Sara + a bottle of wine + a late night + 25% off Elf Product = 6 blushes! Ohh dear…
Moral of the story, if you are tipsy turn off your internet. The up side is I get to do a sort of open box/first impressions haul with you guys! Although the whole lot came to a little over £20, so I feel like this was probably a pretty good buy. I’ve been desperate to try these blushes since YouTube’s lovely Amarixe recommended them, so my tipsy self made it happen!
(Left to right: Fuchsia Fusion, Mellow Mauve, Pink Passion, Twinkle Pink and Tickled Pink)
Just a little word so I don’t repeat myself too much, the formula for every single one of these is awesome. They’re very pigmented and not too chalky, which is always a worry buying cheap blush! I have to say I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or re-buy these even if they were full price (£3.75 in the UK) let alone the bargain I got them at!
First up (and this is just randomly out of the box) is Fuchsia Fusion. As you can see this blush has some pretty substantial glitter, which I think makes it more suited to a night out type blush. But the pink is very wearable, it’s not too cold just a pleasant flush colour
Next is Mellow Mauve, which I think is a great fall/winter colour, and seeing as we’re still in the depth of winter here in the UK the timing is perfect! It has some very subtle shimmer to it, which I think balances out the mauvey tones so that it doesn’t end up looking a little dirty on the skin. It has a lovely peach tone to it as well, so it’s not too scary for everyday. Sorry about the photos here I don’t know why theyve flipped themselves ): If you know how to fix them let me know, it’s driving me crazy!
And next we have Pink Passion, and holy crap it did not look anywhere near this neon on the website! This I think is my disappointment out of the whole thing; it’s just not a good colour for me. If neon blushes are your thing (and you live in the UK) message me and I’ll send it along * (: Seems a shame to waste it since the formula’s so nice, and the pigmentations great. Also find it a little odd that this one hasn’t got the ELF logo stamped in it?
This is the Twinkle Pink blush, and yet again I’m really impressed by this one. The glitter is much finer than in the others, so this is much more suited to daytime wear. The peach tone is a little colder, and I think that this might make for a nice compromise between blusher and bronzer for highlighting.
Annnd finally we have Tickled Pink! This is a favourite, its a great nude blush that just adds a little healthy colour to the skin, not too pink, not too peach. I really like the fact that this one is much sheerer than the others it really is the perfect nude blush.
Studio Cream Blush:
These were on sale; I paid £3.50 in the 50% off sale so these would be £7 full price, which seems a little ridiculous for ELF. I have it in Flirt, which on the website looked like a lovely muted pink – well in real life its NEON! Again! I don’t know what’s up with the ELF photography, but this is a little crazy. At first I was disappointed, but I popped it on with the Studio Stipple Brush (see below!) and it came out quite sheer, thank goodness! This is reasonably blendable, so is much more wearable than it looks
Studio Stipple Brush:
As mentioned above my penultimate purchase was the Studio Stipple Brush. I wanted to try out a stipple brush for using with my beloved Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Pinched, but I’m sorry to say that combination isn’t a hit. The hair of this brush is quite sparse and fine which makes it kind of useless (in my opinion) for a lot of blushes. BUT! It is great with the Studio Cream blushes, the brush fits perfectly in the pot and the sparse hair means the highly pigmented cream is deposited with an even, sheer finish. If you are looking at ELF cream blushes I would recommend getting this brush too.
The ELF Eyelid Primer in Sheer. I needed a new eye primer, and this one’s cheap! Okay it is by no means the best and if you suffer from the oily eyelid curse then it’s probably not for you, but it just gives my shadow a boost and isn’t too heavy. I don’t really wear eye shadow every day, so this just does the job when I need it.
So there we go! Any opinions on these blushes? Any ELF products to recommend?
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