When watching the 7 deadly sins of beauty tag all over Youtube and the blogosphere I heard the make up step many neglect due to laziness, and I was shocked to see how many people skip highlighter! Not I!
I apply highlighter just about every single time I wear make up. I'm quite addicted to the *glow* the appearance of that perfect skin as you turn your head to the side. Quite addicted. I'm more about *GLOW* pretty much when I turn to the side I like the effect of almost blinding people with my non existent cheekbones! (We all have our own tastes)
J Lo is one woman I think who understands!
Best Powder: (all my opinion of course) By Candle light by MAC. You all must be tired of hearing me sing about the praises of this one. More details can be found when I went into a more in depth review in the past here!
Best Liquid: Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl (One day I AM getting Opal)
Something I have yet to review. This one is quite a gem. I believe Lisa Eldridge brought this to every one's attention when she used and raved about this product. When Lisa Eldridge states a product is one of her staples, well, it's best we all take a listen
This comes in three shades (Pearl, Opal which is peachier, and a Bronze shade)
It states SPF 25 plus but on my box it clearly stated SPF 20
This product is huuuuuge. 1.7 Fl oz. I usually need about 1/3 rd to a 1/2 of a pump for my entire face. This is quite a pricy product but let's see how long it takes you to finish one of these!
This starts off quite a flashy in your face pearl, but as you blend it actually starts reflecting light particles.
Most "pearl" highlighters can look frosty or have a yellow gold cast. Not this one. It's actually like a pearl. Depending on how you look at it from the sides it has EXTREAMLY subtle reflects of silver, white, gold. An actual pearl has a different color strength depending on the angle. This product mimics that effect.
It comes with an adjustable pump, getting my 1/3rd of a pump is a bit hard, I always wind up with too much but again, I am still never going to finish this.
Also the top lid is very secure, I have no fears of this product spilling when traveling.
Becca did quite a good job with this one!
The Least Favorites (Not the Worst, least favorites of my collection)
Powder Highlighter: Dior Amber Diamond (Please don't start throwing stones at me!)
This is about preference. I like quite an obnoxious level of highlighter
*Note* the above mentioned favorite highlighters when very sheered can be subtle, but built up to be quite obnoxious for night's out
Dior's Amber Diamond is pretty. The packaging is pretty, the product is pretty but when I apply this, it's so....natural. I usually am swiping like crazy to build this up but it always looks like a supremely natural sheen. Dior is outstanding in the fact that they can create this practically fool proof natural sheen without glitter or shimmer, but for me, this is just a bit too much time to build up to the level I prefer.
Cream Highlighter: Benefit's Watts Up
Another one that is not a bad product! The reason why it is my least favorite is the packaging.
I purchased this purely so I can have something to touch up with in my purse. Something light, preferably stikck form for the swipe and glow, and ease. This product itself, the actual highlighter is a lovely shade! Champagne light beige. No glitter, no chunks, a very fine sweep of sheen.
The rest of the item to me needs work. I know many people think the packaging is cute, but I am just not a fan of how it looks. Color and shape set aside which to me are ...eck
It's the sponge tip applicator that bothers me.
Do you see the sponge in the picture. Do you see how dirty it looks? I have never onced used it. The cap on the highlighter portion is pretty secure, but the cap on the sponge side comes off so easily in my bag every single day, it ruins the sponge, and I spend time looking for the lost cap. I wish they would have just skipped the sponge side all together.
Regardless I still keep this for touch ups. The shade is flattering, the application is easy, but the sponge will never be used by me.
I am quite a fan of highlighters from Ms. Mercier!
The left was a limited editon shade called Guilded Garden which I can wear as a blush and reminds me of MAC's MSF in Petticoat (which was also limited edition but a reference)
The right side is the Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc. Laura Mercier has a few of these shimmer Bloc's in her range, all permanent and gorgeous. The shades swirled together in this particular shade can be worn as a shimmery peachy bronze blush. For highlight I usually sweep the lighter shades together with a fan brush over all my peach blushes.
I actually love the peach shimmer bloc but something I hate about it
The packaging and product are not well made. The highlighter is well made. Laura Mercier's casings are quite nice. But I have read numerous reviews from people online stating in her shimmer bloc line, many people have experienced breakage in the highlighter itself or faulty packaging.
I once watched a favorite products of the year video where the woman was announcing this product as her favorite highlight and the 4 triangles literally split open on camera. She then changed her answer to Dior's Amber Diamond!
This highlighter is gorgeous, the shades can be chosen and customized, but I don't think I would buy another one of these until she fixes what's not holding these products or packagings together.
I also do like MAC's Soft and Gentle sometimes, also as an honorable mention, for a quick sweep but this one does have a little more glitter.
These are quite hard to see ( They are highlighters) I did not swatch them too heavily as no one actually wears them that way.
R to L: Becca, By Candlelight, Amber Diamond, Watts Up!
R to L: By Candlelight, Amber Diamond, Watts Up!, Peach Mosaic, Guilded Garden
What are some of your favorite highlighters?
Do you skip the highlighter step in your everyday routines?