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Monday, January 4, 2016

Elf Illuminating Palette Review with Swatches! Hot or Not!?



I've had my eye on this palette since it came out and I heard some reviews comparing it to the Hourglass Illuminating powders. I have always wanted to try the Hourglass powders but they are not in my current budget. So I didn't have much to lose by getting hold of this Elf Illuminating palette that is supposed to be a dupe. Since I don't own any Hourglass powders or any of their products for that matter, I obviously cannot compare them. However, I saw some comparison swatches from others and they really did look like dupes for one another.

I scooped up this palette for a steal! The palette is only $6 on Elf's website but I searched the Internet for some coupons to use on Elf's website and their checkout system allowed me to stack coupons, so it ended up costing me about $3 USD with FREE shipping! woohoo!




From Elf's website: "This beautiful illuminating palette holds 4 gorgeous complementary shades to mix and match for a custom blended radiance that captures, diffuses, and softens the way light reflects on the skin. The soft-focus powders are great for highlighting around the eyes and on cheekbones to enhance the skin with a luminous effect. Perfect for all skin tones."

The packaging is nice and sleek and it comes with a huge mirror! Like Elf's other new blush and bronzer quads this one also allows for each quadrant to be popped out so you can mix and match with you palettes. I have used all four colours and the top two are my favourites with the upper right, more pinky-toned one being my absolute favourite of the four. The bottom left one just blends in with my skin and the bottom right one would be great for deeper skin tones, or if you want that gorgeous, bronzy J-Lo glow!

I find that all of them provide a beautiful glow to my skin, no chunky glitter (although there is micro glitter that does not show up on my face, but I was able to see all the tiny glitters from the initial swatches on my arm). The powders do not accentuate pores or dryness or any skin imperfections which is huge for me, as I find that most highlighters accentuate at least some of those things and no one wants that. I find that the soft glow that these powders provide are ideal for dry or aging skin, and I should know as I have dehydrated and aging skin.



I took tons of pictures of the swatches and as I've seen in others reviews, they just show up powdery instead of glowy. I tried every lighting, angle, you name it! I promise you that they don't go on powdery. Somehow, once blended, you get a gorgeous glow.

Here are the best shots I could get:





Overall, I am in love with this palette and unless something better comes along I would buy it again and again. I can definitely say that these are my favourite highlighters of all the highlights I have ever tried. Which says a lot seeing as I've tried a ton of highlighters. So, if you want a beautiful soft glow as a highlight, what are you waiting for?! I don't think you'll be disappointed. Personally, I'm obsessed!

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts on it? Do you have any fab budget beauty buys to share?

Ps. Come on over and join the fun at fabulousandfunlife's weekly beauty linkup party!

Amy
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    1. it's really great for a beautiful glow and the fact that it doesn't cling to dry patches is such a welcome change. :)

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  2. This looks super nice and so affordable compared to a lot of other illuminating palettes like Laura Mercier or ABH.

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

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    1. I would never have expected to love something that is so inexpensive so much!!

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  3. this is definitely a great dupe!!! I've only tried an elf eye shadow back when they first landed in Australia and the quality wasn't quite there. I'm so glad to see elf's product quality improve over the past decade!

    http://lilynotlouise.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. ELF definitely has some hits and some misses. I am so happy with this palette, it's really become a favourite already! :)

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  4. looks like a good product for an affordable price. I recently tried out one of their primers and I love it. Almost the same as Smashbox

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    1. ooh, that's great about the primer! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. I've been lusting after the Hourglass Illuminating palette for a while now but I've been unable to justify the cost of it! This Elf palette however I can afford and will go out searching for!!!! Thanks for sharing this palette find!

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    1. I'm the same, wanting the Hourglass but the cost!! geez! I hope you get your hands on this ELF palette, such a great glow!

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  6. Wow - what an awesome product for $3! Some lovely shades there, and the swatches look generously pigmented ♥

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    1. Even for $6, this is a steal! I can't believe the gorgeous glow it gives. My favourite highlight now!

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  7. Ooh, I must check this palette out. It sounds fabulous. Great review!

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    1. I can't believe it's only $6 unless you can find some coupons like I did online. I am loving it!!

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  8. Haven't tried these, but I love Elf products! They have most of my go-tos for makeup! Will definitely have to check this out. Thanks for linking up with us in the #BestoftheBlogosphere link-up!

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    1. Hope you get your hands on this palette, I'm still loving it!

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