Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Review & Swatches: ELF Studio Cream Blush in Seductress and Vixen


I love a cream blush, me.  They can be wonderfully easy to apply, seem to stick to my face better than powders, and give a beautifully natural flushed finish.  I also love a bit of a bargain, and having found some truly incredible products in ELF's line of reasonably priced makeup, I had to buy a couple of their cream blushes when they were released a short while ago.

Encased in chunky plastic jars, not unlike those used for the tinted lip balms, these cream blushes have a very interesting texture that's in line with the hottest products in beauty at the moment; they're extremely creamy but have a bouncy resistance to them when you press a fingertip atop the dome of product.  They are also extremely well pigmented, and a fingertipful of product is enough to give you a very deep glow.  

Vixen, Seductress

Vixen, Seductress

The pigmentation is actually so good that it's pretty easy to accidentally go overboard.  The unusual texture adds to that - because it doesn't feel like you're getting a great deal of product on your fingertip when you swipe the product, you swipe a bit harder, and end up with enough product to build up quite the tint.  I've taken to using these products with a stipple brush instead of with my fingers - tapping the brush into the jar and swirling on the apples of the cheeks is a good way to build the colour up slowly, and makes blending a breeze, too.

Seductress applied

The finish is soft and natural, and whilst I've been largely using these sparingly to create a subtle flush which works well with dramatic or natural makeup, but there's no difficulty in building the colour up to give a brighter pop of colour if that's your preferred look.  At £6.50 each, these are a little more expensive than your standard ELF product (many are under £5 a piece), but absolutely worth it - the texture and colour payoff are certainly comparable to higher end brands, and the complete lack of any greasiness or oiliness make this a winner for all skin types.

You'll find ELF Studio Cream Blush at the ELF website, where you'll pay £6.50 for 15g.  There are six shades available - and I'd recommend Googling for swatches before ordering as the swatches on the site are a bit misleading!


5 comments:

  1. I've been really impressed with the ELF studio range so far and this looks like something else that I'll have to add to the wish list!

    xx

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  2. Love the look of both of them! Just as I clear my ELF wishlist they come up with more fabulous products.

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  3. Oooh they both look lovely! Seductress looks gorgeous on you :)

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  4. This is such a helpful post - I leave out blush because, well I can just make a bit of a mess of it and if it gets a bit warm (god I sound like my Nan!) then my cheeks flush and it is rendered useless. Good to see something with a decent level of pigmentation. Thankyou.

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  5. I think I need to get my hands on these, the colours look great and they seem like they'd last a fair while on me! I haven't been able to wear my creamier cream blushes lately because of the ridiculous Aussie heat, so I'm looking for something a little drier. Thanks for the swatches ^__^

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