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May 14, 2012

MMay Y.

Hey girls! While roaming around my local beauty department, I discovered this awesome setting powder which was super silky to the touch! I'm pretty sure I've seen a similar product in other brands as well but I can't remember on the top of my mind!

Upon further research I realised it's silica powder. I remember reading about some negative elements to silica powder but I can't recall much right now.

Any thoughts and recommendations on the silica setting powder?

Thank you!

May 14, 2012

Fancie B.

I've heard nothing but good things about silica setting powders! Everyone raves about the MUFE HD powder and it's just silica. You can find it cheaper on elf or you can go to and get a nice amount for just a couple bucks!

For the millionth time - silica does not flash back unless it is LOADED on. Used correctly, it creates the most beautiful finish on the skin. I don't live without it. Talc powder like Kett's are also sensational;)

I will be launching a video series on "makeup myths" soon on my HD channel. Killing old-school myths about SPF, silica, and more. ( )

In the meantime, check out this pic:

Shot with a single direct flash. Unretouched. Silica on one side and not on the other - can you see a flash back?

Hope that helps!

May 15, 2012

Jessica S. said e.l.f is pretty much the same as the MUFE HD one, the only difference being is the price :)

I'll have to check out the Australis one to. Thanks MMAY.Y

May 15, 2012

Shelly T.

e.l.f's HD powder also contains dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer. (MUFE HD's is, as mentioned, just 100% silica.)

Mac prep and prime loose powder is made of corn starch, silica, and mica (also zinc stearate and some other fillers) - not silicone. Be careful with corn starch based products on normal to dry skin types as it can be insanely drying. Silica does well as a standalone ingredient - Shelly made another valid point that the e.l.f. is not 100%, it is a silicone hybrid. Not to say that it isn't a great product, just be careful when calling things "the same."

May 16, 2012

MMay Y.

Thank you so much for the recommendations! I really love the soft silky feeling I can achieve with silica powder!

And thank you heaps to Jordan for more information! Seriously I'm really grateful that you're sharing your knowledge with us! And referring to your last picture, no, I wouldn't have guessed that half her face had silica! That's one beauty myth debunked! 

Really glad you appreciate it! 

May 17, 2012

Haylee B.

It makes my skin sp beautiful

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