e.l.f. Cosmetics

Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream

for $ 3.00
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This is the cream version of e.l.f.'s popular Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzer, and the principle is essentially the same: On one side of this compact is a peachy coral blush shade; on the other is a brown bronzer shade that's also meant to be used to contour the cheekbones and the jaw line.

People with light skin tones should avoid using the brown shade to contour, as it's quite deep, and, at least for daytime makeup, contouring colors should be only a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone. Applied as bronzer, it blends in well enough to add a healthy wash of warm color to the cheeks.

The pigment quality in both the blush and bronzer is very strong, so you need only a tiny bit (and we mean a tiny bit!) to get a lot of color. They both apply easily and the blush is a color that can be sheered down to work for fair skin tones or quickly built up for medium to dark skin tones.

The only downside to this combo is that while the color quality is intense, both the blush and bronzer begin to fade before the end of an average workday. Aside from that, though, this is a good option if you're looking for a two-in-one product that doesn't break the bank.

  • Applies easily and blends in smoothly.
  • Pigment quality is strong enough that you don't need to use a lot of product.
  • Bronzer and blush colors are versatile enough to work on many skin tones.
  • Color begins to fade before the end of an average workday.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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