I feel like highlighting is one of those products / parts of your routine where you’re either REALLY INTO IT, or… you’re not. I happen to be in that weird stage of “I used to LOVE highlight but I’m slowly making my way towards a bronzed look because I’m a sucker for summer trends.”
And then I found some highlighters (a few that I got recently) and noticed that not all highlighters are made alike, particularly in form.
This would probably be more effective if I also had three different brands to talk about, especially for the liquid highlighter since Colourpop came out with a whole line of crystal liquid highlighters, but hindsight is 20/20 right?
BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR SPOTLIGHT WAND
I should mention that I have the travel sized version of this, so when I talk about packaging, it might not be true for the full sized version. I say that because I like the applicator: a flat wand that makes application easy.
I wrote a first impressions post on this saying that I preferred this to the pressed powder version since they’re in the same color, but my tune is changing as I use it more and more.
To me, this isn’t so much a highlighter as it is something to add dewiness and radiance to your face. While it is highlighting, it’s a very different result than using a pressed powder—using a liquid formula gives a more subtle glow. However, this means that it’s not as buildable unless you’re using it as a foundation for other products.
This would be a great base for a pressed powder version on top.
Note: even though I have this is in the same color as the pressed powder (opal) I find this one looks more pinkish on my light/medium toned skin. It’s hard to notice since I use it more as a base and less as a standalone highlight, but side by side with the powder it’s easier to see and worth a mention.
MAYBELLINE FACESTUDIO MASTER STROBING STICK
Like the Spotlight Wand, I found this stick to give a very subtle application.
You can either directly apply the stick to your face, which is easy but not very sanitary, or use your finger and warm up the product before applying. I’ve tried both, and the results are similar. This is quite buildable (although if you’re applying with your fingers it might take some time to get there) and easy to blend out.
This definitely does not give you the dewy finish of the Spotlight Wand, but it’s still great as a base for further highlight if you want a more popping look.
In general, I feel like stick formulas tend to give more subtle applications. I’ve noticed that whenever I see swatches of Glossier’s Haloscopes, it can take quite a bit of warming up the product to give a stronger highlight. (I’ve never tried the Haloscopes myself, so I’m not entirely sure though… I find Rose Quartz very similar looking to my Maybelline in pictures though, so I think that kind of put me off for now).
BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR PRESSED POWDER
And now to the powders, the most popular form of highlighters, ranging from a subtle “lit from within” to blinding “in yo face” looks.
The first time I used this, I applied with my fingers, which let more glitter through than I wanted so I didn’t like the use of this as a face highlighter. Still, because this swatched really well on my fingers, I thought it might be more appropriate as an eyeshadow or inner corner highlight where I could pat on the pigmentation in a smaller area.
However, with a sponge (I’m using the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge) you get way more pigmentation out of it. It becomes more buildable, for either a subtle wash of glow or something a little more blinding.
And as the color leans more towards a gold, champagne as opposed to the pink hues my two previous highlighters do, I find this one more suitable for summer.
What’s your favorite type of highlighter?
On a side note, I watched Spiderman! I haven’t been to the movies in forever, let alone seen a recent movie in who knows how long, so I’m excited to be in the know. I thought it was pretty funny; very lighthearted compared to the previous Spiderman. Have any of you watched it? Let me know if you have, if you liked it or not!