e.l.f. Cosmetics Pop of Glitter Gel
Okay, I’m not really a glitter person, but I was feeling adventurous and decided to try something different. Glitter is about as far from my usual makeup as it gets, so I totally stepped out of my comfort zone there, even though I only wore this new look at home. Long story short: a while back I received two tubes of e.l.f. Cosmetics Pop of Glitter Gel ($4) and a Silicone Glitter Applicator ($3), all of which ended up sitting in the drawer for months until I finally re-discovered them about a week ago.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Pop of Glitter Gel comes in six shades, and I currently own two – Golden Glitz and Twinkle Pink. According to e.l.f, these are meant to serve multiple purposes and can be worn alone or layered over other products on eyes, lips, and cheeks for an added pop of glitter.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Silicone Glitter Applicator
The base has a thick but watery consistency that feels like hair gel. And just like with the hair gel, you want to give it enough time to dry down so that the glittery particles stick to the surface of the skin better. Silicone Glitter Applicator is supposed to make it easier to get a nice, even layer of glitter, but I feel like it didn’t really help much. In the end, I used my fingers to apply and was pretty satisfied with the results.
Golden Glitz and Twinkle Pink
Golden Glitz and Twinkle Pink
Twinkle Pink swiped in the middle of the lid over matte eye shadow.
I couldn’t wear Pop of Glitter Gel on my lips. I found it to be drying, uncomfortable, and bitter-tasting. The glittery particles flaked off fairly quickly, too, and even migrated into the areas around my mouth even though I was trying to be extra careful to prevent that.
On the eyes, this formula fared a little better, but I wasn’t able to achieve the super glossy, metallic look like the models in the promo shots. In the end, dabbing a little bit of the gel in the middle of the lid over matte eyeshadows gave me the effect close to what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t last very long and starts creasing in less than an hour. 🙁
In the end, using this gel as your typical highlighter is probably the best way to go. On me, it lasted the longest on the cheeks and collarbones. The glitters gradually disappeared throughout the day, but overall it still looked acceptable.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Laurate, Tocopherol (Ve), Tin Oxide MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)
e.l.f. Cosmetics Pop of Glitter Gel seems to be more of a fun, no-fuss product that you can quickly use at a festival or a party to add a little sparkle. If you are serious about glitter and know what good glitter is supposed to be like, you will likely find this formula pretty disappointing. It definitely swatches better than it wears, so it’s best used on bare skin.