A couple of days ago, I posted a poll on my Instagram Story asking whether people would be more interested in seeing my collection of blushes or highlighters. Well, 75% of you said you’d rather see my collection of highlighters. Depending on how well this post fares with you lovely folks, I’d love to continue this series and share other parts of my collection. Keep an eye out for more posts like this in the future, but without further ado, let’s see all the highlighters I have!
First of all, what a mess.
I’ve actually gotten rid of quite a few highlighting products that I either didn’t like or just didn’t use, so I’m shocked at how small my collection looks when it’s all scattered across the table.
I’ll start this off by noting that I have textured skin. This makes it tricky to find a highlighter that doesn’t emphasize dry patches or little bumps, but still captures the light in a breathtaking way. While there are highlighters in my collection that do emphasize texture a little, most of them are rather flattering on flaky-cheeked ladies. Even if they do emphasize every imperfection on my cheeks, they are likely too gorgeous to pass up.
Individual Pan Highlights
Colourpop Super Shock Cheek
The Colourpop formula is so satisfying to swatch — the bouncy, creamy formula glides onto the skin, leaving behind a trail of ultra-pigmented, highly reflective goop. I love how affordable the brand as a whole is and the wide spectrum of color options.
I have four different highlighters from the brand: Butterfly Beach (metallic rose gold), Wisp (metallic champagne-gold), Over the Moon (glitter infused icey white base with pink and purple glitter reflects), and Honeymoon (glitter infused icey white base with pale blue and purple glitter reflects) .
Unfortunately, the logos have rubbed off of two of the pots. I find that the silver branding doesn’t last very long on heavily used products.
NYX Holographic Halo Finishing Powder in Mermazing
I wish I had purchased this powder in the rosey-champagne shade. It’s such a beautiful, reflective highlight that goes on silky smooth. It looks rather unassuming in the pot, but when applied to the skin, the purple-blue reflect is blinding.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlight in Exposed
The Tarte highlighting formula is one that has grown on me as I learned the best ways to apply it. The creamy powder is stunning when really pressed into the skin, but you lose the metallic finish if you don’t really work it in. If you use a loose brush to apply this highlight, it will sit atop of your skin and leave a powdery, glittery cast on your cheeks. Use a beauty-blender or dense brush to really press the product in and you will notice a great difference! I love the neutral gold-champagne color of this shade.
CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight
I feel like everyone has seen these, so I won’t go into too much detail. The heavy metallic look of these drops is a bit much for me, but they photograph beautifully. I would love to try a different shade because Moonlight is slightly too deep for my winter skin but I would not purchase the full size of this product. It’s way too expensive for something that I wouldn’t use; I’ll stick to the deluxe sized samples from Sephora!
Trestique Highlighting Stick in Maldives Luminescent
I received this deluxe sized sample in a Sephora Play box a while back and was not impressed. The crayon formula is hard and waxy, making it a difficult product to use. You have to warm up the product on the back of your hand before applying it with a beauty-blender or brush, which I think defeats the purpose of the crayon-like packaging. That being said, I think the color is so flattering. Maldives Luminescent is a peachy-flesh-toned champagne with no glitter in it — the perfect “fresh-faced” glow for everyday.
Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter in Moonbeam
I wrote about this highlight in a previous post, along with other products I received from the Vitalist line. Check it out here!
BECCA Light Chasers Highlight in Champagne Flashes Bellini
This is supposedly a limited edition line of duochrome/color shifting highlights, but it’s been out for a while so the verdict of its status is still out. Champagne Flashes Bellini is a stunning peach-champagne highlight with a soft pink “flash.” Compared to the original Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors, this formula is a satin-finish, making it less metallic and more soft-focus. I prefer the satin-finish as the metallic highlighters tend to be too glossy for my everyday look.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
As I mentioned when writing about the Champagne Flashes Bellini highlighter, this is an intense metallic highlight. I like the color of this (though the base pigment is a bit too dark for my complexion at the moment) because it’s a nice in-between gold and champagne tone. I would never get through a full-size pan, so I doubt I will be purchasing one anytime soon (this is a deluxe sized sample).
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Adored
Satin-finish highlight heaven. This is a very buildable, pearly pink highlight that does not emphasize texture in the slightest. It gives a beautiful soft-pink reflect that flatters so many different skin tones.
Highlighting Palettes/Highlights in Palettes
Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Palette – Believe (Center Shade)
Believe is such a gorgeous opalescent shade. It tends to show up a bit icey on darker skin colors, but it does go with the magical theme of the palette. As I mentioned earlier, the Tarte highlight formula really needs to be pressed into the skin to perform its best.
Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Version III
I love the “highlight” and “glow” shades in this contour palette. The pink-undertones in the highlight shade are so flattering! It’s a softer metallic finish that can be built up from day-to-night. The glow shade is very intense, so I focus this on my inner-corners, nose, and cupid’s bow.
Smashbox Photo Strip Powder Highlighter Palette
This is an unbelievable underrated palette. The first three shades work as beautiful, smooth, silky highlights, while the last two are more functional as blush toppers. I can’t recommend picking this up enough — you can find this on sale super cheap at Sephora or Nordstrom Rack.
Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Beauty Beam Palette
I LOVE THIS PALETTE. They are all such gorgeous, buildable, glossy, metallic shades. I love that there are three different shades to mix-and-match and create a custom color.
Estee Edit Gritty & Glow Face Palette
This palette came as a set with an eyeshadow palette. While I love the bronze and blush shades, I am less impressed with the highlight shades. This is less because of the formula and more because of the color. The white shade is very icy and opalescent, while the bronze shade is very bronze.
What’s your favorite highlighter? I’m so torn between highlights of different textures, but I love how glossy and wet-looking highlights look on my skin.
What would you like to see from my collection next? I’m thinking blushes. Let me know if you want to see more about a specific product from this post or if you have any suggestions for a spotlight blog post!
Proverbs 10:28 The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.
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