If you’ve ever met me you’d know that my absolute favorite part of applying makeup is highlighter.
Maybe I was a seagull in a former life and held onto my fascination for shiny things, who knows?
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to highlighters but let’s start off on a fun note by breaking down some liquid highlighters to get our feet wet!
This is a highlighter that’ll take some getting used to. It applies relatively opaque and SLIGHTLY chunky but once you start blending it the base sheers out and the reflective particles start showing up. The actual opacity of the product can be altered depending on how long you let it sit on the skin before blending it.
It can go from a “dense” concentration of luminosity to something more sheer and subtle. Be careful though as even though the base is sheer, there are shimmer particles that could read as some to “glitter”. The Marc Jacobs website claims that this product can be used alone on mixed in with complexion products for a more “glow from within” type of effect, which is pretty standard for most liquid highlight products.
The only issue I take with this product are the supposed skincare benefit that they claim this product has. Coconut Alkanes, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Polysaccharides and Coconut Fragrance. All of these products claim to have some sort of benefit to the skin but in all honesty considering the amount that you’ll likely find yourself using (which is a very small amount) I doubt that the supposed skincare benefits will leave you with any real lasting benefits.
I’m gonna be very honest. This feels very similar to the Marc Jacobs highlighter. It has the same level of opacity and same micro glitters. The main difference that I notice is that the ABH is a little thinner and a bit more opaque. That’s most likely because the Marc Jacobs product has mica higher up on the ingredients list therefore making it a teensy-bit thicker. The ABH products also dries down a bit quicker so I wouldn’t suggest trying this product with a mattifying foundation or over set makeup. The way it dries down would most likely end up lifting the foundation. As far as intensity goes, this is a serviceable middle of the road highlighter. You’re not going to be getting any strobing or “blinding” effects with highlighter as the reflective particles end up getting spread too far out once it’s blended. It’s great for a cute subtle daytime look, but if you’re aiming for a “strobing” effect, you’re going to have to pair this up with another product on top.
Quick Side Note: This is my absolute favorite packaging of all the products I’m showing today. The Navy Blue with the Rose Gold looks luxe and gender neutral without look pretentious!
Now onto the product itself. This product feels almost more like a moisturizer or a balm rather than a highlighters. Be forewarned this product is K-Beauty product so this product is high-key the definition of sheer. This isn’t going to give you that editorial strobe-y look, it’s very subtle, very natural, and absolutely gorgeous if used appropriately. This is a very “t-shirt, and jeans” type of product. It has the texture and consistency of a moisturizer, it’s honestly somewhat reminiscent of Mac Strobe Cream. Out of all the products today it’s probably the easiest to apply and blend out to due to sheerness. I highly recommend this product for those who like their makeup low-maintenance and natural.
This is another multipurpose product. It’s sheer as well with a translucent base but it’s also incredibly thin and can double as a primer or a base layer prior to foundation. It doesn’t have that drying effect that a lot of liquid highlighters do, so I don’t feel as dubious about recommending this as a primer. I will say that it is quite glittery, it’s a subtle micro-glitter, but it’s still has waaaaay more reflective particles than any of the other products on this list. With that being the case I’d recommend applying this with an airy duo-fiber brush (something like a Mac 131) and blendin the hell out of it before it sets. If you’re going to use it as a standalone highlighter, half-a pump should do. This is high-impact stuff, so a little dab’ll do ya, nad using your fingers are most likely the best application tool.
In closing highlighters are a ton of fun but it’s important to know what you’re looking out of your products before you go spending your hard earned coin. No two highlighters are alike and it’s easy to fall into a trap of thinking that all things glow the same way. Don’t be afraid to go into your local cosmetics store and swatch, blend, and test products out to see if they’re for you! Informed decisions are the best decisions!