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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