When it comes down to makeup, my obsession begins and ends with highlighters. I could pretty much bring myself to give up any other makeup product if I had to… Maybe. But there is something about highlighters in particular that I love. There is nothing quite like having a ridiculous glowing face any time of the day and using going out as an excuse to pack it on and “glow to the Gods”.
Highlighters are the industry’s favourite product at the moment so I thought I would share my highlighter collection and talk about some of my holy grail products that I have discovered recently.
The oldest highlighter in my collection is my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle. Hey, remember when that was a thing? Remember when MAC was a thing too? No shade to them but they really dropped the ball in the makeup game recently, haven’t they? MAC where you at? All jokes aside, this is a really good product and it is one that I always go back to. It is just something you can pretty much always rely on to be great. I would say though that I bought this when I was first getting into highlighters and it is far from the glow that some of my other products give. If you love a blinding highlight, this one probably isn’t for you. It is buildable into an amazing glow but it is far more suited to a day-to-day look. The colour is very peachy-pink and I think it works best on a pale to slightly tanned complexion as it can be little bronzy too. The downside to MAC is obvious. It isn’t cruelty-free and for a company now, it is just a shame to see them not take the steps forward to becoming so. However, if you do want to reminisce about this product, it is linked here. The highlighter is £24.50 and has a 4.3/5 rating on the MAC website.
My new holy grail product is undoubtedly the Cover FX Customer Enhancer Drops. I swear this brand is an Instagram favourite. This is something about products with a pipette and people putting little drops all over their face that totally sucks me in. Honestly, that is how The Ordinary products reeled me in too. Now it does make me take a sharp intake of breath whenever I admit to how much this product costs. If you’re peeping behind your hand to see, I don’t blame you. This 15ml bottle cost £34. Mmm… I know. £34. The best thing to do is to watch Beauty Bay and other various online retailers because you can often catch these on a great offer like I managed to originally. Be warned that people will go crazy for them at a lower price (understandably) so you have to dive right in there. Although for someone who is very and I mean very restrictive with money, I can totally defend the price tag. This product is the most unbelievable highlighter I have ever used. Forget those crazy Instagram videos that suggest these types of product require smothering half your face. I would never even use one drop of this. I honestly open the bottle and dab my finger on the side where the product is and use that. That little bit alone will be enough for my nose, cheekbones and my cupid’s bow. So, realistically, that £34 price tag is steep but it is going to take years to work through this solid gold gift to the makeup community. I have the shade Sunlight and I am obsessed (admittedly, it is very gold and bronzey for someone with my skin tone, but as you don’t need much, it works fine!) There are so many gorgeous shades that suit every single skin tone which I love too. You can find it on Beauty Bay here.
Next, I want to briefly mention the amazing highlighter palette that I received from the incredible Bella Inizio in her giveaway. I have been trying this out recently and I am really enjoying it! I have never used Revolution makeup before and so it has been great to trial their products. I did a blog post about the other amazing things I received so I have linked it here if you’re interested in reading some more. The Beyond Radiance palette features 3 different shades, mainly suited for lighter skin tones – although the more bronzey shade may be gorgeous on olive skin. I have been primarily using the middle shade as I really enjoy pink highlighter shades. It isn’t the most pigmented, crazy colour but it is gorgeous and subtle for a day-to-day look which is perfect if you’re not after the intense highlight the Cover FX drops provide. The best bit about this palette? It is only £8 which is an absolute steal if you ask me. I have linked it here.
Finally, I have to mention another favourite palette of mine. This was a gift from one of my really close friends and I have been obsessed with it for ages. Not only does it have some incredible eyeshadow colours but it also features 4 beautiful highlighters in such a great colour range. This BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel palette is honestly to die for. On a scale, I would say it sits perfectly (intensity wise) between the MAC and the Cover FX which makes it amazing for everyday looks as well as night time looks too. I get use out of the first three shades, which range from a lovely light dusty pink to a more intense bronze glow which is amazing if you have a tan. I probably reach for this the most out of all my highlighters as it is guaranteed to look great no matter what the occassion is. It is currently out of stock on Beauty Bay but it originally retailed for £18. I have linked it here for you to check out.