I own 11 highlighters! If I had to take guess how many I owned, it would have been 5… Highlighters aren’t a ride or die must-have makeup item for me and even though I love a glowy look, I never have the urge to run out and buy them. To be honest, so many of them all look the same on the skin anyway, well at least many of the ones I own look verrrrry similar. It makes me a bit annoyed at myself for buying ones that all look the same…In no particular order, here is my collection of highlighters and my thoughts on them.
(Also, just as a side note, it is VERY hard to take pictures of highlighters…I did my best)
// 1 //
Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm
Colour: Soft Gold/Champagne
Review: This is a beautiful, smooth highlight that leaves a little bit more than a subtle glow on the skin that builds well. Suitable for highlight beginners and experts alike – especially those with fair skin. An absolute favorite in my collection. Not glittery. Very buttery. Great packaging. Well priced. A solid all-rounder!
// 2 //
Enlightened Lit From Within Powder by Mecca Cosmetica
Colour: Rose Gold
Review: Less pigmented than Mary Lou Manizer which allows for a much more subtle look if desired. Otherwise, continue to layer it on the skin for a stunning rose gold glow. Not glittery but has a multi-dimensional luminosity and is brighter than Mary Lou. Stunning packaging. Pricey, but worth it if it is a shade that you would gravitate towards frequently. Dust it lightly over exposed skin for that ‘lit-from-within’ glow.
// 3 //
Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle by MAC
Colour: Soft Pink/Warm Beige
Review: This highlight was added to my collection prior to becoming cruelty-free. MAC Cosmetics is not cruelty-free. I rarely use this highlight on its own, preferring instead to mix it with others. It’s not glittery but is quite shimmery on the skin but still very flattering. There’s nothing wrong with it and it is pretty but it is not worth the price in my opinion and could easily be swapped out for the Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Lit From Within powder.
// 4 //
Champagne Pop by Becca x Jaclyn Hill
Colour: Champagne Gold
Review: This is a very hyped product that has great pigmentation (I think it is over-hyped TBH). I rarely reach for it because it doesn’t suit my pale skin but it does look beautiful when I have a tan. Also, it’s a much more intense highlight than the previous highlighters so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for something subtle. A beautiful highlight for the right person, but too expensive for me to recommend or consider it worth the money unless you were in love with it. You could definitely find something just as beautiful for less money.
// 5 //
Prosecco Pop by Becca x Jaclyn Hill
Review: Another intense gold highlight that is not suited to my pale skin but has a beautiful formula. Again, whilst it is beautiful for the right skin type, I wouldn’t recommend it unless you really loved it because it is so expensive. However, in saying that, it would last forever really so might be worth the investment if you truly loved how it looked. If you’re not sure on the shade, I’d pass on it. You could find something similar for less.
// 6 //
Blush Patrol by Napoleon
Review: So this is not technically a highlight, it’s actually a blush. However, I have included it in this review because it is more lit than any highlighter I own so I don’t know how it could actually be considered a blush! I bought this back in 2007 I believe because it was so beautiful, BUT I never actually wore it because it is so shiny! I certainly don’t think it is a blush and because it’s so pink I never use it as a highlighter. I have only really reached for it to use on the eyes. So as stunning as this ‘blush’ is, I don’t recommend it unless the shade is a flattering highlight on you and you love it. It is super pricey too.
// 7 //
Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder by Hourglass
Review: This is an illuminating pink powder that is unlike any other highlight in my collection. It is made of reflective micro pearl particles which create a soft, but lustrous highlight. However, I rarely reach for it because I don’t like the super-micro glitters. I would enjoy it a whole lot more without the subtle glittery finish, but many people actually seem to love it…The formula is out of this world, but standard for Hourglass powders (stunning). Try before you buy on this one, or perhaps pick up a mini size if you’re not sure…
// 8 //
Triple Threat Face Shaper Powder by Mecca Max
Review: This highlight comes in a trio with a blush and bronzer and cannot be purchased separately. This is a lovely neutral highlight that has no glitter and gives a good, strong golden glow to the skin. It isn’t as smooth or as ‘wet’ looking on the skin as Becca’s Champagne Pop but it is close in colour if you were after something similar and more affordable. Because it only comes in the palette, it’s tough to recommend unless you wanted the blush and bronzer as well – both of which are also shimmery products. I don’t like the blush purely because it is shimmery (I prefer matte), but I enjoy the bronzer. I love the packaging too.
// 9 //
Mineral Face Highlighter in Gold by Australis
Review: I’ve done a full review on this highlight in this post because I love it so much. The price and formula are fabulous. The packaging is great as well for controlling how much product you want to use. Apply with a beauty sponge to your cheekbones for a soft, luminous glow. I totally recommend it if you enjoy liquid highlighters.
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Mineral Face Highlighter in Pearl by Australis
Review: I love this pearl highlighter even more than I love its gold sister, but that’s because I’m quite fair (pale) 95% of the time and it looks much better on my pale skin than the gold. It is stunning when mixed with a cream product as it adds an all over luminosity to the skin without being glittery. Otherwise, use a beauty sponge and dab it on to your cheekbones for a healthy-looking complexion. It is subtle and beautiful. I totally recommend it if you like liquid highlighters.
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Argan Enlightenment Illuminiser by Josie Maran
Review: I have reviewed this highlight in more depth in the past here, but if you haven’t got time to head over to that post just know that I don’t think this highlight is worth the money. I don’t find that it blends into the skin well, instead choosing to sit on top of makeup quite obviously. I much prefer the gold Australis highlighter of this one, unless you wanted a highlighter to mix into other cream products. This highlight adds a stunning glow to the skin when mixed in with a moisturiser or foundation. Other than that, I don’t recommend.
Just to make things a bit clearer, here is how I would pick my fave highlighters based on how frequently I reach for them.
Top 3 Most Reached For Highlighters
1 // Enlightened Lit From Within Powder by Mecca Cosmetica
2 // Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm
3 // Mineral Face Highlighter in Pearl by Australis
Top 3 Least Reached for Highlighters
1 // Blush Patrol by Napoleon Perdis
2 // Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder by Hourglass
3 // Prosecco Pop by Becca x Jaclyn Hill
What highlighters do you love and which ones have you bought that you think are not worth the money?
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