So let’s start off with a good one. I’ve become a bit of a highlighter collector… What can I say? They’re so pretty and they’ve been the talk of the town for a while now in the industry. But I’ve recently noticed that I’ve been collecting them in twos. Two from MAC, two from Becca and two from Laura Mercier as well as a few others here and there, two from The Balm as well, actually, but I’ve mentioned both of those before so I think we can all agree that I’m close to reaching my limit of highlighters that I can justify owning. Nevertheless, let’s have a bit of a swatchfest, shall we?
The two MAC Mineralise Skin Finishes I own are in the shades Lightscapade, described as a soft candlelit beige and Soft & Gentle, described as a gilded peach bronze. I’ve had Soft & Gentle for a while now but Lightscapade is a little newer. Lightscapade is fairly subtle on my skin, as you can tell from the swatch, but is a great one for pale skin when I’m not in the mood for that golden goddess glow. Soft & Gentle was one of my first proper highlighter loves, I’d say and it’s still going strong. It’s just the right mix of champagne and gold and it always looks natural but still glowy on the skin. These are baked highlighters, thus why they look so gorgeous in the pan, they both have smooth textures that blend out really well into the skin and always look nice and natural.
The two Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors are in Opal and Jaclyn’s Hills LE shade, Champagne Pop. Both of these shades are intense. Opal comes up fairly gold on my complexion and my initial impression was that it could be a little too hard to work with on my skin but it’s all about having a light hand and spending some time blending it in. Champagne Pop is, as the name would suggest, lighter and more of a champagne-y colour compared to Opal. It reminds me a lot of Soft & Gentle but is a little yellow-er. The effect of the two is fairly similar when applied to the cheekbones however. I find that these Shimmering Skin Perfectors can kick up a bit of powder if you’re not careful but apply well to the skin as long as you work a little bit at a time – they’re super pigmented so it’s easy to go overboard. I go for a fluffy brush and a light hand and blend them in well to make sure they’re not too crazy looking on the cheeks.
Finally, some of the newest additions are from Laura Mercier. The Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01 and the Limited Edition Face Illuminator Powder in Indiscretion (unfortunately out of stock at most places now, sorry!) have been rocking my world lately. I mentioned the Matte Radiance Powder in my favourites for the month because I have been blown away with my love for this product. It’s the most light and pearlescent highlighter that I own with less of that golden undertone. I simply couldn’t miss out on the LE Indiscretion highlighter, I mean, look at that design! The shade is nothing I haven’t seen before, it’s quite similar to the Becca Opal shade in some lights, but for a highlighter collector like me, it was still well worth grabbing. The formula of these LM highlighters is more on the glowy, sheeny side than the Becca and MAC offerings, which tend to have a little more of the glitter factor. They both look SO natural on the skin and feel so creamy and blendable, I’m kicking myself that I didn’t pick them up sooner.
It’s very fair to say that nobody needs all of these beauties, all of them tend to look fairly similar on the cheekbones especially when you consider I’m probably the only one noticing, and maybe my boyfriend when I make him look at ‘how on fleek my highlight is’.
I also can’t really pick a number 1 favourite, as annoying as that could be for those of you reading this and hoping I could make the narrowing down process a little easier. They all get plenty of use from me and I like to mix it up. If you’re pale like me and want something a little more subtle, I’d go for MAC Lightscapade or LM Highlight-01. If you’ve got a bit more of a tan than me or like a more in your face highlight then any of the others would be a safe bet.
It all comes down to personal preference. Each one mentioned performs really well when blended in the skin so go and have a swatch, if you can, or Google away and pick which one most appeals to you. Although Laura Mercier has the lowest price point, it also has the smallest range of shades to choose from. You’re likely to have better luck finding your one true love in the larger shade ranges from Becca and MAC.
What’s your favourite highlighter? Which would be your pick of the bunch?