Inside my Highlighter Stash (with Swatches)


A post like this is long overdue because if there's one product (besides lipstick!) that gives me endless joy it's highlighter! I actually posted a picture on Instagram of a few of the highlights (I'm so funny!) of my stash and it dawned on me that somehow it has never been a blog pot. Today we are fixing that...


The Powders

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer | £16 | I went back to this recently after neglecting it a bit and I was like 'daaaaamnnnn'! This stuff is just amazing and I don't think I've ever heard a negative review of it. It's a gorgeous light gold shade that's not too frosty on my skin tone but still packs a punch in terms of illumination. It has this incredible dewy finish but doesn't have a single bit of glitter in it. Like I said; it really isn't for the faint-hearted but you can use it with a fan brush for a more daytime-appropriate look. It's got such a soft, smooth texture that blends beautifully on the skin. It's almost too soft though: mine smashed! Luckily I managed to fix it with some rubbing alcohol (it was totally useable but because it's an all-time favourite I did repurchase it) but definitely be careful with it. 

Laura Geller Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey | £21 | This is a bit of a deeper, warmer gold colour, though realistically maybe you don't need both this and the Mary Lou! It's pretty small for the amount of product you get, however it's pretty handy for travelling. It's less of a dewy glow and has more of a metallic finish. It isn't as smooth and creamy as the Mary Lou but I still find it easy to work with.

MAC Mineralise Skinfinishes in Soft & Gentle & Global Glow | £24 each | These definitely look glittery in the pan but it really doesn't translate to the skin (perhaps the glitter is just very fine). They have this beautiful, very natural dewy effect on the skin and it's almost impossible to go too full-on with these. Soft and Gentle is a light peachy-gold-champagne and Global Glow is a deeper, more bronze shade that I love for the Summer.

Topshop Highlighter in Horizon | £10 | This is a really beautiful formula; it's not at all glittery and instead has a muted, metallic sheen that looks very natural on the skin. It blends out so smoothly too. I'm really not sure why this doesn't have more hype because it's fantastic, especially for a tenner! It has a really nice bronze tone to it so is perfect for a sun kissed glow.

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Epic* | £32 | This is actually quite similar to Horizon, though it's slightly lighter I'd still recommend Horizon as a dupe. Again, this very much a metallic sheen as opposed to a full-on dewy highlight and looks very subtle and natural on the skin. If you prefer a'glow from within' look then this is the one I'd recommend. It's another bronze-gold shade that really suits my skin tone.

Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Indiscretion | £32 | The colour of this highlighter is really hard to describe; I guess it's a cool gold champagne sort of shade. It's a very natural look on me; it's kind of dewy but nothing that intense. It isn't glittery so I often reach for this when I want an everyday sort of glow. 


Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | £32 | This is probably my all-time favourite! This is a full-on super-dewy highlighter that I often use with a fan brush to get a more daytime-appropriate look. It blends out so effortlessly and the champagne-gold with peachy undertones seems to suit so many people. I find the formula so unique because it doesn't have any glitter despite the intense shimmer and it glides onto the skin so smoothly.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prosecco Pop | £48 (for palette) | This is the same formula as Champagne Pop but I don't find this *quite* as beautifully smooth as the individual I have. However it is still amazing so I really can't complain! When I'm travelling it's really handy to have these all in one place. Prosecco Pop is a very true gold shade so I think if you're quite pale it might look like a yellow stripe on you! However for me it's just the perfect sun kissed highlighting shade when I want something quite intense and bold.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood | £28 | Based on the brand, I did expect these highlighters to be super-intense and for the pigmentation to rival Becca's. However I was surprised in a good way because these are so natural. Sadly this shade is no longer available but you can still get two of the others in this formula, which I'd recommend doing. There isn't a speck of glitter in the pan; it has a subtle light gold sheen on the skin instead.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in That Glow | £39 | I heard that these were meant to be the permanent line replacement for the Illuminators but to me the formula is totally different. These are much more dewy and give a more wet-look highlight. They're actually very natural on the skin and look so perfect during the Summer time. This colour way seems to be out of stock everywhere in the UK for some reason but you can still get the other shades (Sun Dipped seems similar) or order That Glow from Sephora or the ABH website. This is a champagne-gold themed palette with removable magnetic pans, which is handy. You also get an impressive amount of product in here for the price. Sunburst is an iridescent white-gold-yellow shade, Golden Bronze is as the name would suggest, Bubbly is a champagne tone and Dripping in Gold is a similar champagne colour but with gold undertones.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Strobe Powder in Brilliant Light | £34 | I was really unsure about whether to get this after finding the legendary powders a little bit 'meh' however I impulse-purchased this and am glad I did! It's quite a stark highlight on me but this light white-gold still doesn't look ashy. It's a very natural look despite seeming so glittery in the pan.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Highlighter in Sin | £19 | For some reason I really haven't got the use I expected to out of this. It's a white-gold shade with a very unusual iridescent sheen to it. It isn't quite as smooth in texture as some of the others in this post but it still blends out nicely. It's a bit more of an 'obvious' highlighter for me and is quite cool-toned (perhaps why I don't reach for it so much).



The Creams & Liquids

No7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter | £9.95 | This is such an underrated gem that I feel the need need to mention more on my blog because it's a highlighter I always go back to. I was put off cream highlighters for a while because so many that I'd tried had a thin, greasy texture that was just all glitter, however this one really changed my mind. This has a creamy, easy-to-blend formula that gives a natural sheen to the skin. It's a stunning pearly golden-bronze colour that always serves me well during the Summer months. Like with all of the cream highlighters I'll be talking about, I just like to blend this out with my fingers.

KIKO Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter | £7.90 | I'm concerned that this pretty highlighter has been discontinued in the UK! It's very much in a similar vein to the No7 one in terms of formula; creamy but not shiny and sheeny as opposed to glittery. However this is more of a light pearlescent gold colour.

Topshop Glow Pot Highlighter in Gleam | £9 | I just love this stuff! You only need a tiny amount because this little pot definitely packs a punch when it comes to pigmentation. Again it has a thicker formula that isn't greasy, however this has a dewier finish than the cream highlighters I've mentioned so far. I tend to reach for it when I want serious glow! The colour Gleam is a sort of gold-champagne.

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Glo Up, Dream Catcher and Wisp | $8 each | I'm a massive fan of these bargains from ColourPop! There are some formula differences between the shades I have; Dream Catcher is more mousse-y than the others. Overall though, these aren't too shiny and have a pigmented formula. Again, I feel like these blend out to a very natural look. Though they don't contain glitter, they do give a more dewy effect on the skin. Glo Up is a true warm gold with bronzed undertones, Dream Catcher is an interesting light gold with a pink iridescent sheen and finally Wisp is a golden-champagne.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors Poured in Opal and Moonstone | £30 each | These have a dewy look so give amazing glow to the skin without making you look overly shiny. They have really great pigmentation even from just one swipe but I love how easy they are to work with at the same time. There's no glitter in these shades but they are still quite intense given that they're a cream formulation. Opal is a cool champagne-gold-peach colour whereas Moonstone is a lighter pearly gold shade.


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal | £34 | This is really quite pricey for what it is and, dare I say it, a little overrated. However it's a nice product I've spent my money on so I'm going to use it! I find this is most intense when used on top of my foundation for a dewy pearly-gold highlight. You can also wear it underneath your base or mixed in with it, however I really only find it worth doing when I'm wearing something light coverage like a tinted moisturiser.

Benefit Sun Beam Highlighter | £19.50 | I'm not sure it really shows in the image but this is a more golden shade than Opal so although it still has that pearly sheen going on, it gives a more bronzed look. It actually isn't as dewy as you might expect, giving more of a subtle sheen than a full-on evening highlight.




Looking at this post; I definitely do not need any more highlighters! But what can I say? This really is a product that brings me happiness! What are your favourite highlighters?





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50 comments

  1. I love a good highlighter! For me it will always be the pinky silver shades as my skintone is pretty fair, and I adore High Beam. Have recently got Clinique's Hefty Highlight in a mini size and it is beautiful, so sheeny x

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  2. You have such an amazing collection! I'm always on the look out for new highlighters and shall definitely be taking inspo from this when choosing a new one! x

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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  3. Thank you for this post, as I'm not a huge highlighter fan and don't really own many of them, I've really enjoyed reading it, especially the Creams and Liquid part, those are my favourites!

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    1. If you like a dewy look then liquid and cream formulas are definitely the way to go! xx

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  4. I'm in shock with your Highlighter collection O.O ... At the moment I'm looking for a everyday highlighter, without glitter and not too bright, slightly sheeny, so I just need to choose between the ones you showed, I don't think I can find more out there!
    Thank you for your post! :)

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  5. I think I let out an internal sob at how much I want these and how beautiful they all are!
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  6. They are all such beautiful shades! Will have to try some out :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. What an impressive stash! I really want to try the lou manizer's and a few more from youreading collection :-) xx

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    1. It's the one I recommend to almost everyone who asked for a good highlighter! xx

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  8. Awesome collection . All shades are beautiful.

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  9. Doesn't champagne pop look like a creamier version of Mary Loumanizer?
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    1. Champagne Pop is peachier whereas Mary Lou is a truer light gold :) xx

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  10. You have such an enviable selection Jasmine, so many beautiful highlights! I actually feel like higlighter doesn't work that well on my skin and I'm still trying to figure out why. I have pale skin and lots of them just don't really show up. I'm starting to move to more liquid and cream ones and illuminators to get the glow I want, so I'll definitely refer back to your recommendations when purchasing my next one!

    The Makeup Directory

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  11. This is such an amazing post! Have you tried the Sleek Solstice palette? That's my favourite right now, as well as the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight. It's a similar idea to Benefit Sun Beam, and I use it as kind of a base highlight as I loooove a really strong highlighted look :)

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

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    1. I did try it but the shades weren't really for me! xx

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  12. oh my gosh, I want to raid your highlighter collection. I only own The Balm mary-lou manizer and MAC soft and gentle.

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I think Colour Pop Glo Up, ABH Golden Bronze, Mac Global Glow and Topshop Horizon are the best shades for my skin tone. I love gold highlighters on me. Your collection is to die for! Thanks for the recommendations <3 x

    Kat | http://katealifestyle.blogspot.com

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  14. Omg! There's so many of them! I recently got the Mary Lou manizer and omg omg I love

    Beauty Candy Loves

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  15. Oh my god I am totally fan girling over your collection!! There are so many here that I really want to get my hands on (no surprise a lot of higher end ones) - am yet to try out any Becca highlights and I only hear good things about them as well! Soft and Gentle is seriously one of my all time favourites along with Mary Lou! I need to try out the KIKO ones, I love KIKO but don't ever tend to go for their face products but looks like I may have to! xx

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    1. KIKO do lovely cream highlighters and blushers :) xx

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  16. I love the Gilded Honey shade and this is definitely the most impressive highlighter collection I have ever seen!

    Abigail Alice x

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  17. Amazing! I'm obsessed with this collection I don't even know if I could pick a favourite to add to my list!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  18. These look incredible, thanks for sharing!!

    Grace xx
    http://graciebellblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Omg, this is highlighter heaven! You have such an amazing collection! :)

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

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  20. I have a bit of a fear of highlighters but I really like Mary Lou Manizer! I don't but many full size highlighters but I have it and a Kevyn Aucoin one and CT one from palettes and I love them too! Sin looks gorgeous!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. The Kevyn Aucoin ones look so pretty! xx

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  21. Highlighters bring me happiness too haha! Mary-lou, ABH glow kit and becca highlighters are favourites of mine too. I picked up one of the U&D highlighters too and I barely use it. I really want to try the poured version of the Becca highlighters, they sound great xx

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  22. Wow completely in awe of your collection! If you had to pick an ultimate fave highlighter which one would it be? xx

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  23. Amazing collection! And I thought I was highlighters obsessed haha. My favorite powders are Becca's Moonstone and Gerard Cosmetics 'Audrey' and my favorite creams/liquids are Flower's Pearl Shimmer and Benefit High Beam. Your Colourpop ones look really pretty! I just bought 'Lunch Money' from them and it's gorgeous x

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    1. I've actually not tried Gerard Cosmetics highlighters - I'll have to check them out :) xx

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  24. I really need to pick up proper highlighter, but maybe somewhere around next year because I'm quiet happy with using my eyeshadow as one. I have either MAC S&G orSleek Solstice in mind.

    Selene Addicted

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  25. Beautiful collection Jasmine. My Mary lou also smashed and i fixed it with rubbing alcohol but as it is so soft, it got smashed again. May be I didn't press that enough last time. I need to fix it as its such a gorgeous highlight. I wish I had picked ABH So Hollywood and That Glow kit. I regret now! I was regretting about not picking Sin by UD but by the look of it on your skin tone, I am glad I didn't. I am definitely not into cool toned highlighters or illuminators.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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  26. Stunning collection, girl. I've been looking to try the Laura Mercier Illuminators. I held off for a while and looks like there will be a holiday palette so I'll hopefully pick that up. :-)


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  27. Wow that is highlighter heaven right there, so much gorgeousness! I can spot my favourites in there too like MAC Soft and Gentle, theBalm Mary Lou and Becca Champagne Pop x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. They're some of my most reached-for ones! xx

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  28. I just died a little bit of excitement when I seen this post, not going to lie! That ABH palette, oh my Sunburst was made for my pale tone.... NEED IT! :D

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  29. Topshop's Horizon looks lovely! I need to definitely up my highlighter game asap!

    Lee | www.thatbellemakeup.co.uk

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  30. I don't think I've seen this many highlighters in one picture.. I thought I had a lot but dayummm.

    I recently discovered The Balms Mary Lou as well and I forgot how much I loved it!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

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  31. I'm living for this post right now haha. I love highlighters! Topshop Horizon needs to be mine asap! I have the ABH Glow Kit in Sun Dipped and love it. That Glow looks beautiful as well :)

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Yeah I definitely think Sundipped and That Glow are quite similar :) xx

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  32. I'm through and through a highlighter girl. Love all your picks. Definitely getting my hands on one of those Laura Mercier highlighters.

    Sam || Beautydetour

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  33. This is such a great post. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I have so many highlighters now, it is insane! So I am glad that I am not the only one to have... a few.

    Georgie
    xoxo

    TheLipstickDaily

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  34. Amazing collection! Not that you need another highlighter, but I'd recommend checking out Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight! xx

    Beautylymin

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  35. You and me are the same. Lipstick and highlighters. Nothing beats the duo!
    I am so jealous of your collections here. While I do have some of them myself, I really want tog et UD Sin, but it is nearly $32 here... don't understand the price difference really.
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Wow that's a huge price hike! I have noticed that Urban Decay is strangely quite affordable in the UK - not that I'm complaining haha xx

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  36. Highlighters galore!! I love highlighters so much, I have to check the Kiko one!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

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  37. Thank you for your comments - hope this gave your some ideas on which highlighters to try next :) xx

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  38. Ahh so many gorgeous highlights! Becca's Opal is absolutely stunning, I love the look of layering cream and powder highlighters! One of my absolute faves is theBalm Mary Lou Manizer, I love the pearly white highlighters for winter! x

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

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  39. This is a truly incredible collection! My fave is my Glow Kit - I live and breathe it!

    Christie - www.christiescupboard.com

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  40. What an amazing collection! I have quite a few highlighters myself but I still need to pick up Mary Lou Manizer - it's always sold out here!

    Kayte
    www.imminentbeauty.blogspot.com.au

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