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A while back, I bought the ELF Studio Acne Fighting Foundation ($6.00, 1 fl oz) out of pure curiosity since ELF hasn`t produced a new liquid foundation in years; their first liquid foundation being the Studio Flawless Finish Foundation (in the boxy bottle, $6.00 as well). I don`t have acne or acne prone skin, I also don`t get breakouts very often BUT I do have noticeable redness in my skin and I was envisioning this Acne Fighting Foundation to have a full coverage.
The bottle is plastic with a squeeze out tip, this is a great feature because you can control how much product you are using.
The shade range offers 8 shades from Ivory to Chestnut, I purchased the third lightest shade, Buff, and it`s too dark for my skin tone - more noticeable in person and in my Bijoux Box video.
The formula is much thicker than their Flawless Finish Foundation, it has a nice creamy texture with a medium to full coverage. It does not have SPF in it, which might deter some people, but as someone with ultra sensitive skin (especially sensitive to SPF makeup products) I love this quality, I didn`t experience any reactions to this product. I have applied this foundation with many techniques; the Studio Stipple Brush creates a light coverage where my skin can still peak through, the Studio Powder Brush (flat top) creates a medium to full coverage where mostly all my redness and random blemish spots are concealed, I have also applied this with my fingers and this creates a much fuller coverage than using a tool.
On my dry-oily combination skin, it leaves a `dewy` finish, although it is completely set and dry to the touch. I prefer to powder it with the ELF Studio Tone Correcting Powder in Warm, this produces a much more natural finish - not entirely matte.
Now let`s talk about wear time. This foundation seems to accentuate my natural oil production, without ever breaking down the formula and losing the coverage - for a full days wear, I do have to blot and reapply my powder. After the first 2-3 hours of wear, I can begin to see a sheen on my skin`s finish, but it`s not shiny enough to need a touch-up. At the 4-5 hour mark, my skin definitely looks shiny and I touch-up with a blotting paper and reapply some powder to my entire face. By the end of the day, some 10 hours later, the coverage is still in tact, but again my skin looks shiny, I proceeded to blot and powder to see how it would look throughout the night. Finally the end of the night, about 15 hours total of wear time and my skin still looks concealed and dewy, but not so much oily - I guess the double touch-up throughout the day created a barrier. When I tested a full days wear with a full face of makeup (blush, bronzer, highlight, concealer, etc.) my entire makeup stayed put, there was no color fading or blotchiness after 10 hours of wear.
Overall, I like this foundation, I appreciate the medium to full coverage, the buildable formula and the dewy finish that I can powder into a natural finish (which is what I prefer anyways). I love the wear time, even though it needs a touch-up or two, my makeup always looks amazing at the end of the night before I remove it at bed time. My main tip: select a shade light than you think you will be, it translates darker than you`d expect.