Something I forgot to mention in my e.l.f. Complete Coverage Concealer review was that e.l.f. often offer gifts with purchase for a low minimum spend. I find US brands are usually more generous than their UK counterparts when it comes to offering samples; plus, they allow you to layer voucher codes – yeah, I’m looking at you Look Fantastic and Feel Unique and your measly, only one code allowed policy.
Unless it’s something spectacular on offer, I don’t buy more to meet the criteria. However, including shipping (£2.95), my last order was just £20.95, yet it was still enough to qualify for a Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky. Although, the timing could’ve been better, as I’d just bought Clinique Blushing Blush™ Powder Blush in Precious Posy for £23.00 (it’s erm…very pink).
I wasn’t expecting much, and thought that perhaps this was one of their least popular products and they were making way for new stock. How wrong! It’s one of their best-selling products with a decent 4.1 out of 5 stars rating.
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.
Apply this shimmering colour dry for sheer pigmentation, or use a damp brush or sponge for a more vibrant effect.
This product should really be renamed Blush ‘n’ Glow, it’s so much more than a mere blusher. I hadn’t realised how glowy it was until I turned my head to the side to check my make up (as you do), and saw the shimmer.
However, it’s a ‘good’ glow – healthy, not full on shimmer. There’s also a reddy brown marbling shade running through it which dials it down a smidgen.
The colour payoff is sheer, so it does need building. Although, unlike other reviewers, I didn’t find it cakey after repeated applications. I haven’t used it with a damp sponge, it’s pigmented enough for me.
It’s also perfect for pale skin tones. I have mild rosacea and that, plus the menopause, mean I’m prone to blushing a lot, but this peachy shade seems to off set that.
I apply it to the top part of my cheekbones, this is so flattering, particularly on mature skin, and really brightens up the face. Although I would recommend you double-check for glow overload before venturing out, I’ve had a few clown face incidents when I was a bit too heavy-handed.
Sadly, I’m not sure I can get away with this shade come autumn or winter, it’s just too hello summer! for that. Probably best suited for evenings out when the weather changes.
These are the official swatches for all 4 shades on offer:
Peachy Cheeky is accurate, so I’m assuming the other 3 are fairly close to the real thing too.
What I find puzzling is that people are raving about ‘Pinktastic’ with its holographic particles and strobing effect. I’m looking at it and thinking, really? But it must look spectacular on younger skin.
One problem I’ve always found with ‘baked cosmetics is that the top layer has a tendency to darken. I haven’t looked into why this happens, but I presume it’s because of the natural oils from your skin transferring to the product.
I really think this needs to be removed, so I use a tiny piece of fine sandpaper (a knife of course would do same thing) and scrape it off.
Another winner from e.l.f. Studio.
e.l.f. Studio Baked Blush 6g £4.50