Sometimes, I go through a phase where I buy a million and one face products, then maybe it’s eyeshadows. Lately, it would seem that I’ve been on a highlighter kick. Just in case my collection wasn’t already full enough. The new additions have been coming in thick and fast – a lot of them press samples from brands that are jumping on board the highlighting bandwagon – so exciting! So I couldn’t wait to round them all up and let you know which of the bunch were worth your pennies.
I’ve already touched on this beauty in my post about the newer brands on my beauty radar but this palette deserves being brought up again. It looks similar to the ABH Glow Kits, with four gorgeous shimmering highlighters but this time, with the welcome addition of a matte vanilla and banana shade on the left. All of the shades are beautiful and would suit a wide range of skin tones but Ava and Garland have been my favourites for my pale skin, in particular.
The formula isn’t messing around either, incredibly creamy and it applies beautifully to the cheeks. They provide a beautiful intense sheen to the skin so I like to use a light hand and build up the glow gradually. My first foray into Garbo & Kelly’s makeup range has definitely impressed.
An all-in-one highlighting & contouring kit which flew under the radar on release. But this baby is certainly worth checking out, especially if you’ve got a medium skin tone. The top row has two shimmering highlights – one a little more golden and one leaning more on the peach side of things and two matte brightening powders – a banana powder and a peachy vanilla. The bottom row has two contour powders, A lighter, cooler one and a slightly deeper one, a bronzer (that’s a little too orange-y for my liking) and even a blush.
Although it gets on my nerves a little that the palette is so unnecessarily large, the product inside is worth it. Personally, the contour and bronzer shades don’t work great on my pale skin – the left contour shade can be workable with a light hand but it’s a little finicky. But the top row of highlighting shades are great for a more subtle, lit-from-within glow. The blush has also been a surprise hit. Overall, this is yet another awesome release from The Balm but probably better suited for those with deeper skin tones than myself.
I’ve been keen to get my hands on this since I first saw it pop up on Instagram so was very excited to finally try it out. I instantly fell in love with this palette. It has a huge selection of shades, ranging from out there to perfect for any skin tone and I cannot get enough. I love that the three more wearable shades are larger, I’ve found a combination of the first and third bottom shades to be perfect for me.
The formula is seriously awesome – super glowy and blends out beautifully on the skin. It’s quite soft in the pans so can kick up quite a bit of powder so I tap my brush before applying to the cheekbones. They also last really well on the skin, which often isn’t the case with cheaper options. It’s a little pricier than I’ve come to expect from NYX but, in my opinion, well worth it.
The formula is a little stiffer with this one, I’ve found. But once you get a brush into it and apply it to your cheeks, the result is just as lovely. The colours look a little out there in the pans but I’ve found all of them have worked well on my skin tone, particularly the pink on the right. And the shades are very similar to some of those found in the top row of the NYX palette. There are a couple of shade selections in the range and they’re all so pretty. I’m glad to get the chance to try out more from BYS – their formulas rarely disappoint.
Another subtle favourite. I wasn’t expecting a lot from these as they didn’t really look like much in the pan. But I’ve found myself reaching for this one a lot for a quick glow at work on the weekends. No glitter, just a light, subtle pearlescent sheen on the cheekbones. This Rosy Glow shade is perfect for my skin tone would look beautiful on just about anyone. If you’re just getting into highlighters and want to start slow, this is a great place to start.
You might’ve spotted this one in my latest Priceline haul. I’m not even sure what convinced me to swatch this one but I’m glad I took a chance on it. I’ve been swishing my brush around in this one, focusing mostly on the bottom right corner. Although at first I was worried it would be too pink, it looks lovely when applied with a light hand. To begin with, it doesn’t seem that intense but it’s easily built up to provide quite a serious glow. The shade probably won’t work for everyone but it’s well worth giving it a swatch next time you’re checking out your local Models Prefer stand.
Have you tried any of these highlighters?
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