Highlighters, the one makeup product I thought I would never get into due to my greasy skin, and the one product that now I can't stop using! Never say never huh?
In the past year I have tried and tested A LOT of glow-giving gems but I wanted to narrow it down to a few that really made a difference and that I will always have in my stash. From powders to liquids, here are my top highlighters!
Are these two a surprise to any of you? I hope not, because ever since they were released they've both been on every blogger's radar. On the left, the one and only Hourglass Ambient Lighting The Edit (fully reviewed here) that features two blushes, a bronzer, a setting powder and two highlighters. This is definitely a tame highlighter compared to the other palette featured here, since its main aim is to blur out imperfections and add a subtle glow. I have read complaints about its sky high price and I understand that it's not on everyone's budget but I personally don't regret purchasing it whatsoever as I use this daily and you can barely tell I even dented it. it's pretty hard to find now as it was a limited edition number but the original Ambient Lighting palette is a good alternative - and the original version anyway.
Now on the other spectrum is the infamous Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection palette (fully reviewed here) that despite having some drama surround it, it's still one of the best Sephora purchases I made in a long time. Featuring Prosecco Pop (my favourite highlighter) and a range of badass blushes, you truly have a face palette that you can use for any occasion.
If you've been hating me so far for featuring some limited edition products, don't worry, the next few things are easily accessible to everyone and they're cheaper as well. In the cream category I had to go for the Mary Kay Glowing Finish Illuminating Sticks. They retail for £11 each and they blend effortlessly on the cheeks. They are quite highly pigmented so keep that in mind when swiping the product on your face (I recommend tapping it with your fingers instead) as a little goes a long way. They come in three shades and of the cream formulas I tried so far, these were the clear winner as they weren't chalky and dry-looking on the face. My favourite colour is Gold as it goes well with my complexion.
Possibly the easiest one to pick - the liquid formula was the one that inspired me to make this post. After seeing Khloe Kardashian rock it, I had to get my hands on the Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil. I could bathe myself in this stuff, it's so good. For £9.99 you can use this gem to either enhance your tan, or on its own to give yourself the ultimate beach babe look. I mix it in with my foundation when I want to look healthy and glowing but I also applied it lightly on the cheeks and on my collar bones throughout summer whenever I had some BB cream on. I know that the word OIL makes many people cringe as you think of blocked pores and a million breakouts, but because this gem is comedogenic, none of this stuff will happen. It doesn't block the pores and it dries up, so you won't have a wet-look effect all day. Did I mention that it smells AMAZING? It ticks all the boxes, give it a try.
I'd love to know which highlighters are your favourite at the moment!
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