As a fan of all things glowy and dewy, I seriously could not be more excited about all the new highlighter formulas that have been launching so far this year. I’ve been putting quite a few to the test and by popular request have a roundup here today with lots to love for everyone. There’s a lot to cover so let’s get to it!
When it comes to choosing a highlighter there are various factors to consider that include skin type and tone. In terms of skin type, if you have larger pores or texture issues, highlighters that are overly glowy or contain a lot of shimmer can easily emphasize those said concerns, including pronounce fine lines, acne craters, etc. In terms of skintone, finding a color that compliments your complexion plays a key role in whether it suits you or not. Just like foundation and lipstick colors, certain shimmery shades work better on certain skin tones. For instance, iridescent shades work particularly nice on fair skin tones while champagnes, golds and peaches wear beautifully on medium skin tones. Dark skin tones can pull off an array of shades including rich golds, rose golds, champagnes, bronzes, jewel tones, etc., just be careful with too much shimmer as those can sometimes read ashy or gray.
Up first are some palettes I have been the most excited about. MAC launched 2 edits of the Hyper Real Glow Palettes (reviewed here) with a rose and pink theme. The highlighters are all gorgeous across the board with an ultra-reflective, super smooth sheen that effortlessly blend into the skin beautifully without emphasizing pores or texture. All six shades range from semi- opaque to opaque and have soft, creamy textures that are easy to use. They are very wearable colors and I love to use them for both on the face as well as the eyes.
Next is the Nars Easy Glowing Cheek Palette in Rêve Salé (reviewed here). I bought both palettes from this launch but found that Rêve Salé works the best as an actual highlighter palette while the deeper option, Coucher de Soleil, wears beautifully as highlighting blushes. The Easy Glowing Cheek Palettes have become must-haves for me and I even purchased back-ups since they are limited edition. The colors are stunning and the formula is definitely among my top favorite. The texture is so unique, feeling and wearing like a cream so it melds flawlessly with the skin. I love that the shades can be water-activated as well, it’s like you’re getting a whole different palette since the finishes transform from a subtle shimmering veil to an almost metallic sheen.
A palette that still has my heart is the Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette (reviewed here). I absolutely love it and find it perfect for adding a beautiful glow to the complexion, including the eyes. The powders layer nicely with other powder and cream products as well as liquid formulations, melding like a dream with the skin without emphasizing pores or texture. Like most Hourglass complexion products, the metallic powders have a soft focus technology that helps to minimize the look of wrinkles, imperfections, and discoloration, while emulating the appearance of young, healthy skin. The pigment is very impressive and the metallic, almost wet-like sheen is every highlighter junkie’s dream – and albeit quite intense is yet still very wearable.
Now onto singular compacts. I have two Chanel highlighters that I reach for daily and include the Le Signe du Lion Illuminating Powder in Or Rose (reviewed here) and Poudre Lumiere Highlighting Powder in Rose Gold (reviewed here). These are nicely pigmented with finishes that give the skin a quasi- wet-look effect. The shimmers are not as intense as those of the Camelia highlighter (reviewed here) and are also much smoother.
Perhaps my favorite launch of all the new highlighters I’ve tried so far is from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The highly anticipated Amrezy Highlighter (reviewed here) is a complete win for me and in my honest opinion ABH should make it permanent. The Amrezy Highlighter has a finely milled shimmer that glides on the skin smoothly and without any harsh frost. It has amazing pigment and medium coverage right out the pan which is buildable to full coverage with a second layer without emphasizing pores or skin texture. I wish more formulas were like this as it just looks super pretty on the skin.
Last but not least because I’m a diehard lover of all things Tom Ford, I had to include the Orchid Soleil Nightbloom Powder (reviewed here) as well as the new Sunstruck Shade & Illuminate Glow Stick (reviewed here). Both of these are fire. I’m also still obsessed with Reflects Gilt from last year’s Soleil color collection, it’s just too good not to have it in my stash!
Do you have any favorite go-to highlighters? Let me know what your favs are!