Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder ($4.49 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, light-medium golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.
It’s a baked, powder formula that is supposed to give “natural luminescence” that “blends easily” and “applies smoothly.” For those who like their highlighters warmer and a bit darker (with more color), this is an excellent option that won’t break the bank. The consistency was smooth, lightly dusty (as much as is typical with baked products), and blendable on the skin. It didn’t look dry, dusty, or powdery applied, and I felt like it “melted” within five minutes of application which gave it an even smoother finish and glow. It is a medium to heavy highlighter, though a fan brush can give it a more diffused, lightly shiny finish, but when I applied it with typical highlighter brushes, it was noticeable and yielded a metallic sheen–but it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade.