I featured the ELF Baked Highlighters on my blog back in May ahead of the ELF UK launch in the shades Blush Gems and Moonlight Pearls. They really are very pretty but they do have a slight design flaw as the powder is pressed too firmly that they have very sheer pigmentation when swatched initially. So you have to very lightly scratch the surface to remove the top layer to get the best results, and once you’ve removed the top surface they really are stunning. I was very kindly sent the brand new ELF Baked Highlighter and Blush + Baked Highlighter and Bronzer as part of the #elfbeautysquad and I loved the idea of having a split blush/bronzer and highlighter and the shades looked very pretty. The ELF Baked Highlighter and Blush is in the shade Rose Gold, and the ELF Baked Highlighter and Bronzer is in the shade Bronzed Glow, and they’re both £5 on the ELF UK website.
The ELF Baked Highlighter and Blush + Baked Highlighter and Bronzer are packaged within the same packaging as the individual Baked Highlighters in a circular, plastic compact with clear domed lid. The baked powder is split into two with the highlighter on one side, and the blush/bronzer on the other. Just like the highlighters, I did have to lightly scratch the surface of both of these which took a couple of seconds by using my nail flat against the domed pan to slightly agitate the surface. It’d obviously be better if this wasn’t needed at all, but it does only take seconds and you don’t waste any product by doing so either.
The powders are very soft and smooth and are enriched with Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot, and Grape to help nourish and hydrate the skin. In the pans the highlighter shade looks identical for both duo, but when swatched they do look slightly different. I can’t find on their website whether the highlighter shade is the same for both of them but I found that the highlighter in Bronzed Glow is warmer in tone, and more gold whilst the highlighter in Rose Gold is cooler and more champagne than gold.
I like that you can apply each shade individually to the skin, or you can blend both sides together. Both Bronzed Glow and Rose Gold are very glowy due to the baked formula and I love the blush within Rose Gold, but I’m not really into shimmery bronzers so I prefer to swirl the whole Bronzed Glow together for a blush/bronzer hybrid. My favourite is definitely the blush duo, but they’re both well worth a try especially as they’re only £5 each.
Have you tried any of the ELF Baked Highlighters?