“ Brand: ELF / Powder / Type: Bronzing Powder / Subcategory: Bronzer / What it does: Bronzes, „
ELF is a brand which is slowly becoming better known, with a vast range of cosmetics available and prices starting at just £1.50 per product, it would be rude to not order every now and then!
With a recent order from ELF, I decided to try out some of the slightly more expensive Studio line. The majority of the products in this range from ELF are only £1.50. The packaging of this line is much more expensive looking compared to the cheaper standard range. Still a bargain at £3.50 per item though!
On this occasion I tried the Bronzer in the shade Golden, the other shades available are warm and cool. Each bronzer comes with four complimentary shades which you can blend all together with a brush or mix and match the shades to get a shade which you like. The individual bronzer colours are big enough so you could use them alone without having to worry about picking up any of the other colours. The packaging is very sleek and feels sturdy in the hand, it has the same packaging as Nars products do, minus the rubberised feeling. This may be a deliberate attempt on the part of ELF to promote their products as products of better quality without the high end price tag. The product comes packaged with a large mirror in the lid which is great for when you are on the go and don't have a mirror to hand. The writing on the packaging is minimal, simply with e.l.f and Golden Bronzer printed in the middle in white.
You get a whopping 12.3 grams of product, compared with a MAC bronzer which weighs in at only 10 grams, you are getting more product for a hell of a lot less cash!
Now I do like bronzers but always struggle to find one which doesn't give that muddy or orange look. I am always quite dubious when shopping online since I don't like not seeing the product in the flesh. But I am glad I took a chance on this bronzer.
The four colours are lovely and blend together beautifully to give a bronzed glow without looking tangoed. In the Golden bronzer the colours are all shimmery so a light hand is needed but mixed together, they give a lovely peachy but bronzed colour. It is very smooth and soft which makes for easier blending.
I could try and describe the four shades included in the palette but I wouldn't do it justice, they range from a very light peachy shade to a more dark bronze shade, with a golden shade and deeper warm peach shade in between. The bottom left, darkest colour has ELF imprinted into the powder just in case you forget what brand you are using! Haha
I use this bronzer with a small powder brush, swirling it in all four colours and tapping off any excess on the brush so it doesn't look cakey. I blend this around my temples and underneath my cheekbones to give a more contoured and shaped look to my face. The bronzer blends so effortlessly and looks very natural, but also gives a lovely glow to the face.
ELF is only available online, from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk, with regular free delivery codes (Delivery is free when you spend over £30) and offers! It is easy to get a lot of products for next to nothing. :)
Overall I love this bronzer and will repurchase when I run out. For the bargain price, you could even afford to have one in every shade for just over £10!
Im a big fan of bronzer and when I saw this pretty palette for £3.50, I thoughe id give it a go. ELF is an American brand and I have tried a few of their products before and was pretty happy with them, so thought this would be good too.
In this cute bronzer palette, you get 4 different bronzer shades, which I think is good start, as this means that you will have a number of bronzer tones on your cheek bones. The palette is in a black handy plastic case that simply clicks securely open and shut.
The different shades in this palette include: two shades of brown in two tones, a pink beige and a beige.
I massaged my bronzer brush over this palette and nice and smoothly the powder went onto the brush. The colour on the brush showed a mixture of tones of the palette. It was very eye pleasing to say the least.
When applying this bronzer onto my cheeks, it applied pretty evenly and without any fuss. The look it gave to my cheeks was quite subtle, but not too subtle. You could tell that my cheeks looked alot better than without. It gave a slight glisten to my cheeks which made me look really healthy. I recently wore this for a night out and by the end of the night (even after all the drinking) it still stayed on my face. I was highly satisfied to say the least.
If you need help in defining your cheekbones, like I do, I highly recommend this. It wont make you look like you´ve been tangoed and doesnt have a high price tag at all! This product is really good value for money and Im sure you wont be disappointed. This small thin palette will fit right into your hangbag aswell incase you need to top up.
e.l.f is an established American cosmetics brand that was launched in Britain at the end of 2007. The bulk of their products are either £1.50 or £3.50. They say they are able to offer quality products at economy prices by advertising only on the internet, sourcing the best ingredients possible at the most competitive prices, and using basic packaging.
This warm bronzer is the thing that caused me to place my first e.l.f. order. I saw a review on YouTube and I couldn't resist. I was totally seduced by the colours in the palette. Here is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuRzsu_67X0 The user lollipop26 says that she considers it to be more of a complexion brightener than a bronzer.
That sounded good to me as I don't tend to get on with bronzers usually, I'm pale and the bronzers I've bought before always seem too dark, too shimmery. They turn my skin orange. I've never spent much money on them honestly, and maybe that makes all the difference, but bronzer has never interested me enough to make a more expensive purchase.
Lollipop26 is quite tanned, so I was still slightly apprehensive thinking that a brightener for her skin tone would almost definitely be a proper bronzer on mine but I placed the order on e.l.f and hoped for the best.
'Create a healthy looking glow all year round! The sheer soft powders provide the perfect hue of colour. Blend all 4 colours together to achieve a blend of perfection or choose your favourite colour or colours to mix, match and blend.
Warm Bronzer- The warm shimmer that will bring a glow to your face. Ideal for summer or year-round.'
There are two other bronzers in the range,
Cool Bronzer- The ideal selection of matte colours to achieve a natural looking tan. Ideal for winter or year-round.
Golden Bronzer- An illuminating shimmer that is subtle and radiant. Ideal for summer or year-round. They are £3.50 each.
The packaging is nothing special, just a matte black box with a shiny picture of the product on the front. There is a piece of corrugated black card inside to stop the palette moving while in transit.
The compact is exactly the same as e.l.f.s blush and bronze one. The lid mechanism is very smooth and secure, and there is a handy mirror on the underside.
I can see the inner metal sides of the powder pans which seems a bit stingy. I can't see that it would make much of a difference financially to just fill them all the way up to the brim.
The palette of colours is really nice looking, like four different coloured panels of suede. The lightest colour is a warm buttery yellow and can be used as a highlighter colour if you are olive skinned or darker. The other shades I would describe as soft faun, subtle terracotta and the darkest shade is a chocolate brown. They are soft harmonious colours and they all have the same amount of light shimmer to them.
They are protected by a sheet of clear plastic. The e.l.f. brand name is not printed on the plastic as it is set into the darkest bronzer colour.
The colours aren't individually named and I can't see the shades replicated in any other product on the site.
Each shade is big enough to use comfortably on its own without picking up colour from one of the others. I initially used it by sweeping my e.l.f. Powder Brush over all four shades and applying to my cheeks. The trick with that is to pick up enough powder each time to apply to both sides, otherwise your cheeks could end up two looking like they were different colours!
Now I prefer to use the two darker colours on my cheekbones and the two lighter shades on the apples of my cheeks. It works really well and it does look warming. Also the shimmer is perfect as it doesn't look obvious on the skin, it ends up looking more like a healthy glow.
The powders are not heavily pigmented like the ones in the e.l.f. blush and bronze compact, they are sheer, and swatching them on my hand I notice almost more shimmer than colour. You can build up a subtle warming look, but it is still possible to overdo it if you are very heavy handed.
Whenever I browse on the e.l.f. site now I look at the other two bronzer palettes. For the small price I would like to try the Golden bronzer, which is the one illustrating this review by the way. I don't really trust e.l.f. to show correct colour shades on their site and it's a shame there is nowhere in the shops where you can try the products, but the Golden bronzer looks lighter than the Warm so it might look even nicer.
Also I just think the palettes are really pretty and I just want to have another one to look at and mess about with!
Create a healthy glow year round /