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There have been two defining moments on this planet. Pre-Glossier, and post Glossier. The fellow millennial pink themed brand has spawned a movement of pared back, minimal make-up and dewy, luminous skin. It’s the antithesis to the heavy Insta-contour we’ve seen over the past couple of years. And if there’s one word that’s synonymous with Glossier, it’s glow.
Which bring us to their covetable Haloscope highlighter sticks. These guys are responsible for setting cheekbones alight. However, we recently spotted e.l.f.’s three Beautifully Bare Highlighting Sticks in doppelganger shades – each at just £5. But can they compete?
We put them to the test…
The best stick highlighter
The shades: Available in Topaz (a high shine bronze), Quartz (a pearlescent pink) and Moonstone (an opalescent sheen).
The formula: Fusing skincare and make-up, the inner ring contains a clear concoction of sweet almond, coconut and castor oil. The outer layer contains actual crystal powder from each respective crystal shade. No glitter here.
On the skin: The Moonstone shade is colourless, so it’ll deliver a veil of iridescent gloss for a wet-look sheen, whereas Quartz and Topaz will give a wash of pink or bronze. They’re super creamy (which means they’re hydrating) and can be applied on to bare skin or over foundation, either by patting on with your fingertips or applying straight from the bullet. It has a tendency to ‘sit’ on the skin if you’re heavy-handed, but working it in resolves this.
Longevity: As it’s a creamy consistency, you do feel like you have to top it up throughout the day – especially if you’re quite dry.
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The shades: Comes in Champagne Glow (a gleaming gold), Pink Pearl Glow (a silvery pink) and Fresh Morning Dew (a shade-less gloss).
The formula: These sticks also contain coconut and sweet almond oil, which are responsible for that moisturising lit-from-within effect. You get a stunning sheen with a subtle shimmer from Champagne Glow and Pink pearl – without an overbearing sparkle. The Fresh Morning Dew shade, however, is completely clear and creates that ‘I am so sporty, that my skin constantly looks radiant’ look.
On the skin: The two coloured shades can be easily blended out to reduce the intensity of the colour and dry down once on. Whereas the clear Fresh Morning Dew delivers, as its name suggests, a dewy effect.
Longevity: They have a tendency to slip around, so will need keeping an eye on during the day to make sure they don’t travel all over your face. However, they are very buildable and blendable, so topping up is easy peasy.
Haloscope makes it look like you’ve downed three litres of water and had 12 hours of sleep. There’s a reason Glossier is the Queen of glowing skin. Fork out the £18 and just dew it already. You get the best longwearing effects from warming it up with your fingers first and then patting it in. The chunky stick also helps to cover more ground as you apply and the texture isn’t sticky – no chance of your hair sticking to your cheeks.
If you’re strapped for cash, then e.l.f.’s are great value for money – they may just need a bit more maintenance to keep them in check throughout the day. The ingredients are so similar to Glossier’s and the shades are practically the same as well. We reckon even a real Glossier aficionado would struggle to tell the differences between the pink and bronze shades of both brands. If you’re after a coloured hue, go Glossier. However, if you’re after a completely glitterless, colourless glow, go for e.l.f.’s Fresh Morning Dew and dazzle everyone with your highlight.
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