Monday, February 27, 2012

Cosmetics Review: e.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

The Producte.l.f. Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

The Review: If you haven't noticed by now, I'm on a huge drugstore make-up kick. I got a couple Target giftcards, and I love finding cheap make-up that's as good or almost as good as department store products. Who wants to spend $30+ when you can buy something close to identical for $8? Right? So much fun! It's like treasure hunt for me. Anyway, I was kind of excited for this product. Temptalia claims it's a 95% dupe for NARS' Orgasm/Laguna combo, and I've read about it countless times, so I had high hopes. Sadly, they were dashed.

First off, the color of the blush and bronzer are NOT 95% close to being a perfect match. I'd say more of a 70% match, and whoever claims otherwise will get an extremely raised eyebrow from me. The e.l.f version is a sparkly-ish pink with a darker-than-normal bronzer, but that's where the similarities end. However, I'm going to try to review this objectively and save the make-up snobbery for later.

For a $3 blush/bronzer combo, it's a really good value. The bronzer is pretty great for contouring but will probably be too dark for lighter skintones. The blush will give you color and a hit of shimmer. I think it should work for most skintones. However, it's powdery and not highly-pigmented, so you definitely need more of the blush to get decent color. It doesn't have great staying power, and at the end of the day, I can't really tell I had blush on. However, it's cheap, so I think that should kinda-sorta be expected. It also comes in a sleek compact, which is pretty awesome. All in all, I think this is a functional product and worth the $3. Great if you're on a super tight budget.

Now for the snobbery: In my opinion, it doesn't come close to NARS. It is not a double. It's not even close. It's like saying Covergirl blush is the equivalent of Dior. I don't know if Temptalia's Dupe list is only for color. If it is, I could see how, strictly eyeballing it, someone could confuse NARS Laguna and e.l.f's version. But not the blushes. Orgasm is a rich, fascinating pink with gold shimmer. E.l.f.'s is flat, boring, and not even close. But they're both pink, so I guess that counts for something?

Then again, even if the color was pretty close, I would bitch about it, because the product is not up to my standards. NARS is like the magical unicorn of blushes to me. The quality and texture of the powder, the pigmentation... It's just so... mythical. And then you have people saying e.l.f. can live up to that. It's like saying, "You know what's just as awesome as a real, live unicorn? This here stuffed turtle!" Nothing against stuffed turtles. I mean, they're adorable. But they're just not as awesome as a unicorn. Anway, I'll stop ranting, because at the end of the day, this blush/bronzer combo is great value and will put decent color on your face.

Rated Beauty Grade: B-

Price: $3

Where to Purchase: Drugstores


  1. You're hilarious and helpful XD thanks for the review!

  2. Thanks for this. I bought this this past weekend and was bummed to find out the bronzer is WAY to dark to consider sucks!!

  3. t's like saying, "You know what's just as awesome as a real, live unicorn? This here stuffed turtle!"

    You, my dear, are hilarious!!!