Highlighter is the icing on the cake when it comes to makeup. Adding a glow really transforms your look as it attracts light to your face and creates dimension to enhance your features.
I own both powder and liquid highlighters because I just love both types of formula and don’t think I actually have a preference. Powder highlighters apply and blend out very easily which is especially useful if you’re rushed for time; a few sweeps of the product with a small fan brush over the cheekbones, nose, brow bone, forehead and Cupid’s bow and you’re good to glow! I find powder highlighters give a blinding glow and have more of a shimmery finish. Liquid highlighters I feel are very illuminating and give a dewy finish which I think looks more natural yet, they can take a little longer to blend out than a powder highlighter. Both formulas are buildable meaning you can either go for a subtle look with just a small application of the product or you can go full on glowy which I definitely do for nights out.
Here are my fav highlighters:
The Balm Mary- Lou Manizer Highlighter
This highlighter is just fab! It’s a very buildable product which makes it really easy to go from natural to blinding in a few extra swipes of a brush. I love the packaging of this highlighter! I feel like it’s super fun and different to a lot of other highlighters on the market who have a more simple and plainer design. The formula isn’t chalky and blends out seamlessly on the skin with lots of light reflecting pigment. This highlighter is a beautiful champagne gold colour which looks amazing and brings warmth to your face, aswell as giving the appearance of youthful, glowy skin. It’s a gorgeous highlighter and is such a hyped about product and when you look at the pigment and at the price, you can see why!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight Liquid Highlighter (Opal)
Bit of a mouthful, but what a stunning highlighter! It provides a creamy, dewy glow and applies wonderfully on the skin. I got this highlighter as part of Becca’s ‘Glow On The Go’ set, also containing the mini version of their best selling powder highlighter which is also incredible. With liquid highlighters, I either use the side of a beauty blender or the tip of my middle finger to pat the product into the skin. As mentioned above, they can take a little longer to blend than a powder but the pigment payoff is totally worth it, especially with this highlighter! I find that this is quite a buildable product and you only need about 3 dots on each cheek bone to get a nice glow. It blends out as a gorgeous golden, peach- toned colour which looks so beautiful on the face.
Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighter Palette
Love love love this palette! It has a variety of formulas and includes two baked powders, a shimmer powder and a cream highlighter. I only really use the two baked powders as they are insane and definitely have the best pigment! If you’re after a blind a b*tch highlight, they’re for you as THEY’RE SOOO BRIGHT! These baked highlighters are not for those who want a natural and subtle glow, they’re for those who want to go all out and glisten. They come in two metallic shades; a pinky colour and a bronze colour. Once they’re blended into the skin, they don’t quite look those colours but there’s definitely a contrast in cool and warm tones between the two shades. Don’t get me wrong, the cream and the shimmer formulas are good, but I find they’re not as bright as the baked and the cream formula can look a little greasy. The palette comes with a mini brush which is great for travelling with but I lost my brush a couple of months ago. I tend to use my Real Techniques Highlighting brush anyway as I prefer it and it has softer bristles.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette (Golden Sugar)
For how inexpensive this palette is, it’s pigment payoff is brill! It consists of two bronzers, two merged bronzers, two merged blushers and two baked highlighters. As you can see from the picture, my favourite shade is the white baked highlighter which I use when I want an icy, cool toned glow. If I’m honest, I only use this palette for the highlighters as I don’t use blush at all and although the bronzers aren’t bad, they blend out a little chalky. This product is incredibly affordable for the amount of variety you get in the palette, the baked highlighters are really good and last all day! The finish is shimmery and very bright which is fab if you like an intense highlight! This product is great for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes too, it really brings them out and enhances any eyeshadow look.
Iconic London Illuminator (Original)
Oh babeh! I’ve saved the best until last as this is the most amazing highlighter I’ve tried so far! A definite fav! If you’re looking for a blinding and dewy glow without looking greasy, look no further! This highlighter is raved about so much and now I know why! I bought it a few weeks ago as I’ve seen so many good reviews on it and I’m so glad I did. It’s soooo illuminating!!! You just need the tiniest amount as a little goes a long way! The applicator comes in the form of a dropper; literally one drop from it and you have an amazing glow. I love the finish to this highlighter as it makes the skin look so healthy and lustrous. For an all over glow rather than just on your usual highlighting areas, mix a few drops in with your foundation to really brighten your face. I cannot recommend this highlighter enough, it will not disappoint and is definitely worth the money!
If you use the code GLOWQUEEN at the checkout on Iconic London’s website, you should get the illuminator for £20! It’s usually £29.99 so it’s a fantastic bargain!
Below are the swatches from left to right:
1. Mary Lou Manizer 2. Becca Skin Perfector 3. Sleek Solstice (baked bronze shade) 4. Makeup Revolution (baked white shade) 5. Iconic London (once blended in, doesn’t look this dark)
5 Highlighters I want to try:
• Anastasia Beverley Hills Glow Kit – Ultimate Glow
• Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder – Blossom Glow & Precious Petals
• Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost – Ice Cold
• Illamasqua Beyond Powder – OMG
• Tarte Tartiest Pro Glow Liquid Highlighter – Exposed
Have you tried any of the highlighters mentioned? If so, I’d love to know what you think of them!
Thanks for reading!