Budget Beauty: e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. cosmetics, a ridiculously affordable makeup brand that stands for eyes, lips, face, started their #playbeautifully campaign back in October.  I was so excited to have had the opportunity to be a part of the #elfbeautysquad for the past few months and I can’t wait to start sharing all of the goodies I’ve been consistently testing out.  If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (elizabethmayce) you’ve seen me post product pictures and some unboxings on Snap.  Now that my blogging life is finally back in order I’m excited to share my e.l.f. favorites with you all!

By now I think we all know the largest trend in makeup involves contouring, illuminating,  highlighting, and strobing.  There are so many palettes and products out there that help achieve the look, but to be honest it can be difficult to find an illuminating product that doesn’t cost a pretty penny.  I was shocked when I learned the e.l.f. Illuminating Palette was only $6…yes, six dollars.  Right now this palette is out of stock on the e.l.f. website, but I did find it on Amazon for about $15, which is a still a steal when you think about the price higher end brands sell these types of palettes for in stores like Sephora.
There are four illuminating powders in this palette, all of them are soft and give that perfect filtered look.  Seeing that I’m a teacher, using an illuminator in my daily routine is way more appropriate than a highlight.  I have a glow, but nothing too bright and bold.  The e.l.f. Illuminating Palette delivers a soft look, with great pigmentation on all four colors, which is exactly what I’d been looking for.

You can use these colors all over your face, which sounds a bit different, but really it makes sense.  After all, this is not a highlighter, it’s simply meant to brighten up your skin.  I’ve taken a large fluffy brush and mixed up all four colors and applied all over, rather than in certain light hitting spots.  I mentioned earlier, and it’s so true, it’s the perfect way to filter your face, sans Instagram.

My favorite two colors are the top ones.  I sometimes use the first one as a brow highlight- it brightens up my eyes a bit without looking like I have anything on.  The second color is perfect to illuminate the tops of my cheek bones.  It has a pinkish color, no shimmer, and this color really gives that soft glow I mentioned earlier.

Perfect for highlighting the brow.

My favorite for applying right on top of the cheek bones for a glow.

The bottom two colors are more bronzy, so using as an eyeshadow or for a little sculpt around the face have been their major uses for me.

Of course, I nicked this one right when I opened the palette, oops!

Try your local drugstore or Target to see if this palette is still available- it has to be somewhere!  & for the price, it’s totally worth it as an everyday quickie product.

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