Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Review and swatches: Elf studio blush in the shade 'gotta glow'

Hey “BD beauties”!

Review and swatches: Elf studio blush in the shade 'gotta glow'

Hope your having a great week! It’s been raining a lot the past couple of days where I live so taking pictures for the blog wasn’t something that was happening. Finally the sun was out today and I was able to snap a few for product reviews coming soon!
Today I’m reviewing Elf’s studio blush in the shade ‘gotta glow’. Now although it’s under the name of blush, it’s basically a highlighter. I would describe this shade as a creamy beige powder highlighter with specs of golden shimmer and sheen. It’s supposed to be a dupe for NARS Albatross. Read on to know my views on this!

Costs $3 on the elf website for 4.75g of product

What’s does Elf say about this product?
The soft sheer texture blends into the skin for a silky finish. Designed to be worn alone or layered for more depth. Highlight your complexion with a subtle healthy glow!

Ingredients in this product
Talc, Mica, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Polybutene, Sodium Dehydroacetate May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77007), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

Review and swatches: Elf studio blush in the shade 'gotta glow'

Review and swatches: Elf studio blush in the shade 'gotta glow'

Review and swatches: Elf studio blush in the shade 'gotta glow'

My experience with this product

Like I mentioned above I love highlighter especially those that give a golden sheen so this was an exciting product for me! When I initially saw this product online it looked straight up white so that made me a little hesitant but it turned out to e a good product after all.

Quality: the pigmentation on this is great however; most of it is chalky and powdery as you can notice in the pictures. Apart from that, if you have a good base (foundation) the highlighter will work just fine. It does have shimmers in it which are visible on your face as well.

Is it a good highlighter? I’m not extremely impressed and wouldn’t call it my Holy Grail product but I can defiantly say it’s a good highlighter for 3 bucks! Moreover, it doesn’t appear white on medium skin tone (Myself). However, if you’re darker it might e a little problem especially in flash photography.

Staying power: I tested this product with the Revlon colorstay liquid foundation as a base and it seemed as though the glow from this product faded away after about 4 hours and was left with the shimmers.
Dupe for NARS Albatross? I haven’t tried the Nars version but according to the reviews i have read, it seems like the issue of the specs of shimmers won’t be present with the high end version so you will get what you pay for!

Packaging: the entire packaging of the product itself is an exact dupe for NARS products. It’s extremely sleek and sturdy and also it has a mirror which is always handy!

What’s great about this product?
  • Good highlighter on a budget
  • Good amount of product for $3
  • Suitable for medium and fair skin tones
  • Sleek and study packaging

What’s not so great?
  • Has chunky shimmers which doesn’t look great
  • Isn’t suitable for darker skin tones
  • Elf doesn’t ship worldwide so you may have to try other sites that sell elf

Overall verdict

I love this product but my only complaint is that it has chunky shimmers that comes on the face. I wouldn’t mind if it was for a blush but for a highlighter it wouldn’t be great. If you trying highlighters for the first time, I would defiantly recommend this and if your eying the NARS Albatross, this is a great way to have a taste of it!
Hope this review helped! Comment below if you have tried this product and also let me know your favourite highlighters :)

Disclaimer: products sent from company for review purposes. However, my opinions are honest and not biased whatsoever.
Xoxo Jeeshan


  1. Gosh!

    Can't Believe The Price Tag! :o

    I Want This Too!:(

  2. Looks pretty ive tried their pink and coral blushes but not a highlighter colour

    Carrieanne x

  3. For that price, it's a steal.:)

  4. I've never tried using highlighters before but I guess this one will be a good try. Thanks for the review!
    Following you now via GFC dear. :) thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I hope you'll follow back soon. Thanks in advance!

    xx, Mela

  5. Hello beauty!
    Thanks so much for your comment, I'm following you through GFC 202 and Bloglovin 86!
    Waiting for you!


  6. That blush is soo nice. Looks like a highlighter!


  7. Love this review and the tips. I'm not much of a makeup person. But I need to look glam, I'll def drop in your blog for some tips :D

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog and sure we can follow each other. Followed you on gfc and bloglovin. Hope you do the same!

    Best Wishes,

  8. great post darling! <3 tones.

  9. perfect review

  10. Hi there beauty! Thank u for passing by my blog and commenting, I'm following you in GFC and bloglovin (#88) now! sorry it took me so long to answer back, I've away from some days! Now is your turn to follow back ;)!

    XOXO hun!


  11. This products Sounds Good, but we don't have this Brand in Germany

    1. its a USA brand but you can find it online :)

  12. wow . such a nice highlight!

    - Janine

  13. great review! :)

  14. I have this blush in coral candid n i love it a lot. this seems like a great highlighter :)

  15. Great post! Thank you for visit my blog. I'm now following you. I'hope you follow me too. Kisses.

  16. Your posts are so detailed and helpful!
    This looks really beautiful in the photograph of you wearing it, and for soo cheap I'll have to try it!
    Loving your blog so far - i'm a new reader :)

  17. Shimmery Wow! i loved it!!!The color looks quite pretty.Good price on ELF product though :) I wanted that highlighter for a while but never saw it in Target.Love the post, Keep up the good work :D


Thank you all for appreciating and giving me your comments! it does give me a huge encouragement to keep blogging :)

xx Jeeshan

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