Thursday, June 24, 2010

ELF Studio Blushes & A Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, ELF sent me some of their new(er) Studio Line blushes to review. In case you didn't already know, I am a huge fan of the ELF line and to be honest, those were some of the only products from the Studio Line that I didn't already own!
I was sent 3: Fuchia Fusion, Pink Passion, & Gotta Glow. All come housed in ELF's signature black plastic packaging. The packaging resembles NARS packaging except it has a window and a mirror and it's substantially heavier than the NARS rubber cases.
Before I go on, I'm going to mention that although I do own 2 NARS blushes, the one I could find (Mata Hari for reference) does not match up with any of these shades and I do not own Albatross so I'm sorry there's no comparison between that and Gotta Glow (however, even though I have no idea where it is, the other NARS blush I own, Angelicka seems like it may be a dupe for Fuchsia Fusion, but I might only be thinking that since they both have silver glitter!). However, I did try to compare the blushes to some of my others powder blushes in my collection.
From left to right:
ELF Fuchsia Fusion, Fresh Petal, The Body Shop Roseflower Fuchsia 02, ELF Pink Passion, TBS Roseflower 01, TBS Cool Dusk
Similar order for swatches (though I ran out of room and the next row are just the subsequent blushes after Pink Passion - I swatched TBS Cool Dusk trio individually aside from the super pale pink shade). I'd say the Fresh is mostly a dupe for Fuchsia Fusion, but it's more of a satin with no silver glitter.
The first possibly dupe shade that I thought of was I saw Gotta Glow was a shade from Bare Escentuals called Gossamer which is an all over face color that came out with one of those multi-product collections on QVC.
From left to right we have:
ELF Gotta Glow, Laura Geller Highlighter in Amaretti (part of the Boysenberry blush n brighten) and Bare Escentuals Gossamer. As you can see, Gotta Glow is much more of a refined shimmer than the fairly evident shimmer/glimmer in the Bare Escentuals.

Gotta Glow is one of those great multi-purpose products. Highlighter? No problem. Inner corner highlight? Done. Brow bone highlight? Great! etc etc etc. My only complaint about the shade is it a touch powdery, but even so it's fairly easy to work with.
I'd like Fuchsia Fusion a lot more if it didn't have the silver glitter. Even though I'm in my 20s, I still prefer a more subdued glow on my cheeks, however, the glitter is easily buffed away and the color is quite pigmented and pretty.
Pink Passion was a lot less bright and pigmented than I thought it would be, but I like it because it's a matte buildable shade that is perfect for those mornings where you don't want to have to think a lot. I'm not sure how successful it would be on darker skin tones though but on my fair skin it's quite pretty.
And now the exciting part.

I have the same 3 blushes I reviewed to give away to a lucky reader! Fuchsia Fusion, Pink Passion & Gotta Glow. The giveaway is open to anyone in the US & Canada (sorry International readers!). If you win, you will be sent the blushes directly from ELF (hence the location rules). Anyway, this giveaway is super easy. Leave me a comment telling me the following:

- your name or alias
- your blog URL if you have one
- your favorite blush!

You do not need to leave an e-mail address for me to contact you. However, I will be posting the name of the winner (so at least give something descriptive and not anonymous when you post!) on the blog on July 17th. You must contact me at within 48 hours with your mailing address. If not your win will be forfeited and I will pick a new winner. Since my spam folder ate previous giveaway winner's e-mails, if I don't respond to you within 24 hours, please comment on a recent blog post in addition to your e-mail.

You must be a follower of Jeweled Thumb to enter, but that's really easy too, right? =)

This giveaway will end July 16th @ 11:59 EST. Good luck!

disclosure: The products I reviewed were sent by ELF and ELF is sponsoring this giveaway. I was not compensated in any way for this aside from the free products.


Rena said...

I wanna win those blushes! I think I'm interested in the "Gotta Glow" blush! It's multipurpose! 8)

Well, since I don't own many blushes, I guess my favorite would have to be the Milani sunset one!

<33 Rena

skaki said...

nice giveaway!hope i could win.
name- ks sn
favorite blush-clinique's cream stick blush

wingsinheaven5 said...

name: Carolanne

blog: (don't have one... yet)

favorite blush: Wet N Wild blush in Mellow Wine. Such a gorgeous color! In my opinion, a dusty rose shade with a teensy, TINY bit of shimmer. The quality is amazing as well! Very pigmented (a little goes a long way) and very smooth and blendable! Not powdery in the least! AND a whopping $2.99, i believe. =] love love LOVE!!! <3

Maggie said...

Name: Maggie
Favorite Blush: Rimmel's Lasting Finish Blush in Plum! :)

Lacey said...

Name: Lacey
Favorite blush: Wet N Wild Color Icon Blusher in Pearlescent Pink

ipehishere said...

name : ipehishere
blog :
fav blush : currently mac hipness hehe

J said...


My favorite at the moment is probably The Body Shop Roseflower blush in Fuschia. It's not terribly pigmented but I love it because it's easy to create a really soft pink flush with just a tiny hint of sheen (not shimmer or glitter).

hellocatie said...

name: catie
favorite blush: NARS luster!

and gotta glow looks very close to albatross. i have that and its a pale golden color that looks white in the pan :)

Mimsy said...

Great giveaway!

Name: Carol
My favorite blush at the moment is the N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick in Pink Flash, a bright matte coral pink.

Anonymous said...

Name: cellocontour
Blush: jane blushing cheeks blushing baby doll

Jenny said...
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Grace Wong said...

Name: Grace Wong
I don't own a single blush, but I've been eyeing the pretty Coffret D'or Innocent Color Blush!
These elf blushes look amazing! :D

In Her Makeup Bag said...

Thanks for this giveaway!
Name: Stephanie
Favorite Blush: Covergirl instant cheekbones blush in refined rose- it's the perfect rosy blush for my fair skin.

JammingJen said...

Name: JammingJen
Blog: n/a
Blush: Milani's Mai Tai or the pink blush in ELF's blush/contour duo. :]

Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Samantha Lynn said...

name: samantha
blog: none
blush: revlons cream blush (:

this is the best giveaway ever! <3

Lillian Funny Face said...

Am in the UK so not entering the giveaway but i just wanted to say it was a fab post and i looove Pink Passion, definately going to have to get it now :)

Jeweled Thumb said...

@Lillian: Aww Lill, you're the best. To make it even better sounding, it lasted 12+ hours today! It's still on and it's 9:30pm and I applied at just past 6am!

superwoolu said...

name: superwoolu
fav blush: dandelion from benefit!

Annette M. said...


My favorite blush is Coralista by Benefit. I have one elf studio blush in candid coral and it is actually one of my favs as well. I'd really like to try more! :)

Shela said...

Name: Shela or better known as BGgals on Twitter.
Fave blush: a tie between MAC Dainty and Earth to Earth.

Anonymous said...

Name: Ada
Blog: and, but i'm on twitter more if that counts :]
Favorite Blush: MAC Gleeful! I put on a little and it goes a long way!

lipton|TEE said...

I love ELF!

Name: Tee
Favorite Blush: L'oreal Hip Creme Blush

Dani M said...

Dani M
Favorite blush is currently Maybelline mousse in Peach Satin

Hannah said...

Hannah W

My favorite blush is any Tarte Cheekstain!

JennXOXO said...

Currently my favorite blush is Stereo Rose (even though it's an MSF). :)

Andi said...

and my favorite blush right now is the Blush/Bronze Duo from ELF! It's a lovely pink/peach with gold shimmer and looks divine on my skin!

imergotm said...

Just recently went blush crazy and love the Aromaleigh Sonic Rocks blush in Cherry Bomb.

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