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Elf flawless finish foundation review-How well does it perform?

If you want to see how this foundation really performs, well then my friends you’re at the right place, continue reading this elf flawless finish foundation review and you’ll find out!

I decided to purchase the flawless finish foundation as I was looking for a matte foundation which also catered for the oily side of my skin. This particular foundation is oil free so seemed like the perfect solution.

Plus elf state it’s suitable for all skin types which I would say definitely convinced me even more as I have a somewhat sensitive skin and finding a foundation which ticks all these boxes is quite tricky.

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Quick overview:


  • Great consistency – not too runny neither thick
  • Easily blendable
  • Lastage is good
  • Wide shade range
  • Affordable


  • Dries quite quickly
  • Could do with more formula in bottle


Elf flawless finish foundation

On the elf website, the brand recommend using a foundation brush or sponge which is exactly what I did.

I used the beauty blender to help achieve a medium coverage and it was pretty easy to apply.

I love the consistency it works well with the sponge. It’s not too runny neither stiff, just right if you ask me!

Blending was okay. The reason why I say this is because it seems to dry quite quickly, other than that it would have been great as it does blend easily and evenly.

Because of the fast drying problem, I find it is wise to apply in steps, by this I mean spludging a little on the forehead and blending then on the cheeks and so on.

Application/blending = 7/10!


Obviously you want a foundation that lasts all day if not at least just over half a day, so when I read that this formula is ment to stay on all day, I was excited to give it a go.

I have combination skin so my forehead gets really oily which usually decreases the overall lastage of many products quite a lot of the time.

I picked this foundation knowing that the oil free formula is going to be in my favour, plus the all day wear elf promise. I had to grab it! But was I right to trust it this much?

Well I can gladly relax being assured that it did provide a pleasant result. It got through most of the day without any major issues such as cakiness or patches. I did use a setting powder at the end to maximise it’s stay power.

Lastage = 8/10!


Another of my favourite aspects of the elf flawless finish foundation is the shade range. It’s quite broad with around 40 liquid shades, that includes various undertones such as cool, neutral and warm.

Elf flawless finish foundation
Elf flawless finish foundation swatch

The shade selection is sorted into fair, light, medium, tan, deep and rich. The fairest is ‘lily’ which has golden undertone and the richest is ‘ebony’ with neutral cool undertones.

The shade that best suits me is ‘beige’ which is light with cool pink undertones.

It goes well with my skin tone and I’m glad I don’t have to mix it with other shades as I have to with other foundations I’ve tried in the past.

Even if I have to it’s not much of a problem thanks to the super affordable pricing.

The foundation has a nice fragrance to it which is another thing I like about it. Some formulas smell of paint making me not want to put it near my face let alone apply it!

Shade range = 9/10!

Heavy or lightweight?

The flawless finish foundation is said to provide medium coverage that ‘delivers a lightweight semi matte finish’. But does it prove right?

Well, I wouldn’t say it was lightweight but it didn’t feel heavy either so I’m kinda stuck!

It’s actually in the middle, it certainly doesn’t present signs of a heavy foundation such as cakiness or a stiff face.

So if I had to put it into one of the categories it most likely would be towards the lightweight side.

Just to let you peeps know, I stopped at a medium coverage so I’m not entirely sure how it would feel with a full coverage, I’m guessing it may give similar results.

Feel = 7/10!

Does the elf flawless foundation oxidize?

Well the answer to that my friends is no Thankfully. I have opened it a while ago and the colour is still the same as it was when I first unscrewed it! Maybe it’s the way the bottle is designed, a pump instead of the whole cap coming off most likely stops oxygen getting into it.

The downside (of course I have to find something) is that there isn’t much product packed in the bottle.

I haven’t run out of it yet but that’s only because I don’t use it everyday so imagine if I did then it would have finished within a few months.

Even if the whole bottle can be loaded it would make a difference, currently the liquid doesn’t fill the whole thing due to the design taking more of the room. I think there is quite a bit of wasted space although it does look good.Elf flawless finish foundation


Overall I would rate this foundation a 8/10! It works pretty well on my problematic combination skin including the lastage and the ease of application. If you’d like to check out the elf flawless foundation for yourselves then tap here!

Have you tried any of elf’s products? What’s your favourite product?

Check out other elf products below!

Elf glitter eyeshadow

Elf wow brow gel

Elf lip plumper and primer

Or the elf 16hr camo concealer which is recommended to use with the elf flawless finish foundation!

If you have any questions or suggestions let me know in the comment section below!

Have a great day!?

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  • Leahrae

    I have not tried Elf’s products.  I don’t wear a lot of make up, most days none.  But when I go out I do use foundation.  Finding a good one has been a chore.  I will have to give this a try.  I will check out their shades and see if they have one that would work for me.  I live in the sun so have a perpetual suntan 🙂

  • Iris

    Really nice website and great information about the Elf foundation, your information made me excited to try the product and I think there are a lot of people out there looking for a great product like this. If I was a little more into make up I would’ve totally clicked on you link and bought one. Unfortunately I don’t wear a lot of make up and usually just wear a BB cream that had very light coverage. Keep on creating, you have a really nice writing style that reads easily and fun:)

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    X iris G

    • Sariyah

      Hey Iris, I’d like to say thank you for the nice comment!

      BB creams are great for light coverage, you might also like to try out tinted moisturisers, they usually offer light coverage plus the extra moisturizing feature!

  • terryiching

    My wife has been an E.L.F customer for a couple of years now and has no complaints. Believe me, if she did, I would know. She touts the density of the pigments and how long they last. She did have some issues with a gift card, but when I called customer services, they immediately sent not only a replacement, but an additional gift card for the inconvenience. Now that’s service! My wife loves your products and pricing; you have a lifetime customer who will keep buying Elf cosmetics.

  • Preetam Dutta

    Thanks, Sariyah for a wonderful review of ELF flawless finish foundation, and the oil-free foundation are perfect for sensitive skin. The dry quick nature is so handful in some cases where we are in a hurry to prepare ourselves and it seems like the foundation lasts almost all day long which is a nice plus and even for oily skins which is great. In terms of shade, the ELF flawless finish foundation comes with 40 liquid shades including fair, light, medium, tan, deep and rich skin tones. The only downside is the bottle gets empty pretty quickly if you used it daily otherwise everything is good. Please let me know the pricing of this product?

    • Sariyah

      Hey preetam thanks for the comment!

      The elf flawless finish foundation I find is great for oily skin due to its matte finish and due to its delicate enough for sensitive skin too! So if you have oily and sensitive skin it really works!

      As for the pricing, it’s around £9 or $12! Great price if you ask me!

  • Grace

    Hi Sariyah,

    Thanks for your detailed review of this ELF foundation! I don’t do makeup that often, but I was impressed by another ELF foundation a long time ago because it was so cheap but good quality and did amazing on my dry and sensitive skin at that time! I will give this product a try!

    Thanks again!


    • Sariyah

      Hey Grace thanks for stopping by!

      Yeh elf does have quite awesome products and the good thing about it is that they’re all affordable! Good to know you had a positive experience!

      If you do end up purchasing it, I would love to know how the product went for you!

  • Toplink

    My wife has been more than eager to try a new product that she could be comfortable with. She has complexion problems around oily skin. I have been searching to try to find a product that she could be comfortable with and stumbled on your website. Because she has sensitive skin, I wanted to help her to find a product. A superb product that would suit her perfectly. Elf brand product seems to be exactly what she has been hoping for. She is always looking for products with choice so having 40 shades to choose from will really impress her. It is also good to note that this product is so durable. Thank you for your article!

    • Sariyah

      Hey thanks for stopping by!

      Based on what you have stated, hopefully your wife will find this foundation pretty useful. It does well on oily skin due to its matte finish plus it’s lightweight. You mentioned your wife has sensitive skin which the elf foundation is gentle enough for. Shade range is impressive too.

      If you do decide to purchase it, I would love to know of your experience!


  • Johnny

    Make up is like art. One miscalculation in the ingredients and the whole thing is a mess. This article appreciates art beauty by explaining if the elf flawless finish foundation is worth the risk. The foundation had to be exactly for your face and the explanation on this article integrates the components of what you are applying on your face.

    • Sariyah

      Hey Johnny thanks for stopping by!

      Sure makeup is a form of art! And foundations are like the base for your project, so you can easily create whatever your heart desires.

      When applying foundation you have to select the closest matching shade to your skin, sometimes this does require mixing shades however a good foundation can be found which will blend nicely in.

  • Anusuya

    Foundation crème enhances your face tone, make your face skin smoother.

     If you choose the right texture, it can add uniform color to your skin. and make your skin look flawless.

    Depending on your skin quality, you may have to choose different foundation crème. Having one single that can be applied to broad range of skin types is an advantage. 

    Elf flawless finish foundation crème is the right kind, not heavy or light, comes with multitudes of colors, you can choose fro.

    A smooth, flawless face makes the day. It is great crème which you may like.

    • Sariyah

      Hey Anusuya,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Good to know the elf flawless finish foundation works out for you. It’s a great affordable option!

  • LineCowley

    Although I do not usually wear foundation every day, I do like using it when I go out. Many foundations that I have tried in the past, seem to be very heavy, which is why I sometimes give up trying to find a suitable foundation. So I am very pleased that I came across this review of ELF as it delivers a lightweight semi matt finish.

    With around 40 shades to choose from, I am sure I will find a shade that is suitable for my skin. 

  • pasindu dimanka

    My girl family friend has been very excited to test out a brand-new item that she feels she will be able to utilize successfully. Her complexion issues revolve primarily around greasy skin. I was looking for a product that she could feel at ease using when I came across your website. I was hoping that you might have what I was looking for. The foundation has to be customized specifically for your face, and the explanation provided in this article takes into account all of the components that are present in the product that you put on your face.

  • Dave

    My wife has personally tried e.l.f. products in the past and has been pleased with their quality and affordability. After reading this review, I am excited to share with here your review and get her to give their Flawless Finish Foundation a try. It’s reassuring to know that it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and provides buildable coverage without caking or settling into fine lines. She’s going to love it for that.

  • Brian

    I regularly purchase these products for my girlfriend. She is a big fan of the lip plumper and the glitter eyeshadow. I do not believe, however, that she has tried the flawless finish foundation. Your overall review seems to be positive so I am going to send her a link to your article so she can check it out. Thanks for the article. Brian

    • Sariyah

      Hey Brian thank you for visiting and the share

      Experiences vary across individuals, hopefully your girlfriend too has a positive experience!

      Have a great day!

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