Here it is, the famous Studio Illuminating palette Elf, renamed from the Ambient palette that was sold out very quickly at the first launch.
As expected, the concept is similar to Hourglass Ambient products: soft-focus powders, supposed to captures, diffuses and softens the way light reflects on the skin. The benefit is to get 4 in one palette, at a much lower price point.
The shades are suggested to be used on the eyelid, cheekbone, cupids bow or other areas you wish to highlight, said to work for all skin tones. Despite the look in the pans, 3 of the 4 bases swatch very similarly on me, and the bronze colour is not dark enough to be a bronzer.
The quality is definitely there – the powders are soft and blendable, and I enjoy the highlighting effect they give, but come to expect it to be very subtle on the skin. If you use them as eyeshadows, use a light hand with your brush to avoid kickback, then build the colour gradually. And Elf suggests the small tapered brush with them, and I agree.
I like the pop-out format of the pans, as you can definitely customize a palette with a highlighter, a blush or bronzer you need. The palette has 0.56oz/ 16g of product, retails $6. A good way to try the ambient highlighting trend