Tuesday 24 September 2013

Review: ELF Blush and Bronze Cream Duo | St. Lucia

To anybody else that blogs: do you ever get a product/item that goes on your 'to blog about list', but then things get shuffled around and said item gets pushed further and further down on your agenda, until months have passed and you begin to question whether you'll ever actually get that blog post up? (Hopefully that's not just me!) But anyway, that's what happened with this duo palette and I. And now finally, it can be crossed off my list! Phew.

During one of ELF (eyeslipsface.co.uk)'s huge 50% sales in the summer I made an order (see my haul post here) and put this little bargain into my online basket after seeing some lovely pictures of it on Beth (Birds Words)'s blog. Being just £3.75 when full price, this is one of the best quality budget priced make up items that I own. Honestly, can you believe that it costs less than £4?!?! I think that's amazing. We'll give it extra credit for also having a sizeable mirror within the compact, and it also being very sturdy and good quality packaging - no flimsy plastic catches that crack or don't stay shut, this seems very durable.

It's got an incredibly NARS-esque feel to it, both in the style and size of the compact packaging, but also from the shades of product within. I haven't tried either of NARS Laguna or Deep Throat myself, but I have been informed that they are the shades that this is supposed to be a dupe for (in cream form, as opposed to NARS powder).  

L: quite heavily swatched | R: lighter swatches blended out

I'm going to deeply apologise in advance for the photos shown in this post from this point on - I don't feel comfortable at all taking close up pictures of my face so I try to disguise it all by pulling funny faces. Plus, my camera or the lighting isn't good enough quality for you to properly see what the products looks like on my face ..so I don't even know why I bothered! Just take my word for it that it's nice! ;) 

Basically, what I wanted to illustrate with these photos is my main gripe with that product, and that is that, yes, pigmentation is a good thing, but I'm afraid that this product can very easily cross into the territory of too pigmented. Can you believe it? An inexpensive make-up item that has too much colour pay off?! In the first picture below where I have applied the bronzer I used the lightest tap and a gentle hand, but look what still happened! ..And then the blush, well we don't need to say words. 

However, being a cream product, and these are very creamy, it makes them easy to work with and easy to blend. With a lot of buffing into the skin and plenty of blending then a very tiny amount of product can create and absolutely gorgeous and natural result! I use the bronzer shade in the palette almost every day for lightly contouring a shadow into those cheek bones, and any left over product on the brush I sweep around the edges to 'warm up my complexion' (- I hate that phrase, but you know what I mean. Give myself a bit of a tan boost so I don't look like Snow White). The blush I don't reach for as much because it's a very pink shade, and I prefer to opt for more of a coral or peach toned blush, as opposed to pink. But the two shades go very nicely paired together and definitely make an excellent contouring duo.

 ELF Cream Contouring Duo 'St. Lucia'  - £3.75 | link

What do you think?

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  1. Ohh yummy! I have the powder version of this - I didn't realise they did it in a cream! Xx
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  2. I'm blogging only for a few months but no, it's not just you! Plus, I don't feel comfortable with close ups too, but my boyfriend loves taking them. And the duo looks lovely, too bad we don't have elf here.

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  3. Oooh! Your expert face brush is working out so well for you! I'm so glad!

  4. Looks gorgeous ! Defo on my wish list :) x


  5. Haha I totally get what you mean with the whole blogging thing! This looks amazing, I own quite a few ELF things, I can't believe I never thought of trying this out. Will definitely purchase this in my next ELF order. Thanks for the great review :) x

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  6. Really good review! can't believe how cheap this is,
    still yet to try elf products so i might have to purchase this :-)

    mollyrosecleaver.blogspot.com x

  7. I'm so glad you posted this review I've been meaning to buy this but I wasn't sure what it was going to be like so I put off buying. Will definitely have to add this to my basket the next time I buy from e.l.f x


  8. Looks good!:)

    Great post, Thanks for sharing!:)

    Hugs, Brittany, xx


  9. This is on my ELF wishlist now we have been introduced xx

    Beautyqueenuk xx

  10. Wow very pigmented indeed ! This product definitely reminds me of Nars cream duos!


  11. Wow for the money this is great, plus it really does the job. I don't get on with blushes so I will have to try this!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  12. For the money it does sound amazing, but I don't think I could make a cream blush/bronzer work, as I haven't really tried it. I think I will stick to powder!

  13. I've got the powder contouring kit from Elf, also in St Lucia, and the pigmentation issue is also one I found with that! Can easily get far too much product on the face and the bronzer is a slightly 'muddier' shade than others so it can quickly get out of hand haha. These creams seem to blend in lovely though :)

    Claire from Stylingo xx

  14. I can't really get over how cheap this is! It look so lovely blended in, I think I'm gonna have to pick this one up! Great review :) xoxo

  15. This looks lovely, I haven't tried any cream blushers or bronzers yet but with the price of this it could be a good product for me to start with.
    Rosaie x

  16. I really like this and it's so cheap!!!


  17. They look like great colours on :) ive never used a cream product before so i think i would struggle applying it haha xx

  18. I love your pictures, I think this looks great for the price. Like you I prefer peachy blushes rather than pink but these do go nicely together. Great review x

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  19. I like that the outcome is natural. I usually stay away from cream blush - or cream products at all - because they make me look older, but I might just give these a try.
    Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style

  20. Hannah you are so so sweet! I like your funny photos and I do understand so don't apologise :)
    This is really a bargain product! I never used anything from Elf before (crazy I know) so I will have to make up soon :P

    Ila x


  21. This looks like a good dupe for NARS! :)
    Deff checking it out!


  22. Ohh i didn't realise they did a cream version! I have the powder duo and i love the fact that it is a super amazing dupe for NARS.

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  23. I can't get over how much the packaging looks like NARS! xx

  24. I've been meaning to get this for a while. I'm used to super pigmented creams because the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge (my faves) are like that so all I do is literally barely graze the blush with my brush very very lightly.

  25. I've been looking for a cheap cream bronzer for ages and this is perfect!! great review!

  26. Awww man this is PERFECT! I really want a cream bronzer for contouring, and already have the powder version of this which I LOVE. I will need to make an ELF purchase soon. It's been too long :) xx


  27. I just got this duo recently and have been getting a lot of use out of it! I agree the blush in on the pale side, I like its slight shimmer though! :) I found your blog through RosyChicc, I love your blog and can't wait to get to read more my way through your posts! :) x


  28. Love your pictures in this post! This looks gorgeous, I'll keep a look out for another 50% off code :)

    Claudia xx

    Beauty and the Chic

  29. Have you tried the powder version? It's lovely.
    ~Pauline @ NYX Philippines


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