i love powder foundations. it’s a lazy girl’s best friend. while i don’t mind trying a new brand every now and then, i always find myself going back to my favorites, such as the human heart nature powder foundation.
i have been using a few brands here and there since last year, but never hitting pan on each. so it’s no small wonder when one day a month or so ago, i find myself looking up best powder foundations 2016.
of course, there’s the MUFE one which i have been lemming for since last year. then estee lauder’s double wear powder foundation. one local brand got my attention though – ellana’s powder foundation.
ellana is a brand familiar to me. i have bought my first few brushes from them (a favorite is the mini kabuki brush which apparently they don’t have anymore. boo), a pot or two of eyeshadow, and one of their more popular items, the mineral loose powder. i have asked for samples of their mineral loose powders and while i love how one of the three shades i received from them perfectly matched my skin tone, loose powders are just not for me.
then i read reviews about their pressed powder foundation, and how it has the lovely coverage of the loose powders but in a compact! hallelujah! i should tell you though that they have released this a couple of years ago. it’s just me who hasn’t been informed. lol.
Can’t take your sweet time applying loose powders? Do we have something for you! The Intensive Blend Foundation is:
* for COMBINATION to OILY & ACNE-PRONE skin
* delivers a buildable medium to complete long-lasting coverage
* has a silky, velvety texture that gives a flawless, matte finish
kaith test drives it
it was ellana which helped me find my skintone. their very helpful shade guide confirmed that my skin is warm, with a bit of olive undertone. i know for a fact that i am acidic so my foundations are all a shade lighter than my color match. so when i chose my shade from ellana’s impressive range of shade options, i got french vanilla latte.
it has medium to to complete coverage, for combination/oily and acne-prone skin.
as you can see, french vanilla latte would perfectly suit someone with fair and warm skintone.
- i love the coverage! it’s medium to complete coverage indeed, but none of the heavy feeling i sometimes get when there’s so much gunk on my face.
- while the powder isn’t what you would consider finely-milled, i still love how soft and smooth it feels against my skin.
- stays put on my face for at least 4 hours. after that i need to retouch.
- didn’t break me out! this is super important.
- it’s mineral foundation so it’s good for your skin.
- the powder looks really light on me right after application but settles nicely after 20 minutes or so.
- comes in a pretty, eco-friendly refillable compact.
- i bought this online but i didn’t have to go the bank to pay as they offer a cash-on-delivery option. so much yay!
- customer service is top-notch! the first one i bought got to cebu in a not-so good condition despite the careful wrapping. i emailed them about it and they sent a refill free of charge!
- fairly priced at P699. i mean, yes, there are cheaper alternatives out there, but i don’t mind spending a little bit more for something that is this good. i can’t remember though if the refill costs less. my bad!
- this doesn’t come with a sponge. so i use and keep a sponge in a separate compact which can be a bit inconvenient sometimes.
- the box packaging, while not entirely flimsy, doesn’t offer much protection in case of a bad fall. i don’t want to find that out for myself. hahahuhu.
- takes a little bit of effort to properly blend the powder. i have only used a sponge though, let me try using a brush and update this blog post.
- it doesn’t entirely hide imperfections. if you have deep marks, you may have to use a concealer.
- doesn’t do much for oil control so keep some oil-blotting sheets handy.
french vanilla latte right after application. i was breaking out when this photo was taken so forgive the small pimples littered all over my forehead. lol.
three hours after i applied the powder. you can see a bit of oil on the forehead and a slight fading on the cheek area.
have you tried this highly-raved about powder foundation? do share what you like about it!