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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes

I have had my eye on the E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes for quite some time. As one of the most expensive items in the Studio Line ($6) I figured there had to be something wonderful about them. Well, for once, my instincts did me right and I am now the proud owner of four awesome cream blushes!

L-R: E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes in Heartbreaker, Flirt, Seductress, and Vixen

Let's start with some swatchy goodness before I get to the dirt.

E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes in Seductress

E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes in Heartbreaker

E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes in Flirt

E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes in Vixen

L-R: E.L.F. Studio Cream Blushes in Heartbreaker, Flirt, Seductress, and Vixen

First off, these blushes are NOT creams. They are really more mousse-like. As those of you who read my post on L'Oreal's Magic Souffle Foundation will know, I LOVE the texture of mousse. These blushes are identical in texture but they blend in with the skin much better than the foundation did. It feels like they dry to a powdery consistency and so their staying power is awesome. However, as much as I love the texture, it took some work to figure out the best way to apply it. There really isn't a good brush that I have found that doesn't make it pill like an old sweater (best way I could liken it). So, I used my fingers. This isn't my favorite method because getting the right amount on your fingers without actually blending it into your fingers is quite the trick. But, it will do and has been working for me.
Like I said, they are long wearing and they blend in beautifully; I felt like I had a natural color to my cheeks all day! Keep in mind, I don't know how these will perform on particularly oily or typically dry cheeks. My cheeks are two of the few places I can count on keeping shine and scale free (a.k.a. normal skin). I wish that could be said for my T-Zone. But, I digress.

The one downside I could anticipate (next to getting used to the texture) is that your cheeks must be blemish free lest you want a concentrated chunk of color emphasizing a scaly or uneven patch of skin. I know this from personal experience. I didn't even notice I had a rough patch until I put this blush on and it was made readily apparent.

Overall: A must have for my summer makeup bag! But, let the oily or dry cheeked beware! I don't know how it will wear on you, but I would say it is worth checking out!

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