ELF HD Blush in Encore & Headliner – Photos, Swatches & Review
Product Description/Claims According to EyesLipsFace.com
Rich and creamy HD Blush naturally sculpts and highlights the cheekbones for a soft-focus effect that is great for everyday use. The Vitamin E enriched formula conditions and hydrates the skin for a healthy, radiant glow. Velvety soft, lightweight and highly pigmented color creates a long-lasting result for all day wear
PACKAGING – The blush comes in a 0.034 fl oz plastic container with a pump pretty much similar to the MUFE HD Blush only I believe this one comes with more product. I like it because it’s pretty convenient and sanitary. The cap fits securely onto the container and I have no problems about it spilling or whatever (since I keep it horizontally because it’s too tall & it wont fit in my makeup drawer). The only problem I think I have with the packaging I think is that it dispenses way too much product. You’ll see why later.
I believe that this blush is offered in five different shade selections, I already have two. The other tree are: Superstar, Diva and Diva.
ENCORE – Encore is a very beautiful blush that gives you a natural ‘flushed’ look. Something I believe that you achieve when you’re teased, or gushing about someone. That’s what comes into mind when I look at Encore.
FORMULA – What I noticed when I first swatched the product on my hands, especially Encore. (they’re quite different in terms of consistency) Headliner went on smoothly while, Encore went on a bit separated and all over the place. However, I found out this issue can be resolved when you shake the product, so I did and voila, problem solved.
PIGMENTATION – As you can see, each shade is very pigmented and a little of this product can go a long way. This is why you only need a tiny dot of it, and I’m telling you guys, there’s a lot of them wasted when I created those swatches because the pump dispenses way too much product. I guess that’s the only thing I have against the packaging. The pump squirts more than what you necessarily need and it’s not something that you can remedy (as far as I’m concern).
HEADLINER – Headliner is a very natural blush. It’s something that your cheeks will look like when you’re out in the sun. Nothing fancy but definitely pretty. Perfect for everyday wear.
APPLICATION – When using this product, I prefer to use the Elf Small Stippling brush. I know that we can always use our fingers but I find that I more control when i use this brush. However, even though when I use this brush, sometimes I still apply way too much product. When I end up doing that, I use my beauty blender to tone it down. Also, I find that holding the very end of the brush helps in applying as little blush as possible.
BLENDABILITY – With regards to this criteria, I find that it sets quickly that’s why I use a stippling brush. It’s very easy to blend and whether you use a brush or your hands but as I’ve mentioned, I prefer to use a stippling brush and if I make a mistake, I use my beauty blender to buff it.
• Price | PhP 200 (Approx $31) • Contains | 0.034 fl oz / 10 ml
• Avalability | Online shops; Bought mine from The Vanity Zone
LONGEVITY – The product lasted on me for approximately eight hours, despite the humid weather which is pretty impressive. Of course I was wearing a primer underneath my foundation but I don’ think that’s the point. I’ve had powder/cream blushes that faded on me during the middle of the day despite the fact that I’m wearing a primer. At the end of the day though, what I noticed was that it was no longer that vibrant as it was when I first applied it but the color was still there. I didn’t feel any stickiness or I didn’t feel as though my skin couldn’t breathe (sadly some cream blushes give me that feeling). If I didn’t have to remove it, I believe that this would’ve lasted for more than eight hours.
| Convenient, container w/ pump
Cap fits securely
Comes with five shade selections
A little goes a long way
Easy to blend
Lasts approximately 8 hours
Available at The Vanity Zone
| The product dispenses way too much product (more than what you need)
It comes of separated unless you shake it
Can be a bit tricky to use especially for newbies
Not available locally
All in all, I love this palette. It’s very sleek & compact, I have no regrets buying it even though it’s like my nth neutral palette. But anyhow, it’s a really good palette, if you love mattes & neutral shades, then this is for you.
As mentioned, it’s a nice addition to the two previous palettes. I can easily see myself coming up with a look combining this and one of the UD Naked palettes. That being said, it’s also a good stand alone palette especially if you love matte shades.
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So those are all of my thoughts regarding the two blushes and the ELF HD Blush in general. Like I said, I love it and it’s definitely worth it. Too bad we don’t have it here yet. But there’s always our trusty online sellers, right? I do believe that Jazzy Collections have their own version though (not sure if it’s Pinkies or Jazzy, will check). I’m not sure of the price range and I’m not sure of the shade selection but I’ll update you on that if I ever see one.
How about you guys? Do you own one of these blushes? Do you like ’em? Do you fancy these blushes? Which do you prefer? Powder, cream or liquid? Let me know!