ELF HD Blush

I’ve never been that in to blushers before. But it has come to my attention that they’re somewhat of an obsession lately. Especially when I’ve been packing up all my stuff ready to move house! The amount of make up I have it ridiculous and I vowed never to buy any more (but shortly after that vow I ended up buying 3 Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers. Whoops). Anyway, as you can tell I’m not one to turn my nose up at a product that’s new, especially when gifted for review purposes, so I simply could not turn away the new ELF HD Blush. It’s unlike any other blusher I have and it’s a contender for new multi purpose wonder product in my life….

The first thing of note about the ELF HD Blush is the size. At first I was kind of like ‘is that it?!’ but upon first use I realised that even though it is kind of small, it’s also incredibly MIGHTY… As demonstrated by this instagram shot of my first use of it….I literally pumped out a tiny tiny spot on the back of my hand and this happened….Yes, I know, I’m beautiful (but I’ll save that image until the end of the blog post, I don’t want to scare any body off yet)….Anyway. Not to be one to be left defeated by such epic fails of the blusher kind, a fail which in fact prompted someone to ask if I was joining the Circus due to the intense redness of my cheeks, I was determined to make it work better second time round. I think the shade Encore is a touch too intense for my pale colouring but would look really nice on a darker skin tone, it’s a little too fuchsia on myself though. The formula is ever so intense. The pigmentation is almost like an acrylic paint swatch of pure colour. It’s really a little wonder. As I said from the tiniest spot of product it distributes a complete wonder punch of creamy colour
As I said, I’m not one to be defeated by a product and found that using a flat topped stippling brush is the best fit for this type of product! You have to really make sure that you stipple it out well on the back of your hand first though as once this stuff is on, it’s ON. You need to rub it around a bit until you get a really even distribution on the brush and then REALLY lightly brush it on your cheeks. As I have said, the Encore is slightly too dark/bright for me to use as a blusher, but get this, as a lip colour it’s awesome. It’s a really bright pop of colour and isn’t TOO drying. It is a little drying but nothing a touch of balm doesn’t sort out. I’ve had actual lip tints that have been much worse with their drying effects than this is. The colour literally stains your lips and lasts a good few hours including eating and drinking in that time too. It’s a really creamy but matt finish. The shade Diva is much more suited to me (if I use it correctly) and I can effortlessly get the right amount of pink tint on my cheeks once the brush method was in play. They’re the perfect pair for a nice pink themed face, without looking like you’ve been left roasting in the sun for several hours.
All in all a pretty wonderful and unique product I think! Especially for the price of £3.75I would very much like to try the paler shades of this though, as I think they have wonderful potential and a shimmery effect would be a right treat as a highlighting blusher too (they don’t exist at the moment though, but it would be good right?) Just remember if you do try these that a little goes a hell of a long way and to blend as quickly as you can!! Once this stuff is on it is ON. Also have a face wipe handy too, as it took me forever to try and wash it off the back of my hand with soap and water. It can be messy business looking this good you know….
Oh and here’s that instagram picture I mentioned earlier.
*EDIT: As pointed out by a keen commented below, these actually do look like an amazing dupe of the Make Up Forever HD Blush!

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bloody hell, it's so bright! i've been spying these on the us elf website for a while. i might have to do a cheeky elf haul, these look too lovely to miss. they look beautiful o the lips – i'm ghost pale so i can imagine applying them would be a nightmare first time round, haaaaa


Aw great review, it makes you want to buy 🙂

Leanne Marie

I've been eyeing these up on the ELF website, being a big fan of blush I was quite tempted. I dont know if the application would be a bit too messy for my liking though! Thanks for reviewing them!

Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x


Very interesting post really and fun, I like your picture !
Blushes i am just a complete addict too. I have to say this is the most difficult part of my make up to pass. Mine is ae chanel the power blush and i am pretty satisfied with the color. xo


I absolutely love those colours!! 😀


Oh yes, these are definitely a dupe for the MUFE. I like them as lip stains better than blushes… Too matte for my liking, on the cheeks.

preethi Prasad

love the effect on ur lips

Betzy's Makeup

They are so pigmented

Charlee Greenhalgh

I have been on the fence about this products because of how powerful they can be. I really want to try them out however, but may go for a lighter shade to reduce the risk of applying them badly to my cheeks haha. Do like the way it looks on your lips though 🙂



I have one of these in the colour Diva & I made the mistake of putting FAR too much on. You need just the smallest amount of product. This stuff doesn't budge. I was quite impressed with the staying power & pigmentation. I think I will pick up a few more for the price they are a bargain

Stephanie Lowe

Great post, I got the feckin purple one, cannot get it to work for me though! The pink looks stunning on you though not the last picture though unfortunately, slightly too much for my liking 😛 x x


omg i really want to try these, there so pretty and pigmented!:)



Goodness, that blusher is so BRIGHT! You did a good job blending!

Julie-Ann Fortune

I was looking at these yesterday, after the 87th email I received about their 48% sale but didn't end up buying anything. Off the top of my head I couldn't name one elf product ive enjoyed except a few brushes. After seeing these swatched though I think I will place that order and try a few more new products too x

Just me, Leah

When I got my order through I looked at them, said 'WTF?!' as they looked tiny, but boy do they ever pack a punch! Love them. xx

Just me Leah


They look exactly like MUFE HD blush. I hope they are similar 'cause it'll be a great budget alternative.

Pampered Prince

Woah that's a bright pink! Did you pinch it from one of the LD's makeup bags? ;P


Thanks for the heads up on how intense these can be! I saw a nice pale pink shade which I liked the look of, I can't find it now but I will keep checking the site.

Great review and golly gosh Encore is bright!

Amy xx
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