Review: ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder - £3.75
After reading loads of blog posts on Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate product with it's matte deep brown contour and clear highlight I thought this would be perfect for helping to contour cheekbones and lighten the face. But then I realised it was £55 and as much as I'd love contoured cheekbones and a highlighted face, the cost is far too much for something I could (probably) get elsewhere for less money. So I went to ELF.

Obviously it's not going to be the same as Tom Ford's but I absolutely love this little product and for now I needn't worry about Tom Ford and his luxurious casing.....but no, I don't need him. I purchased ELF's Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Turks & Caicos which is a bit of a mouthful to say in a hurry I tell ya!

What ELF say about this product:
"Create a healthy and natural glow all year round. / The blush highlights the cheeks to add a flush of colour. / The bronzer accentuates and contours the cheekbones to create a subtle glow."

The packaging is nice and simple with a rubbing casing and a mirror inside the pan which is a nice touch. It's very similar to a NARS pan which makes the product look a lot more expensive than it actually is. On one side we have the contouring blush which looks like a light neutral colour in the pan which transfers onto the skin a muted light pink shade with some small glittery particles which aren't too noticeable on the face. On the other side we have the bronzing powder which is a warm brown which, again, has small shimmery particles in but luckily they don't transfer onto the skin.

The blush and the bronzer are both rather pigmented and smooth to apply so you only need a small amount of product as a little goes a long way. When I first used this I made the mistake of loading the bronzing powder onto my brush and ended up looking like I haven't washed in a while which is rather unfortunate.

When I apply this I use the bronzing powder as a contour powder and the contouring blush as a blush/highlight. I find the bronzing powder to be the right colour for my skintone to accentuate my cheekbones (with a very slight hand!) but I wouldn't use it as a bronzer all over the face as I think it would be too dark for that task on my complexion.

Once I've applied the bronzer as a contour I usually apply the contouring blush on the apples of the cheeks to lighten it all up a bit. It gives a gorgeous pink highlight which isn't too shimmery and it also looks gorgeous on it's own as just a blusher. Overall I really adore this product. Both the contouring blush and the bronzing powder are beautifully pigmented and smooth to apply and although I wouldn't nessecarily use the products the way they are intended, they are multi purpose and work a dream.


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