Monday, April 25, 2011

REVIEW -- e.l.f. Essentials "Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder"

I have avoided all powdered bronzers since a very unfortunate bronzer incident during high school. I'll spare you the details.. However, I've recently been conquering my makeup fears and decided I would give bronzers another try now that I am older, wiser and much more makeup savvy. While I know there are some amazing bronzers, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on one in case I didn't like it... which is why I chose e.l.f.'s Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder.

There are several shades to choose from, but I picked "Sun Kissed." Which, coincidentally, is the exact color pictured above! I picked my bronzer up at Target and, like most e.l.f. products, it was $1. They also have a $3 bronzer that multiple colors in it, but I decided I'd start with the most basic and work my way up from there.

The website says:
A touch of sunshine to warm up every complexion with its soft and silky texture for a beautiful and natural glow. Using e.l.f. professional blush brush, lightly brush over powder, tapping off any excess. Apply to cheeks and across bridge of nose and forehead. Blend with Total Face Brush to insure seamless application. 
I bought the e.l.f. bronzing brush to go with the bronzer, but it was a HORRIBLE brush and I refuse to use it. I've been using an angled fluffy brush with it since then and I've been much happier. The bronzer provides just enough color and shimmer without looking orange or unnatural, and it blends very well. I use it in the hollows of my cheeks and blend it up into my hair line, then with whatever is left on my brush I swipe down the bridge of my nose and onto my chin. It also blends really well with my blush to give me amazingly sculpted cheeks. In case you're interested, my current blush is Rimmel's "Tickle Me Pink".

The one thing I don't like about this pressed powder bronzer is that it has a lot of fall out. Even the lightest touch with a brush makes it dusty.

For a dollar, I am totally loving this bronzer! It has definitely won me over and I think bronzers will become a new staple in my everyday makeup bag. When this one runs out, I'll probably try the $3 e.l.f. one just to see how it compares. While I think e.l.f. products are hit or miss sometimes, I would definitely repurchase this item. And I like that it's one of the products you can actually find in stores, instead of just online.

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Have you tried this bronzer? Or any of the other e.l.f. bronzers? If not, do you use other brands? If so, what are your favorites? I'd like to branch out and try different ones! Let me know in the comments! :)

♥ M


  1. How can you go wrong with a bronzer that's only a $1 right? Sometimes, there's nothing better the ELF...great post lady


  2. Thank you, love.. And thanks for following! I'm checking out your blog as I type! ♥

  3. This is a favorite of mine as well. I dont like the 3 $ as much thou.

  4. Yeah, the $3 doesn't have NEARLY as much color payoff as this one does. And you can't beat the price! xo