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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Quickie Review and LOTD: e.l.f Studio blush in Gotta Glow

e.l.f recently had one of their nifty 50% office sale (I picked up some of my favourite brushes which you can see here) and I decided to throw ‘Gotta Glow’ into my basket to see what all the fuss was about. Famed for being an inexpensive dupe for NARS Albatross which I was drooling over instore with Rachael recently, I was really excited to try it out. I love golden highlighters, and the ones I had before this were either a really warm, yellow gold or more of a champagne-gold, and this one is more of a white-gold.


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You can really see where the NARS comparisons come in! The compact had a decent heft to it and doesn’t feel cheap. The small mirror is a little pointless in my opinion – I wish it took up the whole lid, but then I do like that you can see the product without opening the compact.


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I’d click to enlarge those photos and see the product close up, but as you can see, it’s actually a really lovely and subtle highlighter! I was initially worried at first that it would be too ashy or chalky on the skin it kicks up a lot of powder when you swirl your brush in the pan, but luckily that didn’t translate on my cheek. I’ll hazard a guess you don’t get that with the NARS version but I don’t have a problem with it really, especially for the price point. It also builds quite nicely into a stronger highlight if you want to double it up on the inner corner of the eye.

All in all – a lovely highlighter and a lovely bargain! I’m tempted to try some more of e.l.f’s blush range if they’re all this pretty– any recommendations?

The studio blushes cost £3.50 from


  1. ooooh yeah!!! I was lemming the Nars one!

  2. You look so beautiful!!!

  3. This looks really pretty! I've used Candid Coral before and I Like it, but it only lasts on my face for about 3-4 hours before it fades. It gives a very pretty finish so I still use it, I just like layering it over something else so that if it fades, there's still some color beneath it.

  4. I'd love to try this as I never bought the NARS product as it is quite pricey. I love your overall style in the photo, especially the lipstick and cute hairstyle!

    1. Aw, thank you :) 'Chavvy Pin Up' is one of my go-to styles!


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