks for Reading!!!

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