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
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