Contouring is my best friend. I have a wide, round face that needs all the help it can get! That's not to say I'm addicted to contouring; I only apply some when I'm going somewhere important. I'm not looking to fake the shape of my face forever. I just want it to look defined in photos and harsh lighting.
If you're after the same thing then this week is dedicated to you. Find out what my new contouring finds are, my favorite brushes to contour with, and my current technique, all in the next few days!
I'll start with something incredibly cheap yet fairly impressive: the Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder (P250). This is a blush/ contour duo that's pigmented and looks amazing on my skin. Surprise, surprise. It's been ages since I purchased anything from Elf, so I'm glad that it now offers nice products even at such a low price.
Shades and pigmentation. The pink looks too cool in the pan but it's a warm color on my cheeks. I think that this is a pink that can work on anyone. Don't mind the silver glitters; they're practically invisible anyway! Pigmentation is moderate, unlike the other one.
The bronzing/contour shade is too pigmented and a tad too orange, but it's easy to control once you get the hang of it. The first time I applied this stuff, I got two Snickers bars on my face! But yeah I figured it out. I just take most of it off first on the back of my hand before putting the brush to my face.
Love how the blush and contour looks like! Not bad for a P250 compact, eh?
Wear time. The staying power of this duo is decent. It stays put for about four to five hours, which is the standard time for most drugstore face colors. Bring this compact along, especially if you're really oily. You will need to retouch.
Packaging. The quality of the plastic compact needs more improvement. The bronzer promptly fell out when I turned the product over! I glued it easily enough but yeah watch out for loose pans. This is a problem I always have with Elf products. The packaging is always annoyingly flimsy, but I suppose I'm just getting what I paid for.
Overall, I think that the Elf Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder is a great find if you're looking for something affordable that works. They look gorgeous together and come in a compact with a big mirror for easy retouching. :) The quality isn't like MAC or NARs, of course, but it's still a great value for the price!
What do you think? Have you tried this yet?