The E.L.F. (Eyes.Lips.Face) brand is an answered prayer for babes who are into prettifying themselves but are not up to spending huge chunks of their moolah for cosmetics. The brands used to exclusively sell their products abroad but recently, their items had already been made available in the local beauty stores like SM Beauty Dept. and Watson’s. The Studio Line product line, however, has not been launched in the Phils. as of this writing. One of the most popular items in this product line would have to be the Contour Blush / Bronzing Powder. This is said to be a dupe of the equally popular Nars Orgasm / Laguna duo.
I bought this from an online friend at less than Php 500. I was pleasantly surprised to see that indeed, it has the same packaging of Nars albeit the rubbery texture of the casing. I remembered being amused when I read from a certain blog that “E.L.F. is making it their mission to be copycats of Nars.” It is a little larger than the latter in terms of size but the pigmentation of both the blusher and the bronzer are almost at par with that of Nars. The bronzer, in particular, is very pigmented so only one or two swipes is needed for this to show up on any skin tone. The blusher, on the other hand, is considered to be a very good dupe of the famed Orgasm. However, in my opinion, it looks more like Nars Deep Throat. They both show up nicely on my cheeks. However, I don’t always use them together as I am not that good at using the bronzer for contouring. I tend to use them only one at a time. I apply the bronzer alone only during those very few times that I want an illusion of a tan. I also like the mirror that came with the compact since it allows me to view my entire face without having to move the mirror a lot. It also does not easily attract dirt since it does not have the same rubbery texture as the Nars packaging.
The only downside with this duo is that its staying power is not that outstanding. This does not bother me though since the affordable price does not make me feel bad about retouching multiple times a day. The powders are also a bit crumbly so I suggest that you use a very light hand when swiping your blush brushes over these babies.
Final Say: A Certified Steal for me. So, for girls on a budget, this is one makeup item that you would want in your kikay kit.