e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

Hey friends! Are you a fan of highlighters? I AM. I’m also a fan of not spending tons of money on them. That is where the $6 e.l.f. Illuminating Palette comes in.


In the picture above, I have my full face of makeup on, except for a highlighter. I think it’s still a great look, but highlighter definitely adds that extra pop. Below, I applied highlighter on one half of my face…can you tell which side? 1

Here…I’ll give you some help! 2

It’s not a huge difference, but I think on the right my under-eye area definitely looks brighter, and my cheeks have a nice pop of sheen.

This e.l.f. Illuminating Palette is a pretty good bang for your buck…er…six bucks. I often see highlighters referred to as “bright enough to be seen from space.” I don’t know if this highlighter is quite that impressive. If we’re keeping with the atmosphere theme, I bet it could be seen from the stratosphere, though? Not bad for the price! 3

I typically apply the highlighter on my cheekbones, center of my nose, cupid’s bow, upper chin, and center forehead. I also use the lightest shade to brighten my under-eye area.4.5

This palette definitely adds a subtle, but pretty sheen where applied. It lasts throughout the day very well on me, also.4

According to e.l.f., “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.”

You can see the four shades included below. I typically use a combination of the top two.5.5

e.l.f also says these colors can be used as shadows, which I think could create a beautiful, natural makeup look. I mean, as natural as shimmering eyelids can look, you know.5

Like I said, I don’t think these highlighters will be blinding any astronauts, but they’re a great purchase. If you’re wanting to test out highlighting without spending tons of money, give this palette a try!

Have you had luck with any other drugstore highlighters I should check out?

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Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me

Bronzer: NYX Matte Bronzer

Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher Pearlescent Pink

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Eyeliner: Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner

Mascara: Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions LashBlast Mascara

Lipstick: Le Marc Lipstick by Marc Jacobs in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Beauty Blurbs: e.l.f. Golden Goddess Flawless Eyeshadow Palette


Whether I go home to visit for a holiday, when Louis is out of town, or just to see my family, my mom often has little gifts waiting for me on my bed when I arrive. She’s just thoughtful that way. 🙂 On one of these occasions awhile ago, one of the surprises she had for me was an e.l.f. eyeshadow palette along with some other goodies. This particular palette, Golden Goddess, included four neutral eyeshadows meant to be worn together for a complete eye look.


I finally gave them a try last week, and they work together to create a great, everyday eyeshadow combo! As you can see, each color is labeled with where it should be applied on the eye: Base, Lid, Crease, and Line. These palettes are great for someone just starting out with makeup because it allows you to see what should go where.


I think these colors would work on most skin tones, and I loved that they had a hint of orange to bring out my blue eyes. I did use my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded as a sort of eyeshadow primer to help the colors stay on longer and apply brighter. Other than that though, all of the shadow is from the palette.


I used the Line color to line both my eyelid and underneath my eye, and I think it definitely added some definition. I usually wear liquid or pencil liner, but I decided to just use the shadow as liner with this palette to see the full effect. I think it works great for a lighter daytime look and especially for someone who wants to define their eyes some without wearing a heavier liner.

5As a whole, I’m impressed with the e.l.f. Golden Goddess Flawless Eyeshadow palette. I’m always a fan of e.l.f. products because they are priced great and can be found at almost any drugstore or grocery store. If you’re wanting to try a new eyeshadow look or just starting out with makeup, this palette is a great way to go without breaking the bank. They have seven different color combos in this palette type alone, so feel free to experiment away!

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