Thursday, January 12, 2017

Product Review -- elf Cream Blush Palette

I used to really dislike cream blush.

I think that had a lot to do with the fact that my skin was super oily and cream products seemed to slip right off.

Application had something to do with it too -- I was applying the blush with my fingers back then and I had a tough time getting it to apply evenly.

Over the past 5 or so years, though, I've kind of fallen in love with cream blushes.

Now, during that time period, my skin has become increasingly drier so cream products have become a much better fit. I've also learned that it's best to apply cream blushes (and highlighter, bronzers, and contour products) with a brush to get the look that I want.

With all of that in mind, I was pretty excited to try the elf Cream Blush Palettes that came out a year or so ago.

Because you get 4 shades in one convenient compact for just $6.

And I've had good luck with pretty much all of elf's face palettes like these, so I had pretty high hopes.

Like those other face palettes, the Cream Blush Palette comes in a black plastic compact that isn't especially thin but isn't bulky either. There is a decent size mirror inside, which stays open by itself so you can easily use it to do your makeup when you're traveling.

e.l.f. Cream Blush Palette

The palettes are available in two color selections: Soft and Bold. As their names imply, the Soft palette offers more natural shades, while the Bold palette features deeper, brighter shades. I purchased the Soft palette because they seemed the best fit for my fair skin. The Bold palette would work well for those with deeper skin or anyone who likes a more dramatic look for their blush.

e.l.f. Cream Blush Palette
Inside the palette, there are four blush shades. The Soft features a bright peachy pink, a soft orange-y peach, a rosy natural, and a rosy pink.

e.l.f. Cream Blush Palette swatches
I think elf has done a really great job with the formula of these cream blushes. They're plenty creamy so they blend easily into the skin. However, they're not so greasy that they'll blend completely away when you apply them or slip off your skin.

(If you have very oily skin, I would recommend setting these with a powder blush or even a translucent powder to keep them in place all day.)

For application, I like to use the elf small stipple brush or this small flat top kabuki brush that I got with a Mally Beauty foundation back in the day because they both allow you to really buff the blush into your skin for a natural, seamless look.

I have terrible luck getting blush to stay on my skin, but these blushes last a good 6 to 8 hours  even if I don't set them. That's pretty good in my book.

I definitely recommend these palettes if you're into cream blushes. It's pretty impossible to beat the value, considering you get 4 very nice cream blushes for just $6.

You can purchase the palettes on the elf website and possibly at Target (I haven't checked to see if it's one of the elf items that they carry).

Have you tried the elf Cream Blush Palettes? What's your favorite way to apply cream blushes?

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