Highlighter Collection | Monday Makeover

I am overly excited about this post because I FREAKING LOVE HIGHLIGHTERS. It’s irrational and my collection is over the top, I know. You don’t have to tell me, I’m well aware. I have been thinking about sharing this for so long and put it off for reasons I do not know, but no more! Today is the day.

Lucky for you, my collection has grown as I’ve procrastinated, so you get to hear about more pretty highlighters.

…well, lucky for you if you’re a highlighter addict like myself.

It’s really hard to swatch highlighters and show the differences, but I will do my best. I will tell you about the undertones, the finish, when I tend to wear it and if it is one of my most or least favorites ūüôā

Side Note:¬†I just carried 17+ highlighters in my arms from the bathroom. It was like the¬†scariest game of “Which One is Going to Break” ever. One would drop, I’d pick it up and check, breathe a sigh of¬†relief, take one step then another would drop… it was the stupidest game of roulette and I realized just how stubborn I am. JUST PUT A FEW DOWN AND COME BACK, SARAH. ūüėõ¬†

Not one broke, in case you were wondering.

Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl


  • Shade Description/Undertones: pale, icy, gold. Appears mostly white, but has gold undertones.
  • Finish:¬†cream with a sheer shimmery finish
  • Price Point:¬†$22
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†Likely better on lighter¬†skin tones. I wear it day and night, but more so when I want a stronger highlight.
  • Notes: Fun fact, this was the first highlighter that I purchased. It is also likely one of my least favorites ūüė¶

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade


  • Shade Description/Undertones: white, beige with multi-color veining (blue, pink, etc.)
  • Finish: powder with a frosted finish
  • Price Point:¬†$33
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†day or night, light to medium skin tones
  • Notes: The veining is gorgeous to look at, but it’s not¬†all that unique when swatched. Probably one of my least worn. I like others a lot more.

Nars Blush in Albatross

  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†white gold
  • Finish:¬†powder with a shimmer-sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$30
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†medium skin tones might wear this best. It’s not¬†an extremely strong highlight, but the gold undertones might be too much for some.
  • Notes:¬†One of my OG’s. I still think this is gorgeous and recommend it, but it’s been edged out of my top favorites in recent years. The white gold undertone is unique and awesome.

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†peachy pink
  • Finish:¬†liquid, glowy with some shimmer and fine glitter
  • Price Point:¬†$30
  • When/How I Wear It: Anytime! Easily blended out/applied lighter for paler skin tones or applied heavier for medium skin tones.
  • Notes:¬†One of my older purchases. I wouldn’t repurchase as it’s only okay. It blends nicely and the pink shimmer is wearable, yet different than other highlights¬†I have in my collection, but I prefer other formulas above such a liquidy highlight.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Sand


  • Shade Description/Undertones: “Radiant Chiffon” or a subtle (yet effective) vanilla
  • Finish:¬†powder, natural sheen
  • Price Point: $40 (for entire kit)
  • When/How I Wear It: daily use, likely best on lighter skin tones
  • Notes:¬†This was all I wore for most of 2015 and 2016 because of convenience. Worth it, I would repurchase it.¬†It’s in my top 5 favorites, especially for more natural highlights.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†champagne beige
  • Finish: powder, frosted sheen that blends out to a glowy look
  • Price Point:¬†$68
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†day and night, all¬†year round
  • Notes: I like it a lot, definitely worth the money, but I don’t wear it enough. May not repurchase.¬†

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone, Rose Gold & Topaz (AfterGlow Palette)


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†Moonstone is a pale gold, champagne. Rose Gold is just what the name describes. Topaz is a golden bronze.
  • Finish:¬†powders, strong shimmer shades, but not¬†chunky glitter
  • Price Point: $38 (for full product, Afterglow palette no longer available)
  • When/How I Wear It: Mostly at night or when I want a strong highlight. Only Moonstone is a highlight on my skin tone. Darker¬†skin tones should try Rose Gold and Topaz.
  • Notes:¬†I might repurchase Moonstone in full packaging. I prefer it to Opal (at least in powder form) and Pearl on my skin tone.

Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†Golden opal pearl
  • Finish:¬†liquid with a strong, glowy sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$41
  • When/How I Wear It: Anytime! Looks very glowy, yet natural because it is a liquid.
  • Notes:¬†My #1 liquid or cream¬†highlighter. I would repurchase in the full sized packaging. Makes your skin look dewy and glowy in a way powders can’t.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†rose gold
  • Finish:¬†powder with a strong sheen and a little glitter
  • Price Point:¬†no longer available, but might¬†be found on Amazon
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†More wearable than other¬†bronzey, rose gold highlights, but still most likely only a summer (tanned) night-out product for me.
  • Notes:¬†One of my lesser¬†favorites. If you want to try a rose gold highlighter, it is pretty and you can look for this on Amazon! That being said, on my lighter skin tone it isn’t a winner.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight-01


  • Shade Description/Undertones: golden nude champagne
  • Finish:¬†powder with a very natural glow
  • Price Point:¬†$42
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†Daytime, mostly, but great for anytime. So¬†wearable. Best on light to medium skin tones.
  • Notes:¬†Definitely in my Top 5 Favorites! One of the best natural highlights out there. I swear it’s glowier than in the photo above.

IT Cosmetics Hello Light Creme Illuminator 


  • Shade Description/Undertones: pale champagne
  • Finish:¬†dryer cream with natural sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$24
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†anytime, very wearable.
  • Notes: I do like this one, but might not repurchase. It’s a little dry and feels almost like a cream to powder formula.¬†It’s not one of my favorites out of all my highlighters, but if you want a cream highlight instead of a powder,¬†this one is worth a look.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in 10 Be My Highlight


  • Shade Description/Undertones: Warm, beige¬†champagne
  • Finish: powder with a very natural sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$3 (!)
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†A little bit darker than other natural highlighters like Laura Mercier, still very wearable day and night, all year round.
  • Notes:¬†I’d repurchase it again and again at $3. I’d actually pay a lot more for it. I¬†just recently purchased this and it’s already in my Top 5 Favs.

the BALM Mary-Lou Manizer


  • Shade Description/Undertones: the quintessential neutral champagne
  • Finish:¬†powder with a strong sheen, but no obvious glitter
  • Price Point:¬†$24
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†I’d wear it whenever, but it’s a stronger highlight so paler¬†skin tones might need a lighter hand or only wear it when they want a more obvious¬†highlight.
  • Notes:¬†Definitely worth a¬†purchase. One of¬†the first highlighters I would recommend to newbies. It’s a must-have for a stronger highlight. One of my Top 5’s and probably my #1¬†“less natural” highlight.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Lunch Money


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†soft, light gold
  • Finish:¬†cream to powder with a strong, shimmery sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$8
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†day and night, but most likely¬†more so when I want a stronger highlight. Good for light to medium skin tones.
  • Notes:¬†Definitely¬†worth it. My favorite and the most wearable of my ColourPop highlights.¬†I prefer more natural highlights, but it is another one of my favorites for a stronger highlight.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Wisp


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†gold, slightly champagne
  • Finish: cream to powder with a strong, shimmery sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$8
  • When/How I Wear It: Too dark for my skin tone, darker skin tones will probably¬†love it!
  • Notes:¬†I wouldn’t repurchase since I likely can’t wear it even at my most tan.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Monster


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†light pink, duo-chrome
  • Finish: cream to powder with a strong, shimmery sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$8
  • When/How I Wear It: likely best on medium skin tones, may not show up on darker and may be too bright on pale skin tones. Unique, but not unwearable.
  • Notes:¬†I’d¬†repurchase because of¬†the price point. Very unique (you HAVE to swatch this one yourself) yet I’ve still worn it!

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight


  • Shade Description/Undertones:¬†pale, natural golden beige
  • Finish:¬†powder, natural sheen
  • Price Point:¬†$44
  • When/How I Wear It:¬†great for everyday use because it’s natural enough but still a beautiful, effective highlight
  • Notes:¬†Yes, it’s worth it. Yes, I would repurchase it. It is one of my Top 5 favorites and another that I promise has more glow to it than shown in the swatch above.

I also wanted to quickly mention a few others that I have opinions on.

In the past, I’ve also had Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks (they all broke way too easily- like not even from me tediously carrying them like today), Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (terrible finish, why do people like this? I just get glitter all over my face), and Benefit High Beam (hard to blend and only okay…).

What other highlighters should I try? What are your favorites? I TOTALLY need more to try ūüėČ
Do you love any of my favorites as well?

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