For some time now I’ve been on the hunt for something similar to my beloved Betty Lou Manizer bronzer. It is one of those products that I use every single day. No matter what foundation, mascara or eye shadows I use, my Betty Lou is ever present. But finally! I found the Elf Bronzer in warm.
I’m going to stick my neck on the line here and say this is a dupe for the Betty Lou. However, when I say dupe, I mean that it serves the same purpose and results in the same finish. As you can see from the swatches below, the colors are not the same, but the finish and formula are very similar.
Why I love it?
+ First and foremost: the price. You can find this bronzer for $3-$4 at Target (here) or most drugstores. My comparable (the Betty Lou) runs at $24.
+The color options: this bronzer comes with four different shades. Swirl you brush around all, or focus on one or two squares and adjust the bronze factor. I stay around the darkest three shades. None of the shades I’ve tried look orange.
+ A subtle finish: you would have to apply quite a lot of this bronzer to over do it. There is little-to-no powder fall out and I have to go in with my brush to pick up more product two or three times before I get the bronze I go for. I realize this may bother some people, but for me, with bronzer, less is more. Plus, since the color payoff of the powder is not intense, it would be very difficult to go overboard or have a patchy application.
+ More color options: I have the “warm” shade, but this bronzer is available in two other colors: Golden & Cool
+ Satin, not shimmery finish: similar to my Betty Lou bronzer, the finish for this bronzer is a satin, healthy glow. You won’t detect any shimmer or glitter once applied to the skin. It’s also very sheer which results in a more natural look.
+ Packaging: like all elf packaging, this is sleek & compact, travels well & has a mirror
How I use it?
Exactly how I use my Betty Lou bronzer. I will do a soft contour in the hollows of my cheeks with a darker, cooler, matte shade (such as this powder) and then apply the elf bronzer on top with a fluffy brush (like this one). I also lightly apply around my forehead, jawline and neck.
On light make up days I’ll just apply the elf bronzer on its own to warm up my face.
Word of caution: if you want a bronzer that could double as a contour, this probably isn’t for you since it’s not matte and the coverage is best described as sheer. I’m working on a drugstore favorites posts which will have a few other bronzer options for you. Stay tuned.