ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder Review

ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder Review

By Lakshmisree PV

Hi Girls,

Today, I want to review one of the most amazing products from ELF, which I think I will use forever.  I was never much into pressed powders before, but when I bought ELF  Clarifying Pressed Powder on an impulse, I was hooked on to it.

ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder Review

Product Description (from the website):

Create a flawless finish with our silky Clarifying Press Powder that blends evenly into skin. Treat and prevent skin imperfections with key active ingredients formulated for problematic skin. Proven skin clarifiers absorb oil on contact to create a beautiful matte finish. Wear alone or with your other favorite e.l.f. face products for naturally smooth and flawless looking skin.

  • Absorbs excess oil on contact.
  • Helps treat and prevent breakouts.
  • Skin looks fresh and healthy.
  • Using the puff sweep the powder over the face to blend in for a flawless coverage

Directions For Use:

On the back side of the package: Cleanse the skin thoroughly before applying medication. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.  On the site: Brush sponge across powder and press neck and face gently.

Clarifying Face Powder


Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1%.


Talc, Mica, Kaolin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Titanium Dioxide, Cyclomethicone, Zinc Stearate, Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Aroma)

May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007).


  • For the treatment of acne.
  • Helps prevent new acne blemishes.

Shades Available:

Ivory (#1305), Light Beige (#1306), Rosy Beige (#1307), Apricot Beige (#1301), Honey (#1302), Spice (#1303), Toffee (#1304)


$1 for 5 gm.

My Take on ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder:

I was a bit skeptical about it when I saw its price compared to the other high-priced compact powders I saw in Target, but then, on an impulse, I bought it and I am very happy that I purchased it. This powder makes my face look good and natural. Its coverage is light when used alone. It blends into the skin without much difficulty when used with the puff applicator that comes along with it. I haven’t tried applying it with a brush. The directions say that it may dry the skin, but I didn’t feel that it dries my skin.

Pressed Powder

One of the best things that I am happy about this pressed powder is that it contains salicylic acid which treats acne. That means, I can treat my acne even when going out (I usually put my acne cream only at evenings when I am at home). I had done a little research on the internet to know more about salicylic acid and found out that it is a plant hormone and can be termed as vitamin S and its very effective on acne (from wikipedia). I never thought I will see it in a compact powder. So, it’s great for acne-prone oily skin like mine. It really removes the oiliness and shine from my T-zone and I find myself using less oil-absorbing sheets.

Pressed Powder

I think people with dry skin have to do the patch test before applying it on full face as it may dry their skin as mentioned in the directions. With this product, I have become a fan of ELF and bought many of its products including primer and brush shampoo.


I found the coverage to be light to medium. If you want light coverage, a little application on top of a moisturizer will do and if you want more than light coverage, you can put 2-3 layers of it without looking artificial. But you will have to use a primer for heavier coverage. I have tried it with Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer and ELF Mineral Infused Primer, and it works well with both the primers.

Pressed Powder


It gives a perfect matte finish but not the sick-looking or artificial matte finish. It stays for more than half a day on me without any touch-ups.


I have bought both Ivory (the lightest tone) and the Light Beige (the next light tone) as both look natural on me. It’s available in 7 different shades, but personally, I think they should have more variations in both lighter and darker tones. There could have been more light shades between Ivory and Light Beige itself. We can see a huge difference in the shades from the photo itself.


Size is small compared to the other compact powders, both in dimension and thickness. It will easily fit in your jeans pocket. It looks more like a travel size rather than the regular size. I prefer to buy fresh compact powders more frequently than using one for a long time (for hygiene reasons), so this one is the right size for me.


The puff does its purpose well. Nothing exceptional, but still does a neat job. I wash it once in a week with brush shampoo and after 3 such washes throw it away and use a new one. Target sells the same sized puffs separately, so bought a couple of it.

Pros of ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder:

  • Reduces acne noticeably.’
  • Controls shine very well, especially at the T-zone.
  • Easy to use with the puff applicator.
  • It doesn’t feel heavy even if done in layers.
  • Can put layers and layers of it on face without looking artificial.
  • Easy to carry as it is small in size.
  • Doesn’t dry the skin.
  • Price is very less compared to other brands.

Cons of ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder:

  • Non-availability in India.
  • Have to carry a compact mirror separately.
  • No sun protection factor (using a moisturizer with SPF will help).

IMBB Rating:

4/5, (-.5 for lack of mirror and -.5 for no SPF).

Will I Repurchase ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder?

Yes, definitely.

Do I Recommend ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder?

Yes, for acne-prone oily skin.

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5 thoughts on “ELF Clarifying Pressed Powder Review

  1. ugh i had thsi one but threw it away because i thought it made me broke out. if it really was the reason why i broke out i dont know. did my skin look better after i quit using this NO because i was stressing and moving from country to another and i got bad acne 🙁

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