The statuesque figures of models set aside, their sharp features that make them stand out has always left me gaping like a fish. While I have fairly high cheekbones and a well defined jawline, I have nothing on models like Azmarie with their chiselled features and clean cut figures.
But nevertheless, we must strive for the seemingly attainable and contouring is the way to get those chiselled features. Bronzers in India are relegated to the backrooms of stores merely due to the Indian obsession with fair skin, so I decided to look further for an affordable and yet suitably dark alternative for contouring. The product I am now going to review is the first milestone on my way to my HG contouring bronzer.
Create a healthy, shimmering sun-kissed look with our Baked Bronzers. Baked in an oven, these bronzers offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. The long-lasting formula provides a luxurious, smooth and even application. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. Apply this shimmering color dry for sheer pigmentation, or use a damp brush or sponge for a more vibrant effect.
Using a brush, apply dry on the areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit for a subtle wash of color. Or dampen a brush and blend in for a more vibrant effect. Build color for desired look.
Mica, Talc, Nylon-12, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum (mineral oil), Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090).
It comes in a regular compact pan with the product being domed and the lid taking the same shape. While the packaging seems pretty sturdy, I am a little sceptic to use the product rashly because the domed lid seems a tad too flimsy. The package opens and shuts with a satisfying snap, making it very travel friendly. There is no applicator provided, which may be a major con for some. The text on the bronzer is just printed and prone to fading. The text on mine has already begun to fade.
My take on the e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Bora Bora:
The biggest problem about shopping for makeup online is that we are at times confused as to what the shade actually is, seeing as photos can be pretty darn misleading. That’s where photo reviews by reputed bloggers come into play, but sadly, I wasn’t able to check the reviews of this product and ordered it merely on the basis of the swatches on the e.l.f. website. The swatch on the website is a deep matte brown that looks dark enough to be used for contouring, which is what I wanted a bronzer for, it is the darkest in the range.
Alas! The product is actually a sheer but pretty golden brown shimmer glow bronzer. Not even close to its swatch online. I originally purchased this bronzer as a contouring product but after seeing the product I had to use it as a highlighter instead. It is the exact match for my skin, the exact! So when I use this sparingly as a highlighter, it gives me a luminescent glow that looks and feels exceedingly natural. In the product’s defence, that’s exactly what it claims to do. It claims to provide a “shimmering sun kissed look” which goes to prove that one should pay special attention to product descriptions.
The longevity of this product is another con, it lasts for a mere 2-3 hours in Delhi summers after which it just vanishes into thin air. I am not one for reapplication of makeup through the day, so a disappearing glow just isn’t cool. In an air conditioned environment it does last for 4-5 hours, but as a poor Delhi University student, an A/C isn’t all that freely available in college. :’(
Pros of e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Bora Bora:
2. Classy packaging
3. Travel safe packaging
4. Unique colour
6. Doesn’t appear cakey
7. Blends easily and looks natural
8. Lot of product for the price point
Cons of e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Bora Bora:
1.No applicator is provided
2. Staying time is very low; a mere 2-3 hours
3. Unavailability in India
4. Inaccurate colours on the e.l.f. website, making product selection a chore.
5. Not all that pigmented
Would I repurchase e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Bora Bora?
Maybe, but I think this product is going to last for eons and I might find something better in the meantime.
Would I recommend e.l.f. Studio Bronzer in Bora Bora to friends?
At the price point? Hell to the yes!
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