Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The Highlighter Edit

Highlighter collection blog post

| My favourite highlighters for the party season! |

Christmas may be over but there's still a few days left of party season and of course, the biggest party night of the year is fast approaching. Is there a better way to ring in the New Year than with a bit of sparkle? Not in my book! NYE is the perfect excuse to wear lots of highlighter so I thought I'd share my favourite highlighters that would be perfect for the big countdown on Saturday night.....

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette:
Four highlighters encased in a gold quad - Could you get any more festive than that? The palette contains two baked highlighters which are highly pigmented and provide a high-sheen finish to the skin which is just out of this world. They're both my favourite shades in the palette! One is a lilac shade, 'Hemisphere', which is very different to what I'm used to but it's actually the one I reach for the most. It transfers onto the skin as a white/silver shade which looks a lot less subtle than what you think it would look like judging from the pan. The yellow shade called 'Subsolar' is quite shimmery also but it doesn't provide the same sheen as the other two. I love all three of the powders but I don't find the cream highlighter that good. All in all, it's a great budget palette and it's definitely worth purchasing!

Hourglass Surreal Light Ambient Lighting palette:
I love everything about this palette and the highlighter, 'Surreal Strobe Light', is beautiful. It's a warm peachy highlight shade with golden flecks of shimmer running through it. It's quite a statement highlighter and it reminds me slightly of Becca Champagne Pop. 

Nyx Liquid Illuminator:
I was never overly impressed with liquid highlighters until I tried this NYX gem. It comes in two shades; I have 'Sunbeam which is a pearlescent pink toned shade. It's quite shimmery compared to Mac strobe cream so I can't wear it all over the face under my foundation. Although, it does look lovely mixed in with a matte foundation but I have to be careful to only use a small amount as it's easy to go overboard with the product. It's versatile in that you can apply a tiny amount to your cheekbones etc. for a bit of a natural everyday radiance or you can apply a larger amount for the 'wet look' - It's gorgeous paired with a burgundy lip during the colder months! Overall, this little budget product is pretty amazing and as a result, I have my eye on the Cover FX drops and the Nars Copacabana illuminator. *insert love heart eye emoji*

Highlighter collection & swatches blog post

The Pippa Palette {review}:
You always know a product is good when you've hit pan but I'm actually very sad to have hit pan {majorly by the way!} on this highlighter as it's one of my favourites. The swatch photo doesn't do it justice at all because it's very pigmented and dewy - Which isn't showing up in the photo, damn Winter lighting! It provides a subtle glow and the shimmer in it is finely milled so it's hardly noticeable on the skin, making it look very natural and dare I say it, like you #wokeuplikethis *wink wink*

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer:
I added this cult product to my collection only recently and it's easy to see why it's loved by so many. It's a golden champagne shade and the powder itself feels silky smooth making it a dream to apply. It's very pigmented and the shimmer particles are minuscule so it doesn't really show up on the skin. Similarly to Lulu in the Pippa Palette, it provides a radiant look to the skin rather than a shimmery/ high sheen finish like the result you get with the Sleek highlighters. You can apply it lightly for a subtle look or build it up also which is my preferred method - There's no such thing as wearing too much highlight in my opinion ;-)

Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder:
This is another baked highlighter which packs a punch to the skin in terms of both shimmer and pigmentation. It provides a similar high sheen finish to the sleek baked highlighters but a bit less shimmery. It's a stunning pearlescent silver shade that looks quite similar Mac Lightscapade and it's just as pigmented! This is a budget-friendly highlighter costing around the €4 or €5 mark so if I were you I'd head to my local Penneys to stock up! 

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop {review}:
Do I even need to talk about this one? I've mentioned it so many times because it is just the best highlighter I've ever come across! Its golden peachy shade, incredible pigmentation and luxurious formula are all factors that keep me coming back to it time and time again.  


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Cliona xx

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  1. You picked some lovely highlighters! I really need to get my hands on the Sleek Palette aswell as on the Catrice Powder :)
    My sister own the Mary-Lou one and I absolutely love how it looks! Xx

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