“In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.” – Andrea Dykstra
Happy Wednesday, and happy National Women’s Day, to all of my girl bosses, hustlers, house wives, mamas and students. Isn’t it an amazing feeling to be the backbone of real change? I swear as women, everything we touch just glows, but sometimes we have trouble giving ourselves that “Hi, I’m the best who ever did it” beam. Thankfully, on the 8th day, God invented highlighter so that our inner queen could shine through on the high points of our cheeks, brow bone and anywhere else we choose to place the product really.
With spring damn near here, every cosmetic line under the sun is poppin out with a new highlighter, or two or three… My list below features high end, drug store, and indie makeup brands to help you decide which highlighter best suites your own personal glow-up.
On February 28th the 18 year old entrepreneur launched the next product line for her cosmetic brand. The 6 Kylighters (that are currently sold out as usual) offer a variety of shades with a silky consistency that is formulated to sink into the skin. At $22USD a pop, they better be pretty pigmented too, or else we will have some problems.
Anastasia Beverly Hills
ABH is know for having amazing brow products, and even better collaborations. This time around, the cosmetic brand teamed up with beauty blogger Nicole Guerrero to make one of the prettiest highlighter kits yet. The peachy, pink tented Nicole Glow Kit goes perfectly with the 2017 makeup trends at the moment. Admittedly, I was less than thrilled for this launch, because I had owned (AND RETURNED) The Ultimate Glow Kit. In short, the flaky formula was difficult to work with and I found no use for it in my makeup collection. Now the reviews on this product have been pretty positive. Considering that you are getting 6 highlighter shades for $40USD, I would be willing to purchase this product and give ABH highlighters another go.
The Target brand cosmetic line is coming for blood (and our coins) with their new Strobe & Bronze set. Formulated for a soft and sheer sun kissed glow, the 3 highlighter shades and the 3 bronzer shades are meant to add warmth and dimension to the face. At $20USD for the palette, I say this one could be a silent steal. I have yet to try any of the Pixi Cosmetic products, but I have heard exceptional things about the skincare line. I am hoping that their makeup is just as marvelous.
Colourpop is literally the indi-beauty queen. Each new product line keeps ups on our toes, and their new highlighter trios are no different. There are 3 trio sets total, and each combination is catered to a specific skin tone (fair, medium & deep) at $22usd/set.
On January 10th, straight from the horses (or co-founders) mouth, Too Faced Cosmetics co-founder Jerrod Blandico posted this picture of three heart shaped highlighters on his personal instagram, due to release Thursday, March 9th. With its uber exclusive liquid to powder formula (discovered in Italy) keeping the pearl texture floating in the powder, The Love Light prismatic highlighters will blast off of your cheekbones from every angle.
These highlighters are also arriving in three shades to complement all skin tones (so we hope). Reviews on this product are limited. I guess we won’t know for ourselves until we spend that $30USD.
Laura must have also gotten hip to the prismatic highlighter wave, because they just dropped their limited edition, Lightstruck Glow Palette as a Sephora exclusive product (#gasp). The 5 cream based highlighters are described as having a sheer and light weight formula that blends easily. Us dry skinned people may enjoy this product to the alternative powder highlighters, assuming we are ok with the $52USD price tag.
Kat Von D.
The Alchemist Holographic Palette may not be as new as the other highlighters on this list, but it is just as exclusive. I personally feel like Kat Von D set the trend for prismatic highlighters back when this product launched in December. The one of a kind formula provides a silky texture that illuminates in all lighting. Although I am not the biggest fan of the color choices, this palette still offers a funky twist to traditional (and lately predictable) highlighters.
First of all, the Instant Glow Powder from Milani comes in 7 shades for $1oUSD a pop (zammnnn zaddyyy!). Intended for a warm and subtle glow, the highlighter claims to be very buildable if you are a “Shine Bright Like A Diamond” type of chick. That alone, is a pretty bomb selling point to me.
If you follow beauty blogger Huda Kattan on snapchat, then you have been in tune with all of the hype she has been creating around her new makeup project. Finally the word is out, and Huda Beauty will be releasing two 3D Highlighter Palettes in April for $45USD. The palette comes equipet with a cream highlight, a bronzer and a blush.
Ugh, I seriously wish money grew on trees so I could buy them all. Since I’m too particular about which highlighter to choose, it may be a while before I snag one of these. Which ones do you have your eyes on? Or did you go with a different brand not listed here?
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