These Studio blushes from E.L.F. have been in my collection for a long time and I am only now coming to review them as the truth is, I really don’t reach for these. It is a shame really, as I had read quite good reviews and seen lots of good things about them on youtube, but I was really unimpressed by this formula, as it is represented in the two shades I have tried: mellow mauve and candid coral.
Firstly, the texture of these is pretty dry and dusty. You can see in the pan that as you start to use these powders they become kind of grainy too which isn’t really an issue but it is a bit odd. These will kick up product when you dip your brush in so be gentle.
Both of these shades are very wearable. I would say that these colours would only suit fair complected people as they really aren’t that pigmented. Saying that, as I am fair, I am happy to work with a blush that isn’t too pigmented because then I don’t need to worry about looking like a clown when I slap it on in a rush … they are pretty fool proof. But even on my fair skin, I find I have to build these up a lot to get much pigmentation.
I initially thought that these powders were matte but actually they are more of a satin formula. Candid Coral in particular has quite a pronounced golden/coral glow when you sheer it out on the cheek. Although I normally love a glowy blush, I don’t find this shade very flattering on me which is odd because I normally love coral colours on myself.
I really wanted to love Mellow Mauve but it just doesn’t show up that well on me. I had to do a very heavy swatch for this image, but it is much more sheer with a brush. It also has a bit of a glow, but it is much less pronounced than the Candid Coral shade.
The greatest disappointment though is actually the wear time of these. I can handle needing to pile on the product as long as it lasts, but I find that these blushes fade VERY quickly on my skin even though I use a primer and fixing spray! Sometimes I feel like Mellow Mauve has disappeared before I have even left the house for work!
Overall, I just don’t love these individual studio blushes. They aren’t terrible, but I don’t reach for them. If you want to try a good blush formula from E.L.F. I can highly recommend the Blush Palette in Light. I will be decluttering these singles and just using my palette from now on as it really is so much better quality.
Have a wonderful day!