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I had purchased a few items from ELF a couple of years ago such as color sticks and their eyeshadow duos. I felt at the time they were quite good value for money but the colour payoff wasn't great and I didn't repurchase anything else until recently. I had been watching some beauty videos on YouTube and one happened to be an ELF haul and when I went onto the website they were having a 50% off sale so I figured I would pick up a few items to try them out again. As part of my purchase I picked up 2 of the healthy glow bronzers from their £1.50 line. I bought one in the shade Warm Tan and one in the shade Luminance. I am a very fair person and always go for the lightest shades of foundation that I can so I thought Warm Tan would be ok for me as even though it's not their lightest shade I could blend it out as that was the lightest shade they had left in stock. I also bought Luminance as a highlighter as it's more of a yellow/gold shimmery colour. Each bronzer is 5g so fantastic value for money at £1.50 a pop. I have in the past and since I have purchased from ELF been online and read other peoples reviews and their opinions of the products and from that I've learnt the ELF is a bit hit and miss with their products. Some are great and others are not very pigmented and not worth the money. Not everything on the website is £1.50, there are some pricier items. I have used both products a few times and would not recommend them if you want an actual bronzer. They are way too shimmery and are fantastic as highlighters but definitely not all over the cheeks, forehead and down the nose, which is usually where I put my bronzer. I noticed that if I applied it as I would a bronzer then my whole face was shimmery and I looked quite ridiculous. Luminance is a great highlighter for cheekbones or the brow bone and it's a good match for fair skin. Probably warmer tones as it's quite yellow. I would say warm tan would make a good highlighter for medium skin tones. The colour payoff is pretty good for a £1.50 bronzer and it does seem to last as long as the rest of my makeup. They don't have any noticeable scent and they feel nice and light on the skin. All in all I would say if you pick up the right one to use as a highlighter instead of a bronzer then you are getting a fantastic deal for £1.50. I am now going to use the Warm Tan as an eyeshadow as I am too light to use it for anything else but at least I'll be able to make use of it. I have used both as eyeshadows and they do last over a primer. I would recommend this product as its great value for the price and I would definitely repurchase luminance. Great for people on a budget and don't have a lot of money to spend on makeup 
As part of my E.L.F. order a few weeks ago, I did put a compact of healthy glow bronzer into my basket. It is not that I use a lot of bronzer, preferring instead to opt for fake tan whenever I want a bit of a glow, however being that this one was priced at just £1.50 I just couldn't resist. There are four colour options on the E.L.F. website for this bronzer and these are; sun kissed (a medium shade), warm tan (a slightly more tan version of sun kissed), luminance (a very light beige bronzer), matt bronze (a deep tan). Being that my skin is very pale at the moment, I opted for sun kissed which I hoped would give my skin a bit of a glow. Upon opening my parcel and inspecting the contents I was rather surprised at the size of this compact. It is circular in shape and measures around 65mm in diameter. In the past I have used much larger bronzers and this helps with a larger brush as it allows me to buff the powder over my body. Despite this I wasn't too concerned as I figured that I would just use this product with a smaller brush. The compact is plastic in material and is completely translucent allowing you to see the shimmery quality of the powder inside and the front is stamped with the text "e.l.f. Healthy Glow Bronzer". The bronzer I opted for is a medium tan in colour and is definitely leaning towards the browner shade rather than orange which is a plus. The powder has a slight shimmer throughout which gave the impression that it would add a glow to my skin. The compact is opened using a simply plastic clip on the lid of the compact and this mechanism is a simple click action and not fiddly or sticky as other compacts can be. Upon initially touching the powder, I was a tad concerned with the hardness of the bronzer as the powder simply seemed very baked and therefore quite unlikely to transfer to a brush easily however I hoped that with regular use this hardness might soften. Upon first use of this powder, I did ensure that I had put the rest of my makeup on first before attempting to add bronzer over the top in a "barely there" look. Using my regular facial brush I swirled the bristles lightly over the bronzer hoping to get a dusting of powder which I could then brush over my face. I had assumed and rightly so, that this powder was quite baked and therefore a simple swirl of the brush was insufficient to get the powder onto the bristles. Instead, after a few minutes of trying I resorted to pressing my brush quite hard into the bronzer in an attempt to get the powder to stick. After a few goes, I was satisfied that I had achieved the look I wanted that being a light sun kissed look. When I did get the powder applied I found that it looked a light shimmery colour on my face and although it added a touch of colour it wasn't quite as dark as some other bronzers can be. This meant that it did suit my natural day look however I would want something a touch darker for evening wear or perhaps I could just buy the darker shade of this powder. Overall this was an OK purchase. I was pleased with the price of this bronzer, with the colour options available and with the simplicity of the compact design. However this product let me down in terms of ease of application and the light bronzing effect it gave to my skin which wasn't very noticeable. In the future I will probably buy something different and perhaps a product that I can test out in the shop before use to ensure that it is slightly more powdery. This product can be purchased from the E.L.F. website and is included as part of their 'face' range of products. It is priced at £1.50 and to be honest this is about right in my opinion for the results it gives. As a result of the above, this product scores an average 3 stars from me and I'm still not convinced that I could recommend it over alternative bronzers. I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
~~~~~~ ELF dud ~~~~~~ This bronzing powder is from make-up company Eyes Lips Face. It is an online-only company which means it has low overheads - and low prices! Its basic range of makeup retails at £1.50 per item. I've ordered a few bits and pieces from the site over the years and have really mixed feelings about the things I've bought - alongside a few excellent buys have been a fair few duds! And sadly this falls into the latter category... This bronzing powder promises to deliver "a touch of sunshine to warm up every complexion with its soft and silky texture for a beautiful and natural glow". It is available in four shades - Sun Kissed, Warm Tan, Matt Bronze, and the shade I purchased, Luminance. All shades retail at £1.50. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Colourless bronzer! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This comes packaged in a plastic compact - it is pretty cheap looking and nothing special, but that is to be expected for the price really so not a major complaint. Inside the compact you can see the powder. This is a whole lot lighter than I had thought it would be - and with hindsight I may have been better off with a darker colour as I have a light Asian skin tone. I would describe this as a really pale beige shade and there is certainly nothing bronze about it at all! In fact it has nothing to it at all really - no shimmer or even gold tones to it - it is just quite a flat looking, pale, insipid beige! ~~~~~~~~~~~ No healthy glow ~~~~~~~~~~~ I apply this to the apples of my cheeks with a large blusher blush, and the first time I applied this I really wasn't sure what to expect. However I was expecting something .... but actually I would have been better off expecting nothing at all! I have tried this a few times now and despite checking out my face after in a well lit room, I can detect absolutely nothing at all from this product. No colour, no shimmer, and definitely no glow or bronzing effect! ~~~~~~ Useless! ~~~~~~ As I have already said I may well have picked a shade of bronzer that was too pale for me. However, I honestly think that even on the palest complexions this would really do nothing as the shade of the powder is completely bland - I am not sure how it could bronze anyone's skin! It has nothing to it at all and sadly I can find nothing at all to recommend it. Even if you have a very pale complexion I am sure you would buy a product called "healthy glow bronzer" to add some sort of healthy glow and a touch of bronze to the skin and I am pretty convinced that this product would do neither! The only thing I can say is that perhaps the other shades available are better than this one. But my Luminance is off to the bin. ~~~~~~~~~~~ To summarise... ~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a very cheap bronzer, but for me it was completely useless. It has no colour whatsoever to it and I can't imagine it making even the palest complexion glow!
One thing I own an awful lot of is bronzing products. I love the thought of a subtle glow/tan on my face in-particular however as a very pale redhead (with freckles) I can look like coco the clown with total ease if if I'm not careful and thats why I own alot of bronzing powders....and don't use them and have just a couple in my make-up collection that I do like and trust. However the other week I had a 50% off anything from the e.l.f (eyes lips face) website. For anyone who doesn't know about this website it is an online site that offers all things cosmetic and make-up related at very cheap prices indeed (alot of the stuff only costs £1.50 with postage and packaging being £3.50 no matter the amount of products you order) and I often order from this website and I joined up to regularly receive their emails to which I get a lot of offers from them and take them up on too I must add! So I ordered loads of things due to the offer I got and this costing £1.50 a compact seemed worth a punt to me and at 75p, even better! This bronzer comes in 6 shades from rather light to rather dark and I went for Luminance which appeared to be the lightest shade available as I didn't want anything too dark. The Packaging: The compact of this is rather cheap looking really. It's robust enough and simply round in shape holding 5g of the pressed bronzing powder and with a flip-top see through lid to the top of it to which we are told what it is on it. This comes with no applicator and/or mirror so you need to supply your own! Within the powder e.l.f lettering is raised on the top of it to which of course through use wears down over time. Using It: Of course how you apply and use this is entirely up to you. You can apply this to a 'naked' face to give a subtle radiance and colour all over for a more natural, light reflected look, apply this over make up for overall colour or use it (as I mainly do as blusher) to add contour, colour and radiance and a subtle sun-kissed looked. I use a kabuki brush with this but of course you can use whatever you want to. The powder comes off silky smooth and clings onto my brush till I apply it and so I get complete precision when using this. It feels soft and smooth on the skin and really does gives a subtle glow which isn't too fake, for me it just makes me look healthier and the colour of my chosen compact compliments my skin tone perfectly. It's easy to blend and very versatile indeed...its even doubles up as a great eyeshadow for me from time to time too! It stays put all day long with no fragrance and gives me no irritation at all and is simple to remove with my usual make up remove technique. This is a very versatile product indeed and really does give a healthy summer glow to the skin with ease! A great product! Only available from e.l.f.com
As a pale redhead who has a sun allergy so I glow like ectoplasm most of the summer you'd be forgiven for thinking I'd wandered mistakenly into the wrong product to review. However, just because I'm pasty and pale doesn't mean I don't get notions each summer about how to look a bit less so, one year I fake tanned throughout the entire summer, another I used the daily stuff for a slight tan, another I declared I preferred being pale and interesting when quite clearly I don't and another I bought a bronzing style block from the Body Shop and almost managed to carry it off. This year I've strayed into the bronzing department of E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) and purchased one of these Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder compacts. As we all know a bit of a tan looks healthy even if sunbathing to get it isn't and bronzers on skin with no tan like mine can be a huge mistake. The 4 different colours available for this powder would suit various different skin tones but I opted for the one called Luminance because it was the lightest. The other 3 all have a bit more colour to them and words like "sun", "warm" and "bronze" in their names which makes them a bit too much like Avon's bronzing pearls for my liking! The compact holds 5g of powder and looks like a bog standard compact with a clear lid so no mirror and nothing to apply this with. For powder of any description I usually use a nice soft face brush to lightly apply it and this is no exception. The colour I chose is ever so slightly bronzing and a pale apricot kind of colour so not dark enough for anyone with a tan but it had potential for someone without so I wasn't alarmed by the colour at all. There are slight sparkly bits in the powder but not worrying chunks of glitter. Onto use. I started off a bit scared of my new bronzing powder because I had visions of me with a pale face with streaks of bronzing areas on my cheeks, nose and forehead which is where E.L.F tell us to apply this powder. The first try saw me barely touching the brush to the powder before lightly sweeping it over my face so the first time not alot happened! I usually wear foundation to even my skin tone and powder to set it before using anything like this and I did each time I tried it. The second time I was a bit less scared of the powder and applied plenty to my brush before blowing any excess off and applying in light sweeps to my face. I could see where I'd applied the bronzing powder this time and it shimmered a little bit when it caught the light but didn't leave me looking silly. A glance in the bathroom mirror which is in a well lit place and reveals all flaws showed me I actually did look a bit like I'd got a very light dusting of a tan, especially on my nose. It did indeed make me look like I had a healthy glow and I was really impressed but at the same time realised my forehead didn't really need any of this. Since then I've used it many times on my nose and cheeks and I've perfected the art of making it look as though I have been slightly sun kissed and not created the appearance in my bedroom! I don't really think bronzers have any place on foreheads, if you catch the sun it doesn't usually involve that area so I never apply it there anymore. When I'm wearing this I look like I have a bit more colour than usual which is never a bad thing when you're as pale as I am and I do look healthier too so I'm very pleased with the powder. As for gripes I just can't find any, this does an excellent job on my skin and costs a tiny £1.50 so I feel like I've found a bargain. I've used it many times and the compact only looks like I've just started using it so I expect it to last all summer and way beyond that so again an incredible bargain. A full 5 stars from me for being the first bronzing powder I can get away with.
It is, according to the calendar, summer. However, all people with fully operational nervous systems have felt the ambient temperature and realised that summer happened in a week over Easter and it's now autumn again. Am I the only one who thinks that 'global warming' was a bit of a misnomer? Global turning-the-weather-even-more-rubbish would have been more appropriate. Anyway, even if it weren't for that, the north of Ireland has three seasons: rainy, windy and winter. Little chance, then, to catch any of the sun's lovely rays on your face, so thoughts inevitably turn towards faking it with bronzer. I am paler than a Dulux 'hints of white' colour card, so bronzer is something that has to be chosen carefully or I will either look like a china doll or David Dickinson. I'm honestly not sure which is worse. Bronzer is also not something that I like spending a lot of money on: it's disappointing to realise that a Lancôme one that looked good in Boots actually makes you look like you've painted your cheeks with creosote when viewed in the cold light of day. With that in mind, I added an e.l.f. bronzer to my online shopping basket on the basis that it was a) ludicrously cheap at £1.50 and b) that it didn't look the same colour as the average clementine. As a rule, I'm averse to huge company histories, so I'll keep this brief. E.l.f. stands for 'eyes, lips, face' and they are an online company who aim to offer affordable, yet reasonable quality beauty products. Quite a few of their make up items have been lauded by various women's magazines and they often have products which do a good job of mimicking much more expensive items. However, their stuff can be hit and miss and, in my experience, some items (the blusher brush for one) have been of seriously poor quality. That said, in a range of items where over two thirds of the stock costs less than a couple of quid, it's reasonable to expect that you will find a few duds in amongst the gems. This bronzer is called 'Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder' and comes in very plain, clear plastic packaging. This is one of the downsides of this company: as good as most of the products are, the packaging is seriously cheap and nasty. In the case of my bronzer you can clearly see where the tray has been glued into the packaging and it's not a product you'd be proud to whip out of your make-up bag. Mind you, as mums and kind people everywhere have oft asserted, it's what's on the inside that counts and this bronzer is actually really rather good. I went for the palest option they offered, which is 'luminance' and I was a bit worried when it arrived as it looked so uninspiring and bland. It's a pressed powder and the colour looked almost exactly the same as foundation: skin toned and a bit 'flat'. Ever the intrepid reviewer, I pressed on and dusted some across the bridge of my nose, forehead and cheekbones after applying my usual powder. When using a big, soft brush the bronzer went on smoothly and didn't clump in any particular area (although it's always wise to give your brush a quick tap before application, just to be on the safe side). It sat really well on top of the rest of my make up which I was pleased about as bronzer on top of blusher can sometimes combine to give a look that is more Grace Jones than Grace Kelly. Despite the boring look of the bronzer when in the packaging, the results were actually pretty impressive: it gives me a lovely subtle golden shimmer which suits my pale skin perfectly and makes me look as if I've caught a few rays, rather than like I've holidayed on the surface of the sun. If needs be, though, the intensity of the look can be built up over several applications to give a more definite sun-kissed look. There aren't really many negative things to say about this product, beyond the horrible packaging. This particular colour would really only suit those with pain skin tones but there are quite a few darker shades available on the website. It's also worth bearing in mind that whilst this product has a lovely delicate shimmer, it's just one block of colour and so probably won't appeal to people who like the multi-tonal effect given by bronzing pearls. Postage and packaging tends to be around £2.50, although it's free when you spend over £30, I think. Delivery usually takes no longer than a couple of days and if you've given them your mobile number they'll send text updates when your order's on its way.
With a mixture of Irish and Scottish heritage, I was never going to have beautiful olive skin. It seems pale is the way I was always supposed to be and in fact I am so pale, that if you put me in a line up with five bottles of semi-skimmed you may find it difficult to pick me out! When I was younger I did go through the self tan phases as well as the (extremely stupid) stay out in the sun until you are the shade of a lobster phases in a desperate attempt to get the bronzed goddess look. These days I tend to avoid tans and bronzers like the plague, as I have come to the conclusion that I would rather look milk bottle white than streaky orange. I have to admit however, when I spotted the healthy glow bronzing powder on the elf website I was intrigued. The bronzer is available in four different colours, and one in particular - Luminance - grabbed my attention as it looked to be a very subtle, and fairly natural shade. Being so pasty it is very difficult to find a bronzer that is in a subtle colour like that, and although I was a little sceptical about how suitable it would be for me, at just £1.50 I decided I didn't have much to lose by finding out. When the bronzer arrived I was fairly pleased by the packaging. The case it comes in is very simple - clear plastic with a flip top lid and the pan of bronzer inside. Despite being cheap I didn't think it was the worst packaging ever, although now I've had it a while I can see that some of the silver lettering on the top is beginning to wear away a little. The bronzer is (what looks to be) a matte pressed powder and has the elf initials imprinted onto it, but of course these will disappear after a couple of uses. When it came to applying the bronzer, in the absence of a proper bronzing brush I used a large face brush. I found that when I swirled it into the pressed powder, it actually made quite a mess, and there was lots of fallout from the brush, resulting in my clothes getting covered in dust. Despite this, when actually applied to my face (cheeks and a little bit on forehead, nose and chin as these are the places that catch the sun), I was thrilled with the result. I did indeed have a healthy glow to my face, and the bronzer looked natural, both in terms of colour and the fact that it was light on my skin and didn't look heavy or caked on. Not only that, but it was long lasting too, and didn't need to be reapplied every five minutes. I remember thinking 'finally, I've found my perfect bronzer, and it only cost me £1.50'. In short, I was thrilled, so I bet you're wondering why, in that case, I have only given it two stars. Let me explain... Having used the bronzer around three times, I applied it once again and noticed something very odd. I suddenly found that the bronzer now looked strange on my skin. The natural glow I had once loved about the product had bizarrely morphed into a very golden glow. Now I'm not talking a healthy, 'golden' glow here, no, my face was actually gold! As in metallic gold! To say this was a bit of a shock would have to be an understatement, and I wondered if I had been walking around with a gold face the first few times I had used this and just not realised. After ruling out both lighting and eye problems as a cause for this unexpected gold colour, I took a closer look at the product itself, and the reason for my suddenly blinged up face became apparent.... It seems that when you first receive your bronzer, it appears to have a matte finish. After using it a few times, this matte layer obviously gets used, revealing underneath a very shimmery, more golden colour. So it seems that initially I had got my natural look from the matte layer, but as soon as this wore down, my brush started to pick up the more golden colour underneath, leaving me looking extremely shimmery and unnatural. I wasn't happy with this at all and it seems my £1.50 gamble did not pay off. Due to the fact that this product is not all that it first seems, I will not be buying it again, and would not recommend it. If however you are interested in buying this, aside from the obvious question of 'why?' I should tell you that it is available from www.eyeslipsface.com only as the elf brand is only available online here in the UK.