As you may remember last week I used the e.l.f. Tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 as my foundation product. While I adored using it, I had not yet gotten around to reviewing it. As the level of the product was dropping low I decided to try and use it up and give a review.
As you might expect from the fact that I managed to use up almost an entire container, I really liked it. Sadly when I went looking for the links so that when reading the post, you could click on the link and find more official information on the product, I found it had been discontinued.
There was great sadness.
And an excuse to run out to the drug store in search of more information and a comparable e.l.f. replacement.
The quick run turned into a bit of a quest as recent sales and restocking concerns left various makeup aisles looking like they were pillaged.
Seriously, it looked like makeup loving pirates boarded my local CVS and left no one behind to tell the tale.
My quest was finally successful at Target. Apparently, the Makeup Pirates were either distracted by the nearby Ulta or Target has cannons hidden in the giant red ball decorations out front. Here I managed to secure the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation. In the shade Buff in case you were wondering.
I will say I have tried the Flawless Finish Foundation earlier in the year and loved it (it is really an underrated fantastic foundation), but I wanted something a little lighter, almost on the scale of the tinted moisturizer, especially since they are not making it any more.
So product secured, let’s dive in.
Acne Fighting Foundation is full coverage and infused with salicylic acid, witch-hazel, camphor, tea tree, and soothing aloe that help fight blemishes. This lightweight formula provides coverage to help even skin tone and reduces acne redness while working to help clear your skin.
My skin has a little redness, but at the moment I don’t have much in the way of acne. Surprisingly I’ve managed to clear most everything away at the moment. Also, as I have the Flawless Finish Foundation as well as a little bit of the Tinted Moisturizer I decided to do a bit of comparison between the three products. As a warning, the Flawless foundation is way too light on me at the moment so it looks kind of strange. Especially as it is just the foundation with nothing over it to make even an attempt at blending it in.
First, on its own, the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation is a really good foundation. If provided good coverage, stayed in place all day without settling into fine lines and peeling up around the corners of my nose and mouth. I would call it medium coverage rather than full coverage. It was the kind of foundation that just made my skin look really good instead of making it look like I was wearing nice foundation. It is not a no makeup look, but it leans towards a more natural look than I generally associate with full coverage products.
What is kind of fun is that when compared to the other two products it falls exactly in the middle of them, coverage wise. All three feel super lightweight against the skin and are very wearable. The tinted moisturizer is the kind of product that you apply when you just want to help your skin out a little bit but don’t have any major blemishes to cover.
The acne fighting foundation provides more coverage and is a quite excellent daily foundation. You can wear it for a more natural look or use it as a base for a slightly more glam look. It is the kind of foundation you can take from the office to happy hour with only a quick stop to sparkle up your eyeshadow and maybe vamp the lips.
The Flawless Foundation is still light weight, but more full coverage and the one I’d wear when lecturing at a conference or on camera. Although, as my last two conference lectures were actually zoom calls those are more or less the same thing. In the photo the colors don’t look that different, but the lighter shade was very evident in real life.
I will be sad to see the last of the e.l.f tinted moisturizer go away, but I know that they do have a Tinted BB Cream which might take its place. I will have to check and see. The pirates left none behind so it must be ordered. For now I am going to be wearing the last of the tinted moisturizer on the weekends instead of putting it back into my dressing table so that I can use the final remnants and get rid of the empty tube. I am very happy with the acne foundation. Even though I am not currently breaking out (it comes and goes) I like the salicylic acid in the foundation as well as the Aloe. The inclusion of aloe in the moisturizer was one of the reasons I picked it up in the first place. I mean if you are going to apply a foundation, why not make it one that might actually do your skin a little good. Oh and because it is an e.l.f. product, it also does my wallet a bit of good. This acne fighting foundation at its full price is $6.
Yeah, an excellent product that only costs $6? I can see myself keeping this in stock for a long time to come.