Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Top 3 Highlighters / Review

A review of 3 of my favourite highlighters. These are:
-Benefit High Beam
-MAC Cream Colour Base in 'Pearl'
-MAC Iridescent Powder in 'Silver Dusk'  

Benefit High Beam
High Beam is described as a 'Satiny Pink Liquid Highlighter'. The colour is a very light pink, with slightly blue undertones, so I would recommend this for paler skin colours. Benefit also offers 'Moon Beam', which I would recommend for darker skin tones. This product is so pigmented, but not over shimmery (see photo below) which is the problem with many highlighters on the market. The brush makes it super easy to apply, and it blends really nicely. As for the durability, it lasts really well and doesn't begin to look greasy towards the end of the day. 

(Above: High Beam with blended in product to its right)

MAC Cream Colour Base in 'Pearl'
Pearl is described as 'Pale Gold with icy shimmer'. By this description you think that this would be for darker skin tones because of its golden colour, but this colour really is suitable for most skin tones. This product is quite pigmented, but more subtle than the High Beam, so more suitable for daily use. The consistency is thick and creamy so it does take a little effort to blend (I just use my finger to apply), but once blended it gives a really nice , subtle sheen. I wouldn't say this stays put quite as long as the High Beam, but lasts without spreading shimmer down your face! 
(Above: Pearl with blended in product to its right)

MAC Iridescent Powder in 'Silver Dusk'
Silver Dusk is described as 'Pinky Beige with Silver Shimmer', which makes it sound very shimmery, and although it's more shimmery than High Beam and Pearl, it's not as it sounds. It's a less subtle sheen than the other two products mentioned, so not recommended for everyday use. But as a special occasion highlighter, this is the best! I apply this using my MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush and just tap it along the top of my cheek bones. It spreads out nice and evenly and the light really reflects off it. As this is a powder product it stays put for hours and hours without budging!

(Above: Silver Dusk with blended in product to its right)

(Above: MAC Iridescent Powder in 'Silver Dusk')

Hope you find this helpful, and feel free to ask any questions :)

Where yu can purchase the products mentioned:
You can get both MAC and Benefit products from department stores such as Debenhams and Selfridges in the UK and stores such as Sephora and Nordstrom in the US.
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