Highlighters are one of the more recent additions I have introduced into my makeup routine, and I have to say, using them has really amped up my daily face. I never thought something so simple could make such a world of difference! It’s safe to say that I don’t think I will be going back to my old highlighterless ways any time soon. With that being said, I decided to showcase the highlighters that are currently in my makeup arsenal along with some mini reviews. So without further ado, let’s get started!
I am going to start off with the highlighters which are available in the drugstore. First up is the Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Golden Up!:
I haven’t actually used this as a highlighter on my face, however I could see it being useful if I wanted a very intense, glittery highlight. The texture is somewhat powdery, and the chunks of glitter can be a little much, however for $2 CAD, it really doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
Next up is the L’Oreal La Couleur Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush:
This is also not an actual highlighter, however I think this is such a beautiful highlight for people with darker skin tones. I am NC40-42, and in the summer time, this is one of my go-to’s. The texture is so smooth and almost creamy, not powdery in the slightest! A little definitely goes a long way, so if you are thinking of using this product as a highlight, use it sparingly. This product was actually the first highlighter I ever used and fell in love with! If you have a lighter skin tone, I would even go as far as recommending trying one of the lighter coloured shadows within the line – I’m sure it would work just as well!
The last drugstore highlighter I have in my collection is the Revlon Highlighting Palette in Peach Glow:
I typically only use the bottom two shades of the palette to highlight. Frankly, I don’t really care for this product. As you can see in the swatches, the powders don’t really do much. If anything, I would use this to set my under eye area if I was in dire need of a setting powder. The texture of this product is too powdery and doesn’t really provide much luminosity. I also find that these powders leave my skin looking a little ashy. Maybe it would work better on people with lighter skin tones, however if you’re anywhere near an NC40 or darker, I would suggest skipping this.
Moving onto my higher end highlighters, let’s start off with Benefit’s Watt’s Up!:
This was actually a mini version which came in one of the Sephora birthday presents from a few years back. Yes – I still have mine and it is still going strong! This is one of my favourite highlighters to take with me when I’m traveling and require low-maintenance makeup. The texture is very smooth and creamy, and the colour is a very flattering champagne which would suit a variety of skin tones. As you can see in the swatch, it blends out quite nicely, leaving a subtle glow – great for every day.
Next up are the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish highlighters in Gold Deposit and Cheeky Bronze:
L to R: Gold Deposit, Cheeky Bronze
These highlighters are absolutely gorgeous. I typically use Gold Deposit if I want to add a warm glow to my face. Cheeky Bronze is kind of like a more finely milled, powdery, and more glittery version of Amber Rush to me, however I typically use this if I want a more dramatic highlight. These highlighters are definitely better suited for people with tan to darker skin tones due to the fact that they do add a considerable amount of colour to the face – more than the average highlighter would, anyway. They are a bit powdery and do contain some glitter particles, however I highly recommend them as they do look quite beautiful and appropriate for summer nights.
Next up is the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal:
This highlight is just the perfect champagne/gold illuminator. The texture is very soft, luxurious, creamy, and definitely dramatic. This highlighter is free of glitter particles and provides that proverbial “glow from within” that is currently all the rage. A little definitely goes a long way with this, as it is very easy to go overboard with this product – especially if you have oily skin. If you’ve been eyeing this product, I say go for it. It’s definitely worth the splurge!
And last, but certainly not least, is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light:
This is my current every day highlighter. It is subtle enough to use in an office setting, and gives a very beautiful glow. There are some glitters in this powder, and I find it to be a little powdery for my liking, but I do enjoy this product. With that being said, I feel like this product definitely did not live up to its hype, and I don’t think I will repurchase if I ever run out of it. It’s definitely an expensive product to have, and if you’re willing to splurge, I say go ahead if you’re looking for a VERY subtle highlight. However, if you’re looking for something more dramatic, I would suggest grabbing the Becca highlighters over the Hourglass ones.
That concludes my first ever blog post! Hopefully it was a helpful and enjoyable read.