I bought the e.l.f. Mineral Blemish Kit (powder + concealer brush) (£6) a while ago after deciding I wanted to try a spot treatment containing sulfur/sulphur to see if it really does flatten or "draw out" spots like some products claim it does.
I liked the sound of the Mineral Blemish Powder because it sounded like mineral foundation (with healing zinc) but with additional spot-fighting ingredients like sulfur and tea tree. When I get the occasional spot, I like to feel that I am at least trying to do something positive to get rid of it rather than just covering it up. So this blemish powder from e.l.f. sounded pretty convenient - treat and cover at the same time.
Here's the official product blurb and directions:
"Heal and disguise blemishes with the all natural Mineral Blemish Kit. This translucent powder has active acne fighting ingredients like natural Sulfur, Tea Tree and Willow Bark to treat acne and prevent future breakouts while penetrating deep into the pores to control blackheads.
Take the concealer brush and dab into the powder. Apply formula on areas that need spot treatment. Use nightly and or daily to treat and prevent future breakouts."
The powder itself turns out to not be like mineral foundation at all. It has a slight crystalline/sugary appearance and texture from the sulfur. It's also noticeably glittery from the mica and bismuth oxychloride... which seems a bit weird for a concealer. If I have a spot, I don't really want to draw attention to it by dabbing glitter on it! Here's a photo of how it looks in the pot:
The brush that comes in the kit is next to useless. I don't know if it's the brush itself, or the powder being so "crystalline", but the bristles just don't pick up any of the powder! So I use my finger to apply it instead.
Applying the Mineral Blemish Powder is a bit like trying to stick a mixture of corn powder and sugar to my face. It doesn't meld onto the skin like mineral foundation. Rather, it just sits there white and powdery on the skin (definitely not suitable for darker skins!). Then if I try to blend it out, the powder just falls off of my face completely. So nil points as a concealer. Here's a photo of how the powder looks on my hand before being "blended" (i.e. pushed off the skin):
When this kit arrived in the post, I "fortunately" had a couple of under-the-skin spots / blocked pores to test it out on (the only time I've ever been pleased to have a spot). I used the Mineral Blemish Powder on the offending areas morning and night for several days and unfortunately saw no improvement whatsoever. So, nil points as a spot treatment too. Poo.
So there you go. Probably the least effective beauty product of any kind that I've used in the last five years I reckon.
The full ingredients of e.l.f. Mineral Blemish Powder are:
Active Ingredient: Sulfur 3.0%.
Inactive Ingredients: Zinc Stearate, Barium Sulfate, Silica, Kaolin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Corn Starch Modified, Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Dextrin, Magnesium Myristate, Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides(CI 77891, CI 77892, CI 77899).
The e.l.f. Mineral Blemish Kit is a copy of Bare Escentuals RareMinerals Blemish Therapy which I haven't tried.
Despite my disappointing experience with the e.l.f. Mineral Blemish Powder, I'm still keen to try a spot treatment with sulfur as one of the active ingredients. There are quite a few products on the market, but these stand out as products I'd like to try one day (the links go to the respective product info pages):
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot And Area Treatment
Murad Blemish Spot Treatment
MD Skincare Correct & Perfect Spot Treatment
Dermalogica MediBac Clearing Concealing Spot Treatment
Any others that I've missed that you think I should put on my list of spot treatments containing sulfur to try?