Blush & Glow: E.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream in St Lucia

When it comes to my everyday makeup face, I’m loving the dewy, glowing look these days. Namely because the evils of winter weather have dulled my skin and also because glowing skin makes me look a lot healthier outside than my normal McDonalds & mojitos diet would suggest.. (seriously though, LOVE a late night Mcdonalds after a couple of mojitos)

Enter the world of cream blush. I’ve already been raving about how natural and healthy cream blush makes you look when I reviewed the Maybelline Dream Bouncy blushers. Given that they were only available in the US, I was asked for my thoughts on a UK cream blush.

So, let’s not beat about the b(l)ush – here it is!

The elf Cosmetics Cream Blush and Bronzer. I know Im totally cheating because really, it’s two products into one case, but hey – IT’S TWO PRODUCTS in ONE CASE – what could be bad about that?!


elf cosmetics stipple brush st lucia cream blush bronzer beauty blog review



Yes, yes, I know I've committed the cardinal blogging sin and taken pictures after it's been used but hey - I'm only human. I rush to use new products straight away, and deal with consequences later. Take THAT blogging etiquette!



My Initial thoughts? 





This compact is called St Lucia and these are GREAT colours. Good with a tan, or without.

The cream bronzer is not too orange and it’s not shimmery so it’s great for shading and contouring. And as it's a cream, it's a lot less "finished" than powder, so your clever contouring invisibly blends into your skin - err yah, these killer cheekbones are definitely real. 


The cream blush is the perfect coral shade which will suit a lot of skintones. It’s elegant and relatively pared back – it’s not too in your face and it’s not too pink

When I look at other people’s makeup, a common makeup error is to go for a shade which is too pink, and apply it in the wrong places. A shade like this is great on the apples of the cheeks, as well as up along the cheekbone. Great for warming pale skintones who want something in between blush and bronzer.



elf cosmetics stipple brush st lucia cream blush bronzer beauty blog review


The best thing about the cream texture is that is buildable – you can have it sheer and natural, or you can layer it up like a pageant queen.  The above photo shows the creams straight out of the pan and slightly blended but you can get it much much more subtle than this!!! Imagine going out with those stripes on your cheeks!!

Face Value Tip: Dot this along your cheekbones with a stipple brush and blend, blend blend!



Thoughts on elf Cream Blush & Bronzer?

I would say that this elf Blush & Bronzer is not the best cream blush I’ve ever used – it has a tendency to stripe when you try and blend it out.  However, the colour payoff is great for a cream blush and I still use it very regularly because I love the colours – I just make sure that my brush has blended out all the edges. 

Like other cream blushers it melts into the skin and it tends to last quite long. It also gives a hint of dewy shine which looks a lot more natural than powder blush.



elf cosmetics stipple brush cream blush bronzer beauty blog review


Finally - I really recommend a stipple brush for cream textures like this. I was originally using the full size stipple brush but actually this elf small stipple brush gives great control and accuracy - it's much much easier! I HAVE TWO.




How to Buy

This elf cream blush and bronzer usually retails at £3.75 - yup, you heard right. Oh - and if this wasn't cheap enough there's a deal going on right now! This deal is the best, I do it everytime!!



50% off elf cosmetics AND free delivery.
 Spend £30 in your basket, then add code  50022014.  Valid on ALL items, including sale, until 10.30pm on Sun 17 Feb.

For a list of my favourite elf products, check out my Elf Favourites post from the last time they did this deal.  I really recommend : Small Stipple, Lip Balm Tint, Jumbo Lip Crayon, Blush/Bronzer compacts, Tone Correcting Powder, HD Powder .... the list goes on and on!





Have you tried Elf Cosmetics? What are your favourite products? 


What do you think of cream blush? Are mojitos and Mcdonalds THE best combination ever??

Zoe
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