E.L.F, for those who aren’t familiar, is an online make-up brand specialising in affordable products for the Eyes, Lips and Face. I have been using their Shimmering Facial Whip in ‘Lilac’ and I have discovered that it is a pretty convincing dupe of Benefit’s High Beam highlighter.
It is a small but joyous victory finding a more affordable option in place of your favourite, purse strangling products. High Beam retails at €27.50 in Debenhams in Ireland while you can by ELF’s clever duplicate at just £1.50, which comes to about €4.50 including delivery. That’s approximately €23 in your pocket that could be spent on a gig ticket, a couple of new CDs or even more make up.
The tube is relatively small but you don’t need to use more than a small blob of the facial whip to get the desired effect; unless of course you are going for an extremely pixie-esque shimmer. Applied with your finger, it has a smooth, blendable consistency and lasts hours with out having to be reapplied.
It works well applied under the outer half of the eyebrow, just along the bone and blended evenly down towards the outer corner of the eye and the very top of the upper lid. Used in this way it is great for brightening up the eyes, particularly when you don’t want to use a whole lot of eyeshadow.
It is also brilliant used as a cheek bone highlighter applied along the “Small C” of the face; just above the eyebrow curved in towards the temple slightly and finished along the uppermost part of the cheekbone just under the eye. This gives the face a dewy contour and the Lilac shade works well with pale-toned blusher applied underneath for a bright, fresh look.
Now, how exactly does this penny saving face product fare against the decidedly more expensive Benefit High Beam? Take a look at the image below. The bottom is Benefit’s High Beam, while the top is the ELF product in question. The similarity is clear but High Beam certainly wins in subtly. As can be expected with a cheaper product the Shimmering Facial Whip isn’t as delicate; the colour is a lot more obvious and it is certainly shinier than it’s pricier counterpart but that can be addressed.
If you don’t want the ELF whip to appears as shiny as it does below simply use a little less and blend a little more; problem solved.
One issue with the ELF Shimmering Facial Whip that can’t be easily solved is the glittery quality of it. Yes; we want shimmering and we want our brow and cheek bones to be highlighted but as the day goes on and the colour fades slightly you are left with more than a few flecks of glitter. If you’re over the age of 15 this isn’t a good look. Also if you are prone to touching your face, particularly on a hot day, expect everything you touch afterwards to be glamourised with a little glitter.
Overall, this is a fantastic product that really gives Benefit High Beam a run for its money despite being a fraction of the cost. It is a fun product with which you can experiment and the long lasting, blendable quality of it means you are getting a lot of usage out of €4.50. I find it works great with pale skin and dark eye make up, brightening up the eye area so black liner and shadow doesn’t take over.
Try it out for yourself by visiting eyeslipsface.co.uk and don’t forget to tell me what you think of it.