ELF Light/Medium and Deep Contour Palettes: Review and Swatches

ELF, the one brand that I can’t seem to shake! They are inexpensive, most of the products work, and they add new items to their line all the time!! 

How could any beauty blogger say no to them?!?


Light/Medium Contour ($6): This is the first contouring palette I ever bought and helped ease me into the social media craze. I haven’t reached for it in some time now, so this review is a nice trip down memory lane! 

I am not going to talk too much on this palette, since it has been around awhile. The powders are smooth and blend out nicely, the pigmentation is great for the lighter skin tones and I used the heck out of this back in the day!

The white shade is the only one with micro glitter and offers a lovely cream highlight without a ton of shimmer. The lighter, apricot shade is a good flesh-tone match and I used this as a setting/foundation powder. The bottom left bronzing shade doesn’t have much pigment, but is great for adding a bit of warmth to the face. I also used this shade to help diffuse the darker contour shade. So the darkest shade is a great cool tone and offers a subtle contour, which is perfect for beginners and lighter complexions!


Deep Contour ($6): The deep kit is on the warm side and even on my light completion, made for a lovely bronzer palette. The formula is soft and I had no problems with blending any of the shades. I do recommend building up slowly and/or using a fluffy brush when contouring. If you just go all in too quickly, things can get a little patchy. Which is actually pretty normal for most powder contour products I have used in the past. 

The top left is the only one with micro shimmer and once applied with a brush showed up as faint gold glitter. So it will add a little ‘glow’ to face but not much in terms of color payoff. The top right is beautiful, subtle, and looks like a golden, apricot…if that even makes sense!?! Trust me, it’s pretty! The bottom left shade is a medium, warm brown. It has the same beautiful golden hue as the top right shade, but is deeper and just as lovely. The bottom right is a rich, warm brown and you really notice the red tones in this one. This is the shade you want to add slowly, because it has some pigment and can look a tad muddy if used heavily.

I know my skin tone is light and really hope this review along with the swatches help you in some way! Photos are unedited and taken in natural light.

I say this for every ELF review, their face products are lovely but the pigmentation is faint. They have color, but more so in terms of creating a softer look. I am just stating facts from my own experience and not trying to degrade the brand. 

I hope this post will help you make a wise choice and that’s really what I strive for with these reviews! So if you found this helpful please follow my Blog and Instagram, also hit those share buttons!!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Your blog is just incredible! I love how detailed your reviews are xx


    1. sugarkis87 says:

      Oh my gosh, thank you!!! I try to keep reviews short and worry about not including enough info!!!

      Liked by 1 person

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