A Trio of Budget Highlighters from ELF.

ELF ELF ELF. Oh what a cute brand name you are abbreviated to. I really like ELF comestics, mainly because they’re cheap, and I like buying cheap stuff, because I’m tight like that. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes ELF can be a little Hit and Miss, but even if you get a miss who cares when it’s cost you like 2 quid an item! Highlighters are my favourite thing in life, well not in life, just in my make up collection. They instantly make your face a little dewy, give you a healthy glow and even make my Dr Seuss nose seem a little bit more upturned. I generally apply highlighters to my cheekbones (yeah they’re there somewhere amongst these hamster chops of mine) and down the centre parts of my face? Does that even make sense? A dab on the T Zone, nose and chin. Is this the right way to use Highlighters? I don’t even know, but sometimes it’s nice to smoosh your face in ALL THE PRODUCTS in EVERY WAY EVER isn’t it? 
Top Budget Highlighter from ELF all under £4 www.helloterrilowe.com

So the selection I’m featuring from ELF are all used in different ways really. The ‘ELF Studio Body Shimmer’ I haven’t used anywhere on my body…. Well apart from on my arm in the swatch below (it’s not a real review without swatches after all!) I found the coral-pink shade with gold glitter running through is a little too colourful to use anywhere else apart from my cheeks, and this gives such a lovely tone and highlight as a blusher. The stick is a little ‘hard’ so it’s worth noting it you want to use this after something like a powder foundation as it’s likely to pull that base right off your chops, but you can make it work with the right technique. The Shimmer Palette is a lovely little selection of 4 different tones of highlighter all in a soft creamy formula, I love the pinkish gold one which is second in from the right in the image below. It’s a lovely warm highlighter. These can be applied slickly with your fingers, or if you have a small concealer brush they can be blended in to well, where ever your little face desires. They are incredibly slick though, so I can’t imagine their staying power around the eyes would prove to be too successful as they seem like crease-city to me. The ELF Radiance Enhancer is probably the most versatile of the bunch, despite it’s quite cheap feeling brush, the creamy substance within is a lovely subtly pink shimmer which can be used alone on brow and cheek bones or splodge a bit extra out and mix it in with your foundation for an all over diffusing and dewy glow. 
Top Budget Highlighter from ELF all under £4 www.helloterrilowe.com
Top Budget Highlighter from ELF all under £4 www.helloterrilowe.com
With these three budget highlighters you’re looking at less than £4 for each one, so a pretty cheap introduction if you’ve not tried any before. Give them a whirl, you might like it. 



  1. July 4, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    I love a lot of ELF products. I recently did a post on ELF All Over Color Sticks and I love them. I use them as highlighters, blushes and contours and I find the quality is great even though it's just $1. I almost never get the studio items but I really should try some. I'll bet they are so much better. I'll admit I've had lots of misses with their eye products and some brushes.

    • July 5, 2013 / 11:37 am

      Ah yes exactly what I was saying! Some stuff is phenomenal, other things, not so much.

  2. July 3, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    I've had no luck with ELF, everything I've gotten off them so far has been awful. I've no idea what to do with highlighter, I end up looking like a very round, very shiny beach ball.

    • July 5, 2013 / 11:37 am

      Hahaha, when I first started wearing highlighers I thought I just looked like a glow worm, I think you just need to get used to it!

  3. July 3, 2013 / 10:26 am

    That body shimmer stick is such a nice colour! I passed the HD blush on to my sister since she always wears similar colours of blush, 'I've been told it's like acrylic paint, so you might want to be careful wh-' 'Careful?! Me?! Pile it on!' oh God, can't wait to hear from her when she tries it!

    • July 5, 2013 / 11:36 am

      It's so nice, I love the gold shimmer in it! Ah hahaha! I'm sure your sister will have fun, it's crazy powerful!

    • July 5, 2013 / 11:36 am

      Defo do some blog prowling to see what's hot and what's not first! People seem divided!

  4. July 3, 2013 / 8:40 am

    Very nice glow! 😀



    • July 3, 2013 / 8:45 am

      like a glow wormmm.

  5. July 3, 2013 / 8:05 am

    I've never had any 'hits' with ELF 🙁 though the highlighter sounds good, I don't use one atm x

    • July 3, 2013 / 8:45 am

      I've had a few, their HB blushers are fab, but potent!! But equally a few things haven't been brilliant either!

    • July 3, 2013 / 8:50 am

      Haven't tried their blush either! Mainly nail polish (bit too watery) and brushes (bit too bristles falling out into my eye and stabbing them)