Anita's Fantabulous Beauty Blog

ELF Mineral Booster V.S. ELF High Definition Powder

Posted in Face, Rating: A, Review by Anita on August 9, 2010

After forcing myself to put the peanut butter away (the dot gives me cravings) I figured I’d just do a comparison review of these powders, seeing as I was too faced with the which-one-should-I-buy problem when browsing ELF. Ultimately I decided to buy both, ha. (and btw, I caught a cold today, and will probably be out for about a week :p)

I’m not completely sure of the point of these things…lol. But they seem to both be powders that mattify skin (booster, $5 for small (shown above) and $8 for large) or give a radiant complexion (HD powder, $6), leave it silky to the touch and minimize the appearance of fine lines/pores.

“Achieve the ultimate, translucent “photo finishing touch” to your makeup, our Mineral Booster melts into your skin, infusing it with key vitamins A, B and E to promote healthier skin that’s noticeably silkier and smoother. Completely sheer and ideal for all skin tones, Mineral Booster gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and pores for a beautiful even finish. Wear alone or buff over our Mineral Concealer and Foundation to lend extra staying power and to achieve a professional and stunning porcelain matte look that will last all day. ” (source)

“The high definition loose powder creates a “soft focus” effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.” (source)

I’m not sure if either of em mask the appearance of wrinkles – didn’t notice any difference on my skin, but I don’t really have enough of em to tell, I guess. I tried it on the back of my hand, since I’ve seen people do that to show how it blurs them, but again didn’t notice a huge difference. Maybe it’s just for photos.

Also lemme mention that some people complain that the HD powder washes out their skin tone, due to the fact that it’s, well, white. I didn’t have this problem — both blend out to be invisible — but darker skin tones beware.

One thing annoying about using foundations with regular powders is that my skin feels…weird. It doesn’t feel soft or supple like it might if I wasn’t wearing any, but there is some resistance. This is something I absolutely love about these powders. It DOES  feel nice and silky to the touch, with less resistance than bare skin. I suppose this would be great for, erm, situations where your face might be touched a lot…lol. The HD  powder is a liiil bit softer.

The packaging for the mineral booster is perfectly fine, no complaints. HPD, HOWEVER…good golly. First of all, you need to keep the puff in there or else the powder will get all up around the sides where the cap screws on, wasting a lot of product. And due to this flaw it’s not really easy to get powder out since one would traditionally shake the container to transfer some powder onto the lid.

Another thing to note is that HDP has lil sparkles in it and MB doesn’t. Man — my foundation, moisturizer, and now my setting powder ALL have lil sparkles! I never actually noticed these types of sparkles making a huge difference though…

Overall? Darker skin tones, ones who prefer matte finishes or likes the idea of mineral makeup better might want to migrate towards MB, whereas those looking for a cheaper price tag who have fair skin tones and don’t need to worry about the whiteness or have dull complexions might like HDP. For me, I prefer the booster for the better packaging, effortless blending (the white may not ghostify my skin, but I do have to blend it), and because it’s mineral makeup. One less thing to worry about giving me zits 😛

And now, an image that I thought would serve some sort of purpose but ultimately didn’t:

I like using the complexion brush from the ELF studio line to apply powders.

Winner: Mineral Booster

MB Rating: A(plus?)

HDP Rating: A

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  1. oriolesmagic521 said, on August 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Is this another one of the products you’re using to try to avoid your oily skin and prevent zits, or is it something that’s supposed to brighten your skin and make you look all bright and …luscious? 😄

    • Anita said, on August 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      No, doesn’t prevent zits.

      These are more fancy versions of setting powders. When using liquid/cream products on the face, like to cover up things, you would use powder to “set” the makeup. Makes it last longer.

      Usually, powder ”mattifies’ the complexion, which means absorbs oil. The Mineral Booster does this. However, some powders are made to keep a glowing complexion, like the HD powder. Both are special powders because they leave the skin nice and soft/silky feeling, which is usually taken away when you use regular powders.

  2. oriolesmagic521 said, on August 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I get an A in advanced math, and I can’t figure out what my cousin says about makeup.
    So you just put the powder crap on top of other crap that’s on your face and it’s supposed to “mattify”?

    • Anita said, on August 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      mattify means to REDUCE SHINE. so yes. if you have oily skin it can take care of that. imagine putting powder onto a cream product. it will set it so it doesn’t melt off your face.

  3. oriolesmagic521 said, on August 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    What kind of a CREAM PRODUCT would you put on your FACE that could melt off your face 😛 ?

  4. oriolesmagic521 said, on August 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    i feel so stupid and inexperienced 😄

  5. Miss Fit said, on July 10, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I like your blog! Thanks for demystifying this whole setting powder business. The HD stuff is supposedly good for flash photography. Do you feel that way about the HD powder or is that concept as gimmicky and redundant as the packaging?


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