Glow on the Cheap: The ELF Illuminating Palette

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette. ELF Illuminating Palette review and swatches along with a comparison to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.
Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette

I’ve kind of been on an ELF makeup overload and can’t seem to stop buying their products. Never have I ever been this obsessed with the brand before, but I’m so glad I picked up their Illuminating Palette.

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette

If you’re a subtle glow lover like I currently am, this is a wonderful drugstore option. For $6 you get 4 different illuminating powders that are great for all skin tones. You can mix and match them depending on your preference, and you can even pop the pans out. If you have any of their other quad palettes, you can customize them so they’re great for travel.

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette. ELF Illuminating Palette review and swatches along with a comparison to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette

 

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette. ELF Illuminating Palette review and swatches along with a comparison to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette

The powders are super smooth, and buttery so they won’t make your face look cakey, and they won’t apply patchy. It gives your skin a nice, subtle glow without any large sparkles or glitter so you won’t be left with an obvious highlight. If a subtle glow isn’t you’re cup of tea though, you definitely won’t like this.

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette. ELF Illuminating Palette review and swatches along with a comparison to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette.

Glow on the Cheap with the ELF Illuminating Palette

This has been heavily compared to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders. The Hourglass powders have a more lightweight formula so they’re very thin and untraceable on the skin. The ELF powders have a more “yes, I’m a powder” formula if that makes sense, but they’re not powdery on the skin so it’s not a bad thing.

The ELF palette is extremely affordable, while the HG Ambient Lighting Palette, which only contains 3 powders, is a whopping $62. If you don’t want to spend that much money, definitely give this ELF Illuminating Palette a try, and if you have the HG powders… let’s be real, you still need this quad ;).

Have you tried either of these palettes? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I have been wanting to try more from e.l.f too! I recently bought a a few products from the brand and they are surprisingly good for such a low price. I’ll add this quad into my list to try, I also have been eyeing the contour/bronzer quad. Have you tried that?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I have the bronzer quad! I still need to test it out, but will do a post on it most likely :)

  • This looks pretty! I rather love subtle-glow bcs it’s both day-night appropriate.

    Selene Addicted

    • Yes exactly! I’ve been going for a more subtle glow lately and love it.

  • I used to be obsessed with elf products however I haven’t got anything for a long time. I still use the brow kit which is my favourite:) for $6, that’s a steal and sounds really good! Smooth powders are the best :)

    Ela BellaWorld

    • I was never into ELF, but I am now haha! I should try their brow kit!

  • These are so pretty, I’m on a subtle glow kick too so I really want to try this but I can never find it at Target :(

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

    • I can never find it anymore! I literally got the last one at my store lol

  • Looks like a great little affordable palette. I am not buying another highlighter until something super special walks into my life though. I can’t possibly use all that I have.

    Batty4Beauty.com

    • I feel you. I have so many highlighting products that I know I’ll never go through them all, but a girl can try.

  • How nice is this palette though!! I can’t wait till I make my next purchase as this will definitely be in my cart :)

    Kathy x

    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

  • People seem to use ELF a ton, but I haven’t given it a go in years. I remember hating what I tried before, and I’ve been hesitant to give it a go again. It seems like a nice product. And I love your pictures!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

    • I used to hate the few products I tried from ELF before! I used to hate a lot of drugstore products lol, but they’ve really stepped it up!

  • I love elf but I haven’t bought anything from them in a while – I think this needs to change because this palette is so pretty! xx

    Toasty

    • It’s definitely worth checking out! I wasn’t a huge ELF lover, but this palette is really nice.

  • Omg love this illuminating palette. Shades are perfect. Also thanks for visiting my blog

    Charming Coco