Highlighters are a must-have, yet often overlooked, item in a make-up collection.

Highlighters are a must-have, yet often overlooked, item in a make-up collection. People are always searching for that ‘dewy, radiant’ glow and are often so disappointed when their foundation doesn’t provide them with it. But, why opt for a sticky foundation when you can very easily obtain this demand by adding a highlighter to your make-up routine? I’ve tried out loads of highlighters in my time being a beauty lover, and I’ve come up with five products that I love and use on a day-to-day basis.

Chanel Poudre Signée De Chanel Illuminating Powder

This powder was part of the Spring 2013 collection and is described as a soft pink sheer highlighting powder. It’s a beige pink with a peachy golden sheen. It’s definitely a more sheer highlighter, which I like for those days where I want a very light sheen that’s only really visible when the light hits it. Of course you can build it up, but I like the sheerness of it so I usually don’t. The texture is very smooth, like you would expect of Chanel powders. It has decent lasting powder, definitely when you spray it with a fixating spray. This is definitely a highlighter that is more suited for light to medium skin tones, as I’m sure it would look ashy on darker ones.


theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

This highlighter is so pigmented you wouldn’t even imagine every finishing this beauty up! It’s got the loveliest champagne gold shade. This is not to be classified as a subtle highlighter-far from it! But with a light hand this transforms onto your skin as a warm golden sheen. It’s not too overly shimmery and not at all glittery-thank God for that! It’s gorgeous when used as an eyeshadow, too. The texture of this is to die for, it’s so soft and creamy! This last throughout the day with little to no fading at the end of the day, which is quite impressive. I love the funny and retro packaging from afar, but I do find it’s sometimes hard to open. This highlighter would look beautiful on darker, warmer skin tones for sure.

MAC Pigment in Vanilla

This pigment has so many uses, it’s ridiculous. Vanilla is a golden pearl shade with gold glitter. This is a very intense highlighting shade which is often used as a inner tear duct highlighter, but looks beautiful on the cheeks when applied with a light hand. The formula of this pigment is very smooth and extremely long-lasting. I use this pigment as eyeshadow, as a brow bone and inner tear duct highlighter, as a face illuminator, in nail polish, in body lotion and so on. The possibilities are endless!

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème in 01 Iced Gold

This product was one of my first highlighters ever and it may well be my favorite. This may have to do with the fact that it’s a sheer cream, which makes the end result even more natural. It’s a champagne pearl shade that works wonder on diffusing light subtly to make it look like you’ve got that ‘lit from within’ glow. The formula is very pigmented and lasts a decent amount of time, say about 6-8 hours. I apply this one with my fingers, as this helps it melt into my skin even more. Sadly, the Jemma Kidd make-up range has been discontinued for a while now, so I’m cherishing this one for special occasions or for those days where I need that perfect, subtle glow. This matches my fair complexion perfectly, which definitely attributes to my love for it.

MAC Cream Color Base in Hush

Hush is a peach toned cream highlighter infused with gold glitter. This is gorgeous when you’re going for a warmer look, and I especially love using this either on top of peach and coral blushes, or as a general highlighter during summer. I find that if I use too much, it turns chunky, but that problem is easily resolved if you’re just careful and use a light hand. I have this one in my professional kit as it looks gorgeous on pretty much everyone. On my very fair complexion it can look too warm from time to time, which is why this is my least used highlighter out of the bunch – on my own, anyways since I use it a ton on other people. The formula is very creamy which sadly results in a rather low lasting power on my combination skin if I don’t set it with a translucent powder. If I do powder it, it lasts for about 4-5 hours, which is still pretty decent.



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