On my nails is Liz Earle Ebb Tide
About a month ago E.l.f. had a fantastic offer on their website of 50% off of everything. It was tempting to go wild and blow a silly amount of money, all with the thought of I'd be getting double my money's worth with the 50% off, but I've found E.l.f. to be really hit and miss in the past so I didn't want to waste any money. Instead I opted for a handful of products, all of which I've decided to review in individual reviews by product type, opposed to a haul and review. This means I can go into a little bit more detail about the products without repeating myself going over things I mentioned in a haul! My E.l.f. sale reviews to come include a baked blusher and three eyeshadows!
The E.l.f. Blush & Bronzer duos (E.l.f., £3.75) have been on my radar for well over a year now, but a once E.l.f. addict, I really grew out of love with their products so I didn't want to give them a go. I do believe the saying is true, you get what you pay for, and although E.l.f. really do have some fantastic budget friendly products that are of fantastic quality, some are below the par. The 50% off offer pulled me in and the first thing I knew I wanted to try without a second's thought, was these beauties. I say beauties because I love the packaging; slim, black and sleek with a look and feel almost identical to the more high-end NARS. In fact lots of people have reviewed the E.l.f. and NARS duos against each other, and packaging wise, it's easy to see where E.l.f. got their inspiration. The duo's themselves are available in three shade combinations. I opted for Antigua and Turks & Caicos. The other duo available is called St Lucia, but on the website it looked too pale for my complexion.
E.l.f. describe their blush and bronzer duos as a 'contouring blush and bronzing powder'. The blush is designed to highlight the cheeks and add a flush of colour whilst the bronzer accents and contours the cheekbones. I actually love blush and bronzer duos in this format because I think it just saves a lot of space, particularly for on the go touch ups or travelling, and it's handy having two products in one. In the pan the shades are very firm and there's no chance (just yet anyway) of the product randomly cracking as I have had with budget friendly products before. But the slightest touch and the top layer will be disrupted; a heavy hand will result in a lot of unnecessary fall out. Because these shades are highly, highly pigmented, too much fall out will result in more product on your brush than you need, and if you're like me the first time I used these duos, too much product to the point where blending is a hard task. As I said, these are highly pigmented and the shades are true on the skin as to how they look in the pan. But on the skin the formula isn't the dreamy, buttery soft powders I am used to from other brands, even other high-street brands. It's very chalky, very difficult to blend and very difficult to use if you are only a novice at contouring like me. Although I don't think these are totally unusable, and the colour pay off is pretty darn impressive, the packaging travel friendly and compact, there's just a few too many things that let these products down. I wouldn't personally repurchase these, nor would I say these are amazing, must-have products. But, if you are on a budget then they are worth giving a go as a way to practice and perfect contouring.