Makeup Collection Series | #16 HIGHLIGHTERS

Friday, February 16, 2018

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A year ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collection, keeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be cut down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)

N.B. I use recycled Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage and use this as a limit for how many products I can keep for any given category. Generally this works great, in some cases this hasn't worked at all. You'll see...

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As much as I love them, I’m not a highlighter junkie. I love using them, especially these days since I’ve started embracing more glowy makeup looks, but I just don’t see the sense in me owning lots of highlighters because I use the least amount of this product. I have a couple of favourites I could use for the rest of my life and not bat an eyelid out of curiosity for any others. Because really it would take me a lifetime to finish a full size highlighter. I seemed to have collected a fair of them somehow despite thinking I don’t buy many of them.

Although everyone tells me that a warm golden bronze highlight would work best with my skin tone, I actually prefer the look of peachy/pink toned highlighters. They look so pretty on my skin and have a hint of something unexpected without looking out of place. I do have a few golden toned highlighters which look gorgeous too. I don’t think my highlighter collection is that big but I still hope I can use this opportunity to get rid of a few because I definitely don’t need this many.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini - Opal | £15

This is one of the most popular highlighters out there and with good reason. I have had this mini for a long time and I’ve used it so much but it seems like I’ve barely made a dent in it. This is a beautiful golden peach shade that works with so many different looks. The formula is so smooth and buttery that it could almost be a cream. It glides right onto the skin in the most exquisite way. It melts right into the rest of my makeup and just makes my overall look appear more polished and flawless. This is packed with micro glitter particles and appears almost wet on the skin and the result is a luminous sheen that is about as perfect it will get. This is undoubtedly one of the best highlighters on the market.

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator - Gilded Honey* | £21

Another very popular highlighter that I thought was just hype until I tried it and I’ve been infatuated with it ever since. Described as an “effervescent caramel honey” shade, this is as gold as I can handle on my face and it’s a stunning gold too. The formula is very similar in texture to the Becca in that it feels almost creamy and gives the skin such a youthful looking, almost wet sheen. It can be applied more lightly for a diffused glow and I love how it looks on my skin. I tend to reach for this when I do very warm eye looks which is most of the time. So yes, I use this a lot!

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter - Butterfly Beach & Wisp | $8

This is my favourite cream blush formula ever. I’ve always struggled with cream highlighters because they tend to look too intense where I place the product and I end up moving or removing foundation underneath when I go to blend them out. Thankfully that isn’t the case with this formula. It’s got a bouncy texture that makes it so easy to pick up product either with your fingers or a stippling brush. I just find these so easy to use because they have such a smooth cream texture. I usually use my finger to blend them out on the tops of my cheek and it always gives a lovely sheen to the cheeks. These can look quite natural if you apply lightly, and they can also be piled on for a more intense wet look. My favourite shade is Butterfly Beach which I reach for more than Wisp, because it’s got a touch of peach to it and looks so flattering on my skin.


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer | £20

This was my first ever highlighter. And it’s still going strong. I consider myself very lucky because I’ve seen plenty of these in a more crumbled state because this is a very soft powder and very fragile. This soft light honey shade is absolutely stunning and while I don’t reach for it as much as I used to, I still adore it. It’s got a little more glitter about it than the others I mentioned before and can look a little frosty on my skin tone if I apply too much. But the buttery soft formula is so lovely and gives a brightening iridescent glow to my skin. This looks amazing on my inner corners too. 

Algenist Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops - Champagne | £30 full size

Try as I might, I can’t make this little bottle of gold glow work as a highlighter on my skin. It clings onto the place I put it on and refuses to blend out and looks blotchy and weird. But what it is great at is an all over glowing base before applying foundation. It gives my matte foundations a subtle radiance that is so beautiful. I do think that for a product like this though, there are more affordable options from other makeup brands so there are plenty of options and a range of shades too.

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Bronze | £35.50

I start this category of products yet again with a product I don’t even use but I won’t be getting rid of either. To my knowledge this was one of the first highlighters on the market for non professional makeup enthusiasts. A gradient of shimmery strips packaged in a beautiful sleek compact, these can be used individually or swirled together for a wonderful bronze glow. My friend used this on me on my wedding day and so I bought it just because of that. But I don’t use it much at all. It’s a little too dark for my liking and very glittery rather than a sophisticated sheen. I will still keep it though because I’m soppy like that.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator - So Hollywood | £29

I’ve been conflicted about this ever since I bought it. There’s no denying it’s beautiful to look at in the pan. But the gold when used on the skin is so meh...nothing special or noteworthy at all. It’s very pretty, don’t get me wrong but nothing about it screams at me. Also, it’s got detectable glitter in it compared to my favourite formulas. I still don’t think I will get rid of this though because it’s far too pretty and I know that seems silly but I’m still so conflicted about it. So this will stay in my collection for now and who knows, I may fall in love with it one day.

Glossier Haloscope - Topaz | £18

Finally one I can actually get rid of and not because it’s a bad formula but simply because this shade is far too dark for my liking. This is a deep bronze shade and just looks too obvious on my skin and never looks like it blends in. It just appears too much like a strip of shiny dark product. The formula is very balmy and easy to pat on for a lovely natural looking glow though. But I will have to find a new home for this as it won’t be staying in my collection.

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As I mentioned I don’t buy many highlighters and I don’t really want to add many more to the collection. I do want to try another shade of the Laura Geller some day. And the only other one I truly wanted was Becca Rose Gold which I came to know about recently - I cheekily ordered a mini of it while writing this post because I love the formula and I know a mini will last me years and years.

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If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:

What is your favourite highlighter? Do you prefer creams or powders? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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