Tuesday, 4 February 2014

ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream in St. Lucia | Review and Swatches

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Cream Duo in St Lucia, £3.75, link

The ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Cream, currently available in the UK in the shade St Lucia, is a duo of cream products supposedly perfect for creating a healthy glow on the skin. ELF suggests applying a small amount of the bronzer into the hollows of the cheeks for definition and around the face line to create a healthy glow. They then suggest using the blusher on the apples of the cheeks to create a subtle glow.

The texture of these cream products is great. They are really creamy and they do give the skin a dewy quality without making it look greasy. For something that stays dewy, they have a good lasting powder on the skin also. They worked well applied over foundation, before any powder but can cake up the skin a little if you apply them over a powder product. 

The bronzer is a matte cream which is quite orange based. For people with really pale complexions, I don't think this is cream bronzer if for you. With a very tiny amount and a lot of blending it might work but I would suggest trying something else. 

The blush is also matte and is quite warmed toned. I'm not sure it's going to work with cooler skin tones but I think it can work for fair the medium skin tones by using a heavier hand for the darker tones out there.

Both creams are highly pigmented, and strangely that is where this product falls down for me. It's just to pigmented meaning it can be harder to blend and is just too much on my skin. I can make it work with something like a stippling brush and an extremely light hand but I don't reach for it because I can't be asked to work with it. 

The packaging is very similar to other ELF Studio compacts and to that of the Nars compacts. The main difference between ELF and Nars is the texture of the compact. The ELF is plastic while the Nars has a nice rubberized effect to it. Nars compacts feel more luxurious but does get dirtier and is harder to clean than the ELF counterparts. 

Overall, if you have a warmer skin tone and range from light to medium this might be worth a shot. The texture is really nice but for my fair skin tone it's just a bit to pigmented for me. 
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  1. Creams always worry me! I can't really use the properly yet so I always steer away from buying them.

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  2. I love this but you are right about the colour it does look slightly orange, so for pale skinned people like me it isn't brilliant x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

  3. Oooh thanks for the review! I have a deeper warmer complexion so i think this would suit me perfectly :)


    Sade xo

  4. I have a warmer skin tone, so think I may try this!! :)
    Selena x

  5. This is really smart. I think I'll probably stick with powder though - can creams get the same 'sparkle' that powder blush has?

    @auntygeek (Twitter)

  6. Thanks for the review, sounds like one I should steer clear of :) x

  7. I have a warmer skin tone and I've been curious to try this out. I might just give it a go! :) x


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