Review: e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter - 1 Fair & 2 Fair/Light

e.l.f. Halo Glow Filter has become one of e.l.f. bestsellers and for a good reason. It gives you luminous glow to the skin that will make you look expensive and like you have the best skin care routine ever. 


It comes in heavy glass tube with plastic top. Applicator is giant, as you can see compared to my finger. It has fluffy doe foot applicator and holds quite a lot of product. I usually just apply some on the back of my hand and then proceed with fingers.

In it is 31.5 ml of product and it costs 16€. I bought it on European e.l.f. online shop, but it doesn't deliver to Slovenia. Beautybay and Feelunique have some e.l.f. products too, but not the Halo Glow, which is just stupid, if you ask me. It's one of the most popular products and no where to be found.


Let me start by saying that this is very popular, because it was said to be a dupe of Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter which is also a very popular product. That is why it is sold out everywhere, because you get the same thing for a fraction of Charlotte's price. But more about that later.

This is glow booster with squalane and hyaluronic acid. It says to have a soft-focus effect for effortless radiance and that it's the only filter you'll need. This can be used as a primer under makeup, on its own as a very light covering base (if the shade fits you), as highlighter or mixed with foundation for a bit more glow. 

It's got creamy, but thicker consistency that glides on the skin and is easy to blend due to squalane. You get enough time to massage it into the skin before it sets a bit, though never completely. It gives the most amazing natural luminous glow to the skin without any visible shimmer particles. The base is slightly colored which gives you a very light coverage. Sheen on top is luminous.


It comes in 8 shades which is actually a lot for such a product. I first bought 2 Fair/Light, because 1 Fair was sold out and I decided it was a bit too dark for me to wear on top of my winter foundation, so I got the shade 1 Fair as soon as it was back in stock.

1 Fair - light apricot
2 Fair/Light - light peachy gold

The difference between shade 1 and 2 is big enough to be careful which you choose. 1 is lighter and has more of an apricot tone, while shade 2 has more of that warm yellow peach tone. Plus shade 1 has a bit lighter sheen which seems just a tad cooler, though I would say this is still perfect for warm undertones.

I personally think 1 Fair would still be too dark for very fair skin tone to wear on its own. 2 Fair/Light is more for light to light medium skin tones, but would work as highlighter on medium skin as well.


I had testers of famous Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in several shades. Since I've already used up shade 1 Fair, I compared it to 3 Light-Medium which is actually very similar to e.l.f 2 Fair/Light. I will say Charlotte has bigger shade range of 12 colors to choose from. 

Charlotte's feels just a tad thicker, more mousse like, it doesn't have that amazing slip that e.l.f. has. But then again, I can't judge it properly, because I only have tester and I can't say, if it already dried up a little in the package. There is also a tad more coverage to e.l.f. version, it seems more opaque and the sheen is definitely more obvious compared to shade 3 from Charlotte. Charlotte's shade 3 is slightly more red toned, while e.l.f. one looks more yellow, but the sheen on both is that cooler champagne shade. 

Once I applied them both on one side of my face, I couldn't tell a difference. They both look like the same product. As far as how it wears and how it looks these two are definitely dupes, but one is significantly more affordable. 

L: just skin care, R: e.l.f. Halo Glow in 1 Fair over the cheeks

L: e.l.f. Halo Glow in 1 Fair over the skin care, R: Halo Glow on top of foundation as highlighter


I love using it under foundation for that added sheen to the skin as well as on top of foundation for a very luminous and "rich" looking highlighter that looks like you have really good glowy skin day. Thicker foundations will obviously cover that luminosity more, so it's best to be used with lighter or medium coverage. It's quite versatile product and however you apply it, you achieve the same look - luminous expensive sheen on the skin

Foundation applies well on top of it, it doesn't completely set so it's not transfer proof and it stays put all day. I love using it in my makeup kit on brides as well, because it gives such  a natural glow and it's amazing for mature skin as a highlighter that doesn't emphasize fine lines. Because it's a glowy product, it will obviously emphasizes large pores a bit, though nothing like metallic powder highlighters can do. 

If you love a good natural looking luminous glow that looks expensive and can be applied in various ways than this is definitely worth checking out. It's one of those products that feels more expensive than it is. You can use it under foundation, on top, on its own and it will give your skin the best glow days ever. Make sure to find the right shade, if you want to wear it on its own. It's one of those products that instantly makes your skin look better without too much effort. 

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