Friday, May 27, 2016

Review | ELF Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

Does anyone remember the old school cream blushes from ELF? They were kinda bouncy and squishy, yet they picked up the perfect amount of color and blended like butter. Well, I'm pretty sure the Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer duos ($6.00) are the upgraded version I've been waiting for. These have a similar bouncy feel and pick up color so rich while still having superb blending and building power.
"This hydrating blush-and-bronzer duo gives skin a radiant looking glow, thanks to cushiony color that’s infused with Purified Water and Vitamin E. Blend the complimentary shades across cheekbones for a gorgeous, dewy flush. This formula has a soft touch, bouncy, cushion-like texture. It’s light like a powder but melts into the skin like a cream and allows you to build customizable color from sheer to bold."

ELF launched three shade options for these Blush & Bronzer duos:

Bronzed Pink Beige, which is similar to the cult favorite St. Lucia Blush & Bronze duo - ideal for fair to light skin tones. This bronzer, while suitable for lighter skin tones, will not pull orange, it has a true beige hue that warms without looking unnatural.
Bronzed Peach, a juicy papaya coral with a slightly deeper bronze shade for medium to caramel skin tones - the bronzer holds a pinch of golden to it so it plays off as a true sun kissed look on tanner skin tones.
Bronzed Violet, a vivid fuchsia pink with a deep bronzer perfect for cooler and darker skin tones - I'm actually more impressed with the bronzer in this duo because ELF has never done a cool bronze shade for deep skin tones. While it is a cool bronzer, it isn't blue or purple, it still holds warmth but won't look like orange or caramel on the skin.

Personally I love to use the bronzers in Bronzed Pink Biege mixed with Bronzed Peach for my skin tone, and my favorite blush shade is from the Bronzed Violet duo, it is so glowy and plumping on the cheeks - I think it looks most flattering with my dark features.

I found this formula works best with a synthetic face brush, like the Selfie Ready Foundation Brush, it picks up the color with a lighter saturation which helps to apply the product in a softer fashion, making it easy to blend out the edges for an airbrushed effect. It's very easy to build up color, however the darker shades are harder to sheer out, so I highly suggest building up color gradually. Wear time varies from a few hours if not set with a powder product (translucent powder or complimentary blush/bronze powder) to all day and night if set with a powder product - pretty standard for a non-staining cream blush/bronze product.

Here I am wearing a light handed application of Bronzed Pink Beige duo for bronzer and blush (no powder product applied on top) to show how wearable these rich colored products can be: