If you’ve ever tried makeup from ELF, you’ll know that it can be very hit or miss. Every once in a while, though, you can find a hidden gem that puts everything else on the sidelines. Those are the ones that make my job fun  – it’s like digging for treasure. Today, we’re gonna take an in-depth look at the ELF highlighter and see if it’s worth your time and money. We’re also gonna compare it to other highlighters and test wear-time as well. So, grab a snack and let’s get right into the ELF Shimmer Highlighting Powder Review.

ELF Shimmer Highlighting Powder Review

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I picked this highlighter up from my local Walmart for $6. When researching, I found that the price was standard across the internet, including Target, Ulta, CVS, even the ELF website. There are, however,  huge discrepancies on reviews. Some sites have it at 1 to 2 stars, others have 4.3 stars – particularly the ELF website. Strange.

It comes in a very sturdy, plastic compact that houses a nice mirror and .28 oz (8 grams) of product. This is average compared to other highlighters.

  • MAC Mineralized Skin finish .35 oz.
  • The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer .35 oz.
  • Stila Heaven’s Hue .35 oz.
  • Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl .16 oz.
  • Wet n’ Wild Mega Glo .19 oz.

The product itself is very soft and smooth to the touch. The shade (Starlight Glow) is a beautiful white/gold with a champagne shift. In the pan, it looks identical to The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer in every aspect. Size, color, smell, shine, etc. Can you tell which is which? On the skin, they perform very differently.

A quick finger swatch provides a muted glow to the skin. To be completely honest, it’s underwhelming. There is no wow factor, no standing ovation, no encore. I’m convinced this product is the Solange of highlighters. MAC is the Beyonce – and Becca, the Tina Turner. I don’t know about you, but Tina is where my aspirations lie in the highlight world. I did a swatch comparison to see how ELF stands up to the competition. Check them out below.

The wear-test was even more of a disappointment. The shine (or lack thereof) began diminishing within 30 minutes. What was left behind were small glitter particles. That’s not saying that the other brands weren’t similar, but ELF performed the worst of the bunch. So, what makes it behave so badly? Well, I believe it’s due to the main ingredients. Talc, Silicone, and Mineral Oil. No Mica can be found anywhere in the ingredients list.

Would I recommend this? No. You can find better for much cheaper. $4 Wet n’ Wild Mega Glo for example! If you want to stay with the ELF brand, try their Dewy Drop highlighters. They are comparable to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors liquids, which are some of the best on the market. So that’s gonna do it for this review. I hope you found it helpful and I look forward to seeing you very soon.

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