Just like everyone else on the planet, i'm obsessed with highlighters. How pretty are they?! So, when I was in LA a few weeks ago, I stocked up on some US-brand ones to add to my collection.
Let's get stuck in to what I bought. First up is an utterly amazing palette that is Sephora own-brand. I think that the Sephora Collection Illuminate Palette ($28 from Sephora) definitely rivals the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter palettes and it's around half the price. In this slim-line palette, you get six highlighters ranging from white to pink-toned ones and champagne to full-on bronze. I can use five of these as highlighters and the bronze one on the bottom row is a brilliant eyeshadow for me.
These highlighters are so pigmented and give you an intense strobe, but with finely-milled sparkle and shimmer; not chunky glitter. The formula of the powders is really soft, creamy and blendable too. This is definitely worth picking up if you are doing a Sephora order.
Next up is something that I hunted high and low for. I think I visited every CVS (as well as Walgreens, Rite Aid and the rest) in Los Angeles. In my last visit to my local CVS, they had just received this new Wet N Wild collection. I picked up the two highlighters from the Queen of My Heart collection - the MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Lilac To Reality ($4.99 from Wet N Wild) and the MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in The Sweetest Bling ($4.99 from Wet N Wild). The blue one, Lilac To Reality is just mesmerising!
With these, you get a lighter shade of highlight in the heart in the middle, then the main shade in the larger surround. These are more of a chunkier, glittery highlighter, but they are still so beautiful. They are a lot more wearable that they might appear in the pan too.
Back at Sephora, I picked up a bargain Becca duo from the miniatures section by the tills. The Becca Glow On The Go Highlighter Set ($20 from Sephora). In it you get a mini Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Opal and a mini Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Spotlight Wand. These are both such pretty gold shades and they look best on dark, tanned or bronzed skin. The liquid luminiser is a lot more subtle than the powder; which is intense, pigmented and finely-milled. Wear them on their own, or layer the powder over the liquid highlighter for some extra-intense strobing.
Finally, I got myself the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($38 from Anthropologie). You can get this in the US-brand product in the UK for £30 from Cult Beauty or Net-a-Porter, but Anthropologie in the US had 20% off, so I saved quite a bit. This is an pearlescent white-champagne cream highlighter that blends really nicely to give a subtle, but beautiful sheen that reflects light. It also has skin conditioning Vitamin E-rich virgin Coconut Oil in it too. I especially love to wear this on its own without any other makeup as it really perks up and helps to contour bare skin.
Have you tried any of these?
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