An Honest Review of E.l.f. Cosmetics’ Putty Blush

Ever since I was a kid, I was a fan of blush. Alongside lipstick (which I wore on picture day in the first grade, mind you), blush was my introduction to makeup. As I grew older and developed my own beauty routine, blush was still a favorite, even if it didn’t become a signature like winged eyeliner or red lipstick. It was dependable—whenever I needed to brighten my complexion and look less like a zombie, I always chose blush over a bronzer. I’m old-school that way. 

My favorite blushes have always been powders, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that they don’t sit on my skin as well as they used to. Could it be due to having oily skin and big pores, or was it because of my age? I recently turned 40, after all. Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Dorman, who has worked with Bella Hadid, Anne Hathaway, and Bebe Rexha, shared some insight: “As people get older, certain changes to the skin will affect the way blush looks on the skin. The primary reason being that as the skin loosens, the pores expand as well, and blush can sink into these crevices on the skin and make the texture of the blush look rough.” 

Personally, I was not ready to give up my blush habit despite my 40-year-old skin trying to sink it away. Thankfully, a new blush came into my life right at the perfect moment. Keep scrolling for all of the details!