I don’t usually experiment when it comes to blushes but somehow, I found myself caught in a blur of different blushes lately. I started with lip and cheek tints when I was in high school. Tints turn into powder blushes as I reach college. And now, I’m discovering HD and baked blushes. I don’t know if I should be excited or confused with all the choices. Haha. But for whatever reason, I wanted to do blog reviews on the different kinds so I ended up purchasing a few online.Let’s start with the most interesting one, the HD blushes. <3
Product Description:
(Taken from www.eyeslipsface.com)
ELF Studio HD Blush. Rich and creamy HD Blush naturally sculpts and highlights the cheekbones for a soft-focus effect that is great for everyday use. The Vitamin E enriched formula conditions and hydrates the skin for a healthy, radiant glow.
ELF HD Blush is housed in a 3-inch plastic pump bottle that is reminiscent of the wildly popular Make Up Forever HD Blushes. I like how the packaging is lightweight and sanitary. However, when I first tried it, there was a great deal of oil seeping through the pump and to be honest; I was rather hesitant on using it. I gave the bottle a good shake and it kinda did the trick. So one thing to bear in mind when using this: always shake it be shake it before use.
Another thing about the packaging; the pumps tends to dispense waaaay too much product especially given how pigmented the blushes already are – we’ll get to that later. It may be difficult to control so make sure to dispense only a teeny tiny amount of product. Believe me, that’s more than enough for both cheeks.
Once dispensed, it comes off more as a soufflé than cream.
It’s thick, slightly fluffy but velvety soft. There are two ways to apply it: (1) using
a dense stippling brush, or (2) with your fingers. I personally prefer the
latter as it takes less time to spread out. Also, the natural warmth of our hands help
breakdown and melt the product thus giving me more time to blend it out.
Given its texture, you’d think it’s easy to apply and even
out, but that’s actually the trickiest part. It dries up really fast so unless
you want the color to look patchy, you have to be quick in blending it out. It
sets to a lovely matte finish and it stays put for hours, so be sure to blend
the blush before it dries. The staying power is outstanding (especially
considering its price tag) but the only way to continue using this is if you master
how to apply it real quick. I have a love-hate relationship with these ELF HD Blush just because it dries too quickly.. and I’m a bit of a slowpoke.
ELF HD Blush claims to be hydrating.. well, claims to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not at all drying to the skin but it’s no hydrating as well. That said, I won’t recommend this to those with dry skin as it tends to accentuate dryness even more.
SWATCHES:
Headliner is a subtle, pale pink shade that is most flattering on those with fair skintone. It is the easiest shade to wear as it is the most natural-looking. Superstar, on the other hand, is a vibrant coral shade that is quite perfect for the summer season. Also, this is probably the only shade that looks great on both light and medium skin. Lastly, the very bold, very bright Encore – a deep pink shade that is perfect for those with deeper skintone. The color just pops and it shows up really well on darker skin.
We often complain about how a product is not pigmented enough. Err.. you won’t ever hear that when talking about the ELF HD Blush for they are insanely pigmented. I won’t be surprised if one whole pump is enough to cover the entire arm! I use a super small dot for both my cheeks and still, it’s more than enough. See the colors swatched at the back of my hand? That’s exactly how it looks like on the cheeks if too much is applied or when it’s not blended out properly. It’s difficult to control and I’m still learning the ropes, but at least I know I got more than what I paid for when it comes to color payoff. The colors are opaque and very vibrant. Plus, they remain intact for hours! Not bad for such an affordable find, eh?
Price: $3 (Php168+ at some local online shops)
Available at: ELF Counters and Online Shops

Have you tried ELF Studio HD Blush before? Did you have the same struggle in application?
Let me know what you think by commenting down below. See you on my next post! 😉