Product Review | E.L.F. Putty Blush
Product Review | E.L.F. Putty Blush in the shades Tahiti, Bahamas and Bali ($6, elfcosmtics.com)
Product Details (from E.L.F.'s website): A velvety, lightweight putty blush that melts into your skin. 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. All e.l.f. products are cruelty free and vegan.
Review: Once I learned how to use cream and/or liquid blushes two yeas ago, I was all for it. I remember buying my first ever cream blush around 2011 or 2012. It was from NYX in the shade Boho Chic. It was a nice shade but I honestly had no idea how to use it. ELF had the same cream to powder formula back in the day, but my makeup application and skills were very low. I also didn't understand the whole apply cream first before powder; so that all went downhill.
When this Putty Blush showed up in my e-mail last week, I went all in. I usually try to wait it out on new releases, especially from drugstore brands, but since I enjoyed the original ELF Putty Primer, I had a feeling this was going to be phenomenal. The box packaging is not fancy, but it is similar to most ELF products with its black box, cut out window and the color of the item printed on the box instead of a sticker. The shade name is also printed on the box. The putty blush is contained in a small round tub, similar to the Putty Primer but way smaller. The tub is clear so you can see the blush shade without opening the box packaging and it has a black screw cap.
I have used these blushes for a few days since receiving them last week. When I first opened the contained to do some swatches, the consistency felt so smooth and balmy (if you own the Sol Body Bronzing Balms, that's how it felt the first time). The following day after opening the contained, it did not feel as smooth and balmy. It wasn't dry but it felt more like a cream, with a semi-matte feel on the skin upon touch. However, once warmed up on the back of my hand (I tend to put any cream or liquid blush on the back of my hand, blend and use a brush to apply them), the consistency becomes balmy again and it melts right on the skin. I tap my brush onto the blended product and apply the cream blush on my cheeks. The shades I picked are very pigmented. They can easily be sheered out or intensified. It dries into a powder finish. You can also set these blushes with any powder blush of a similar shade or with any translucent powder to extend their wear. These blushes are easy to use and are long-wearing. If I'm being honest, after I placed my order I went into a bit of a panic. I remembered the word "putty" and all of a sudden hoped that the consistency wouldn't be as thick as the putty primer. Thank goodness they were not. I definitely recommend these cream blushes and for $6, you cannot go wrong with them.