Sep 1, 2013

Elf Baked Blushes

I finally gave in and bought some elf baked blushes, after seeing so many rave reviews I had to try them. I couldn't believe how beautiful they looked in the packaging, so bright and colorful. Unfortunately, these disappointed me more than any other elf product that I have ever tried. These didn't live up to any of their claims at all, and the finish is too shimmery to be worn as a blush for me. 

The packaging is very basic, I bought the shades Pinktastic and Passion Pink. 

In the pan, both blushes look very pretty, and not too shimmery at all. Pinktastic (left) and Passion Pink (right)

Here are swatches of the blushes: Passion Pink (left) and Pinktastic (right). 

The first swatches were done dry, and the seconds swatches were done wet. As you can see, Passion Pink isn't very pigmented. Passion Pink is a pearly light pink shade. Pinktastic, is a very pretty rose gold shade. I like both of these colors, but the finish is just too frosty for me to use as a blush. 

Claims: "The soft and shimmering color of our Baked Blush creates a natural healthy glow. Baked in an oven, these blushes offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. The long-lasting formula provides a gorgeous, smooth and even application. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. "
Finish/Texture: The finish is very frosty, more like a highlighter. The texture is unbelievably hard, I had to scrape and scrape to get off product. My makeup brushes couldn't pick up the blush easily, I had to use my fingers with these.
Lasting Power: I wore one of these to work as a highlight, and by the end of my shift it was gone. This didn't even last three hours on my skin, the color faded terribly. 
Scent: These have a very odd plastic scent that is overwhelming! I've never had a cheek product smell so bad before. 
Packaging: The blushes are housed in small plastic pots, with lids that barely want to snap shut. I can see the lids falling off in the near future. 
Price/Availability: I paid $3 each for these at Wal Mart. 

  • The colors are pretty
  • Inexpensive
  • These don't live up to any claims
  • Odd plastic smell
  • Texture is very hard
  • Packaging is cheap
  • Poor staying power
  • Too shimmery to be used as blush

These baked blushes were absolutely mediocre. I don't blame the fact that they were only three dollars, because elf does make some great products. These weren't one of them. 

The texture of these blushes was so hard, that none of my makeup brushes wanted to pick up product. I had to rub and scrape beyond belief to just get a swatch! The staying power was very poor, all of the color faded after about three to four hours. These have an overwhelming plastic smell that's is just awful, I can't even explain how bad it smelled. To top it all off, the finish of these blushes are way too shimmery. I would never like to wear these as a blush, it just looks overdone to me. They can be used as a highlighter, but the quality just isn't worth keeping.

Have you tried elf baked blushes? If so, do you think they are bad quality? 

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  1. Pinktastic looks amazing:) I imagine it would be also great for highlighter.

  2. The rose gold shade looks like it would be a very pretty highlighter although it's a shame about the texture.

    Jazzie x

  3. what a shame that the product is hard to pick up with a brush. i've been wanting to try these for a while. thanks so much for the review!

  4. They look so pretty in the photos, but there way to shimmery for me

  5. Oh my gosh I can't believe this review - I wrote a review (nor published yet) for Pinktastic and it's amazing - so pigmented, long lasting and the slightest touch of the brush picks product up. I assume it mustttt have a different formula? xxxxx

  6. I just picked up an elf baked eyeshadow single and it was so smooth and blended beautifully. I'd totally recommend them!

  7. I have Pinktastic & really like it. I use it as a highlighter.


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