This post didn’t originally start out as trying to find a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, but I ended up with a few “glowy” type of face powders / highlighters in my stash so I decided to see how they look against each other.
• Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – C$55 for 10g
• Freedom Pro Highlight Powder in Diffused – C$4.97 for 7.5g
• Wet n Wild “Bronzer” in Reserve Your Cabana – C$5.99 for 13g
• Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight – C$5.99 for 6.5g
All of the contenders are very affordable – let’s see how they compare to Hourglass!
Today we have something different on the blog – a guest post by Joyce of Local Girl Foreign Land! Her blog is primarily about travel, with smattering of lifestyle and snack subscription boxes. Back in July, we got chatting about the possibility of doing a cross-over type of post, whereby she reviewed a makeup item on my blog, and I post about a travel destination on her blog. And here we are! Here’s Joyce, in her own words:
Sleek Solstice Palette – Rough Condition Review
The colours are BEAUTIFUL and beam like there is no tomorrow. All 4 are metallic highlighters.
- Ecliptic – champagne (cream), brow bone & cupid’s bow friendly, finger application is the best friend, easy to blend
- Hemisphere – purple/lilac (baked powder), HIGHLY pigmented, hard core mirror-like metallic finish & not easy to blend, use with caution, animal hair brush recommended
- Subsolar – yellow (feels like pressed powder), fine but bright metallic finish
- Equinox – orange (baked powder), a very flattering soft highlighter *Sleek recommended this for cupid’s bow. If you do use this for cupid’s bow, re-apply is necessary after drinks / food.
I’m playing catch-up with the Project Pan items so that’s why I’m doing two PP12 entries this week.
Today we’re looking at the not very well known Shiseido highlighter called High Beam White.
Shiseido does not call this a highlighter per se, it’s inconspicuously grouped in with their Luminizing Satin Face Color range, which are their blushes. Shisido also offers a golden highlighter shade in the same line, called Soft Beam Gold. At last check on both the US and Canadian website, I do not see High Beam White listed anymore so I’m fairly certain that this is discontinued! 🙄 Typical! I paid C$38 for this compact, which contains 6.5g of product.
I received the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette through a giveaway from MyStyleInsideOut:
I’ve been wearing this and playing around with different combinations for about a month now. Here are my thoughts.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an expert on highlighters. I hardly ever use the few that I own, and I have just the bare basics. But I like the idea of highlighting – that luminous glow, the cliché “lit from within” appearance. I feel that all the steps I’ve taken up to the point of a finished face (exfoliation, hydration) have helped to keep some natural radiance on my face so the extra step of applying a highlighter seems redundant. But, like a good makeup addict that I am, I still dutifully purchased highlighters. I chose 3 to share today:
• VS Makeup Illuminating Face Powder in All or Nothing
• theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer®
• Shiseido Luminizing Face Color in High Beam White WT905