3 Seriously Beautiful Highlighters

3 Seriously Beautiful Highlighters - Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Soft and Gentle

I’ll begin by saying you have no idea how hard it was to not make a very punny title about how these are the highlights of my makeup collection. I then thought of making it ‘3 Highlighters You Need’ but realistically, that’s not true.

For the most part, a lot of highlighters are gorgeous but when you see a bunch of them in the beauty community, they can begin to look the same. These are three of the prettiest, and most hyped highlighters out there so I thought it was worth rounding them up and talking about them all.

3 Seriously Beautiful Highlighters - Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Soft and Gentle

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal is the one that I’ve had for the least amount of time but it’s been quick to ascend the ranks of favourites. Just touching this with a brush lifts up quite a bit of product so I’m always careful to tap excess off my brush. On my skin it comes off quite golden and intense. The powder is soft and blendable and there aren’t noticeable glitter particles. The shade range of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors definitely have my attention and I’m half tempted to pick up others from the range if they’re all as gorgeous as this.

The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer is another very popular one in the beauty blogging community. Cute, compact packaging and a seriously gorgeous highlighter underneath. I’ve already compared this to it’s sister Cindy Lou here. This is still a little bit golden but comes off as more of a champagne on my skin, which tends to look more natural on my fair skin. It’s less powdery than Becca but also less intense. The Balm have done really well with the softness of this powder but I have heard lots of people having trouble with it breaking.

Everyone in the beauty community has heard about MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle and I’m certainly not disappointed that I decided to pick it up. When it comes to which one looks prettiest in the pan, the MAC definitely wins as it’s a marbled champagne with gold veins running through it. For packaging it wins the most annoying award as some days trying to open it is just too much for me. The texture of Soft & Gentle is a little less buttery than the others, which can be expected of a baked formula. Soft & Gentle is the most pearlescent and champagne-y of the bunch and is somehow subtle while still making me look seriously glowy.

3 Seriously Beautiful Highlighters - Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, MAC Soft and Gentle swatchesL to R: The Balm, Becca, MAC

The idea was that at the end of the post I’d tell you which one you need of the three but really, they’re all amazing and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. When it comes to the price, The Balm’s offering is the cheapest. But which packaging do you prefer? Do you want a champagne-y or a golden highlighter? Personally, I reach for The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer the most at this stage simply because it’s subtle and easy to work with but I try to spread the love around. Do I need all three? No. Do I love all three? Oooh definitely yes.
What’s your favourite highlighter?

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  • Shilpa Shetty

    I have not tried Becca and Balm Highlighters, but MAC is the
    one Highlighter I have tried and is my favorite also.

  • I’ve gotten quite a few new highlighters lately, definitely thinking of doing a round up post once I’ve tried them all properly. I got the Becca shimmering skin perfector (liquid) trio, and Opal is for sure my fave shade! Gives such a beautiful natural sheen, but the powder looks like an awesome, more intense version! Mary-Lou will forever be a fave, and Soft and Gentle has been on my wishlist for the longest time! I don’t know if I’ll ever pick it up – I certainly don’t need it heh! 😛

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Would love to read a roundup post – my version has been one of my most read posts, I think! And that’s the struggle – you don’t need more highlighters but you totally want them haha 🙂

  • Definitely wanting to try the Becca one, so pretty! x

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  • Jasmine Huston

    I have to agree that all of the are very hyped up in the beauty community! Going by your reviews and swatches it’s very easy to see why! xx

    Sweetaholic Beauty

  • A lovely collection! I heard blogger Cari Bybel l talk about her love for Becca’s highlighters. I must check it out sometime 🙂 http://www.shehearts.net

    • Yeah, she seems to love them as well as Jaclyn Hill! Definitely worth a swatch if you can find them in store 🙂

  • I love the look of the Becca highlighters but I really love my MAC MSF in Perfect Topping. It’s a limited edition shade but I recommend trying to pick it up when it’s re-released!

    xx Julia

  • haha I definitely think you need to pick up the Becca one for the name alone 😉

  • Definitely a great one for fair skinned ladies!

  • I’ve been meaning to pick up both theBalm Mary-lou Manizer and MAC Soft and Gentle for the longest time! I have NARS Albatross though, which works just as fine for me at the moment. 🙂


  • I own all three of these, Becca Opal being my newest addition (got it two days ago) and I am already obsessed! But Hourglass Luminous Light is (or was?) my favourite!

    Daniela | MissNewBeauty.net

    • I really should investigate the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders more – I use Dim Light as an all over setting powder but hear good things about using them as highlighters too!