To me, a good setting powder can really make the difference in the longevity and the finish in your makeup. Since I tend to be oily, setting my liquid foundation is crucial.
I am a long time fan of Make Up For Ever's HD Powder. It lasts forever, and is the most beautifully, finely milled powder. It helps my makeup stay for hours, keep me matte, and photographs nicely. The powder doesn't settle into fine lines (isn't that the worst when makeup cakes and ages you about ten years? Nothing like looking in the mirror and seeing your future!) and it's pretty much the most perfect setting powder I had tried.
I then heard about a dupe. And if you know me, I love a good dupe (as recently evidenced by this post). I wholeheartedly believe that if I can find something cheaper that is of the same quality or better, I will use it. I don't care if it's Bonne Bell (even though I don't think Bonne Bell carries HD setting powders). Side note: I just browsed Bonne Bell's website and it is so precious! Tween makeup is hilarz!
I will say, I was pretty apprehensive about this dupe. Because it's ELF. If you knew me (again), you know that I kind of dislike everything ELF, aside from their Cream Liner. Now that I'm typing this, I think I should do a "If You Really Knew Me - Makeup Edition" post. So, even though I would have to shell out only $6, it was a big crap shoot for me.
But I took the gamble.
WHAT'S THE VERDICT?
ELF, all the way.
You may all collectively gasp now.
$6 is way more appealing to me than the $32 price tag that the MUFE powder has. Not only that, but I think the ELF powder performs amazingly. No, it is not identical, but it has definitely replaced my love for the MUFE powder.
I love sweeping this over my face with a big fluffy brush and then setting my concealer with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. It really does the job, and for 5 times less than what I was using before.
Alright, ELF. You win. This time.