Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Never going back!
I received this for free as part of a gift-with-purchase, and I'm so glad I did! I haven't even touched my cream contour palette since I got this. I was worried the shimmery baked texture of the bronzer wouldn't work well for a contour, but I haven't had a problem with this. Using it with the retractable kabuki brush (also a part of that free gift) works really well--I retract the bristles to have a smaller brush head to fit into the pan and to pick up a lot of color, then spread the bristles back out to contour!
The highlighter is great, too--I had bought elf's baked highlighter before and was disappointed that there seemed to be no color payoff (I let my sister have it before trying the tissue trick a lot of people have mentioned), but the highlighter here is amazing. I've used it with that same retractable kabuki, elf's actual highlighter brush, and my favorite angled blush brush from ecotools, and they've all worked wonderfully. This is my favorite highlighter I have!
This is a great all-in-one product, although I suggest pairing it with a blush for perfectly sculpted (though not overdone) cheeks. (I like elf's baked blush in passion pink!) All in all, I highly recommend!
Most Helpful Critical Review Influenster Review
The good, the bad and the ugly. So first, the packaging...like all ELF products I have seen and used, no complaints. The packaging itself is usually worth the money. This is very small and compact and is good if you have travel powder and highlight brushes that can fit within the separate spaces. It is also a great beginner highlighter/bronzer to play with due to being inexpensive.
The colors were decent but like most baked products (like physician's formula) it can be complicated to get the color pay-off you are looking for. Especially if you like to see that color in the first swatch. I suggest wetting the tips of your brush with water, rose water or a make up setting spray and the color will be more vibrant for both sides. The bronzer didn't really show up on my complexion because I am tan to start with and don't really like to pack on the makeup on an everyday basis.
I did not break out from this product and I have VERY sensitive skin. So that is a plus. It stayed put for about six hours that I had it on and didn't make me look like I was just shiny. Like a greaseball. On a hot Florida day. And I know what that feels like. I wouldn't go out and buy this particular product just because I can't use the bronzer. But if it shows on your complexion, it might be worth it to try it.
I received this product courtesy of Influenster but all opinions are my own.
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Reviewed by 80 customers Why the pigment is invisible….
Courtney from Alabama
I've used several products from this brand for several years….to get the pigment to show you will have to scratch away the surface layer….after you scratch away the layer it works great!! This goes for all of their powder products…
A Concept and Its Execution
RedLips from Seattle, WA
I like elf's baked highlighter but don't use too much bronzer, so when I saw this product, I was like, huh, why not? I'll use at least 50%. I think it will remain that way, because I do like the highlighter: it gives a beautiful sheen and can be built up to be blinding. I'm not in love with the bronzer half, however. Maybe it's my preference for cream/liquid bronzer or more powdery ones that can be buffed away, but I feel like baking is just not the ideal formula for bronzer. I think I will continue using it, because it's not horrible and definitely usable, but the bronzer is not on the same league as the highlighter. I also am not the biggest fan of the fact that you have to be careful with your brush, lest you dab into the bronzer and muddy up the look. I think elf was thinking that maybe you can do one swipe on a wide brush and do one sweep onto the cheek, but it just doesn't work like that. The concept could have worked, I guess, but the execution just didn't come close to that.
Kk from Texas
This highlight is perfect for darker skin women! I only highlight my nose bridge and this works perfect for it. The best application is with your finger. I will definitely buy again!
Only highlighter works
Kam from Gastonia, NC
I bought this thinking it would be great because I trust E.L.F.... no. Only the highlighter showed and even when I broke into the bronzer it barely showed up. The highlighter was this products saving grace because it is absolutely wonderful and should be it's own product.
Fine... not exciting but fine
MakeupLover from US
This is ok, its super subtle.. you can find way better products. but the bronze is decent. i would recommend to buy this for younger kids, maybe kids starting to expirment with makeup, around 10/11ish?
Doesn't apply to brush
product review. from USA
I literally had to rub this directly on my cheek to get any product because it doesn't apply onto a brush. Will not buy again.
My favorite highlighter!!
Wickedcool from undisclosed
I've reordered this at least three times now! It's super flattering on my skin and can be built up for a more intense look! I use the bronzer side as eyeshadow!
KornFan2112 from Mission Viejo
This is not the ideal highlighter for someone who prefers an intense glow. It is subtle. The bronzer is obviously shimmery, so do not use it if you prefer a matte look.
I like it
Veiki from New York
Loveeee the bronzer side
Leel from Seattle
I would give 5/5 stars IF the bronzer came in it's own pan. I'm very fair & it builds up sooo nicely.
I only buy this for the bronzer. I'm trying to find something that is this good!
I use it so much that I go through it monthly
p from .
The highlighter is amazing and it's a great way to add a pearl champagne to a makeup look or just plain. But the bronzer is too sheer to be a bronzer you can barely tell it's on
Not great, not terrible
Novice Nora from New Jersey
When I first tried out this product, I couldn't apply it to m face. I tried a beauty blender, I tried a brush and I tried my fingers and it just wasn't transferring. I had never bought baked make-up before so I thought that this could be due to the "baked"ness. I kept trying with my beauty blender and after I almost scraped a layer off, some product began transferring. Then I was able to use the product with no issues!
Alright as a duo
Nett2 from Manitoba.CD
I think it's good, had to ask for a friends opinion on how it's looks on me because I couldn't tell if I applied it properly. Friend says it looks good and you can see the shimmer of the highlight, the bronzer looked good.
Lusine from undisclosed
i'm in love with this product. it works well on my skin
Mommaofemnlu from Goodyear,AZ
I like more simple face makeup & don't like heavy contour on my face. This is perfect for me. It's pigmented and blends out nicely. Highlighter is lovely.
Mommaofemnlu from Phoenix, AZ
I've tried more expensive products similar to this and this blew me away. Very buildable & glowy
Only got for the highlighter
Sam Nicole from Mission, TX
The highlighter is nice and subtle for those who don't like one that is too blinding, better when used with setting spray. However, the bronzer is not pigmented at all even on fair skin and quite shimmery.
Liz from Oregon
Sadly, this is a useless product. Legitimately, I could not see anything on my skin after applying. I tried layering the product and tried applying with various brushes, sponges/beauty blender, and even my fingers--couldn't even get a light shadow. The highlighter is a little better, but still very powdery and ineffective on the skin. This is one to skip for sure.
I would buy this product again
Kathy from Oakdale , mn
very easy to use and highlights where I want it highlighted
I love the natural look with some shine"
Tabitha from NC
The product feels good on the skin, looks good, blends well..but it is hard to initially apply it, no to brush, no fingers for sure, and sponge application only way, but use a light hand, it is hard to take off, easier to add as needed. I would definitely purchase again, and its affordable "
I will purchase again
Chee from Owensboro ky
I love how it blends into my face but yet gives me the color i want
Half and Half
noelle from Honolulu, HI
the highlighter side was perfect for me, i like just a /hint/ of shine. but the contour side took a bit of ppressure to get onto the brush and barely showed up. it was my first time using contour so maybe it was a fault of my own so i rate 3 stars.
I maybe wouldn't buy it hard to get a shine out of it
Zo from Houston,TX
Great price...for glitter in a pan
Rose Bery from Calinfornia
I bought this a while back and it looked ok, but when I actually tried it on, I got nothing. I tried scratching off the top layer, but it still lacks pigmentation when I put it on my face. The first few times I tried it on, I looked so greasy and oily. Now if I want to wear it, I have to matte down my entire face and apply this very lightly on my skin.
Linde from undisclosed
While the highlighting process should be subtle, practically nonexistent. Not worth the time it takes to apply. The highlighter actually dulls you complexion. Don't recommend.