Price: $6 each
Size: 15g / 0.53 US oz.
This amazing blush offers the best of both worlds! It smooths on as a cream for great texture and then transforms into a velvety soft powder finish for long-lasting rich color that’s never greasy! The lightweight, refreshing oil-free formula looks natural and radiates a beautiful glow perfect for all skin types. The soft powder finish can be layered for desired intensity and dimension.
Eyes Lips Face carries 6 shades of cream blushes in their Studio line: Heartbreaker, Flirt, Tease, Temptress, Seductress, and Vixen. I cover all but Temptress in this review.
These blushes come in large plastic jars that are approximately 2 inches wide, 2 inches long, and 1.5 inches high. The jars are clear with black, screw-on tops.
There are a couple of good things about this packaging. First, when you take the lids off, you will find a white cap that covers the top of the well inside the jar. This cap snaps in and helps keep the blush from drying out. Second, the packaging is very sturdy. Drop them or knock them over as many times as you want. You won’t break them or damage the product inside.
But, there are also some negatives about this packaging. First, it’s very big and bulky. This makes them heavy and impractical for traveling with. You get a lot of product inside, which is a definite plus, but even then, the jars do not have to be as big as they are. Second, there is no labeling on the jars except for a teeny, tiny circular sticker that has the color on it in even tinier font. When I picked up one of these blushes for the first time, I thought there had been a mistake and e.l.f. hadn’t put the color on the jar. There is a blank space on the bottom of the jars where e.l.f. can and should put the colors of the products.
I was very surprised by the quality of these blushes. I have worked with most of the items e.l.f. sells, and can say from experience that e.l.f.’s products can be hit-and-miss. This product is 100% a hit.
As soon as you touch the product, you realize how silky it is. The texture is light, airy, and mousse-like. It goes on smoothly and blends wonderfully. With one layer, you can get a sheer, natural flush of color that builds up with more layers. The product feels light on the skin, looks beautiful, and did not fade.
The color-range offered is also good–just about any skin color would work with at least one of the shades.
The only instance I can think of where this wouldn’t be an ideal product is if you have very dry skin. Cream or mousse products can emphasize dry patches. Also, this product is best used with a stippling brush, but on dry skin, stippling brushes can emphasize dryness because the bristles sometimes cause micro-exfoliation. Still, I wouldn’t say this blush dries out the skin, so even if you do have dry skin, I would still recommend trying this blush to see if it will work with your skin type.
Ease of Use: 10/10
This product is very easy to work with. I strongly recommend using a duo-fiber (aka stippling) brush because it will distribute the color most naturally and will allow you to build up to the intensity you want. You could also use your fingers to apply it. Either way, the product will blend beautifully.
I wish I could score the price of this product 11/10. For $6, you are getting a fantastic product that beats a lot of high-end cream blushes on the market, let alone other non-high-end ones. Even when compared to drugstore cream blushes, the Studio Cream Blushes are extremely affordable. Plus, e.l.f. constantly has promotions on their website, and will occasionally give customers 50% off Studio Line products.
Even better, you get a massive amount of product–a whopping 15g (0.53oz). For comparison, Maybelline’s Dream Mousse blushes contain 5.7g (0.2 oz.) and cost $7-8. That’s significantly more than twice the product for about the same amount of money. It’s an unbeatable value.
This is probably the best makeup product e.l.f. sells. Most importantly, the product lives up to the company’s claims. And for $6 or less, you should almost feel like you’re stealing from e.l.f. when buying this product. If only e.l.f. would make the packaging less bulky and more portable, this would be a perfect-scoring product.
Try if: you have very dry skin because a gel or powder blush might be a better option
Buy if: you’re at all open to venturing beyond powder blushes