E.L.F Baked Highlighter

Hey there my favorite people in the world. Its review time as you have probably gathered by the tittle being the name of a product. This one does have a lot of buzz around it so I thought I’d share my experience with it. Now let’s jump straight in!

Does it work with many skin tones?: I own the shade Moonlight pearls and I find it to be quite a versatile shade. It will definitely still work on paler skin tones and even medium to fair skin tones. It’s not a white toned highlighter so if you have a tan going on it won’t give you a white case because it’s a more pearl/champagne shade.

Is it overly glittery? I don’t find it to be overly glittery it just gives you a nice pretty glow

Is it too natural? It’s not too subtle, you’ll have a nice pretty glow but it isn’t the BAM! In your face type of highlight.

Is it available in many shades? There are three shades readily available – moonlight pearls, Blush gems and Pink diamonds. The shade Apricot glow is fairly new and is available on the US elf site.

Day or night appropriate?: It would work both ways

Where is it best for applying on the face? The cheekbones is my favorite place to wear highlighter.

Price: $8 – $10 AUD

Availability: Kmart, Elf site, Iherb

Formula? The highlighter being baked means you can use it as per normal or you can spritz your makeup brush and apply it wet for a more intense finish.

Pigmentation: When I first purchased this the pigmentation was awful and I was quite disappointed. Even though this highlighter is very affordable it got so much hype I was excited to discover an affordable highlighter that was amazing. But it literally had little to know pigmentation. Fast forward a while later, I mentioned on Instagram how disappointing it was and you guys suggested I scrape off the top layer. I did as you guys suggested and what do you know the pigmentation improved. It’s still not crazy pigmented but it’s now useable.

Highlighter on fleek?: It gives a nice highlight, it’s not a highlighter on fleek to my standards but it still gets a thumbs up.

Pros: A very wearable shade, affordable, gives you a pretty glow (once you scrape off the top layer!), you can apply it dry or wet. Its available in a couple of shades.

Cons: It’s not as intense as I’d like it to be, pigmentation is a bit iffy and you have to scrape it to get any use out of it.

Rating: 6/10

Overall thoughts: It’s a nice highlighter but from all the buzz I heard about it – it didn’t live up to the fuss for me. I’m not slamming it as harshly because it is affordable. If this was an expensive highlighter – steam would be coming out of my ears let me tell you. But Now that I’ve scraped the top layer I can use it and it does give you a nice glow. I still recommend you guys check it out, especially if you are yet to enter the world of highlighters, go with an affordable option first.

Would I repurchase?: No.


And that wraps up this review. Have you guys tried this highlighter by Elf? What are your thoughts? Any application tips. Drop it in the comments below and let’s have a conversation. I hope you all have an awesome day and I’ll see you in the next post.

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    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 1, 2018 at 7:11 am

      After I scraped the top layer off it became much better but I still have other highlighters I prefer. x

  1. sally

    February 1, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I never really like subtle highlighters as they don’t show up on my skin well at all so I think I’ll be giving this a miss!

    The Makeup Directory

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 1, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      I am the same way. If NASA can’t see it from space there is no reason to wear it!

  2. Charline

    February 1, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve heard everyone say the thing about the top layer being rubbish but underneath it’s really stunning! Too bad it takes the extra effort and you have to ruin the product almost to get to the good bit…

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog  

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 1, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      I know right. It sort of frustrates me that we purchase a product and still have to scrape it work better. I’m getting the vibe my jeffree star highlighter requires me to do the same thing as currently, it’s barely giving any pigmentation.

  3. Nora Gouma

    February 2, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Sounds such good product, might try it one day, thank you for sharing, I love your blog.



    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 2, 2018 at 4:53 am

      Thank you, it’s a pretty good product for $8. Thankyou for stopping by the blog.

  4. Laura Mitbrodt

    February 2, 2018 at 7:46 am

    This highlighter looks amazing, I have always wanted to try Elf brand

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 2, 2018 at 9:41 am

      The brand is definitely worth a try, they have such lovely products in their range at an awesome price point. x

  5. Corinne

    February 2, 2018 at 9:55 am

    It seems okay but it’s a pity it’s not very intense! That would put me off.

    Corinne x

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      I may be judging it to harshly in intensity. Ever since I started using the becca highlighters my expectations of glowyness is much higher. But for those who like a subtle to medium range glowy highlighter, it may be more to their liking.

  6. Amy

    February 2, 2018 at 10:07 am

    It’s a shame this didn’t live up to the hype for you. Although it’s a lovely shade.


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 2, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      It did become better after scraping the top layer but still not a highlighter I am crazy for.

  7. Mariya

    February 2, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Too bad, I really like baked highlighters, especially when they are affordable!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 2, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      I know right but this was only okay. I have other highlighters I love more.

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 3, 2018 at 1:49 am

      Thank you. x

  8. Sophie

    February 2, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about the Elf baked highlighter, but haven’t purchased it myself. I quite like the Maybelline Strobing Stick and a couple of highlighting shades that come in the NYX contour palette. I don’t think I need another one just yet but it’s always fun to read about them anyway! Love the review, it’s not the best feeling when a product is super hyped and ends up being disappointing. Glad you ended up finding a way to work with it though! (P.s I replied to your comment on my blog.)

    -Sophie xx | Cherries & Perfume 

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 3, 2018 at 1:54 am

      After I scraped off the top layer it became less disappointing but still it didn’t blow me away. I know right, you have such high expectations but that’s how it goes with beauty products – we don’t all get the same experience with a product.

  9. Samantha

    February 3, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I have not really tried Elf products. I think there are other highlighters at the drugstore that work better!

    Samantha Series

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 3, 2018 at 1:54 am

      I am a fan of many E.L.F products, but yes i have other highlighters I prefer over this one.

  10. Lauren Victoria

    February 3, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Oh this sounds quite disappointing! I’ve always wanted try some ELF products and in particular the baked products. But I much prefer a stronger intense highlighter so I think I’ll give this one a miss. Great review xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      I am the exact same way, I go all out with highlighter. Though I have stumbled upon many E.L.F products that I love. I just wasn’t’ crazy about this one.

  11. Danielle Alexa

    February 3, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I haven’t tried anything by Elf before but I think I am going to have to. I have only ever heard good things about the brand as a whole!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      You do, they do have awesome products. I’m obsessed with their blush palettes, bronzer palettes and highlighter palette.

  12. Yasmin

    February 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    It sounds cute but I guess if you want a highlighter you may as well go all out for a show stopping highlighter. I haven’t tried elf before, I probably would but maybe not this product. Thanks for sharing an honest review!

    Yasmin 💗
    The Sweet Seven Five

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Exactly. I do wear many highlighters so I start with a natural one, then I add a few others topping it with a little bit of intense highlighter carefully on the high points of my cheekbones. x

  13. Yiota

    February 4, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I don’t own many Elf products, I have a baked blush and it’s great, a bit darker for my complexion but great pigmentation. Too bad this one isn’t so good but it’s so affordable and inexpensive.


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 4, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      I love ELF products, they have quite a few amazing products in their range.

  14. Shann Eileen

    February 6, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I love elf makeup! So amazing and such affordable products.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      There are many ELF products I’m obsessed with. This highlighter is nice but not my favourite.

  15. Noelle

    February 7, 2018 at 12:07 am

    I love Elf products and how affordable they are! I tried their baked blush a while ago and mine was more like a highlighter but I still loved it!

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      February 7, 2018 at 12:47 am

      I love so many products from E.L.F, they have an awesome range.

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