The Eyeshadows that Double as Highlighters

As you probably know by now, I simply cannot get enough of anything that promises to give my skin a glow. Highlighters are the section of my collection that has grown the most rapidly, and every time a brand comes out with a new one, I have a hard time thinking of anything else (anyone else lusting after the new Anastasia Glow Kits? or how about the new Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powders?) Seeing as I actually have to pay for rent and heat and electricity now, buying every new highlight release isn't exactly doable anymore. To try and get over the unbearable need for a new highlighter, I've been searching through my collection for products that could double as one.

The first one came to me quickly, as I actually bought it with the intention of using it on my cheeks rather than eyes. The Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Thunderstruck (review) is one of the most stunning shadows I own - in the pan it just looks white, but when swatched or worn on the skin it gives off the most beautiful white gold sheen with a unique peachy pink shift. It makes for a really interesting highlight that's something different from your run-of-the-mill golden shades.

The next eyeshadow is a cult classic that I don't know how I never thought to try it as a highlighter. The Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten is one of the most talked about shades from the brand - it's just the perfect champagne shade that really perks up tired eyes. It's beautiful as an inner corner highlight. It's equally beautiful dusted onto the cheekbones. It's quite intense, and a little shimmery, but that's just the way I like my highlight - if you can't see it from space, it's not intense enough!

The last powder eyeshadow of the roundup comes from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette (review). I've already gone on and on about how much I love the formula of these, and it might be my favorite eyeshadow formula of all. The shade Treasure (second from left in the bottom row) makes for a perfect highlighter, as long as you can fit a brush in the pan - it's like a slightly less intense and peachy-er version of Stila Kitten.

The two cream formulas I have are a little trickier to get used to on the face, but if you get blending quickly they'll be beautiful. The Origins GinZing Brightening Cream Eyeshadow in Sugar Peach was my go-to for such a long time on the eyes. It's a really similar color to Treasure from the Self-Made Palette. This formula is super lightweight so you don't even feel it on the skin, and it blends in quickly. The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink may be a little dark as a highlight on my skintone but it's gorgeous nonetheless. This has a bit more noticeable shimmer to it once it's blended out, but it really reminds me of MAC's Soft and Gentle. 

Sometimes when I'm really feeling matchy-matchy, I'll throw on one of these shadows on my lids and on my cheeks. Do you have any eyeshadows that make gorgeous highlighters?


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