E.L.F. Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems: The Budget Friendly Highlighter

Is the highlighter a budget friendly highlighter? Is it pigmented enough for all skin tones? I wasn’t sure that I was going to love this product when I bought it because I thought the color would be too bold on me. I have more of a fair skin tone when I haven’t been in the sun in a while so I thought it would be a bit too dark for me, I was very wrong!

The highlighter (Blush Gems) is pigmented however it provides a very nice subtle glow. It looks darker in the package that it does applied to the skin. What a shock when I applied it to my skin to only find that one application was not going to be enough to make a difference on my skin. The highlighter has a waxy film on the top that allows for some color to be transferred to a makeup brush for application but I have found that when I scraped off the waxy layer I was able to gather more product on the brush for application. It still isn’t a very bold color, it provides a natural looking glow to the cheekbones. I was impressed with the shimmer in it because it gives a sun-kissed look without having to be exposed to the dangers of the sun. It has a bronzer tone to the color which accents facial features in a complimentary way. In no way is too dark for my skin tone. Perhaps if I really piled it on my face I could make it look super noticeable but when using it as intended it creates a very natural sun kissed appearance. 

It is a baked product so it is far from creamy. At first touch, it felt drier than other baked products that I have tried but that’s due to the waxy top layer that’s on the highlighter. With it feeling drier I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get enough product on my brush so that’s why scraping off that top layer solves that problem. 


I do like the feel of it on my skin. It’s not heavy or cakey and blends into the skin quite naturally.


The price is affordable and after using the product for a while now I am pretty impressed with the quality of it. It does what a highlighter does, it highlights the features of the face where it’s applied. I would recommend this product to anyone that is on a budget but still wants a product that doesn’t skimp on quality. 

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