The one product I still have the hardest time resisting is a good highlighter. Lately I've been testing out a whole bunch, trying to find the next best thing. With summer upon us, I've really been going for a glowy look, so it's been fun to try a few new products. Most of these are quite natural-looking on the skin rather than the more metallic highlights I used to be into - I guess this is growing up.
bareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter | The name really says it all on this one - it looks so natural on the skin, making it look like you're just glowing from within. This powder formula isn't quite as buttery as other formulas I'm used to (because it's a baked formula), but it still blends effortlessly and melds into the skin - it doesn't look powdery whatsoever. It uses reflective pearls to mimic the look of sunlight reflecting off the skin, and it comes in four different shades that will work for any skintone. I have the Fair to Light shade that gives a pale, almost icy sheen that's just beautiful. My sister was the one who told me about this, so kudos to her for finding such an underrated gem.
Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder | On the other hand, this one has been getting lots of hype lately. It's one of the most beautiful products I own, surely, and it performs just as beautifully as it looks. It has a super buttery formula that glides onto the skin with ease. When heavily swatched, some shimmer is visible, but on the skin it really looks like a dewy sheen. I have the shade 001 Nude Glow, and while I originally wanted the pink shade (which is 002, but the testers in my Sephora were labeled wrong), I really love it. It's a lovely neutral champagne shade that doesn't pull too warm on me.
Ilia Beauty Illuminator | Even though I'm head over heels for stick highlighters like the Glossier Haloscope and Nudestix Nudies, I just had to give this one from the natural beauty brand Ilia a try. For one thing, the palest shade is called "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," which is one of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs. It leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin without a hint of visible shimmer. The formula is a bit stiffer than something like the Haloscope, so I like to apply it with my fingers rather than directly from the stick.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Glow Shot Liquid Highlighter | There aren't many liquid highlighters I use consistently, so I was really interested in trying this beauty when it came out. I got the shade 1 Daylight, which is a super pale, neutral gold. I'm so excited to have finally found a gold highlight I can wear. The effect is definitely subtle, but the cream feels gently cooling on the skin and leaves you looking quite radiant. There's a little bit of a scent when first applied, but it dissipates quickly. This is probably the standout of the bunch here, and it's the one I've used the most so far. I'm quite tempted to pick up the rosy shade (2 Sunrise) next!
Becca Light Chaser Highlighter | I think this is the newest release of the bunch, and it's definitely the least natural-looking of the five I have here. These new highlighters from Becca use some of their original best-selling Shimmering Skin Perfector shades with an added duochrome flash. I have Champagne Dream Flashes Bellini, which is a base of Champagne Pop with a peachy-pink shift. Again, my sister suggested this to me as being similar to the Milk Holographic Stick in Mars - she's right, and they look absolutely beautiful layered together. The formula doesn't feel as soft as Becca's original highlighters, but it's still just as easy to apply and looks just as lovely on the skin.
Have you tried any new (to you) highlighters lately?