I am very excited to show you the new e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes today. These two palettes in Light and Dark are the newest offerings from e.l.f., and they are pretty good additions to e.l.f.’s lineup in my opinion. I’m not the biggest fan of the original Studio Blush line. I really like the two highlighting shades, and a couple of the darker shades aren’t bad. But in general, I find most of the shades in the line aren’t very pigmented and are kind of dry and chalky. However, despite the name, the e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette isn’t like the original Studio Blushes at all. Let’s take a closer look. We’ll start with the packaging.
The e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes are 3.5 inch square palettes with a large mirror and four shades of blush. They are a little bulky, but not too bad. It really depends on your makeup storage set up and the size of your purse. Frankly, they are a little larger than I like to carry around with me, but I usually go for a smaller bag. The blushes can snap in and out of the palette. E.l.f. doesn’t currently have any other products that can utilize this feature, but maybe they will offer blush singles or eyeshadows that can snap into similar empty palettes for more customization at some future date. In the meantime, you will have to settle with interchanging the shades in the Light and Dark palettes. Personally, I wasn’t thrilled with the process. I did pop out one of the blushes to see how easy it would be. It was pretty securely in there and gave me some problems as it resisted leaving its home. It also didn’t want to pop back in either, so e.l.f. may need to work the kinks out of this first before expanding.
Take look at this mirror. It’s pretty good quality, not some cheap fun-house mirror. You could definitely use this to do your makeup in a pinch if you aren’t in front of a full sized mirror. Added bonus, the mirror keeps it’s position at any angle, so it’s actually a really valuable aspect of these palettes. The blushes themselves are 1 g each for a total of 4 g of product. That’s not very much, considering a normal Studio Blush contains 4.75 g. The e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes are priced at $6 each as opposed to the $3 price tag of their predecessors. The thing is, despite the higher price tag and smaller amount of product, I think that the e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes are totally worth it.
Here are the Light and Dark palettes right next to each other so that you can compare the shades. I’ll break them down later, but first I want to talk about formula. Like I said before, with a few exceptions, I thought the original Studio Blushes were dry and chalky, and not very pigmented. The e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes have a completely different formula. I think that they are soft and silky, and the blend so easily. They have a ton of pigmentation, so a little goes a really long way. They can be a little powdery in the palette because of their soft formula (though they certainly do not look powdery on the skin), so be sure to go in lightly with your brush. You’ll want to be light-handed anyway, because of the pigmentation. I personally prefer to apply all of my blush with a duo fiber stipple brush. That way I can wear dark shades without looking like I’m joining a circus. I love the e.l.f. Studio Stipple brush with these blushes to get the best application without going overboard. A stipple brush won’t kick up very much powder in the palette either, so problem solved. The blushes blend beautifully, and they wear all day on me without fading. I think that they are a much better formula than I have previously seen from e.l.f., and I am very pleased.
The e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette in Light contains a cool soft pink shade, a warm apricot bronze shade, a medium-deep pink shade, and a pink-toned coral shade. None of them have names. The first three shades are off-matte. They are definitely not satin finish, but aren’t flat matte either. The coral shade has some shimmer in the pan. The shimmer does not translate very well onto the skin, so it will look much more shimmery in the pan than on your cheek. That’s a plus for me. The apricot bronze is a little too warm for a contour shade, but it does look beautiful as a light bronzer.
I really like all four shades in the Light palette and I think it’s the most universal. The blushes can be sheered out or built up with equal ease. Fair and light skinned girl will love the shades. I also think that they are pigmented enough to show up on even darker skin tones pretty well. If you can only choose one palette, I’d go for the Light version first. Of course, at these prices you can afford both, so let’s look at the Dark palette.
The e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette in Dark contains a medium peach shade, a raspberry pink shade, a deep strawberry shade, and a red-toned plum shade. All but the Strawberry shade have the same off-matte finish that I described above. The third shade has shimmer, but again, the shimmer is hardly noticeable on the skin. All four of these shades are pretty warm, so those with very cool-tones will want to stay away. Also, as you will see with the swatches, these blushes aren’t kidding around. They are extremely pigmented. Lighter skin girls can still wear them if they use a light hand, but if you have fair skin you probably want to skip this one. Those with dark and tan skin will love these shades.
I think the Dark palette is gorgeous. And yes, I have been able to wear all eight shades, so if you want both palettes you can make it work. The e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette blushes are fantastic. They are smooth and pigmented, and except for the powdering issue in the pan, they are just what a blush should be. For $6, I am willing to overlook the powdering issue, especially since it doesn’t show up on the skin. The blushes aren’t dry, they powder up because they are soft and a brush displaces too much product. It’s not a deal breaker for me.
I was able to score both of the e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes for 50% off. E.l.f. has sales all the time, so be sure to catch them during a sale or a free shipping offer.* I absolutely think that the e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes are great products and totally worth ordering online. Unfortunately, with the recent sale on April first, most of the new e.l.f. products are sold out, including both e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes. Don’t worry though, e.l.f. is sure to restock soon, especially with the rave reviews that I am sure will be flooding in. Bottom line, when the palettes are back in stock, you should jump on the next e.l.f. sale at eyeslipsface.com and place an order for these blushes.
*Thanks to Erika Dorsey for leaving a comment on my previous e.l.f. sale alert post to alert me that e.l.f. doesn’t offer free shipping on $35+ orders anymore. This changed about two weeks ago, and e.l.f. has yet to release an official statement. I think that it is an unfortunate change and will probably not work out in e.l.f.’s benefit, but that’s just my opinion. What do you think of the change?