elf Cosmetics Studio Pink Passion Blush Swatches & Review

elf Cosmetics Pink Passion Studio Blush Swatches & ReviewSince I’m going to be talking about the elf Cosmetics Studio Pink Passion Blush, I thought it would be appropriate to take this time to tell you about something embarrassing I did that made me blush. (It may not seem too bad, but at the time, I was mortified!)

I think it was when I was 12 years old or so. My parents and I were in church on Father’s Day.

I misheard the priest and thought he said, “Let’s stand and pray for all the fathers who are here today.” So, I stood up, but my mom remained seated and motioned to me to sit down. Then…I saw that there were only men standing, so I quickly sat down. Apparently only the fathers were supposed to stand.

I could feel my cheeks burning up. (And I tried to pay more attention during future masses. :P)

What’s one of your embarrassing moments?

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Natural Light - Left: Heavily swatched, Right: Blended out

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Flash - Left: Heavily swatched, Right: Blended out


Soft, sheer texture
√ Silky finish
√ Can be worn alone or layered for more depth
√ Creates a healthy glow

Key Notes

  • Name: elf Cosmetics Studio Blush (Pink Passion)
  • Amount: 475 g (168 oz.)
  • What I Paid: $0.90 USD (on a ridiculous 70% off sale. Retails for $3 USD.)
  • Where to Buy: elf Cosmetics website & Target stores

elf Cosmetics Pink Passion Studio Blush Review


When you first look at Pink Passion in the pan, you’ll probably think, “Whoa, that’s really bright! Who wears that? Clowns?” At least, that was my initial reaction. (But, with the same token, that’s why I even wanted to try out this colour – thought it would be fun!)

It’s very wearable! 🙂 As long as you don’t pack it on, apply it wet, or do something silly like that, then the colour on your cheeks is very wearable and pretty.

Pink Passion is a vibrant, girly pink that brightens up your whole complexion – it really added the much-needed ‘perk’ to my face on those days when I was dead tired. (Isn’t it amazing how something like blush can really wake up your face?)


This is a matte blush, so there’s no shimmer or sparkle. This is my preferred everyday finish for a blush because I find it easier to wear than shimmers, which can sometimes make you look greasy.

Application, Formula & Pigmentation

Pink Passion is a powder blush, so those who have dry skin should either avoid it or be prepared to moisturize beforehand. (Cream-based blushes would be more suitable.)

Since my skin isn’t usually dry, I find that powder blushes work best and actually help my skin stay matte for longer. And, while the colour did fade a bit over time, it didn’t completely disappear. I always had a nice wash of pretty pink on my cheeks, even when I put it on first thing in the morning and came home late at night.

The pigmentation of Pink Passion is really intense. If you use a regular blush brush, just dip it lightly into the pan so you don’t overdo it and look like you’re friends with Bozo the Clown. If you’re not careful, it’s really easy to overdo it. (And remember, it’s best to apply less blush first because you can always add more later. But if you pack it on initially, it’s much harder to tone down.)

For highly pigmented blushes like this, I like to use the MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush to apply it because it never cakes it on. You get a nice wash of colour.


The compact looks really sleek and like it’s more expensive than what I paid. Some people have compared it to the NARS blush packaging.

It’s important to note that the elf Cosmetics Studio blushes don’t come with their own brushes, so you’ll need to have one on hand to use them.

Inside the compact, there’s a small mirror, which I think is a nice touch, especially if you plan to travel with the blush.


I’m always thrilled to come across a product that works well, but when the price is ridiculously low, it feels like a real steal, and I want to share it with everyone I know.

The elf Cosmetics Studio Pink Passion Blush is incredible, and not just for the low price. I feel like it works like a more expensive product, so I’m a happy camper. And the fact that elf Cosmetics has lots of online sales makes it even easier for more people to try this out without a major blow to their wallet.


  • Pretty pink blush
  • Can be worn sheer or layered
  • Very inexpensive
  • Sleek packaging with a mirror

  • Powder formula may not be suitable for those with dry skin
  • Doesn’t come with a brush

Final Verdict: 10/10

I was pleasantly surprised at how pigmented Pink Passion was and how beautifully it applied. For a blush that I bought on sale for less than a dollar, it completely blew my low expectations out of the water! This performed as well as the Everyday Minerals blushes I love, but for much less! 🙂

Do you wear blush? What was one of your most embarrassing moments?


10 thoughts on “elf Cosmetics Studio Pink Passion Blush Swatches & Review

  1. Nicole

    I always peruse the elf area when I hit a Target – but usually find the shelves picked over. I decided to place an order from the website recently. The studio line is awesome. I bought quite a few things and have been pleased with all of them. I’m amazed that they can keep their prices so low.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      It’s great that you can find elf products at Target. I haven’t seen any of their stuff here in Canadian stores, so I order online, which actually isn’t bad because the prices are so low and even their shipping is very reasonable.

      Yeah, isn’t it crazy how their prices are so low? Even when you haul a bunch of stuff like a beauty bandit, the total cost doesn’t break the bank!

  2. Carmela

    I’m a fan of elf. I find the mineral eyelid primer works well for the price so I haven’t really felt a need to splurge on that sort of thing. The studio line brushes are pretty top notch too. I haven’t tried the blushes though. Me thinks I should, after reading this post. My current go-to blush is the cream one from Carmindy’s line with Sally Hansen. Even my mom thought it was my natural flush and that’s saying a lot!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Thanks for reminding me! I bought a bunch of the eye primers from elf (back when they had a crazy 70% off sale). Still need to crack them open and give them a go.

      I’ve heard so many great things about the Carmindy blushes, and I’ve looked at them at Shoppers. So tempting! But I have soooo many Everyday Minerals blushes (and now elf blushes), so I can’t in good conscience try them until I hit pan on at least a few of the ones I already have.

      Wow, it was so natural and flawless that it even fooled your mom? That product sounds amazing!

  3. Princess Grey

    Pink is my favorite color. I like pink make ups. How much is this one? I hope I would learn to put make up on.

    Thanks for sharing that embarrassing moment when you were still a child! Reminds me of my own faults before.

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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Princess Grey!

      It retails for $3 USD, but I got it for 70% off during a sale.

      Glad you enjoyed me opening up about my embarrassing moment. I still can’t believe I made that mistake!

  4. maddy

    I don’t shop at elf and I don’t wear make up but this pink looks amazing. One time when I was at Church, there was a thunder storm so we had a brown out and there was lots of thunder and I started to scream.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey maddy!

      Even just looking at the colour in the pan makes me happy because this pink is so lively.

      Wow, that must’ve been a very LOUD thunder storm if it made you scream! Sometimes the storms sound pretty dramatic and violent, don’t they?

  5. lacquerloon

    I am such a NARS blush whore that it took me a long time to even try another brand. Once I got my hands on Orgasm, I had to have them all! Then I branched out to Benefit’s boxed powders and I really like them too. It will take me eons to use up all the blushes I currently have so I’m not going to add to it….or maybe I will….especially since ELF is so economical. That’s my stance and I’m sticking to it. 🙂
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      I’ve always wanted to try NARS Orgasm, but unfortunately a lot of NARS products contain an ingredient that I have a cosmetic allergy to. So…I don’t think I’ll ever be able to try their face makeup. I enjoy it vicariously through you and others!

      Elf’s ridiculously low price points don’t make you feel guilty even when you splurge. So, go for it if you wallet allows!


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