Highlighters

Coloured Raine My Day One Highlighter and Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

My Day One Coloured Raine My Day One Highlighter and Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo featuring a bright, coppery highlighter and a slightly muted, cooler-toned blush. The two shades definitely played well off of each other. Both shades had rich pigmentation and were fairly blendable, easy to use, and lasted for at least eight hours on me, though the blush took some extra time to blend out (workable but not effortless). My Day…

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Anastasia Peach Fizz Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Peach Fizz Anastasia Peach Fizz Loose Highlighter ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a lighter, peachy coral with warmer undertones and a metallic finish. It had a lot of dimension applied to my face as it had a strong sheen that reflected light–looking warmer, lighter, and more golden–on the tops of my cheekbones but was much more blush-like–more mid-tone, reddish-coral–below my cheekbones. The effect was as if I had applied two products rather than one. The texture felt finely-milled, silky, and…

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Anastasia Vegas Loose Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Vegas Anastasia Vegas Loose Highlighter ($25.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a pale, white gold with moderate, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The finish ended up being more moderate and buildable than intensely glowing in one go, which ensured that it didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture when worn at heavier coverage levels. The loose format lived up to it being buildable in coverage–it was really in how much product was picked up–from semmi-sheer to mostly opaque, depending on brush…

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Coloured Raine Prove My Loyalty Highlighter and Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Prove My Loyalty Coloured Raine Prove My Loyalty Highlighter and Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo featuring a bright, silvery-white glittering highlight and a deep, matte red blush. The two shades were quite pigmented and easy enough to apply (even that red!), and the highlighter seemed to have more of a transparent base with tons of shimmer and sparkle, so it worked well for layering and may not be as prone to turning ashy…

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Coloured Raine Damage Control Highlighter and Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Damage Control Coloured Raine Damage Control Highlighter and Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features a sparkling, peachy gold highlighter and a bright, deeper pink blush with a matte finish. Both shades had semi-opaque or better pigmentation that lasted between eight and nine hours on me, but the blush was on the thinner side and worked better over more matte skin (or matte/powdered base products) or else it was more challenging to blend…

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OFRA SoHo Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

SoHo OFRA SoHo Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a soft, peachy gold with warm, orange undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. While it was a more intense highlighter, it was smoothing rather than emphasizing–the shimmer was very finely-milled and definitely yielded a glow on my skin when applied and blended out. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that built up easily with a second layer. The texture was soft, smooth, and cream-like with a denser, thicker feel to it when…

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OFRA MarchBeautyWord Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

MarchBeautyWord OFRA MarchBeautyWord Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, golden beige with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. The pan is divided into four sections, and it was difficult to pick up just one shade at a time with a tapered highlighting brush–I always ended up with a little bit of the shade next to it. The two shades used in the pan are Star Island (gold) and Pillow Talk (pink), which are both part of the…

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OFRA Star Island Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Star Island OFRA Star Island Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a bright, pale yellow gold with warm undertones (but doesn’t lean orange) paired with a metallic finish. The highlighter was richly pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that was dense without being too firmly pressed in the pan. It picked up easily with a brush but had that “melted” look once applied and blended out on my skin. The highlighter applied well to bare skin and blended out with…

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Coloured Raine Call the Shots Highlighter and Blush Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Call the Shots Coloured Raine Call the Shots Highlighter and Blush Duo ($25.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a new, limited edition duo that features a muted copper highlighter paired with a richer coral-red blush. Both shades had good pigmentation and sat well on my skin, while the textures were creamier but a bit thicker/denser, which made them a bit harder to pick up with some brushes. Call the Shots (Highlighter) Call the Shots (Highlighter) is a light-medium copper with moderate,…

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OFRA Retrograde Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Retrograde OFRA Retrograde Highlighter (Split) ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) contains Star Island and Neptune within a single pan, so you may find you already have those two from prior launches or prefer that they’re housed in one pan instead. OFRA’s Highlighters are quite large, so half of a pan is still quite a bit of product and plenty of room to maneuver a brush in to just pick up one color at a time. Together, they swirled to create a…

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OFRA Neptune Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Neptune OFRA Neptune Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light lavender with neutral-to-cool undertones and a bright, metallic sheen. The texture was incredibly smooth and cream-like–denser, not powdery at all, but it wasn’t difficult to pick up with a brush–and blended out effortlessly on my skin. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to my cheeks and highlighted without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. This shade stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading…

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OFRA Covent Garden Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Covent Garden OFRA Covent Garden Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a bright, light pink with strong, warm undertones and a high-shine, metallic finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly on my skin but blended out effortlessly. The texture was smooth to the touch, lightly creamy, and wasn’t powdery but still picked up well with a brush. When I wore it for swatches, it seemed to emphasize skin texture ever-so-slightly at nearly…

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Showstopper (81) Marc Jacobs Beauty Showstopper (81) O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer ($49.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light, pinky-peach base with flecks of pink and gold sparkle and micro-glitter. It had good pigmentation, but it was very close to my actual skin tone so on my skin tone, it is hard to see much on me, but those lighter and deeper will likely see more noticeable impact. There was a subtle gold to pink-violet shift on my cheeks. The…

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Milk Makeup Lit Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Lit Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was buildable to more of an intense, metallic finish (that was still shiny rather than really shimmery) with a second layer of product. The powder felt smooth, silky, and wasn’t powdery (well, the larger chunk that I tested, as it did arrive broken upon arrival) when I put my brush to the product to pick it up. It…

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Milk Makeup Glazed Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Glazed Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, golden bronze with warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was dense without being stiff or too firmly pressed in the pan. The powder applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. This shade had the most intense finish out of the released shades (at the time of this post, at least), and it…

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Milk Makeup Iced Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Iced Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a light gold with moderate, warm yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a creamier, more reflective finish that was shiny without being overtly shimmery or sparkly. That same creaminess was present in the texture–no powderiness but not too dense or firmly-pressed into the pan either–that gave it a more “melted” look on my skin, especially after an hour or two of wear. It had opaque pigmentation that was…

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Milk Makeup Blitzed Flex Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Milk Makeup Blitzed Flex Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.22 oz.) is a soft, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. There was fine pink and gold micro-glitter that gave it a more dimensional finish, but if you’re adverse to larger shimmer/sparkle, I’d look elsewhere. The texture was incredibly smooth and silky to the touch, almost like a cream-powder hybrid, but I had no trouble picking it up with a dry brush. It had opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and blended…

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Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Genesis Melt Cosmetics Genesis Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-coral with warm, golden shimmer throughout. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, though the firmer, denser consistency made it easier to use a lighter hand with it to achieve more buildable coverage if preferred. The powder was firm without being stiff, so I could pick it up with a brush, apply and blend out the color easily. The finish was luminous but didn’t emphasize…

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Melt Cosmetics Morning Star Digital Dust Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Morning Star Melt Cosmetics Morning Star Digital Dust Highlight ($39.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a bright, pale gold with warmer undertones and pink and gold micro-sparkle over a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was easily blended out for sheerer coverage or applied with a lighter hand (or more feathery brush) for more buildable coverage. It had a moderate glow in one layer, and it built up to more metallic, lit-from-space kind of glow with…

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Jouer Molten Glow All Over Face & Body Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Molten Glow Jouer Molten Glow All Over Face & Body Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium gold with moderate, warm yellow undertones and a high-shine, metallic finish. It had an incredibly intense finish that was extremely reflective, but it was a bit of a heavier, thicker formula and resulted in emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. The powder itself felt smooth to the touch, dense and firmer, but it picked up well with a brush (my own tools or…

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Melt Cosmetics Shadowplay Blushlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Shadowplay Melt Cosmetics Shadowplay Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a pale, just barely warm-toned white base with a minty green sheen that shifted subtly between gold-green and true mint green. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which was the “downside” as the formula is supposed to be buildable–the texture was soft and forgiving enough that it could be applied with a lighter hand and less-dense brush (true of many pigmented formulas, though) that more gradual application was,…

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Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Review & Swatches (2019) – Beauty Article

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pop of peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had a smooth, blendable texture that wasn’t too soft nor too firmly pressed in the pan, though I have found that Becca’s formula is less cream-like and a little drier to the touch over time. The difference is more in texture/by feel and doesn’t seem to impact the actual application, as the product applied…

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Becca Champagne Pop Glow Silk Highlighter Drops Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Champagne Pop Becca Champagne Pop Glow Silk Highlighter Drops ($32.00 for 0.37 oz.) is a medium-dark gold with strong, warm undertones and a shiny, pearlescent sheen. The formula is described as “light as air, soft as silk, luminous as light” that can be worn “on its own or layered with your skincare, primer, or foundation.” It’s much thinner, almost like a dry oil, and quick-drying than the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquids (and the Champagne Pop here has richer, packed with…

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Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Tres Chic Laura Mercier Tres Chic Cheek Palette ($52.00 for 0.42 oz.) includes two blushes, two highlighters, and two bronzers. Both the blush and highlighter formulas were described as buildable, and the blush in particular was described as sheer and buildable. The texture of most shades was on the dustier side–thin, drier, and dusty–and my experience over time has shown thinner powder products tend to harder to apply and blend, which was true with some of the shades in the…

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Becca Champagne Pop Glow Dust Highlighter Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Champagne Pop Becca Champagne Pop Glow Dust Highlighter ($42.00 for 0.53 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy gold with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It’s pretty much a dead ringer for the original, pressed version of Champagne Pop, so if you have that, this would be very redundant; the biggest difference is that the loose version ended up being a bit more buildable in coverage and level of glow. The loose powder felt finely-milled, silky, and applied evenly and blended…

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NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Motu Tapu NARS Motu Tapu Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush had decent pigmentation, application, and wear, though not stellar, while the bronzer, Casino, had a disappointing texture that made it harder to work with. NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush NARS Moana Highlighting Blush Moana Moana is a light, peachy gold with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had buildable color…

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NARS Motu Tane Face Palette Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Motu Tane NARS Motu Tane Face Palette ($42.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes a highlighter, blush, and bronzer. The highlighter and blush are both new shades, and they performed well, while the bronzer is Laguna, and that did not perform well (which is, sadly, consistent with my experience of the shade when included in palettes over the years). It’s bad enough that it makes the rest of the palette hard to justify, unfortunately. Makatea Makatea is a bright pop of light…

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Westman Atelier Peau de Peche Super Loaded Tinted Highlight Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Peau de Peche Westman Atelier Peau de Peche Super Loaded Tinted Highlight ($75.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft, coppery brown with soft, warm undertones and a reflective, pearly sheen. It appeared a bit more shimmery when I swatched it on my arm than it appeared once I applied and blended it out on my cheeks–it seemed a bit finer and more luminous in practice. The texture was smooth to the touch, more like a cream-powder hybrid with some slip…

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Tom Ford Incandescent Skin Illuminating Duo Review & Swatches – Beauty Article

Incandescent Tom Ford Beauty Incandescent Skin Illuminating Duo ($80.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a new, seemingly-permanent highlighting duo that features a pale, warm gold and a richer, warm plum. Both shades had good pigmentation, were blendable, and long-wearing. It was consistent with past duos released by the brand in this formula. Incandescent (Top) Incandescent (Top) is a soft gold with warmer undertones and a luminous sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation with a denser, firmer consistency that was smooth to…

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Kaja Beauty Prizm Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter Reviews & Swatches – Beauty Article

Prizm Kaja Prizm Mochi Glow Bouncy Blendable Highlighter ($19.00 for 0.15 oz.) has a more translucent, peach-tinged base with flecks of peach and pink micro-glitter and finer sparkle. It had sheerer coverage, which didn’t build up well; it was more of a layering highlighter, as it didn’t transform the underlying blush or bronzer much, just added shine and sparkle. The texture felt smooth when I ran my fingertip across the top of the surface, but it was also a little…

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