Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The Highlighter Edit

I was never a highlighting kind of gal. I actually rolled my eyes at the 'strobing' trend of 2015. 
I was dedicated to my Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer; the contour shades on my ABH palettes were running down quicker than anything else... 
Fast forward a few months and I'm addicted to walking around looking like I've bloody bathed in shimmery gold pigment. 

I know I'm not the only one to give in (so, so willingly give in) to highlighting and I honestly feel like my cheekbones are unfinished without a quick dusting of highlighter now.
And here we are, my current highlighter collection!

So my first dip into the sea of highlighting products out there was the Topshop Glow Pot. I've got mine in the Polished shade, which is best described as a white gold colour. I can only find links for the Gleam shade which is more of a rose gold, but same product!
What drew me to this is the cream texture, because my skin just has such a problem with powder products sometimes, and I really do prefer a more dewy complexion. A little bit of this goes such a long way and while it can be used anywhere on the face I really love using this one as an under-brow highlighter to really make my brows look defined and make sure everyone can see that arch I've worked for gurl *sassy hand girl emoji*
A great starter product but as it turned out I now prefer buildable powder products for my cheekbones...

And this brings me to the love of my life, the Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow. I'm not even going to debate that £34 is a lot to spend on one product BUT HAVE YOU SEEN IT? I didn't hesitate for more than 30 seconds before treating myself to it, especially once I'd swatched the tester on the counter.
It's an absolutely stunning powder product that is just so pigmented yet has quite small glitter particles in it, so you barely need to pick up any on the brush to get a really gorgeous glow. I have actually taken to using this one every day as a part of my makeup routine, and then layer it up heavier for a night out.
If you have me on snapchat this is the highlighter you'll see me doing ridiculous things with my head to get that glow showing in dem video stories... yeah sorrynotsorry.

Being the lucky girl I am, I actually received the next two products as birthday presents from my beautiful friends Jess and Kylie! Up first, we have the BareMinerals Pure Radiance Powder. Described as 'All Over Face Colour' but all I can recommend is that you don't use this all over your face... It's so dense in its pigment which is great because you can really do the whole strobing thing with it, but all over your face? I personally wouldn't!
It's a peachy shade rather than golden, which is really nice and will suit a lot of skin tones. I find my more golden highlighters are more for medium skintones like mine, whereas peach is a bit more universal. It seems to have a mixture of sizes of glitter particles which gives a multi-dimensional feel when on your cheek bones.

And saving my newest (and prettiest) addition until last... I introduce the Dior Nude Air Glowing Gardens in shade Glowing Nude. Swatching this prior to using it caused physical pain it's so beautiful. Before I start with the actual highlighter, the product itself is so luxurious. It comes in a beautiful chrome magnetic compact with a mirror, a small velvet pouch to keep it pristine and also a little Christian Dior embossed Kabuki brush for on-the-go applying.
This powder is so fine it applies almost cream-like, and has a really beautiful softening effect. It's a much more subdued golden tone than the Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder, but still more beige than peach and has a hint of iridescence. I actually love everything about this highlighter so much I'm going to treat myself to the other shade next time I'm near a Dior counter... so probably quite soon!

Swatches from Left to Right: Dior Nude Air Glowing Gardens in Glowing Nude, Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow, BareMinerals Pure Radiance Powder, Topshop Glow Pot in Polished.

What's your thoughts on highlighters? Will the strobing trend continue?
Are there any products you'd swear by? Let me know! xx

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  1. I am drooling over the Dior Nude Air Glowing Gardens packaging. It's incredible. :]

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  2. Great post, they all look great! I always hear about glow, I think I might try that or the Bare Minerals one.


    1. Thank you Melissa! And definitely give either a go, I've found all are great for different areas of the face too x

  3. Highlighters have become one of my fave makeup products, I'm so glad I joined the bandwagon haha! These ones you have are so stunning I could cry lmao, the TopShop one in particular has caught my eye, I've never tried their makeup before, but looks/sounds fab!! Love your writing too, you have a lot of sass (yes gurl that sassy girl hand emoji) just found your blog, loveeee it! xoxx
    Becky Shannon xx - Life-by-Becky

    1. Aha thank you Becky! I leave the house with minimum 2 highlighters on now, it's become an obsession! Definitely give the Topshop one a go, it's so creamy x

  4. They all are very pretty but i really love the Dior one on glowing nude. I need to try that color soon. Have a great day dear ! :)

    1. Isn't it stunning Ambi?! Definitely one to try! Thanks for reading x

  5. The Dior Glowing Gardens looks stunning, I also love the look of the Topshop Glow Pot! I sneakily use my Too Faced shimmers from the Chocolate eye palette to highlight, they are so good and smell like brownies haha! Adoring your blog and photographs! :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    1. I do the reverse and constantly use bronzers/highlighters as eyeshadow! Smelling like brownies does sound tempting though Elizabeth aha. Awh thanks for reading! x

  6. These cosmetics are of a good quality. I bought such ones for my wife for the previous holidays.


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