Two years ago, I absolutely have no interest in face contouring. To me, it was just another time-consuming step in my rather simple makeup routine. Well that was until I got hold of the Etude House Face Color Corset bronzing powder. It was like a light bulb moment, and since then, I could no longer leave the house without contouring my face.
Contour powders are now a staple in my kit and I’ve amassed quite a few contour products in recent years. Two months ago, I chanced upon the L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Blush Palettes during one of my grocery trips at Nccc Mall. If you’re a long time follower of this blog, then you’ll know Nccc Mall has been selling authentic L.A. Girl products at rock bottom prices.
I got the L.A. girl Beauty Brick at 295php each. The collection comes with 4 palettes – Glam, Spice, Pinky, and Glow. I only have three of them as the Glow palette is already out of stock. And yes, I hoarded like my life depended on it! Kidding aside, I bought the three palettes on impulse because 1.) I do have single L.A. girl blushes and they’re actually one of my favorites. I was confident these palettes won’t disappoint and 2.) They’re more affordable than those sold online, plus I won’t have to worry about shipping.
Each palette comes with 2 blushers, a bronzer and highlighter. They’re housed in a glossy cardboard box that’s a tad bit flimsy for my liking. It has a magnetic closure and a tiny mirror inside. The powders tend to be a little chalky and they’re not well-pressed. Unfortunately, these aren’t travel friendly.
Minor faults aside, I do love how pigmented the powders are and a little surely goes a long way. They last fairly well, at 4-5 hours, especially if you have a good foundation/bb cream base. The highlighters aren’t the best, but they’re not the in-your-face kind of highlighters, which I like. All the blushers and bronzing powders are matte, which is also a plus point for me.
GLAM comes with a fuchsia and rosy pink blushers that compliment almost all skin tone. The bronzer is a warm chocolate brown shade with a neutral undertone, while the highlighter is a rose gold shade with tiny yellow gold flecks.
I love the rose gold highlight as it flatters my skin quite nicely. I also like that the bronzer does not have an orange cast to it. It’s perfect for when I want to a achieve a natural bronzed look.
PINKY comes with a hot pink and a barbie pink blushers, a slightly brownish peach bronzer, and an iridescent creamy white highlighter.
The colors in this palette are obviously catered towards fairer skin tone. I did try using them on my face a couple of times, but they’re too bright for me. I ended up giving this to my sister.
SPICE is without a doubt, my favorite among the three. It comes with a coral and muted peach blushers that beautifully compliment morena skin tone. The bronzer is just a tad darker than the one in the Glam set. I use it for when I’m going for a sleek and sculpted look. As for the highlighter, it’s also in the rose gold family, but it has more yellow tint to it. You can tell that I’ve been really loving the highlighter! <3
If you ask me value for money, I’d say you get more than what you pay for. The pans are huge – it’s like you’re getting four full-sized products in one palette. The quality of the powders could use some major improvement, but again, that’s the price you have to pay for 300 pesos. For the shade selection, I seriously don’t have any complaints. Each of them are highly pigmented and the colors aren’t tacky at all. I would highly recommend GLAM and SPICE as the shades in these palettes are universally flattering.
So, there you go. What’s your favorite blush and contour palette at the moment?