March 16, 2016

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer ($6) is a new hydrating blush and bronzer duo infused with Purified Water and Vitamin E with a creamy, cushion-y formula that recently launched with the E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Collection.

When these launched earlier last week I immediately placed an order as E.L.F. seems to sell out fast with these limited edition releases they do. I remember last year’s Beautifully Bare Collection was out of stock very quickly. I guess combining the cheap factor with limited edition makes everyone a little frantic to own it.

Let’s have a look!

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer9

Each palette comes housed in a black compact that’s about the size of some of the special edition NARS Blush Palettes we’ve seen in the past such as the Pierre Hardy for NARS ones that launched in Summer 2013. And of course, they are very reminiscent of the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo. Each compact holds 0.29 oz of product.

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

Don’t kill me beauty budget lovers but these are a little over marketed. E.L.F. promises a hydrating formula that provides a “dewy flush” but I honestly got nothing in the ways of hydration or dewiness.

Here’s what you do get….

These do in fact, as promised, have a cushy consistency! Mind you, not a cushion, just a cushy clay-like consistency that reminds me of Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush. If you press on them they do not retain their shape but they have a kind of a molding clay consistency that’s a little denser and a lot less soft than Dream Bouncy Blush. The density isn’t an issue as you can pick up color very easily with fingers or a brush.

I thought they applied a little patchy! I used them on well hydrated skin and I still felt they dragged a little during the application. I had to blend very, very well to get a smooth, even finish that wasn’t spotty and patchy on my cheeks. The dewiness which was promised wasn’t quite there as these seemed to set to a satiny, powdery finish. They do wear like a champ which surprised me as creams tend to wear away very quickly for me but I got about 8 hours of wear from each shade. Granted, at hour eight the color wasn’t as vibrant as the initial application but it still was very much on my cheeks. The colors are very bright and vibrant which was nice but since the application is a little tricky I did have a little clown cheek going on so remember to blend, blend, blend for a more natural finish!

E.L.F. Bronzed Pink Beige Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

E.L.F. Bronzed Pink Beige Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

E.L.F. Bronzed Pink Beige Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer Swatches

E.L.F. Bronzed Pink Beige Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer Swatches

E.L.F. Bronzed Peach Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer fotd

E.L.F. Bronzed Peach Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

E.L.F. Bronzed Peach Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

E.L.F. Bronzed Peach Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer Swatches

E.L.F. Bronzed Peach Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer Swatches

E.L.F. Bronzed Pink Beige Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer fotd

I do fear for their freshness though. E.L.F. cream products tend to dry up quickly! I imagine in a month or two these will likely dry out but hey, I only paid $6 is my mentality.

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer are a fun if not slightly over-marketed product. They aren’t going to win any major awards in the cream blush department but if you want a little splash of long wearing color on your cheeks and don’t mind babying the formula during application you might enjoy these.

E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer are available for a limited time at www.elfcosmetics.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

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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