My New Dewy Skin Essential Is E.L.F. Cosmetics Halo Glow Liquid Filter

My New Dewy Skin Essential Is E.L.F. Cosmetics Halo Glow Liquid Filter ...

The Halo Glow Liquid Filter was dropped without much warning by e.l.f. cosmetics. As one of the most talked about summer launches (that just happened to sell out almost immediately in all shades), many are describing it as a near-perfect dupe for Charlotte Tilburys famous cult complexion hero, Hollywood Flawless Filter.

If you're a late-night TikTok fan or beauty aficionado, you've likely heard of the latter's most popular product, with big names like Adele, Madison Beer, Mandy Moore, and more obsessed with the skin-enhancing lotion. And because it's been around for quite some years now, it has become a major staple for all the glow-loving minimal makeup ladies of the world.

I just had to get my hands on e.l.f.s newest release to put the (already) viral formula to the test, and see if the hype was really true. To say I had some high expectations would be a serious understatement.

Quick Facts

The Halo Glow Liquid Filter from E.l.f.Cosmetics

The Halo Glow Liquid Filter is a light-heavy liquid formula that is meant to give a soft-focus appearance, which is almost filtered by finely-milled powders. It's also intended to be worn alone for a no-makeup makeup look, mixed with your foundation for some added dewiness.

Moreover, this recipe is encased in ingredients such as squalane and hyaluronic acid, both of which are intended for hydration and moisture.

My Skin Type

My skin is light and relatively flaky, although like everyone else, I have my flaw areas. My t-zone tends to get quite oily towards the end of the day, and my nose often has a hard time with certain foundation formulas, leaving the area patchy and more textured than I would like.

I prefer a dewy appearance rather than a matte finish, and as a total skin care enthusiast, I rely on moisture day and night for a supple, glazed donut appearance.

The First Impression

I was a bit concerned that the lightest shade would be much too orange for me. And when smelling the product in the bottle, I noticed an ever so subtle natural odor that I wasnt a big fan of (though its undetectable once on skin). Nevertheless, I swiped Halo Glow all over (using its pretty large doe foot applicator, which was handy for quick application), and began to blend with a dense brush.

My initial fears about the pigment faded quickly as it blended perfectly into my skin. I was struck by the lit-from-within radiance that looked so healthy and natural. I went in with a little concealer under the eyes and on a few spots for a quick, minimalist makeup look.

After a few hours of wear, I noticed that my more oil-prone skin became more slick and greasy than I expected, with my usual loose powder rinse method unable to help much to alleviate it. However, my white towel did absorb a bit more than usual during an evening workout (which, to be fair, is inevitable with any dewy formula).

Is Charlotte Tilbury's Flawless Filter Really A Dupe?

The color difference in the bottle was subtle (though it was little on the skin) as a user of the lightest shades from both brands. And in terms of shade range Charlotte Tilbury has beaten, with 12 choices compared to e.l.f.'s eight.

Both products perform at their best, despite minor differences. The greatest benefit of using e.l.f., other than the lower price, are the high levels of active squalane and hyaluronic acid that are missing from the Hollywood Flawless Filters ingredient list.

The Final Verdict

E.l.f. understood the task, as far as dupes go. Both products blend seamlessly on skin and effortlessly create that stunning red carpet effect.

The super oily skin gworls may want to skip this launch (or use sparingly) as it really improves that greasy appearance after a long day of wear. e.l.f.s version is a great option for those who want the look for less, have combination or dry skin types, or makeup artists who want to customize their kits without spending a ton of money.

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