Everyone and their cat seems to be loving highlighter at the moment, whether it makes you look subtly glowing or like a freshly glazed Krispy Kreme (other shiny doughnuts are available). I swing between wanting a delicate refined sheen and hankering after a gleam you could see in space. Rather surprisingly it’s when I want something more subtle that I turn to cream highlighters – yes, they can all be built up to a properly glazed look but my three favourites can all be applied lightly for a hint of glow. Having super pale skin means that the most subtle highlighters tend to be silver/pale pink-based , as anything too golden can look like a stripe on my face which, y’know, is a bit of a giveaway.
First up, on the left of the swatch, is the most affordable of the three. It’s the GOSH Lumi Drops in Vanilla. The tiny bottle is full of the most gorgeous glowy liquid which can either be patted onto the cheekbones/cupid’s bow with fingers or a sponge (I like this one) or mixed in with your foundation for an all-over radiance boost, which is how I use it the most frequently. It doesn’t change the texture of the foundation and is brightening without being glittery. Love it, especially for £7.99.
The middle swatch, the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter is possibly both the least versatile and easiest to use. It’s basically the No7 version of the Clinique Chubby Stick highlighter (although may actually have come first) so it’s super easy to swipe on, blend, and go (once you stop giggling at the fact that it looks really rather rude). You can’t really use it as an all-over gleam-giver though, unless you whack it on all over and then put foundation on top, which I suspect would feel pretty grim. Still, it’s a lovely shade, completely un-messy, and great for travel, and is a not-too-expensive £9.99.
Finally we have my favourite, and most expensive – the Nars Illuminator in Copacabana. It took me ages to try this because ‘Copacabana’ makes it sounds as if it would be a much warmer, deeper shade than it is. It’s actually had a gorgeous gleaming pinky white tone and is easy to sheer out or build up for a hyper sheen. It’s slightly more shimmery than the GOSH drops but I find that actually makes it better at catching the light. As with the GOSH, it was be used in with foundation or blended on top, both of which work really nicely, although I do find that it works better with some bases than others. It’s £23 but you get 30ml, which should last for yonks.
What are you favourite cream highlighters? Do you like a subtle glow or to be seen from space?