NEW E.L.F Metallic Flare Highlighter White Gold…Affordable, Vegan & Underrated?? Review & Swatches

I feel like E.L.F as a brand in general is a pretty underrated affordable/ drugstore brand! They’ve been around for ages but it’s only recently in the grand scheme of things that they’ve been significantly spoken about, or at least that I’ve noticed. Probably mostly to do with them seriously upping their game…they’ve come out with some cracking makeup and skincare launches in the last few years! I really love their Hello Hydration! Face Cream* and they have great quality brushes for the price. FYI…E.L.F’s not only cruelty free, it’s a 100% Vegan brand too! 

You probably know by now that I have a boarder line unhealthy obsession with highlighters…I have so many, but am always on the look out for something new, more holygrail glow than the last and all importantly…not glittery! I’d seen the E.L.F Metallic Flare Highlighters* here and there doing the rounds on social media, but hadn’t really heard anyone talking about them. They’ve been on the Boots website for ages (and are still in stock at the time I’m writing this), obviously on the E.L.F website and they’re now available at larger Penney’s stores (that stock E.L.F) in Ireland. Available in 4 shades…Bronze Gold, 24K Gold, Rose Gold and White gold. No surprises here (with me being so fair), but White Gold looked right up my street and the shade is perfect for me!

(E.L.F Metallic Flare Highlighter in White Gold over makeup/ used as inner corner highlight. Find a full list of products used here.)

The E.L.F Metallic Flare Highlighters* are only €7/ £6/ $6! You get 5g of product for your money which is just over half the amount that’s in most high end highlighters but saying that, the high end ones are going to cost you at least about 4 times the amount. E.L.F promises a multidimensional, high lustre glow and a buttery soft high shimmer formula for the ultimate highlight. The word shimmer always has me wondering if it’ll be more on the glittery side though! 

(E.L.F Metallic Flare Highlighter in White Gold over a sheer everyday base) 

The Metallic Flare Highlighter powder does have a soft buttery feel to it, but not so much you get loads of powdery kick up/ fall out when you go in with your brush (I hate that!) and not so firm that your brush struggles to pick up any product (I hate that too!)…it has a really nice texture and it’s not glittery!! Like I said the shade White Gold is perfect on my skin tone, I feel like if your skin’s deeper than say a light/ light medium…you’ll definitely need to check out those 3 deeper tones! Even though there’s only 4 shades, they’re well thought out in my opinion and there’d be a shade there that looks great on everyone…especially as the formula itself is sheerer. It has a decent amount of pigmentation but a sheerer base means as well as suiting a wider range of skin tones, it builds really well too. You can apply a small amount really buffed in to the skin for a natural dew or build it up with ease (works particularly well over a setting spray or by using a slightly damp brush) for a gorgeous almost wet look sheeny glow.

These are well worth picking up in my opinion! Great price, great versatile formula whatever your highlighting preferences, it’s Vegan and actually really beautiful on! Now they’re in Penney’s (Primark to everywhere that isn’t Ireland) I can see them maybe becoming trickier to get hold of, so grab one while you can!

Have you tried the E.L.F Metallic Flare Highlighters* yet? Also…what other drugstore/ affordable highlighters are good/ would you recommend?? Preferably powders, but open to enabling! 

Lyd x         



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