My First Elf Products!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Photo of Elf Cream Blush in Tease and Elf Contouring Blush/ Bronzing Cream in St Lucia
Photo of Elf Cream Blush in Tease
Photo of Elf Contouring Blush/ Bronzing Cream in St Lucia
Photo of Elf Contouring Blush/ Bronzing Cream in St Lucia

I've been blogging for almost eighteen months now, and have been watching beauty videos on Youtube for even longer. I've seen more 'Elf haul' posts and videos than I could possibly add up, and yet for some reason this is my first time ever trying the brand- say whaaat? I've heard lots of good AND bad things about Elf and by the sound of it they really are a mixed bag. Lots of people talk about how they're high quality and inexpensive, yet others bang on about cheap looking packaging and products that are 'hit or miss' (I wonder who originally came up with this annoying term to describe Elf products, as it seems to have become a deeply-routed beauty blogger cliche). Being a blush-a-holic I went for two cheek products, the contouring blush/bronzer in St Lucia and the Studio Cream Blush in Tease- both in peachy colours without shimmer, I'm so predictable I know!

Contouring Blush/ Bronzer in St Lucia*
This is the Elf item I was most eager to try, the blush colour is gorgeous and is nicely complimented by the slightly warm toned bronzer. The pigmentation is unreal, one little swipe gives huge colour payoff and so there's no need for layers upon layers to build up to the colour you're after. There's no doubt that I have to be careful with a bronzer in this colour on my pale face, but a quick bit of blending out and it looks surprisingly natural (and not like I'm rocking a full mud-pack face mask). I initially had this in mind as a handbag topup product, but with such intense pigmentation I think it's much safer to use sat in front of a proper mirror with the right tools. I can imagine this would be perfect with a tan; it's definitely something I'd bring with me if I was off on holiday, and with it being a two-in-one product it would be ideal for saving on all important makeup bag space. I actually really like the packaging of this, it might not have the same high end feel as the similarly packaged Nars blush/bronzer duo but it's not cheap looking by any means.

Cream Blush in Tease*
I definitely wouldn't describe this as a 'cream blush', the formulation is almost like a dry mousse that leaves a smooth powder finish on the skin. I do find this quite hard to work with, but I think once you've had a play around with different brushes you can work out an application method that suits you best. I find Real Techniques contour brush (a fairly small, domed fluffy brush) distributes just the right amount of product on the cheeks with Real Techniques stippling brush also working quite well. I absolutely love the colour, it's more vibrant than the blush of St Lucia with more pink undertones but still a very flattering peach shade for people like me who are terrified of pink clown cheeks. I wish the formula would have been a bit more creamy which would have made it easier to apply, but I do think the finished look on the skin is worth the extra bit of effort. There's a huge 15g of product here for less than £6- compare that with Bourjois 2.5g cream blushes costing £8 each and you can see the huge price/ value difference. Although the Bourjois cream blushes are nicer in my opinion, the actual finish on the skin isn't even that different.

If these products are anything to go by, I can honestly say I like Elf a whole lot- both are amazing value for money and overall are just really nice. I can't wait to make an order on the site, their infamous brow kit in 'ash' is at the top of my list as well as a few of their Studio blushes and brushes (I'm a poet, oh yeahh). 

Do you have a favourite Elf product? What should I try next?
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  2. I've only ever used Elf brushes before. They recently put out a Disney Villains collection which I stumbled upon at Walgreens, so I picked up one of the look books which included a selection of products: eye primer, eye shadow, pencil and liquid liner, mascara, and lip color. I'm excited to try them.

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    1. I love the look of the blushes, I wish we could pick things up on the highstreet over here like you can at Walgreens sadly it's all online here! I definitely want to make an order soon though x

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  3. I love my St Lucia Blush & Bronzer duo too! :) I really want to try their cream blushes.

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    1. St Lucia is so pretty, I love the cream blush too but it's just more of a mousse than an actual cream lol x

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  4. The cream blush shade looks amazing! I've never tried ELF, so this might be my first product :o). Xx

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    1. I love the colour too, quite bright but still nice and wearable without giving too much of a pink flushed look lol. I'd definitely recommend both of these if you make an order :) x

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  5. These look lovely, I must admit I've only ever made one order but shall be having another look now after this post!
    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

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    1. I'm dying to make an order now too, I've got a huge list of all the things I want to try next haha x

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  6. They look so so so gorgeous, really want to try them out! I haven't ever tried elf products but I think i need to get an order in! xxx

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    1. this was my first time trying them too, what's taken us so long?? lol. I definitely recommend adding both of these to your basket they're really nice, just be careful with the bronzer as it's soo dark x

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  7. Heard so much about Elf and been dying to try some of their products!
    Rachael. X | http://jegzjegzjegz.wordpress.com/

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    1. I have loads more things I want to try now, good job they're so inexpensive lol x

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    1. it's a gorgeous colour, weird formula but I'm getting used to it more and more :) x

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  9. ELF have some really great products! I have both of these and really like them. The blush is definitely more of a mousse though!

    Rachel x

    thedrugstorelife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree, there's nothing creamy about it at all but I love the colour so I don't mind making the extra bit of effort x

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  10. I love ELF products! I have never tried the cream blushes but really want to, especially after reading your review! xx

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  11. this is so good, i now love elf! But do you know if their brushes are any good?xx

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