Summer is in full swing and the coveted “dewy look” or “glass skin effect” is more popular than ever. I have usually avoided products that are meant to look very dewy since I have combination skin and my t-zone can get quite oily. However, e.l.f. launched a “dewy skin” product this year that caught my eye like nothing else. The e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is a stick highlighter that provides a beautiful natural looking dewiness. I like it for my skin because I can concentrate it on areas of my skin that don’t get oily!
This is the first highlighter I’ve ever reviewed (with the exception of the highlighter shade in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette) here on IntegriBeauty. That’s because I’m not usually much of a highlighter girl. That may surprise you, as I’m a makeup fanatic, but it’s true! The natural look of this highlighter made an impression on me and I couldn’t wait to try it.
I’ve been using the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick for a few weeks now, and I have a lot of thoughts on it! Please continue reading for my full product review. I’ll discuss the product’s inclusivity, packaging, application, how it works with other products, staying power, and price.
e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com
Highlight your best features with a dewy, sun-kissed glow. Infused with hydrating watermelon extract, this highlighter stick helps you achieve that “glass skin” effect with a soft hint of golden color and shimmer that looks great on all skin tones. The twist-up stick allows for easy application and prime blendability—just dab and blend onto high points of the face like the cheekbones, nose bridge, and brow bone for a radiant finish. Great for all skin types.
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Other product details
- Price: $8.00
- Net weight: 0.28 oz. | 8 g
- Made in China
- Shelf life: 6 months
- Special ingredients:
- Coconut oil moisturizes and seals in moisture
- Tocopheryl acetate (common version of vitamin E) is an antioxidant and strengthens skin
- Sweet almond oil smooths, softens, and moisturizes
- Rosa rubiginosa seed oil (a.k.a. rosehip seed oil) nourishes and moisturizes skin while also providing antioxidant properties
- Watermelon fruit extract is rich in vitamins and antioxidants
- Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com
- ElfCosmetics.com ships within the USA and internationally to the following locations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and UAE
- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Inclusivity: 10/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
- Team player: 5/10
- Staying power: 9/10
- Price: 10/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
Before trying the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick, I was surprised that it launched in only one shade (which is called “Melon-Aire”). E.l.f. isn’t the most inclusive brand, but I think they’re making an effort. With this product, I was a bit confused because to look at it in the packaging, especially in photos, it appears icy white.
Once I received my Jelly Pop Glow Stick and swatched it, I understood why there is only a single shade. This is truly unlike any other highlighter I’ve ever tried. What you see on the skin is a natural glow, that dewy effect that so many of us are after. There is a subtle gold-pink shimmer, but it’s barely visible on the skin.
It’s very unusual for products with any pigment to work for all skin tones, and that’s part of the reason I was skeptical with this one. However, e.l.f. claims that the Jelly Pop Glow Stick shade is universal to look great on all skin tones. I’m happy to say that I think they’re right!
I’d ordinarily take a couple points from this category for the lack of variety in shade options, but I feel like this product is different. Since it’s primarily meant to provide a natural glow instead of pigmentation, I don’t think other shades are necessary. If this product is popular enough, e.l.f. may opt to add more shades later. However, I think they would end up looking quite similar to the “Melon-Aire” shade.
Unfortunately, I was unable to get a very good photo of this product swatched on my fair skin. It definitely looks better in person or in videos and to be completely honest, I’m not sure how to insert video clips into my blog posts. In this photo, I applied a good amount of the glow stick to my arm. If you look closely, I think you can see it! If you don’t, please don’t be discouraged. This product works best with movement and light.
Packaging/ease of application
E.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is packaged in a twist-up stick. I’ve been seeing this format more and more for cream products, and I think it’s brilliant! This type of packaging allows for direct application onto the skin, but other application methods can still be used just as easily as if it was in a flat pan.
The plastic packaging for this product isn’t anything fancy, but it’s highly functional. It’s easy to twist up the product, and the cap snaps into place securely. This product would be a good choice for travel, unless it will be exposed to high temperatures. I say that because this product is very soft and emollient, and therefore more likely to melt in extreme heat.
E.l.f.’s instructions for applying the Jelly Pop Glow Stick are as follows: Dab lightly onto high points of the face including the cheekbones, nose bridge, and brow bone. Blend gently with fingers or brush.
I started out using it that way, but I thought the stick laid down too much product when I swiped it over my skin. I then tried picking up the product with a brush and applying it that way, but that moved my makeup around a lot and didn’t look good.
The best way I’ve found to apply this glow stick (I hesitate to call it a highlighter since it’s so unique and different from other highlighters I’ve used), is with my fingers. I pick some up on my fingertip and tap it over the areas that I want to look dewy. This method prevents excessive use of the product, and I think the heat from my fingers helps it to melt into my skin more quickly.
This is definitely one of the quickest and easiest makeup products in my collection. A few taps over each area is enough to achieve the subtle glow that I want!
One quick side note before moving on… E.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is heavily fragranced. In addition to the watermelon fruit extract (which actually isn’t harmful to the skin despite smelling like watermelon), there are five fragrance ingredients! Those that are sensitive to fragrance would probably be better off avoiding this product. I wish there wasn’t so much fragrance (or any) included, but I have to admit that it smells fantastic!
If you saw the product details above, you probably noticed that this is the one category where e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick scored badly with me. I’ve always had a tough time getting cream products to layer well over powder, liquid, and cream foundations. This one is no exception, and I wasn’t surprised due to its very emollient texture. It seems to move my foundation around no matter which type of foundation I use. I don’t think it’s very noticeable from a distance, but it still bothers me.
I looked for reviews of this product on YouTube and didn’t find too many, but there were some. Those people reviewing it didn’t seem to have any issues with applying it over foundation, even directly from the stick. That makes me wonder if there’s something about my skin, or my foundations, that could be the problem. Or maybe it’s simply user error!
While I do struggle with layering e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick over foundations, I’m still able to use it and enjoy it very much. That’s because I don’t wear foundation every day! My Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Tinted Face Sunscreen doubles as a light-coverage BB cream, and once it sets, this glow stick applies over it extremely well!
Cream products generally aren’t designed with longevity in mind. It wasn’t surprising to me that e.l.f. doesn’t make any claims about the wear-time of the Jelly Pop Glow Stick. With that being said, I’ve actually been quite impressed with the staying power of this product! It’s not as obvious in indoor lighting, but I can still see a subtle sheen on my face at the end of the day. I thought my skin might absorb too much of it throughout the day for it to be visible after several hours, but that isn’t the case at all.
I did take one point away in this category for a very simple reason. This product doesn’t have any sort of “dry down” like some creams do. It remains emollient on the skin all day. That means that it could be rubbed off if you touch your face a lot, or take a nap with your face touching furniture or a pillow. I haven’t experienced this myself, but I can tell that it’s possible just based on the texture of this glow stick.
E.l.f. never ceases to amaze me with its affordable prices, and they came through for us again with the Jelly Pop Glow Stick! This product is only $8.00 for 0.28 oz., which is a generous amount! I think this product will last a good long while for anyone not using an excessive amount.
I wasn’t sure how similar products are priced since I don’t often buy highlighters, so I did some digging. It turns out, the humble e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick looks very similar to the $45.00 (and not cruelty-free) Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick! I couldn’t imagine spending that much money on this type of product. I’m so glad that e.l.f. made this much more affordable alternative!
The Chanel glow stick is obviously a luxury product and there are other stick highlighters out there that are affordable. There are some that are even a little bit more affordable than this one from e.l.f. However, it doesn’t look like those give the same subtle effect. I think the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick is pretty special and definitely fairly priced! 🙂
e.l.f. Jelly Pop collection
E.l.f. initially launched the Jelly Pop collection a couple of years ago. Since then, some products have been discontinued, occasionally to be brought back on a temporary basis. I believe some new Jelly Pop products launched in 2020, and this year e.l.f. continued the collection with the Jelly Pop Glow Stick, as well as some other products (these are the ones currently marked as “new” on the e.l.f. website):
- Jelly Pop Luscious Lip Mask $6.00
- Jelly Pop Juicy Gloss in Sour Watermelon $5.00
- Jelly Pop Juicy Gloss in Sparkling Pop $5.00
- Jelly Pop Juicy Gloss in Watermelon Pop $5.00
- Jelly Pop Watermelon Glitter Face Mask $12.00
- Jelly Poppin’ Skincare Set (includes full size Jelly Pop Water Gel Moisturizer, travel size Jelly Pop Watermelon Cleanser, and travel size Jelly Pop Watermelon Glitter Face Mask) $18.00
- Jelly Pop Juicy Melon Glow Set (includes travel size Jelly Pop Dew Primer and full size Jelly Pop Glow Stick) $12.00
I’ve only tried the Glow Stick from this collection, but I’ve heard good things about several of the Jelly Pop products! They all seem to be fun and fruity.
While I am a bit limited in my use of this product since I don’t wear it with foundation, I am really happy to have the e.l.f. Jelly Pop Glow Stick in my collection! I don’t own anything even remotely similar to this product, so it’s been very fun to test out. I think it just gives my skin the prettiest glowy sheen, especially in sunlight. In this photo, all of the dewiness on my cheekbone and forehead is from the Glow Stick. 🙂
Let’s review e.l.f.’s product claims to see how they align with my experience using the Jelly Pop Glow Stick. E.l.f.’s primary claim is that this product will provide a dewy “glass skin” effect that will look good on all skin tones. I agree completely! Next, they claim that the twist-up stick allows for easy application and blending. I don’t think applying directly with the stick is the best method, but it can work. Also, they’re right that it’s very easy to blend!
Lastly, e.l.f. states that the Glow Stick is great for all skin types. I wish I could agree, but I think it might be too emollient for use on oily skin. I can get away with it because my skin is normal in the areas where I use the Glow Stick, but I think it may be too greasy for oily skin. If you’ve used this and have oily skin, please let me know what you think!
Have you tried anything from the e.l.f. Jelly Pop collection? What about other subtle stick highlighters? Let me know in the comments!