|e.l.f. HD Blush in Showstopper (with pencil sharpener for scale).|
|e.l.f. HD Blush in Showstopper used on lips|
The color is okay, but obviously it got caught up in any and every line and flake. It didn't feel particularly nice either. Shocking. (The glitter you can see if left over from a glittery lip gloss I had on before and was unable to remove completely.) I tried layering some lip balm over it to see that that would help:
|e.l.f. HD Blush in Showstopper + lip balm used on lips|
|Top: Wet N Wild MegaLast lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy; bottom: e.l.f. HD Blush in Showstopper + lip balm used on lips|
Anyway, you should probably just buy the Wet N Wild lipstick if this is the look you're going for, since you can find it at pretty much any drugstore for $2, and it's fantastic. And then you can use the e.l.f. HD Blush to match your lips, if that's the kind of thing you're into.
Now how about we talk about this e.l.f. HD Blush as actual blush. It's interesting. I'm on the fence about it. I don't regret spending the $1.50 or whatever I did to get it on sale, (regular $3) but I'm not sure if I'd exactly recommend it. It's finicky, and kind of a hassle, but pretty if you get it to work correctly. First of all, I was for some reason surprised by how small the package was when I got it, which is why I included a pencil sharpener in the top photo for scale. I think I was expecting something the size of a small bottle of primer. I don't know. That would be a lot of blush, so it doesn't make a lot of sense.
This small bottle does, in fact, contain a lot of blush, because it's FUCKING INSANELY pigmented. Robyn at the delightful blog Brightest Bulb in the Box often points out that more pigmented is really not necessarily better when it comes to blushes, especially for the sickly pale crowd like myself. This e.l.f. blush is so strongly pigmented that even when you squeeze the tiniest amount you possibly can out of the pump, you really will only need to use a fraction of that amount on your face. Check it out:
|The smallest amount I could dispense.|
This is like a quarter of a pea or half a grain of rice, maybe.
|e.l.f. HD Blush in Showstopper|
If you do it that way, it can be quite pretty and natural.
|In this photo, I'm also wearing the ULTA |
gel liner in Peacock that I reviewed here.
This blush is quite blatantly meant to be a knockoff of Make Up Forever's HD Blush. Judging from blog photos, the e.l.f. version is thicker and less creamy. I don't get the impression that the formula is really very similar, so when Pinterest tells you that this is a dupe, you probably shouldn't trust it.
It's a decent product. It wears very well. If you want to play with an extremely pigmented blush, here's your chance. If you have dark skin and have difficulty getting blush to show up, this could work. I'd still suggest trying a light hand and building it up, so it doesn't look patchy or cakey. I like this particular deep purple/magenta color, too, and it's not one you find all over the place.
Overall, I'd say that if this intrigues you, it could be worth getting on sale. It's not terrible. It's just more work/mess than I can really recommend. It definitely doesn't suit my lazy side, but every now and then I'll pick it up, and I like how it looks on.