As a makeup newbie, I tend not to use expensive brands yet but chose those inexpensive, vegan and cruelty-free products instead. ELF is definitely one of my top choices, especially when I just wanted to test the colors for me.
ELF St Lucia Blush and Bronzer
Talc, mica, magnesium stearate, paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil), polyisobutene, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, triacontanyl PVP, sodium dehydroacetate. May Contain: Iron oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl77499), titanium dioxide (Cl 77891), red 40 lake (Cl 16035), ultramarines (Cl 77007)
ELF St. Lucia blush and bronzer comes with a mirror so it’s perfect to take out. The blush color is peachy pink with a bit coral tone.and works pretty well with light and warm skin tone. It’s not super pigmented so it’s great for beginners. Although once you get used to it you get a bit annoyed to have to build up more. The bronzer colors is a deep brown color with warm tone, but I admit that I haven’t quite gotten the hang of contouring yet, so sometimes I use it as eyeshadow too, lol. The only thing I don’t like is the little glittering golden powder in both. It’s not very visible once applied, you only get to see it at really close distance, but I just don’t like that. Plus it also contains mineral oil which I don’t usually include in my skin care. But as starter, and at this price, you can’t ask for too much. 😉
I also tried ELF Encore HD blush.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Nylon-12, Barium Sulfate, Mica, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
This is highly pigmented so you have to be super careful when handling it. Usually only a drop of sesame seed size is OK. To use: squeeze it onto the back of your hand and smear and melt it a bit, then dab lightly on your cheek and work quickly to blend around. The result is a very natural pink color glowing from under your skin. It seems to last longer than powders. It also has the possibility to build up. The down sides are unfortunately as many as its good sides: first of all Encore shade works better with heavier makeup on a very fair skin; it’s a bit messy when applying and speed is the key; the pump doesn’t always work well, and the volume is too large so a lot of it would go to waste as it expires in 6 months. So I guess this might be more suited for makeup artist. Although, it’s really inexpensive, if you like a long lasting, natural glowing blush without shimmer and know the right technique to apply, this could well be a good choice at inexpensive price.
UPDATE: when I checked again in Oct 2016 this seems to be discontinued.