The #elfbeautysquad parcels always get me excited, and the most recent parcel is one of the most exciting yet as it contained the new ELF Stardust Glitter Eyeliners and Prismatic Highlighter Duos which I couldn’t wait to try as I love glitter and I love highlighters. Usually the ELF US website would get the newest launches first and we’d have to wait a good few weeks or months until the UK site got them, but they now launch at near enough the same time which is fantastic as we can now get our hands on the newest launches as soon as they launch. The ELF Stardust Glitter Eyeliners are £5 each and are available in four stunning shades, and the ELF Prismatic Highlighter Duos are £9 each and are available in three different shade duos.
“This gel glitter liner transforms your existing eyeliner to a metallic finish. The superfine glitter formula is perfect for layering over eyeliner for a dramatic effect or wearing alone for a sheer wash of glitter color“
The ELF Stardust Glitter Eyeliners can be worn alone on top of eyeliner, or used with other shades to create a custom, more intense effect. Each of the eyeliners have a pot with a very fine brush within the lid which create a very fine line. The shades are all quite sheer with just one ‘line’ but they build up amazingly well for a more intense glittery effect. The swatches on the ELF website show extremely intense swatches but to get the liners that intense, you’d have to do about twenty strokes as the brush is so fine and small.
The shades are all very pretty but Sea Foam and Opal are definitely my standout shades as they are so unique. Sparkling Silver is a silver base with silver sparkle, Shimmering Gold is a translucent gold base with light gold and bronze glitter particles, Pink Opal is a light pearlescent pink base with sparkle and Sea Foam is a light pearlescent blue/green with sparkle. The most unique shades are Pink Opal and Sea Foam but they’re amazing for £5 each, and Elf certainly need to introduce more shades.
The Elf Holographic Highlighting Duos are not holographic shades sadly. So many makeup brands are launching “duochrome” products and calling them holographic as ‘holographic’ products are such a popular trend right now. These highlighting duos are definitely not holographic highlighters, they’re undoubtedly beautiful but they’re duochrome and I’ve seen people liken them to the amazing Kat Von D Alchemist Palette. Each of the highlighters are packaged within chunky, matte, black compacts with holographic ‘Elf’ on the front and an handy mirror within the lid.
The powder pan is split into two and contain a total of 9g of product, so each side of the highlighter is 4.5g which is pretty decent for £9. The three shades which are available are; Siren’s Call, Blue Lagoon and Mermaid Tail. Siren’s Call is the least duochrome duo with a matte orange with a very subtle golden shift, whereas the other side is a very light golden shade which doesn’t appear to have a shift.
Blue Lagoon is my personal favourite with a light lavender and an off white colour with a subtle blue shift. I do find that Blue Lagoon needed to be lightly scraped with my nail in order to get the best effect so the pan may have been pressed slightly too hard as it’s considerably more intense after being lightly scraped. Mermaid Tail contains a pretty lilac and a pale pink which I feel is the more wearable duo from the three shades.
All three highlighters are truly beautiful, it just depends on the shade which would work best for your skintone. They won’t work for everyone, like Siren’s Call doesn’t work for my skintone but the other two definitely do and I love that none of them contain any glitter. They sit so nicely on the skin without emphasising texture and they last all day with very minimal fading and I’m so impressed with them.
I’d love to know which is your favourite?! The ELF Stardust Glitter Eyeliners or the ELF Holographic Highlighting Duos?