My latest obsession with e.l.f. Cosmetics could not have occurred at a better time in my life. I am two weeks acne-free for the first time in many years! I wish I could say that I overcame society’s obsession with clear skin and my need to conform to the mainstream ideal. But sadly, I’m not that self-actualized yet. I finally went to the dermatologist like everyone else. I am amazed at how good I feel about myself! I feel so pretty! Naturally, I need new makeup to accompany my new-found self image – affordable new makeup.
Thankfully, drugstore beauty titans, e.l.f. Cosmetics (eyes, lips, face) just so happened to send the we heart this review team the perfect accessories for my newly clear skin; their Studio Blush in Candid Coral along with the Studio Blush Brush.
Let’s start this review with the Studio Blush Brush because it is my absolute favorite. It is so smooth that I often get distracted and stare out the window while I caress my face over and over. That’s a true story. The studio line is the luxury version of the standard E.L.F. line. And this bit of fancy will only cost you $3. [Warning: You should prep your significant other that there may be new competition for your attention.]
It’s hard to say what my favorite aspect of this brush is. The packaging is chic. I love how soft the bristles are. You can use it wet or dry. But more than all of that, I love the shape and angle. It is great for sweeping blush along the cheekbones and also works perfectly to dab the apples of your cheeks. But there is more! It is absolutely superb as a contouring brush. It is exactly the right size and angle to flawlessly highlight or contour your cheekbones. I use it both for contouring and blushing every morning. And yes, I had to run right out and purchase the Studio Contouring Blush/Bronzing Powder to use in conjunction with my new fantastic brush. My life is complete now.
As Stef pointed out in an earlier review, all e.l.f. studio brushes are anti-bacterial and, since they are made of a synthetic called Taklon, vegan. You can’t find a better, more affordable alternative to natural hair makeup brushes. Not only is this brush more humane, it is seriously comparable in quality. I would have guessed this brush to be much more than it’s $3 price tag. Does that not amaze everyone else? $3! AND high quality. AND vegan-friendly. I’m a bit stunned.
I also got to try the Studio Blush in Candid Coral, which is a fantastic color for the summer season. Word in the beauty blogosphere is that this particular shade of blush is a softer, less shimmery dupe of The Must-Have Blush of the last decade, NARS’ Orgasm. This peachy-coral shade, with subtle golden shimmer provides a bright but somewhat neutral palette to work with. The blush is smooth and easy to apply and can be layered and blended with ease. I found the texture and color of this blush defy its $3 price tag.
After I tried the e.l.f. products I was sent for review, I had to have more. These items are fabulous and not just for the great price tag! I placed a large order for several Studio products. And by large, I mean I snatched up one of their many promotions and got $40 of products for around $20. And you can too!
Shop e.l.f online and check out their latest deals:
• Just in time for summer and the wedding season: Free French Manicure Set with $15 Purchase. Kit includes 3 Nail Polish Colors and French Manicure Stencil Stickers. Use code POLISHED at checkout – valid through through 6/30/10.
• Hurry, only days left to grab this gift with purchase: Free Studio Makeup Package with $20 Purchase. Use code STUD_GWP at checkout – valid through 6/15/10.
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