ELF (acronym for Eyes.Lips.Face) is probably one of the most budget-friendly brand in the cosmetic industry. I actually have several of their items on my collection and so far, I have not gone wrong on the pieces that I have. Bear in mind that I am a very meticulous shopper… I really try and test before I actually let go of my money at the check out counter. ELF can be a hit or miss brand. They have a lot of winner pieces on their “Studio Line” collection as opposed to their regular pieces.
The newest member of my ELF collection is the Studio Line Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder
Packaging of these blushes is very similar to NARS at first glance sans the rubberized texture from the NARS version. The ELF version are housed on hard plastic. Similarity to NARS ends at packaging 🙂
The size is very much reasonable to its price tag of Php249 (About $6). These are 2 full-size blush/bronzer so I definitely think this is a good deal.
In terms of color pay-off, they come off as a bit on the sheer side. I had to layer several times before the swatch I made became visible when I took the picture. The blush is a subtle peachy pink shade with a hint of gold shimmer while the bronzer has this light cocoa shade with bronze shimmer. When swatched, the blush is a little lighter version of the MAC sheertone shimmer blush in Peachtwist while the bronzer is lighter version of Benefit’s Hoola.
I think it being that sheer makes the color intensity more buildable and somehow makes application safe from over bronzing or messed up… 😉
In terms of powder quality, they are finely milled and very blendable. They are not as intensely pigmented as the high-end brands but nothing a good layering won’t fix. At this price point, you can’t go wrong with this blush/bronzer.
If we look at wear time, since its pretty sheer, I get about 3-4 hours before I need to retouch… so pretty average in my opinion.
PROS: Easy on the budget, Color is buildable and friendly to both light and dark-skinned. Hefty size, convenient slim packaging, easily available in most department store beauty counters.
CONS: The packaging in smooth hard plastic makes it a little accident prone (specially with clumsy ol’ me), since this blush does not come with those small brushes like benefit or loreal, it’s a little inconvenient to bring for mid-day touch ups as you have to make sure you have a pocket blush brush as well.
TIP: Use the bronzer the normal way (blending it in areas where the sun normal “tans” your face. Blend in the peach blush at the apples of your cheeks and a little bit on the nose. Color resembles to how one normally looks like after a fun day at the beach – tanned but you have this pink glow going. 🙂
Well even with those minor issues with packaging and lack of a pocket brush, I definitely still think that this is blush/bronzer worth buying.