Size: 0.56 oz.
Shade Options: Blush Palette comes in Light & Dark, Illuminating & Contour come in one shade each.
I’ve been hearing about the e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palettes a lot lately and I wanted to give them a try for myself. I will say that finding them was a bit of a bear as my closest Target only gets new e.l.f. Cosmetics items in waves. Plus in the middle of trying to track these down e.l.f. Cosmetics decided to do a package rebrand where some of their stuff is now considered “Beautifully Bare” and some of the palettes had that packaging and some didn’t. I ultimately decided to go with the three palettes that I felt I would use the most either personally or in my kit.
Before we talk about each individual face palette let’s talk about the e.l.f Cosmetics Face Palette’s as a whole shall we? As I mentioned above the Illuminating and Contour e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palettes only come in one option each and the Blush e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette comes in two options light and dark, I picked-up light. There are two other palettes not in the “Beautifully Bare” line and they are the Bronzer e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette and the Foundation e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette. The Foundation e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette comes in four options; fair/light, light/medium, medium/dark, and dark. The Bronzer e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette comes in two options, a regular bronzer and a deep bronzer. Lastly, the Blush and Contour e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palettes come in powder and cream options when purchasing through e.l.f. Cosmetics directly.
Each of the e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette’s are designed with four shades in each palette and each palette has a theme. For example, the Blush e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette says that it’s four shades are designed to be mixed and matched for custom blush throughout the year while the Contour e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette is designed for the darker shades to be used for shading and sculpting and the lighter shades are for brightening and highlighting. While the Blush e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette does not mention having Vitamin E both the Illuminating and Contour e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palettes do and the Illuminating e.l.f. Cosmetic Palette also claims to have argan oil in it as well. Lastly, each of the palettes comes with a large mirror built into the palette.
The Contour e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette contains four shades. The top left shade is a light shimmer, the top right shade is a light matte, the bottom left is a medium matte, and the bottom right is a dark matte. The two light shades can be used to highlight and brighten while the two darker shades can be used to contour and bronze.
The Blush e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette contains four shades. The top left shade is a light pink with no shimmer, the top right shade is a brownish orange with no shimmer, the bottom left is a deep mauve pink with no shimmer, and the bottom right is a deep pink orange with specks of glitter. The three pink shades can be used throughout the year, combined to make custom blushes, or used to make a deep sculpted flushed look. According to the e.l.f. Cosmetics website the brownish orange shade can be used to contour with.
The Illuminating e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette contains four shades. The top left shade is a light cream/white shade, the top right shade is a pale pink, the bottom left shade is a pale brown/nude shade, and the bottom right shade is a pale gold shade. These are soft-focus powders with no shimmer at all to them and can be used all over the face and eyes for a radiant look.
My opinions differ on each palette. Starting with the Contour e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette, the shades are great for people who like to multi-contour plus there are options for different undertones, the shades also blend well and seem to last a good bit. That being said, I do wish they offered this in other options and I probably wouldn’t use it on someone who needed their makeup to last a long time like a bride, not to mention the lightest shade showed the texture on my skin like you wouldn’t believe. Moving onto the Blush e.l.f. Cosmetics Face palette, I liked the different shades that were offered and the fact that one of them could be used as a contour if one desired to, however, the blushes had the worst time blending and their lasting power wasn’t that great at all. I would only use the blush palette on someone I knew was going to be changing or taking off their makeup shortly. Lastly the Illuminating e.l.f. Cosmetics Face Palette, these shades really melt into the skin and leave a beautiful radiance and glow to the skin. I’ve seen these compared to the Hourglass Ambient powders and I really can’t comment on that as I don’t own them, wish I did, but if you’re wanting that glow that you’ve heard that the Hourglass powders give but are on a budget then you need to go pick this palette up! This palette is by far my favorite and one that I will use on not only myself but my clients as well!
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