March 20, 2014

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette Review & Swatches

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palettes

Fans of E.L.F. Studio Blush will be quite happy about the launch of the new E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette that’s available in two shades for $6 each.

I actually really like the Studio Blush Collection. They are quite nice budget pick ups if you’re a bit of a blush h0r! These new blush quads feature four shades of E.L.F. Studio Blush in a single compact. If you look close enough they might just remind you of Bobbi Brown’s Custom Palettes.

Take a look!

At the risk of being a kill joy I’m not a massive fan of the new E.L.F. Studio Blush Palettes.

These come in a sectional compact which features a generously sized mirror and four blushes. Each blush can be popped in and out of the compact but at this point that feature is useless. E.L.F. offers these in two shade selections so if you’re maybe mixing and matching shades from the two quads it might be relevant to have the option to pop each blush in and out of the quad. However, E.L.F. doesn’t have blushes or eyeshadows for sale currently so having a quad of pop out blushes isn’t really going to do you very good unless maybe you’re wanting to pop these easily out and into some sort of Z-Palette. Perhaps in the future E.L.F. will have more custom palettes…perhaps they’ll sell them empty and give you the option to fill them but as of now this style packaging isn’t really necessary and almost pointless really.

These pop out sorta kinda easily. I find it depends on the shade. Some popped out easily and popped right back in just as easily. Others I struggled to get out and to even pop back in so the packaging is slightly faulty. I also ended up breaking two blushes while doing this. Apparently the blushes are very delicate!

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette5

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette6

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette10

There’s a Light and a Dark option here both both palettes have fairly dark pigmented blushes in the mix so lighter skin might be slightly scared of such bolder shades. Many of the colors are quite warm and will look incredible on deeper skin tones as they are quite pigmented. I didn’t really compare the shades in these quads to colors I own but I will say none of them look like dupes for ones I already have. Colors aren’t individually named unfortunately so you can only reference them as the Light Quad or the Dark Quad. I’m also unsure the size of each blush as E.L.F. didn’t list it on the compact or the outer box packaging.

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette swatches

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palette fotd

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E.L.F. Dark Studio Blush Palette

E.L.F. Studio Blush Palettes

E.L.F. Studio Blush quad swatches

E.L.F. Studio Blush quad fotd

E.L.F. Light Studio Blush Palette

I thought the formula wasn’t as lovely as the regular Studio Blushes. These are a bit chalky in some cases, powdery in others, and aren’t as smooth and silky as the original formula. They also blend rather harshly so I end up with ruddy and clown-y cheeks with some of the dark shades. You do get a mix of matte and shimmer finishes but neither finish is very favorable.

Overall, it’s a nice option to have four E.L.F. Studio Blushes in one spot! It’s great for traveling with or hey, just because you love blush! But if I were you I’d save my $6 and just grab some of the single shades for $3 each as they have the superior formula in my opinion.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Fancie

    The colors are really pretty and the palette option is an excellent idea. I just wish they implemented it a little better. The palette sounds difficult to work with from the packaging to the formula

  • Christine Joy Luikuo

    Boohoo! They really look lovely and tempting that I’ve planned on buying it online, but then you said the formula isn’t so good. Well, I’ll just try the regular ones. Besides, I won’t be needing much shades since I don’t wear blushes that much. Thanks for the review, Miss Muse!

  • Heather F.

    I want this SO bad (this green-eyed girl’s been praying for a plummy neutral palette!)… But after hauling the UD Electric, I’m not sure I can afford it! Dangit.

    • Quinctia

      If you have a store near you that sells Black Radiance, check out the 8-pan palette called Downtown Browns…I feel that it leans quite plummy. And it’s the same good formula as the good Wet n Wild 8-pan palettes (same parent company). And, even at regular price, it shouldn’t set you back more than $6-8!

  • Heather F.

    Whoops… Somehow I meant to comment on the BareMinerals palette and somehow my comment ended up here. Sorry.

  • Fay. H.

    Thanks for the review Isabella! The temptation to haul both palettes has been cured! Honestly I have over 20 blushes and I really shouldn’t get more but they look so travel friendly!

    Maybe when I break/use up a few more =3

    • Isabella Muse

      i don’t have a launch date for stores or if it will be available in store sorry!

  • Nin5in

    I ordered the dark palette and I can’t wait till it comes! Too bad the formula though, I will work with it though.

  • Celeste

    I actually have the opposite opinion! I got the light palette a few months ago and love it, so I decided to pick up nearly every single color in the Studio blush singles the other day when e.l.f. had them on sale for $1. I only had 2 previously and they were both old and dried out when I got them b/c stores in my rural area NEVER get new stock or restock makeup so I thought the crummy pigmentation was due to that. However, I’m super disappointed with almost all of them. The only two that have somewhat decent pigmentation are the two dark colors. Thankfully it’s almost fall so I can wear those two. As for the rest, I don’t know what I’m going to do with SIX un-pigmented (that’s not a word lol) blushes! And just to let you know, I’m extremely fair. I’m even much more fair that you Muse. I’m going to pick up the Dark palette tomorrow!!!

  • Patricia

    Hi Isabella. I bought both dark and light palette and all tones look good on my skin despite I have very fair skin tone, maybe because I think I have neutral undertone. I don’t have trouble blending them and the colour last more than other blushes I’ve tried before. So I concluded that maybe I had so different results in comparison to yours because I have very oily skin. Perhaps the chalky texture and matte finish make this type of skin look good with the formula of these palettes. I hope my review help a little. Happy Holidays!