elf HD Blush Showstopper Review

elf HD Blush Showstopper Review

elf HD Blush Showstopper Review

This liquid blush is part of e.l.f.’s studio line, which makes it a whopping $3.00. I’d been curious to try a liquid blush for a while, especially since I love cream blushes, so thanks to the price, this one seemed like a good way to go. 


  • available at eyeslipsface.com as well as Target, K-Mart, and Walgreens
  • $3.00 for .51 fl oz/15 ml
  • comes in 5 shades
  • ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Nylon-12, Barium Sulfate, Mica, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)

Here’s what it says on e.l.f.’s website about the product:

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.

elf HD Blush Showstopper Review

I’m usually brave and courageous when it comes to beauty products… well, for the most part. Every time I reach for the blush, I get a bit nervous. Here’s my problem: it’s insanely pigmented. Usually, strong pigmentation is a good thing, but in this case, e.l.f. went a bit (a lot) overboard. 

elf HD Blush Showstopper Review

I realize that I did choose the darkest shade of the bunch, but usually I can still make these kind of colors work with a light hand. I can make this work… but it’s SO much work, that is isn’t really worth it to me. If you have a beautiful, deep and dark skin tone, you might just love this blush! This one will certainly show up on your skin, so if you have trouble with that, I’d say go for it! If your skin is light, like mine, and you still want to try this liquid blush, I’d suggest you get the lightest shade. 

elf HD Blush Showstopper Review

(As for in the photo above, I am wearing this blush, and I had so much trouble blending it, that I had to apply concealer over it so I would look less like a clown.)

Here’s a quick list of the positives and negatives:

  • positive: great price for a ton of product
  • positive: comes in some really pretty shades
  • positive: can be worn on the cheeks, and also looks cute on the lips
  • negative: too pigmented
  • negative: difficult to blend in 
  • negative: doesn’t ever “set”, it transfers or moves on the skin if you touch your face
  • not sure if this is positive or negative, but it does stain the skin (at least this shade does)


my rating- 2 stars

There ya have it! Overall, this product is so-so… I wouldn’t recommend it to beginners… or even to those who like a subtle, natural blush look on the cheeks. If you like to have fun and experiment, this might be worth trying. I’ll give it a few more chances, but I’m not sure I’ll keep this for long.

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How do you feel about liquid blush? Worth the effort, or just too intimidating? 

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