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Having been quite sceptical of the whole cheap make up thing for a while, I was attracted to this duo because of the bronzer colour. Whilst I'm sure there are many comparable products, this seemed like just the right kind of bronze for my colouring. In addition, I wanted to see how it compared to Nars' duo as the packaging imitates Nars' line. In terms of a comparison against Nars' duo, the Elf one is much cheaper, doesn't have the rubbery black packaging and so doesn't get dirty and seems a little more mellow in terms of colouring. In addition, whilst the Nars duo is similiar in colouring, it is very different in staying power, by contrast, the Elf duo definitely requires touch ups and also the pink colour is far softer than the one in the Nars duo. If you like softer more natural looks then this is a great alternative to a more expensive benchmark but even otherwise, it's very cheap, hasn't made my skin break out, offers good buildable colour and is quite easy to blend (I found with the Nars Laguna colour that it's hard to blend). Overall this is a nice enough duo for anyone and for the price, it's completely worth it!
I bought this in my last order with ELF uk, I bought it on recommendation from a friend as she said it was comparable to the Nars Duo in Orgasm and Laguna i think. I dont own the Nars one so cant comment on how close they compare but i can tell you what i think to the ELF one.
Packaging - I think the packaging of the whole studio line is great, especially compared to their cheaper line. The case is strong with a large mirror. It has a matte finish so finger marks dont show up. I think the packaging is quite close to the Nars packaging.
Product - There is a decent amount of both blush and bronzer. The bronzer is quite dark but blends easily, i have really fair skin and it works great for me, it doesnt seem to have the orange tone to it that some of my other bronzers do. There is a light amount of glitter/shimmer in the bronzer. The blush on the other hand is very very shimmery and i would probably only use this lightly during the summer months to add a nice glowy finish to my cheeks, it can look quite heavy. It is a lovely shade of pink/peach with gold shimmer. I dont use the bronzer and blusher together as it looks a little too much. I only use the blush with a matte, lighter bronzer underneath.
All in all for £3.50 for 2 products and superfast delivery who can complain. Hopefully one day will be able to afford the Nars duo to compare. Hope this helps.
e.l.f.s Blush and Bronzer compact comes from their slightly more expensive studio line, where the products retail at £3.50 instead of £1.50.
The first thing I noticed on opening this was how nice and sturdy the compact itself is. It looks and feels very well made. Someone who didn't know about e.l.f. would not think it cost less than a fiver.
Another thing that makes it look like a quality item is the way the lid lifts up very easily, but shuts securely. I never have to risk breaking a fingernail to open it, and I never worry that it has opened up in my bag.
Inside the compact there is a good size mirror which covers the whole of the inside lid, and the two large powder pans which are securely fixed in and protected by a piece of clear plastic that has e.l.f. stamped on it. I keep that in the compact to protect the powders for when I just want to use the mirror.
The packaging looks basic, not cheap exactly but I didn't want to keep it. It comes in a matte black box with a corrugated insert to protect the contents. The box has a shiny illustration of the product on the front, and on the back explains that the contouring blush and bronzing powder create a natural glow year-round.
Something I have noticed about e.l.f. is they don't fill their make-up pans to the top. I am used to buying a blush or shadow and having the pan full of product, these look like half used almost. I didn't get an 'off' one, as my other e.l.f. shadow products are the same, I think its just an e.l.f. thing generally!
Each powder pan has about the same width and length as a standard box of matches.
Compared to the website picture ( http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~123.htm), and the one accompanying this review, the blush I received is a darker peachy pink than the colour you can see. It's a really pretty colour. It has a lot of gold shimmer to it, the kind that can look green under certain kinds of lighting, so don't use too much, be warned!
There have been a lot of comparisons drawn with Nars' racily named Orgasm and Deep Throat pink blushers. And the bronzer has been likened to Nars Laguna bronzer. If you have those products you probably wouldn't have any need for this. I wouldn't know if this compact stands up to comparison as I've never personally used Nars, though I believe Orgasm is a straight pink colour, no peach tones.
I don't often use a bronzer as I'm pale and they can make me look like I need to wash my face!
Compared to the website colours, again the actual product has a darker colour to it. The bronzer is a cocoa brown shade with gold shimmer too, but less then the blush has.
Using the compact
You can use the blush and bronzer separately or together. I use the blush on the apples of my cheeks, and the bronzer on my cheek hollows.
The main thing to know about these powders is that they're well pigmented - a little goes a long way. Strong pigmentation is good as you don't need to use much. The blush gives a lovely rosy cheek look, and the bronzer does its job too (I admit I have to use this very sparingly, hardly any!)
They blend into the skin well and look very natural until you are under bright lighting, which can give a touch of the Wicked Witches.
I am pleased with my purchase definitely and if it runs out I will buy another one. I would imagine it is not as good as Nars, but it is an excellent economy buy and a really smart looking product at any price.
The blush highlights the cheeks for flush color, while the bronzer accents and contours cheekbones for contrasting definition /