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Thursday, January 17, 2013

ELF Studio Baked Blushes: A Quick Review, Photos & Swatches

Over the last several years, I have really enjoyed using the ELF (Eyes Lips Face) Studio Line. In fact, I've reviewed the brand quite a bit on this site, so most of you already know that I think the quality is unsurpassed for products that retail for only $3 a piece. 

The ELF Baked Blushes resemble the baked blushes by Hard Candy and Milani, however I find them to be slightly more pigmented than either of those. I don't think that ELFs are too comparable to the Mineralize Skinfinish by MAC, despite other reviews suggesting so. The concept is similar but I personally prefer the MAC MSFs for overall quality.    

> Good colour pay-off
Impressive long-wear
> No powdery fall-out
> Can be applied wet/dry
> Look natural on the skin
> Very affordable 


> The lighter shades can accentuate pores if not blended out well
Limited shade options (only 4 to choose from) for all skin types/preferences
Shimmer may not appeal to everyone; stay away from these if you prefer matte/satin finishes or have noticeably large pores

 Packaging & Availability 
> Packaged in a small plastic dome-shaped compact with a clear flip-top lid
> ELF products are sold at Target in the USA or online here. I have also seen them here in Canada at select Winners locations in the Greater Toronto area.
> Retail price: $3.00 US / 6g

Top: Rich Rose
Middle L to R: Pinktastic & Peachy Cheeky
Bottom: Passion Pink
From Left to Right: 
Pinktastic, Passion Pink, Peachy Cheeky & Rich Rose
 Shade Selection:
> 4 shades available (see above for photo and below for swatches)
> All shades contain shimmer 

> Iridescent beige with light pink veining
> More of a highlighter then a blush
> Can be used as an inner corner shadow or cheek highlight 
> Frosty finish that can be worn on any skin tone

Peachy Cheeky 
> Peachy coral with beige veining
> Warm coral blush with a natural sheen 
> Faintly pigmented but can be built up to desired shade
> Can be used as a highlighter for darker skin tones 

Passion Pink
> Pink with cool pink veining
> Most pigmented of the 4
> Frosty coral pink blush 

Rich Rose
>  Brown with rosy coral veining
> Applies like a warm coral on the cheeks
> This would look beautiful on tan or darker skin tones

From Left to Right:
Pinktastic, Passion Pink, Peachy Cheeky & Rich Rose

My favourite blush in the collection is Pink Passion. Which is your favourite? Have you tried these new baked blushes by ELF