Until March this year I was in denial.
In denial about owning highlighter.
See, my skin is naturally oily, and while I get lots of compliments on its radiance and glow, I personally never liked it. Yes, I know there is a difference between oily and dewy, but for me, a matte base is the way to go.
So when asked, I´d say something like “I don´t really own any highlighters.”
Which, let me tell you, never was true. My first ever high end purchase were the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks in Beige, back in 2010. And I did buy a few others here and there, got rid of many again, but kept quite a selection.
Maybe it is the magpie in me, drawn to all things shiny. Or maybe it is the fact that highlighters these days are way different from the glitter explosion that I first picked up at the drugstore aged 14. But whatever the reason: I admit that I have a collection of highlighters. And today I will confess and show you all of them.
I like to think that these are great highlighters for oily skin, but I still consider myself clueless, so feel free to weigh in with any suggestions in the comments below.
These are borderline glittery for my taste, which is why I don´t reach for them very often for highlighting purposes. But they are undeniably pretty, and even if they did not have sentimental value to me (yes, I get attached to my makeup, don´t judge) I would keep them because they are great to use as eyeshadows in the summer. A quick wash of color on my eyes for daytime and then some glow on cheek and collarbone on bronzed skin for cocktails on the beach…
Can it be vacation time already?
MAC Beauty Powder in Shell Pearl (Liberty of London LE 2010)
This may be controversial mentioned here, but it is way too shimmery to use as a face powder, no matter the name. For me it is a beautiful yet subtle sheen, dusted on top of my blush. And because I use it sparingly the pan will probably last me forever. Which I don´t mind, as the packaging is just way too pretty. I mean, look at the little birds, won´t you?
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter Gilded Honey
(26 $ on the website here)
My newest addition and the one that finally made me realize that I do, in fact, own highlighters. And that I enjoy using them. It joined my collection as a GWP in a Cult Beauty Beauty Bag and while it is too intense for me for on a daily basis, I reach for it for filming my videos. The camera needs a more intense highlight (and on the other hand more powder) than real life, so this is perfect.
This one is an old one, and one I bought blogger induced. Back then it was said to be a dupe for Benefits Sun Beam, a claim I cannot verify as I have yet to buy a Benefit highlighter, but the swatches online are pretty convincing. I am actually not sure if that is a cream or if there is such a thing as liquid highlight. I guess there is, but I will leave the delicate distinctions to the highlight loving ladies out there. The finish is almost metallic, so I tend to apply this one first and then my foundation on top. My only grief is that you have to be careful with blending the edges. Once this sets, it will not move until you take it off in the evenings.
And I have saved the best for last. This is my go to highlighter for everyday, the one I get the most compliments on and the one that is so easy to work with even I can do no wrong. Becca is well known for their highlighting products, and as far as I am concerned they are for a good reason. Especially the fact that there is a pressed (intense) and a poured (subtle) version of their products is very appealing to me.
When I look at the pictures, I see pretty much all of them are golden in undertone, Shell Pearl being the one exception. Not much variety there… And now that I see them one next to the other, I can no longer deny: I have highlighters. In fact, I have a small collection!