Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF20 Review​

If you are someone who wouldn’t want to take off a face full of makeup to reapply sunscreen and apply makeup again, you are definitely not getting the maximum benefit of sunscreen. Who has got the time for it! I haven’t unless I am on a beach with no makeup. So I tend to compromise and reapply with a sunscreen face mist. It might be inadequate but that is the best I can do. There is one other option to reapply inadequately without any fuss. Yes, you probably guessed it already. It is a powder sunscreen. There are quite a few in the market. Let’s look at one of them, this powder foundation by Elizabeth Arden that provides UVA & UVB protection with SPF20.

I usually apply it on top of sunscreen before going out to give a sheer coverage especially if the sunscreen needs more time than I have to settle so that it can reduce a little bit of white cast or oiliness if any. Some powder foundations with SPF have a slight yellowish tint, but this one doesn’t.  It gives a glowing luminous effect with a natural looking “my skin, but better” finish. I do not use much product to build up to a higher coverage, which is also possible if that is what you want. It is enriched with antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E and sea water complex with minerals like calcium and magnesium. It is also fragrance-free and allergy tested which makes it suitable for sensitive skin.

The packaging is gorgeous too. The golden and silver exterior gives it a luxurious look. When you open it, there is a mirror and a black built-in grinder that you can twist to freshly grind (sounds like coffee, right) compact to get powder. This is not just a “fun to grind experience”, it also means less of a mess, especially if you are going to carry it to reapply. You can use it either with a kabuki brush or powder puff that it comes with.

What I do not like about it is that there are not many reviews online especially to find the right shade. I matched mine from my local Debenhams (departmental store) and was quite surprised that both shade 4 and 5 works well on my skin. This makes sense why it does not have a wide range of shades available. However, if I want to buy a high-end foundation (£27), I would definitely want to check more reviews. Hence, I am sharing my opinion, because I genuinely think this product is great and deserves a lot more love and hype.

For more information, please visit, what we need to know about sunscreen.


  1. I love to get a foundation with some SPF in it because I’m so bad about remembering to put sunscreen on. I know that it’s not always the best or as effective as sunscreen but it helps!

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