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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