Glow Season – My Top Highlighters

Highlighters have got to be one of my favourite pieces of makeup ever created. I own a lot because of my love for them but I have after much deliberation managed to whittle my extensive highlighter collection down to my top 6! Yes 6, well done me! I’ve tried to vary the ones to show you, and also only include ones which are still available. Nothing worse then reading rave reviews about sold out limited edition products. I wouldn’t do that to you.

So lets just jump right into this. No point beating around the bush!

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

I personally don’t feel this highlighter gets the credit it deserves. In the pan, granted it looks like a basic highlight. Do not underestimate this product, the glow from this is unreal, she packs one hell of a punch! Its a beautiful creamy, champagne, pearl colour which applies to the skin so nicely and the pigmentation is crazy!! You can build this and make it as blinding as you wish. I absolutely LOVE this baby!! She’s a goody!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Champagne Pop

What a mouthful that is! If you have used a Becca pressed highlight then you don’t need me to tell you how amazing they are. If you have not, you really must. The formula of these highlights are out of this world, they are in my personal opinion one of the best formulas ever. So creamy and buttery with amazing pigmentation and the colour pay off is unbelievable. Being such a soft formula you do get some fall out in the pan so easy does it. The Champagne Pop shade created in collaboration with the lovely Jaclyn Hill is a beautiful unique shade, it works amazing on all skin tones leaving a champagne, peachy glow that lasts for days.


Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder

Yes, that does say matte in the title, I know what your thinking, how can a matte powder be a highlight? I was thrown off by this at first myself so you aren’t alone. Honestly, I don’t know what to tell you, it most certainly is not matte, and it does highlight the skin beautifully. This is also another highlight I feel often gets very overlooked. It doesn’t offer a super intense highlight but that is what I enjoy about it. It give the most stunning highlight and its formula is amazing too, I love baked highlights. This one is so finely milled it blends like a dream.


Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator – Gilded Honey

This little beauty is so intensely pigmented you don’t need a lot to shine bright. The colour payoff is so good. Its a stunning true gold highlight. It is also baked and feels nice and creamy in texture. You do get a little fall out in the pan so again, easy does it on this one too. This shade works equally as well on the eyes too, you could use as a lid colour or on the inner corners. Definitely a fab highlight to any collection at this time of year. Gold gold gold!


Colourpop Higlighter – Wisp

This highlight is a cream so it goes on really intensely, if anyone has ever tired the Colourpop products, then you know the formula is super pigmented and a little goes a long way. Its a creamy, spongey formula which on the skin seems to almost go like a creamy powder. Its hard to describe, you need to experience it to fully understand. Because this highlight is a cream it works amazing alone, or if you want to blind people it acts as a great base to layer over powder highlight for extra glow. Colourpop now ship to the UK and this little baby is only $8.00! An absolute steal!


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder – Luminous Light

This one is as it states a lighting powder rather then a highlight. It is definitely more on the subtle side, it won’t give you a bright beaming highlight but it is beautiful on the skin for those days you might fancy being a little bit toned down, grab a large fluffy face brush and give your entire face a dusting in this and you will have a lovely healthy radiant all over glow. I love that this is more muted then some of my others, I enjoy the way it goes on to the skin. The powder is very very finely milled so it blends beautifully. You definitely can build it up if you want a brighter look over the cheekbones. I love to use this for allover glow to achieve a natural glowy dewiness to my face. We all have those days where we feel like our skin is so dull and miserable, this is my go to pick me up for those days.




L-R Hourglass, Laura Mercier, Becca, The Balm, Laura Geller, CP Wisp



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  1. The colour pop highlighter (wisp) one looks incredible! I’ve been on the search for a new highlighter lately so this post has been really helpful and informative – thank you for the swatches too! I’ll be taking notes of these!

    Charlene McElhinney

  2. Omg, the swirl and colourpop highlighter are ones that I’m loving from this post! I definitely have to get them. Thank you for this comparison post!✨😍😍😍

    1. Aw thank you so much, lovely to hear. I have, I’ve got the quad kit, the lighter one that was out first. Love it, so intents isn’t it. x

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