elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatches & Review

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatches & ReviewThere are lots of things that make us feel giddy: falling in love, a first kiss, or receiving a box full of nail polish in the mail! 😉

I bought the elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush several months ago when the elf Cosmetics website had a crazy 70% off sale. Now, that, made me giddy!

The elf Giddy Gold Blush is unlike any of the other blushes I’ve ever tried because it’s, well, gold. I usually go for pink, red, or coral blushes.

So what did I think of this? Let me tell you.

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Pictures

elf Cosmetics Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatch, Review & Pictures

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatches & Review

elf Giddy Gold Blush Swatch, Review & Pictures

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Giddy Gold Blush Swatch & Review

elf Cosmetics Giddy Gold Blush Swatches & Review

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Ingredients

elf Giddy Gold Blush Ingredients, Review & Swatches

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatches

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatch & Review

Natural Light (Left-Right): Swatched heavily & blended out

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatch & Review Flash

Flash (Left-Right): Swatched heavily & blended out


Soft, sheer texture
Silky finish

Key Notes

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

elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Review


On my skin, the elf Cosmetics Studio Giddy Gold Blush is a gold that leans on the orange side.

Of course you wouldn’t pack it on, unless you dig the clown look. This blush needs to be blended out, and even then, you should probably only dust it on really lightly.


This blush is very shimmery, and it looked like there were very fine pieces of glitter. I noticed a little bit of glitter migration throughout the day, but it wasn’t really too bad.

I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of finish because my combination skin can sometimes look really shiny when shimmer’s involved.

You can use it as a highlighter if you dust it on reallllly lightly. If you don’t, it looks too orange and strange…at least on my skin tone.

Application, Formula & Pigmentation

Giddy Gold has a sheer formulation that can be built up if you actually want that. (I actually think this blush looks awful when it’s applied with a heavy hand, but as they say, different strokes for different folks.)


I like how sleek the packaging is – very NARS-esque. It looks more expensive, and it’s compact. I also like how there’s no brush included since a lot of times I use my own brushes, anyway. (The lack of a brush means that there’s room for more products.)


It’s pretty obvious that paying just $0.90 USD for this blush was a real steal. You can’t get deals like this often…except with elf Cosmetics. And even if you paid full price ($3 USD), it’s still ridiculously affordable.


  • Pretty, gold shimmer
  • Sheer pigmentation can be built up
  • Extremely affordable
  • Sleek packaging

  • Gold leans very orange (I suggest applying it with a light hand.)
  • Doesn’t come with a brush (But this is also a Pro because that means there’s space for more product)

Final Verdict: 7/10

The elf Giddy Gold Blush didn’t make me giddy. It’s not bad, but it’s not one that I think I’ll be reaching for very often because it’s a bit too orange for my liking. I’ll use it with a very light hand, or maybe I’ll layer it over another blush to change the finish.

Have you tried Giddy Gold? Do you use it as a blush or as a highlight?


20 thoughts on “elf Studio Giddy Gold Blush Swatches & Review

  1. karen

    It’s a pretty color and should go well for summer when faces seem to tan a bit unless you make like a vampire and avoid the sun entirely.

    Not including a brush could actually be considered a plus since those dinky little brushes that they usually include are pretty worthless. I used to toss them and just use the one in my brush kit.

    I got a bit of a giggle on the box notation ‘mirror included’. Have they stopped putting mirrors in the lid of these containers?

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      That’s a good point – this would be more suitable for the summer when most people have a bit of a tan. Then it won’t look quite as orange.

      No, I think they still have the mirrors included on the new ones. But, to be honest, I never use them because I haven’t ever touched up my blush. I just put it on in the morning and that’s it.

  2. CupK8

    I have this blush in Candid Coral, and it’s been my go-to for a while. Unfortunately, the little plastic view screen fell out while traveling over Christmas, and now it gets banged up in my makeup bag. :\ Still a pretty color, but I was disappointed in the packaging. I’m not surprised however, considering that packaging is one of the places costs can be easily cut.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey CupK8!

      Sorry to hear that the plastic part fell out, but at least you didn’t pay the high price of a NARS blush! Then you’d be really upset.

      I’m surprised that it broke, though, because the packaging feels pretty sturdy to me. Maybe the screen was a little loose to begin with, so that made it easier for it to get damaged.

      1. CupK8

        It could also be me being rough with my makeup. 😉 But one well-placed poke at that plastic from a stray eyeliner and it popped right out. I still use it, I just have to be careful about where it goes in my bag now!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ashley!

      I agree – with a little more natural colour in the summer, the orange-ness would blend into the skin more. I’ll have to try it again then.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Brittany!

      It’s really pretty – sparkles and catches the light. 🙂 Yeah, and you can’t feel guilty about elf splurges! 😉

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Nicole!

      I know, right? It boggles my mind how they’re one of the few companies that can keep their prices so low.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Carmela!

      Haha, I laughed at the Oompa Loompa look. Are you sure you don’t want to try it? Maybe for Hallowe’en? 😉

      I have a few bronzers, but I’ve never worn them yet. Still worried that I’ll look silly with them on, but I’m hoping to muster up the guts in the summer.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Andrea!

      On my combination skin, they last for at least 4-5 hours before they started to fade on me. But, if you have dry skin, I don’t think this powder formulation would last as long – go for a cream-based one.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lacquerloon!

      I don’t own any NARS blushes, but I wonder if Giddy Gold is a dupe for anything that NARS has come out with…

  3. Kristina K

    I have been wanting to try some elf for a while, but I feel like I have so much makeup that I cant justify it yet lol. But its really nice reading about the products! Also enjoy your blog very much!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Kristina K!

      Yeah, it’s a wise idea to use what you already have before buying more. Otherwise, you may need another room to store all the goodies. Hehe! 😉


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