I’ve been on a cream/gel blush kick lately, so it would have had to take something that was both seriously good and seriously cheap to tear my attention away from my MUFE, tarte, and Stila cream/gel blushes. Unfortunately, I found something that was indeed both seriously good and seriously cheap: e.l.f. Studio Blushes. I bought four, for a total cost of … $4.80.
Nope, that is not a typo. I am cheating a little bit here, because I took advantage of a one-day sale that was 60% off of some products, but still — even at regular price these e.l.f. studio blushes are only $3 apiece.
E.l.f. stands for Eyes Lips Face, and they are a line you can generally find in Target and drugstores, although selection at each location may vary. Some stores carry e.l.f.’s studio line, and some don’t. Many of their products are $1. Yep. One measly dollar. And what’s interesting is that for that one smackeroo you often get a pretty darned good product — and for the studio-line products, which are only slightly more expensive, you often get a very good product indeed. On the interwebz, you can often find favorable comparisons of these studio blushes to NARS blushes, which cost $26 apiece.
These blushes are nicely pigmented and have a surprisingly smooth skin feel for a $1.20 $3.00 product. The colors shown above are, from left to right: Candid Coral (er, coral), Tickled Pink (a neutral-to-warm pink), Fuschia Fusion (deep pink with shimmer), and Pink Passion (very bright, very cool pink, almost neon). I’ve swatched them all (as you’ll see below) but have only worn Candid Coral and Tickled Pink out in public so far. You will want to start slowly with these and build up the color; it’s very easy to get way too much product on the brush and then end up with too much on your face. Tap the brush into the product (rather than press it in or sweep it across the surface of the powder), tap the brush firmly on the back of your hand or arm, and then start applying. Once you’ve used these once or twice you’ll be able to adjust your technique and figure out exactly how much product to pick up so you don’t need those extra steps, but in the beginning, better safe than sorry.
Swatches! You can see I’ve applied these very lightly to show you what kind of subtle effect you can get on the face, but the color will build up to pretty much exactly what it looks like in the pan if you keep going. The Fuschia Fusion one is quite glittery, which doesn’t really show up in the photo.
Left to right: Candid Coral, Tickled Pink, Fuschia Fusion, Pink Passion, same order as in the photo at the top of the post.
e.l.f. Studio Blushes: $3 apiece (but the e.l.f. website often has sales, so stay tuned)
Price/Value Ratio (drugstore: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent. Better than excellent! Fantastic!
Purchase again? Absolutely.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a shout-out in the comments!)