I’m always on the lookout for the perfect blush shade and then, when I think I’ve found it, I see another one and that’s also perfect – until I see another one. It’s this mentality that keeps make up brands in business. In fact, they rely on us to think like this, forever chasing the next big thing.

This blush and bronze duo came to me as a free gift last summer – the e.l.f. ‘gifts with purchases’ are usually pretty good and I never order until I see something interesting on offer.

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer  is a new hydrating blush and bronzer duo infused with Purified Water and Vitamin E with a creamy, cushion-y formula that recently launched with the E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Collection.

Infused with purified water and vitamin E, the cream-to-powder formula hydrates your skin, leaving behind a dewy finish. Discover a glowing, sculpted complexion with the silky shades in this blush and bronzer duo.


Dampen a sponge and dot the blush onto the apples of the cheeks for a soft flush.

Apply the bronzer over the hairline, jawline, chin, and down the nose for a sun kissed look.


I have the shade Bronzed Peach. I’m not reviewing the bronzer half because it’s absolutely hideous on me – too orange, too highly pigmented and impossible to blend out. The formula is very soft and creamy (the ‘cushiony part’ I presume) and it has never looked natural on me. I’ve read that the texture is similar to Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base and although I can’t say if it is, it does make me want to try it – £50.00 though…

The peach shade is more of a vibrant pink/peach, a colour I wouldn’t choose to ever wear. But I’ve been proved wrong before with peach shades.

In the summer with a light tan, it looked glowy and pretty, but then everything looks good on a golden skin. On paler skin in the winter months, it brightens and lifts a dull complexion.

I find I need the lightest of touches and for a budget product, the pigment really packs a punch.

It can be tricky to blend out, but once on, the cream-to-powder formula acts like, well a cream. Powder can look very ageing, but this one is smooth and flattering and very unpowderlike.

The blush smells of mint in the palette (bit strange) and looks like it might have a slight shimmer, but it doesn’t show up on the skin.

A few reviews compare it to the famous NARS Blush Bronzer Duo – I’m not sure, a very distant cousin perhaps?

NARS Blush Bronzer Duo

There’s one other shade, Bronzed Pink Beige, I understand there were other colour combinations which have been discontinued, so this one one may be going that way too.

I was going to wait until there’s a decent free gift before re-ordering, but there’s a sale on at the moment and there are a sprinkling of items worth buying:

e.l.f. sale


e.l.f. sale

e.l.f. sale


I got this as a free gift with purchase and I am so amazed at the quality of this product. It is so SILKY SMOOTH and easy to blend and the color payoff is fabulous. I have mature skin and the finish is smooth and flawless and looks like silk on the skin.

I have oily skin, so this makes me look like a mess, not dewy or radiant. The texture is like a cream-putty like consistency. It’s very pigmented though, a little goes a long way, I will give it that.

Ohhhh, I love this scent!! The pigmentation is intense, too much for a cheek in my opinion. So I’m wearing the pink as a lip color, and a bit of the brown to contour. I love the cushion texture. I used a lip brush to apply it to my mouth, but I used my finger to contour. Both methods worked well. I really dig this mint thing, though… So fresh!


A pretty, vibrant blush (which needs some serious blending), for a flattering, just had a walk in the fresh air pop of colour.

Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer £7.50 from e.l.f. *

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