Product Type: ELF makeup
Newest Review: ... this is that it is very powdery. When I rub my brush along the surface (which has the ELF logo imprinted on it) it is quite crumbly. I worr... more
There are no grumbles here
Member Name: prettypolly40
Advantages: Price, great colour shades, long lasting, pigmented with a few coats, silky formula, natural finish
***Why I want the product***
Having pale skin means a blusher is a must for me, otherwise I can look ill. Even if I am wearing no makeup that day I still find I need a touch of blusher to lift me face, make me look alive and awake.
I have used the same powder blusher now for over six months by ELF Cosmetics, which cost me a mere £1.50, give or take a cream or gel blusher I also use, but I always end up going back to my trustee powder. I do not go for expensive blushers as I believe they all do the same job no matter the price.
I decided I wanted to try a new blusher from ELF Cosmetics Studio Line, with a new colour and of course the formula would be different compared to their £1.50 line.
***About the product***
ELF say their Studio Blusher is a soft sheer texture that blends easily onto the skin leaving a silky finish. This blusher has been designed to be worn alone or layered on top of another for more depth.
This blush can be bought in eight different shades, ranging from a light peach to a fuchsia pink. There are nine shades on ELF's website but the ninth shade is Gotta Glow, which can be used as a facial highlighter as it's white in colour.
Like all of ELF's Studio Range this blusher came in a sleek black cardboard box with a square hole cut in the middle so you can see your product. The top and bottom of the box shows your chosen colour and the name, I picked Tickled Pink. The back of the box tells you about the product, directions of application and ingredients.
Other useful information includes expiry date of 12 months of opening, you receive 4.75g of product and on the bottom it says it can be recycled.
Like the outer packing, the product looks sleek and more expensive than it really is. The blush is cased in a matte black plastic case with a flip top lid. The front sees the writing elf Blush in silver with a little see through part in the middle so you can view your chosen blush colour for easy reference.
Opening the case inside the flip lid you have a small yet welcoming mirror that comes in handy. The blush is protected with a clear sheet of plastic with elf cosmetics wrote on it, which adds a nice touch.
***Swatching the blush***
When I purchase cheaper makeup products, the pigments are shocking and coat after coat is required to see any pigment, I am afraid to say this is one of them but it's not as bad as you think. As swatching it on the back of my hand I need to swipe the product at least three/four times to be able to see the product properly but applying to my face requires two sweeps of the product and I am good to go.
I am surprised to say the blush actually does feel silky, soft and almost creamy, which is unusual for a powder blush and the best thing? It is matte; no more looking like your face has been dipped in a disco ball. That look may be good for a teenager but not as you get older.
***Applying the product***
I have found this blusher to apply to the skin lightly with a hint of colour, which can be built up for a more dramatic look.
Easy spread over the cheek area without a lump of product being applied to one part of the cheek and nothing left as you sweep it out.
The colour on my pale skin shows up as a lovely peach/pink pop of colour that makes me look awake and really well.
***How the blusher stands through the day***
I have found depending on the condition of my skin determines how well this blush sits. If I have dry cheeks one morning, like most blushes it can be a nightmare to apply and to get right as the powder clings onto the dry areas. If I did not apply a mattifying primer that morning the blush can gradually slide off after around three/four hours. But if I do wear a mattifying primer my blush applied in the morning can last a good six hours with only a little fading that can be rectified with another quick sweep of blush.
I have also found if you apply a gel, cream or tint blush to your cheeks and apply this powder on top the staying powder is magnificent. Applying this product on top of another creates the most amazing three dimensional look to the cheek area, with an unmarketable pop of colour.
***Price and availability***
This product can only be bought online from eyeslipsface.co.uk for a fantastic price of £3.50.
***What I think about it/do I like it?***
For the price I really cannot grumble, I think for the price and the amount of product you get is wonderful.
I have used this blush now for a few weeks with no dent in the product what so ever and I am still loving it.
I am tempted to try some more blushes from their Studio range but I need to use this one a bit more first.
***Would I purchase again?***
Silly question, of course.
Summary: Why purchase expensive blushes when you can have this?