Get Glowing | Spring Highlighter Picks



Highlighter is a product I've really grown to love. I like sparkly things so why not put a bit of that on my face? For this post I had a look through my stash and picked out some I think will be perfect for Spring, from setting powder to liquid, from £5 to £38.

I have two highlighters in setting powder form. One of them is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (£38, review here) which is a pressed powder you can use to set your makeup and get a natural, flattering glow. I feel like some people concluded from my post that I didn't like this and that isn't the case at all! I just feel that for me and for a lot of you guys £38 is lot to drop on one product so I gave both the pros and cons of investing in this. I like Dim Light as it's not glittery, it just has a nice beige-toned pearly shimmer to it. It's not an all-out highlighter, people probably won't know you're wearing it, they'll just think you have a nice, glow-y face! I tend to apply it with the Zoeva Luxe Face Focus Brush. I also have a loose formula, the Bourjois Java Rice Powder (£9.99). It's sort of a pinky colour and whilst it does contain glitter, it isn't huge chunks and isn't particularly noticeable on the skin. I apply this with a fan brush to set my makeup and give a bit of luminosity.

I have a few more typical pressed products I like to apply with the e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush. The Makeup Revolution Radiant Light Highlighter in Breathe (£5, review here) is my favourite of the three in this line. Like the Hourglass one it isn't too pink or too golden, it's just a lovely beige tone. This is definitely more of a highlighter than a setting powder, although it is really subtle I still tend to use it strategically. I love the natural radiance this product gives and the texture is so soft for such an affordable product. I also have the Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer (£17.50), which is off in the background as unfortunately mine has smashed! It's definitely an all-out shimmery (but glitter free) gold shade. The texture is amazingly soft (which is perhaps why it shattered so easily...) it's like applying liquid gold. I tend to use this sparingly as it can be slightly full-on for the daytime. The first highlighter I ever used is the centre shade from the Sleek Face Form Kit in Medium (£9.99, review here). I still really love this one! It's more of a dark, orange-toned gold shade which will be perfect for on holiday. What's great about these kits is that they come in four shades so the highlighter in your chosen kit will compliment your skin tone really well.

The Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar (£6.74 review here) is slightly different to the others and I apply it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush. Whilst I wouldn't call it a face powder, as I wouldn't use it all over, it's a really subtle shimmer with a peach tint to it. It's really nice to pair on the cheek bones with a peach matte shade or you can even wear it as a very subtle highlighting blusher, though it definitely leans more towards a highlight than a blusher.

In my collection I have two cream formulas I'm obsessed with. The Topshop Glow Pot in Gleam (£9) is just gorgeous on the brow bone and tops of your cheek bone. The cream formula gives a golden, dewy glow and you can simply pat it on with your fingers. A more recent discovery has bee No7's Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter (£9.95). Unlike its pricier Clinique counterpart, this comes in two shades: a frostier, lighter pink colour and the one I have, which is a deeper golden-bronze. I don't normally think to check out No7 but this is such an amazing product. The shimmer is so subtle and suits my skin tone perfectly. It's lovely to apply, either by swiping it on or dotting it on with your fingertips. It works down the centre of your nose, your cupids bow, cheekbones...I would put this all over my face if I could!

Finally, there are two liquid formulas. I have a few of these (I keep saying this, but I will do a full review and swatch of them all soon!) but the one I've picked for Spring is the Revlon Skinlights Illuminator in Peach Lights (£11.99). The formula is lovely for getting a subtle glow. You can dot them on the cheekbone and brow bone or simply mix a bit in with your foundation to get a really natural glow. Finally I have a Mememe Beat the Blues Illuminator in Pearl Pink (£5.99), which is a pretty good dupe for Benefit's High Beam, I think! I really didn't think this colour would work for me however I've been pleasantly surprised that using it sparingly works really well. I dot it on with the nail polish-style applicator then blend it out with my fingers.


What's your favourite highlighter for Spring?

 


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72 comments

  1. My favourite at the moment has to be the Charlotte Tilbry bronze and glow highlighter as that is stunning, after that is the MUR ones :)
    But you have some great ones and I would love to have The Balm one!

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. I never went for the Charlotte Tilbury one - though I have heard good things! xx

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  2. I like my highlighter to be very subtle as anything too shimmery lust accentuate my skin imperfections. The TopShop one looks very pretty! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I agree - I don't like anything glittery! xx

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  3. You have some gorgeous highlighters! I'm loving MAC's Mineralizing Skin Finish in 'Lightscapade' - it's leaves a lovely shimmer on my cheek bones! Abi | RamblingsofaBlonde

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    1. I really want a MAC Mineralise Skinfinish :) xx

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  4. Gorgeous picks - I love a good highlighter! Especially like the look of that Topshop one. My favourite is probably MAC Mineralize in 'Global Glow'.

    Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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  5. The Topshop one looks stunning, please give me your makeup collection! haha x
    Emma | Emmys Blog

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  6. You have some really lovely products there! I love a good highlighter.

    Jenna xx | Jenna Loves Beauty

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  7. Gorgeous picks! I adore the Topshop Glow Cream bought my first pot of this last Summer it's my go to everyday and it still hasn't ran out haha, such a bargain!! x

    Toni x
    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Agreed! A little goes a long way as the colour payoff is great! xx

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  8. Lovely picks. I recently did a post on my favourite highlighters too. The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer is one of my favourites too! x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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    1. It's so pretty - I'm really sad mine broke :( xx

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  9. I've been loving highlighters and have been meaning to pick up a new one so this post was super helpful! The Bourjois loose powder on sounds lovely x

    Blushhx

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  10. I'm really getting into highlighter recently so I'll definitely have to give a few of these ago!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx
    xxx

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    1. I never used to be that into it but recently I'm obsessed! xx

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  11. I agree with the Hourglass comment - I'd love the ambient lighting or blush set but it's just super expensive! Maybe I'll get it for myself as a graduation present haha. The Zoeva rose gold brushes are so beautiful! I have Topshop glow but in the shade polish, I use it almost every day, I love it! cottonandcandie xx

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    1. I would probably go for one of the blushes over the powder tbh! And yeah the Glow Pots are amazing! xx

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  12. I love highlighters especially ones that are subtle and can be applied lightly to the whole face for a lovely glow. you've got a really great mix here and I just remembered I actually have the Bourjois Java Rice Powder so I must use it tomorrow x

    Beauty with charm

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  13. Ohh, that top photograph makes me so happy and so ready for Spring with all my bronzers and highlighters!

    Anoushka xx www.Anoushkaloves.com

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    1. I can't wait for the summer and getting all golden! xx

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  14. Surprisingly the one that caught my eyes the most is Sleek! Your swatch is definitely one of the best I've seen in blogs and Sleek stands out the most from all the others.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Aww thank you! And I definitely recommend Sleek's one, especially for medium and darker skintones that most brands don't seem to take into account xx

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  15. Fab post hun, some really great picks :) I really love the Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer such a great product - oh no I can’t believe it smashed :( :( I’ve recently picked up the No7 highlighter and can’t wait to try it out :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  16. The photos on this post is gorgeous! I love the balm highlighter, I think it's really pretty. Now I know why I picked that one over all other highlighters because of the warm golden tone!
    xxxx

    Karan | www.studentbeautyhack.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) and yeah I really prefer warm tones too xx

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  17. I really want some Hourglass products in my life, they're so luxurious! xx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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    1. Yeah they're definitely a luxury - not quite sure the product itself is worth the price though! xx

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  18. So cool products, thanks for your review!!

    WWW.LIAKW.COM

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  19. I own maybe 2 or 3 .... I really like the one that came in Khorma Kardashian palette I got a while ago :) but I am dying to get my hands on Becca Highlighters

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    1. I really want to try Becca's as well! xx

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  20. I absolutely love highlighters, if I'm honest I own far too many! My favourite at the minute is MAC's Soft & Gentle, I stopped using it for a while but I'm back in love. x

    Jordan Alice

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    1. I keep hearing good things about that one! xx

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  21. Highlighters are a go to of mine, whether I am amped up, or just plain jane, I never skip the highlighters! :)
    Also I can see you and I have similar taste!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I agree - there's one for every occasion! xx

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  22. The Balm, Sleek, Milani and Revlon Highlighters look so lush *inserts heart eyed emoji* and I am now very tempted to try one of them although I am not a pro with highlighters... Thanks for sharing!!..xx

    Fashstyleliv

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    1. Haha I'm not either - I just throw it on because it's pretty! xx

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  23. Really love the colors!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

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  24. Such lovely picks! I really want to try the No7 one, it looks amazing!

    X Marjolein
    http://misscocoblue.blogspot.com

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  25. I have loved using the one in my Urban Decay Flushed Palette! I really really want to get my hands on the Hour Glass ones! xx

    KirstyLeighx

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    1. I've never tried an UD one before but now you mention it I want one! xx

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  26. I'm quite new to highlighters and only have a few by Sleek or Benefit. Btw I love how you take your pictures!
    xx

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  27. Loooooooooove the Revlon and Sleek ones! I've realised that Champagne/white colours don't really suit my skintone; I tend to drift towards golden highlighters as I think it gives off a nice summery, tanned sheen. Great post and awesome photos as per usual!

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    1. Aww thank you :) and yes golden/bronze tones are beautiful, I don't suit frosty shades either! xx

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  28. I love theBalms one, but it can definitely get over powering if too much is used!

    allthatshimmers.co.uk xo

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  29. Great post - I absolutely love highlighters these days. I really want to try the Hourglass ones. I decided to get The Balm one but I agree it's a bit full on for daytime. I can't see past my Topshop Crescent Moon and I'm also love the Charlotte Tilbury highlight from the Filmstar palette x

    jobrlw.blogspot.com

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    1. I need to try more from Topshop as the one I have is so pretty :) xx

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  30. Your highlighter collection is out of this world - each product looks gorgeous and perfect for Spring.

    Lauren Porcelain Queen

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  31. I have the Topshop one on my wishlist!

    shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hope you can get it as it's amazing :) xx

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  32. Been so interested in theBalm one! Still yet to try sleek, might write a wishlist for it! Good post, thanks for sharing as I need a new highlighter - the only one I have is from the Urban Decay Naked Flushed! x

    Jasmine || blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. A couple of people have mentioned that one -must have a look at it :) xx

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  33. I love the swatch of the Topshop Glow Pot, it looks incredible!!

    Rebecca Coco

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  34. Ohhh I love this! Is the candle good?
    I'm following you now hun xx
    http://mellowusu.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. so many pretties! my fave highlighter is one from art deco which was limited edition :(

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  36. You really have a lot of hightlights. I only have one (from the balm) and I love it. x

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