ELF Contouring and Blush Cream Review, Swatches, Sonam Kapoor inspired FOTD

How important is contouring a face ? I really did not understand the importance until recently when I attended a wedding with only foundation & no contouring done..So then everybody complimented me for my outfit, makeup.. Wow, I was blushing thinking Ah.. a budding makeup artist..I have recently gained quite a lot of weight, but when I look at my face in the mirror I cannot make out.. Then finally photos arrived few days back. WHA..AA...AAAA..A.A...T ????????? Is that me ? 

I realised 2 things : 

1 : I need to reduce my weight, so joined a yoga class.

2 : We need to contour the face using a bronzer to hide the extra fat in the face.. yeah my cheeks , It looks like I have worn some mask. 

Recently I had received cosmetics from my brother in London and there was this cute ELF contouring & blush kit in it.So here is the review of this product.

ELF Contouring & Blush kit :

ELF Contouring & Blush Kit Cream review
ELF Contouring & Blush Cream Kit

What ELF claims :

Ideal for all skin types, this dual cream bronzer and blush creates a sheer, natural wash of color on the skin. The lightweight cream-to-powder formula provides extended wear and allows you to layer for desired intensity. Sculpt eyes, cheeks, lips, body and anywhere you wish to highlight and contour with the rich cream formula.

Packaging : A winner

The ELF Contouring & Blush kit comes in a sturdy matte black casing with the name ELF printed on the top cover. The blush & bronzer occupy equal space inside the case. It has a mirror & a plastic transparent sheet is placed on top of the product. 
Classy , light weight packaging.

ELF Contouring & Blush Kit review packaging Price
ELF Contouring & Blush kit Packaging

Product Color :

The blush is a plum based neutral pink which I think would compliment most of the Indian Skintones.
The contouring bronzer is a medium brown shade which actually did not show up much on my MAC NC 40 skintone.
It might show up well on paler skintones. The blush gives a healthy glow to the skin,creates a natural effect and can be built up easily.

ELF Bronzer- ELF COntour Kit-ELF Blush Swatches
ELF Contouring & Blush Kit Swatches L :Bronzer, R:Blush
ELF Cream Blush & bronzer Swatch
ELF Contouring & Blush Cream Swatches

Product Texture and Pigmentation :

The blush and bronzer are cream based products and are extremely soft & easily blend-able.The products give a dewy finish on the face & does not look glittery at all. Absolutely perfect for wearing it during daytime.

The pigmentation of the blush is good, one swipe is giving enough color for one side.The bronzer however does not show up much on my skintone and gives a very mild contouring effect. The pigmentation is decent but the color is not right for my skintone.For contouring we need a shade atleast 2 or 3 shades darker than our skintone to show up.

The staying power however is a big let down, being a creamy product it is expected. Chennai is a place where all months are like summers. It is so hot even in Feb & March & I am not complaining since you end up sweating.
The blush stayed for me for only about 2 hours, maybe if you layered a lot it would stay for long hours. I applied 2 swipes of blush and it had vanished in an hour & a light wash of color was there for another hour. 

ELF Contouring Cream & Blush review Swatches
ELF Bronzer & Blush Swatches

Price : $ 3 from ELF website

Ingredients : 

Isooctyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Synthetic Wax, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Barium Sulfate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Octyldodecanol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 774932, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035)

ELF COntouring & Blush Cream Review Swatches
ELF Blush & Bronzer

Pros :

1 : Creamy, blend-able formula

2 : Inexpensive

3 : Natural effect

4 : Easily build-able  pigmentation

5 : Sleek Packaging

Cons :

1 : Staying power is less if you sweat or have oily face.

2 : Bronzer shade doesn't show up on some skin tones.

& Lastly the FOTD which I created from this Sonam Kapoor Pic : ) 

No please.. I understand... It was only an inspiration.. Please excuse my frizzy hair & 90 degree angle in the pic.. I have used the ELF blush in this pic.

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