e.l.f. Brushes & Illuminating Palette


Did I mention that I love online shopping?

I wouldn’t consider myself a “spender,” but I know myself well enough to know that my shopping has its ebbs and flows.  Usually, when I find myself wanting to make an unnecessary purchase, there’s at least one to two more items on its heels.

But at least I’m sticking with the more budget friendly items this month, because here is what I’ve been eyeing for the past year:


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Sephora.com

You could call it “love at first sight,” but I haven’t even ACTUALLY seen one of these palettes in real life.



This Hourglass pallet is supposed to give your face a “lit from within” glow, and to provide a soft focus effect.  Sounds awesome.

However…  This palette comes in at $62.  Eeek!  That’s just a tad out of my price range, so I’ve been scouring the internet to find what the beauty bloggers like to call a “dupe.”  I honestly haven’t had much luck with this one, but one promising lead was the e.l.f. Cosmetics Illuminating Palette.


How much? $6 and definitely worth a try.

First off, I really love the packaging.  As with most e.l.f. products, this palette is simple and sleek in a slender black case.  Each of the 4 illuminating shades can be popped out and replaced with a shade from either the Contour Palettes, the Foundation Palette or the Blush Palette.  I love the idea of keeping favorites in one palette!


Now to the actual product, is it a dupe?  Since I’ve never experienced the Hourglass palette first-hand, I can’t really say, but judging from what I’ve heard, it’s definitely not.  I had fun messing around with the different powders in this product, but I didn’t really see any light diffusing, or perfecting properties on my skin.  In fact, it seemed to have the opposite effect!  If you’re looking for a subtle highlighter, this would probably be perfect, but if you’re looking for something closer to the Hourglass powders, keep looking.

Let me know if you know of any affordable alternatives to the Hourglass powders!



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