I was just casually walking through Superdrug picking up my essentials (I wrote the haul up last month) and I spotted some stunning and bright putty blushes from e.l.f. Cosmetics, and knew I just HAD to pick one up. Low and behold (and spoiler) I loved it, so went back and picked up the other shades and now I’m coming at you with a full on review.
As a slight disclaimer before I start this video, before this point I hadn’t ever really found a cream blush I got on with. They were all either too pigmented, oily or just difficult to work with. I had decided it was because I hated cream blushes… but I honestly think it’s the fact that the 3 or so formulas I’ve tried just aren’t AMAZING (I mean the Rimmel ones were pretty good, but not like WOW you need it).
What They Say
Here are the claims on the e.l.f. website;
Say hello to that island glow! This lightweight but buildable, putty to powder blush, blends seamlessly into skin. Infused with argan oil and vitamin E for some added nourishment, this silky smooth, buildable formula will give you a flushed-from-within glow.
Price & Packaging
So we all know e.l.f. is a super affordable brand! And these blushes have a decent amount of product (10g) for £6. The packaging is simple and actually quite elegant, with a clear bottom and a black lid. However, as lovely as these are… there is one major pet peeve about them; THERE IS NO SHADE NAME ON THE PACKAGING! So I literally have no idea what shades I own. But if you don’t care about that, then you won’t care about it.
I have 5 of the 6 available shades (as my local Superdrug only carries 5 shades at once). And as mentioned above I couldn’t be definite as to which shade is which, but all you have a nice range of bright pink shades, deeper red tones, and orangey tones!
One of the things I really love about this blush range is that they go on first quite sheer… and then you can layer them up. It means they can be a lot less scary than some of the other cream blushes out there! You can get away with applying them with a brush, sponge or with your fingers, but the latter is definitely my preference. The warmth of your finger tips really does help warm up the product and so help it blend in easier and slightly more seamless. I find if you use a brush or sponge, they can be quite difficult to blend. You can just about get away with applying them over powder, but as you blend them in, I do find it lifts things a little if you don’t apply them on top of cream products without powder.
The Formula & Wear Time
As mentioned in the e.l.f. description, these are a putty to powder blush. Simply meaning that you apply them as a creamy formula, blending them in with your foundation and then they dry down to a powder like finish, in the fact that they don’t look wet on your skin. My cheeks are relatively normal in their skin type (so they run neither too oily or too dry), so I found they sat really nicely on the skin. Their wear time is pretty good, but they don’t last quite as long as say my NARS powder blushes (which is what I tend to wear on the daily), and I find your blush really does fade a little over the day.
Hear me out. I love these as a base blush! I apply them just after my concealer, with a generous amount of blush across my cheeks and across my nose. I will then set my face with my powder and top up my blush with a later of my powder blush! And it creates this really lovely layer of colours, while also locking in my blush and making it pop all day (I have become obsessed with blush recently, can you tell)? And I love layering different putty blushers under the same powder blush to create some different and unique shades!
Have you tried these? If so, what did you think?
42 thoughts on “New | e.l.f. Putty Blushes”
I LOVE cream blush!
These colours are so pretty.
OMG me too! x
Nice review! Thank you for sharing this product! The shades look so nice and I like the sound of them. I admit that I wasn’t a big fan of cream blushes either but I’ll have to try out this product!
They’re really pretty! Maybe pick up one shade… they’re only £6! x
Cream blushes always scare me as I am so used to powder version. You mayhave just convinced me to try these. I like that you can build up the colour so can have it as sheer or dark as you like.
Thanks for sharing 😉
Yeah! The brighter colours are obviously quite bright, but the pinks are so cute! x
I’ve always used powder blushes, but after reading this you’ve convinced me to give the cream blush a try. I do like the idea of layering colours. Thanks for sharing
They’re so pretty! x
I love my powder blush so I don’t really use cream blushes that often but these look great!
They’re so pretty! x
So, I have been looking for a blush from a cruelty free line and I think I just found it! e.l.f is cruelty free if you didn’t k now, and I’m excited to get my hands on one of these little jars. Thanks for sharing!
Awww so pleased I helped! x
These are gorgeous blush shades, these do look great! x
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They’re so pretty! x
Lovely! I will need to upper my game in make up skills after a year in Lockdown!
I’ve been trying out soo many new techniques in lockdown! Excited to actually show people! haha x
So I am not normally enticed in by make-up reviews, but this one caught my eye because the little tubs are too, too cute! Loving the range of shades, though it is a shame they are not labeled. The lightest pink one connects with me most, as well as the inclusion of argan oil and Vitamin E!
Thanks for sharing a beautiful collection of cream blushes! I am more of a cream gal than a powder lady; I make a mess more often than not. 😬🙄😜
Oh they are adorable right?! x
I’ve not heard of these before but I love the sound of them and how buildable they are x
And the shades are SO pretty! x
I’ve been wanting to try these! I love a cream blush and they have some super pretty shades!
They’re such gorgeous shades! x
These are gorgeous shades. Great review!
Aww thanks for stopping by! xx
I’ve been meaning to get this because it has lovely shades that are totally my color but I’m so used to powder blushes because of my oily skin 🙁 I hope I can wear different formula of blushes xx
I unfortunately don’t have oily skin, but they look lovely on my normal to dry skin… which I know isn’t that helpful! x
This blush looks so cute. I think it looks good on it.
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They look so pretty for sure! x
I LOVE these blushes, i have the shade bora bora (The bright hot pink) and i love it! Its fab for layering which I find makes the whole look last longer! I definitely want to try more colours, they’re so beautiful Milli x – http://millidavison.co.uk/
I really love layering them for sure! x
I’ve always been curious about cream blush but never tried it! Elf are so affordable, I want to give these a go xx
Elf really do some amazing products! x
My favorite spring summer makeup trend! These blushes sound awesome and great that its so affordable
And they are just so cute! x
I wish elf was more accessible here… the shades are really pretty.
It’s really easy to get hold of in the UK, but hope it’s more available where you are soon! x
I love these blushes! Also I found out through a YouTube review that the little sticker on the side in silver writing has the shade name in tiny writing!
OMG I really can’t see it there! Maybe I’m blind! haha x
Such pretty packaging! It’s their usual design but somehow they always make it so pleasing to look at. Love the coral pink blush.
OMG I know, it’s just so pretty! x
Island glow indeed! These look so pretty and the packaging is fab! My fave is the slightly orange one, perfect for my skin complexion. Thanks for sharing!
Orange based blushes are so flattering! x