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ELF St. Lucia Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream Review & Swatches

ELF St. Lucia Cream Blush / Bronzer

ELF St. Lucia Cream Blush / Bronzer

I recently placed an ELF order, which consisted of several brushes and one makeup item – the new Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream, which comes in one color, St. Lucia.  ELF’s original Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder is also named St. Lucia – so this is probably meant to be a cream version of that, though in the powder version both the blush & bronzer are shimmery, and neither of the cream products have any shimmer.

The blush and bronzer are housed in ELF’s standard black compact; I quite like ELF’s packaging, as it’s sturdy, sleek, and functional. You can see some beads of moisture on both the blush and bronzer, which is completely normal – almost all cream products have this when purchased.

The texture of these creams is nice – they’re quite pigmented, but no so pigmented that they’re hard to work with. They’re very blendable if your skin is moisturized, but tricky to blend on dry skin. They dry down quite slowly – you don’t need to worry about taking your time blending. I powdered over, and ended up with a natural finish – powdering over worked well, no caking or problems. I’m happy with the texture.

St. Lucia Cream blush swatch

St. Lucia Cream blush – one swipe / blended

St. Lucia cream bronzer swatch

St. Lucia cream bronzer – one swipe / blended

The blush is really great shade – it’s a very natural, easy-to-wear dusty pink – I think it would look good on fair to medium skintones.  The bronzer, however, is a difficult shade; it leans sort of yellow/orange, and it’s hard to image it working well on just about anyone as a bronzer (and definitely wouldn’t work on anyone as a contour shade).  Then, I tried layering them, with this result:

ELF St. Lucia Cream Blush swatches

blush, bronzer, both layered

I love the layered shade – it has just the right amount of pink and brown, and is very wearable and neutral.   So, even though I can’t see myself wearing the bronzer alone, I still have two great shades in this duo – the blush alone, and the two shades mixed.

Here’s a full face photo; I’m wearing both shades in this, applied quite lightly – no eye makeup at all because I’m on the way to the eye doctor. The blush is subtle, but it’s definitely there.

Wear time is around four hours, which is typical for me for cream blushes – they just don’t last well on me, especially since I tend to apply so lightly.  I’m sure I could get longer wear with a heavier application.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this duo for anyone with fair to medium skin – it’s a fantastic value, and one of the best products I have tried from ELF.


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ELF Turks & Caicos Contouring Blush & Bronzer Review & Swatches

ELF Turks & Caicos Contouring Blush & Bronzer

ELF Turks & Caicos Contouring Blush & Bronzer – with flash

During ELF’s most recent 50% off Studio sale, I bought several of their new items to try out.  ELF has had one Contouring Blush & Bronzer duo for a while – I have a swatch of the bronzer side here – but recently added two new shades to the lineup.  Today, I have a review of the shade Turks & Caicos for you.  (The other new shade is Antigua – you can see swatches of it, as well as swatches of Turks & Caicos on a darker skintone, on Glam Morena here).

Turks & Caicos Blush / Bronzer duo is packed in a nice, sturdy case with a mirror.  The pans are very easy to depot (if you wish), and the case can then be reused – I’ll show you how in a separate post.  The only downside of the packaging is that the name of the duo isn’t printed on it – there’s just a tiny sticker that falls off easily.

The blush and bronzer themselves are very smooth and pigmented; the texture is really nice.  Both are shimmery.

ELF Turks & Caicos Blush and  Bronzer swatches

Natural light

ELF Turks & Caicos Blush and  Bronzer swatches

With flash

I really love the blush shade – it fits in well with all the muted neutral blushes I’ve been loving lately, and the pigmentation and texture are just wonderful.  The only downside for me is the shimmer/sparkle, but it’s not too noticeable when applied.

The bronzer side isn’t a good shade for me – it’s too dark to use as a bronzer, and too warm to use as a contour shade – but I can imagine it working really well on someone with a darker, warm skintone.  Because of this, I may depot the blush, toss the bronzer, and use the compact as a travel eyeshadow compact (see my tutorial for how to do that here).

Overall, this is a nice little duo for $3, or $1.50 on sale.  I’m quite impressed with the quality!