Elf Blush Review

If I had to pick one makeup product that I have the most of, then it would definitely be eyeshadow. However, I did go through a phase for a while where I was completely obsessed with blush. Although that was probably a bad thing for me because then I overdid it and brought out my natural red undertones, making me look like a complete clown. But, whatever, I’m past that! Everything is under control now! ;) During the blush craze, I collected a few from Elf’s Studio line to try different colors. I’ve reviewed my past favorite NYX blushes, so I figured it’d be helpful to discuss Elf blushes as well. Not necessarily how they compare, but just some general thoughts and my experiences with them.
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Elf originally started out selling their products for $1 each, but once they introduced their Studio line those prices ranged from $3-6 and are now even higher depending on the product. These blushes are $3 each and the colors I have from left to right in the picture below are: Mellow Mauve, Candid Coral, and Tickled Pink. As you can see, they have gotten much love over the years. They don’t come with a brush, but there is a small mirror although I don’t think its size is very helpful. The packaging is nice and slim. It feels high quality and would be easy to travel with.
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The texture, pigmentation, and consistency have been different for me on all three of these. Mellow Mauve was definitely my favorite and although it looks like it has the tiniest amount of glitter in the pan, it doesn’t show up on the cheeks. The pigmentation on this is great and the texture is very smooth. Candid Coral was clearly my second favorite. It definitely has a noticeable shine and while it is smooth, it also has a more powdery consistency. It’s a more natural toned blush and the pigmentation is still perfect.

Tickled Pink is the one I had the most trouble with, which is a shame because it was the one I was most excited about when I brought it home. It’s a brighter pink with a matte finish, but as you can see in the picture above, it created a coat on top of the powder to where I couldn’t get any pigment out of it. I’m not sure why and I’ve tried scraping it off before, but nothing helps. Needless to say, I haven’t been able to use it very much.
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Also from their Studio line, I have the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder compact in the shade Fiji. This is the matte version, of course, and they also offer one that has a bit of shimmer in it. This was my favorite for a long time! The bronzer and the blush are both beautiful on their own, but also perfect paired together. The quality in this is great, as well as the pigmentation and they provided a much bigger mirror that is easy to use. This is supposed to be a dupe for one of the Nars duos, but I don’t keep up with that so I’m not exactly sure which. I just know that this is definitely a product that I would recommend!
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I also wanted to include one of the Elf Baked Bronzers. This is the only one I have, so I figured why not throw it in here too?! I have the shade Los Cabos and I know this might through some of you for a loop, but I actually really enjoyed this one - shimmer and all. The shimmer actually didn’t show up on the skin very much and it has a beautiful color. The packaging isn’t very sturdy, which is why mine broke so easily. This is one I would say to definitely not travel with. I used this as both an eyeshadow and a bronzer. It worked great, looked natural, and is something I might repurchase in the future.
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These were my second favorite drugstore blush formula, right behind the NYX blushes. I preferred those because they offered brighter, more intense, and insanely pigmented products. If you like blush a little more natural, then these are definitely a great option. Of course my favorites now are Makeup Geek because they’re talc free, but these products I still recommend and think they perform nicely.

If you have any other questions about Elf Cosmetics or the products I mentioned, please leave them for me in the comments. I’d also love to hear what your favorite blush or Elf Cosmetic product is!

~Christina~

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