Friday, September 13, 2013

Highlighter Heaven?...E.l.f Baked Highlighter Review and Swatches!

Hello again beauties! I hope everyone is doing well today! Before I begin this review I have a little favor to ask of my lovely readers. I am entered in a contest through Riteaid for the Eye Extravaganza Event. The contest was to create a Smokey Look. I wanted to put a bit of an nontraditional spin on it and decided to do a golden brown smokey look that will be perfect for the fall months. If you all could be dears and pop over there and vote for my picture it would be greatly appreciated. You could do so by clicking here!

Back to the scheduled program...I am super excited to sit down and right this post! You know how I get when I find an amazingly inexpensive product THAT ACTUALLY WORKS!! I get those little beauty butterflies. Well if you have not tried the new E.l.f Baked Highlighters yet then girl you need to have them in your life. As you all know from my many many E.l.f posts I have a bit of an addiction to buying E.l.f products. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand it is a very affordable ($1-$6 usually) makeup brand that you can find in drugstores and online. You may also hear it called Eyes Lips Face which is what E.l.f actually stands for. I always like to give their products a spin because if they work they are so affordable that you can't possibly go wrong. Some of my most beloved products like the Makeup Lock and Seal (view here) my Eyebrow Miracle (view here) or their amazing Blush/Bronzer Kits (view here).

I have tried their baked eyeshadows and they were phenomenal. I use them all the time especially the Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette. I also tried their baked blushes. What I find interesting about their release of the Baked Highlighters is that they do remind me of a few of the blushes. The Baked Blushes were duds for me because many of them acted more like highlighters than an actual blush. They had a beautiful sheen but lacked the color payoff that I would have liked from a blush. I ended up tossing a couple and kept a couple which up until now I was using for a highlighter. They will now most likely just collect dust because the Baked Highlighters do a much better job.

I picked up all three shades which sell for $3 a piece (talk about a bargain)!!
 These are the 3 shades available. Moonlight Pearl which is on the left is a light cream color. Blush Gems which is in the middle is a champagne/medium brown shade. Pink Diamonds which is on the right is a pink toned shade. All three have that traditional domed shape that comes with baked products. You get a decent amount of product with these and each one is about the size of  a Milani Baked Blush. My one gripe about these is the packaging. They come in a rather cheap and flimsy plastic compact. I do not see it being very resilient to being dropped or tossed around so this is probably not a product you are going to want to travel with. Baked products can be rather fragile to begin with and I don't think this compact will withstand much abuse. 
 Here is a closer look at the shades. Above is Moonlight Pearl.
 Here is a close up of Blush Gems.
and finally here is a close up of Pink Diamonds.

 The above two pictures are swatches done on bare skin. These are heavy swatches so that you can see the difference in the shades. They will not come off this heavy on the skin so you don't have to worry about having a huge stripe of highlighter down your cheek or anything like that.
This is what they look like sheered out and what they will look like when applied lightly with a brush. As you can see they apply much more sheer but you still can see the difference in the tones of the different shades. I love that these give you a nice sheen without being glittery or overly shiny. I love my Mary Loumanizer from The Balm but unless applied with a very light hand you end up looking like a walking disco ball and unless you are Donna Summer that is not ok. These did not have that issue with me. One swipe through the product with my brush and one swipe on the skin and it was perfect. They give you that nice natural glow but are not overwhelming. I would like to see how these do up against the popular Bella Highlighting Powders everyone is talking about. 

Overall for the money these are a great little product. I have been using them everyday and I still adore them. I brush a little on the top of my cheekbones and run a bit down my nose and it really helps slim out my face while giving me a nice natural glow. It makes me look healthy and happy :)! 


  1. I was trying to decide which one to buy, this was really helpful thanks :)

    1. I had a hard time deciding too so when everything was 50% off I bought all 3! LOL

  2. Thank you for the descriptive review. I recently got blush gems on a coffee break sale and wasn't sure how it would fare.