The market for highlighters and shimmer powders has absolutely exploded in recent months and stores are now awash with budget-friendly strobing products that are amazing quality. In such a newly competitive market the E.L.F. Shimmer powders in Pink and Gold are not really holding up.
Firstly, these really are budget-friendly and it shows in the packaging. Although the compact is serviceable you get what you pay for here. There is a small mirror in the brush compartment but it is so small that is isn’t really functional. These compacts did originally come with a small brush but the bristles were so scratchy that it didn’t really pick up product and was way too small for use on the face. I immediately threw them away.
I need to point out that these powders are indeed a ‘shimmer’ rather than a highlighting sheen or strobe. The base colour lacks pigmentation and the texture is quite powdery, dry and flakey. If you aren’t gentle this will kick up a LOT of dust.
The shimmer of these products comes more from micro glitter than a base pigment and on the face I find that they apply in quite a patchy fashion and are difficult to build up. Because the formula is so dry and flakey you can also expect some fallout – I found I ended up with glitter everywhere it wasn’t wanted. Lastly, these didn’t last well on my skin. Within an hour or so they were no longer visible to me.
Overall, even though these are very budget-friendly I don’t consider them worth the small amount you might pay for them. I believe that these are being moved out of the E.L.F. collection but if you do happen upon these Shimmer powders I would give them a miss.
Have a wonderful day beautiful people!