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Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss, Golden Kiss, Peach Kiss Skin Kiss Highlighters

01/08

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss

Ice Kiss

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss ($9.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a bright white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had chunkier shimmer and a very strong, metallic sheen on the skin. It had medium, buildable color coverage, though the texture was incredibly dense and thick that it took some trial and error to find the right brush to work with this product. It blended out without trouble, and the finish emphasized my pores slightly but did so less than I expected (based on how it swatched). When I tested it, the highlighter lasted for seven hours on me before breaking down.

The Skin Kiss formula is described as a “crushed pigment highlighter” that “adds a natural touch of illumination.” I feel like brands that give too little information often make it hard to know what to expect (or not expect). In the case of Skin Kiss, it’s an incredibly dense texture, almost so dense that it felt like a hybrid between powder and cream. It takes a heavy hand or a denser brush (like a blush brush or even a flat, foundation brush) to get product onto the brush. It’s also a more metallic, chunkier highlight that is more like boom! highlight! than a “natural touch.” With enough buffing and blending, the effect can be moderate to heavy but I’d never call it natural. The compact is also massive, so you’re getting plenty for your money, but it’s in that territory where it is more likely to be overkill for many.

Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Ice Kiss
Ice Kiss
Ice Kiss
C+

Permanent

8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4
Application
79%
Total

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NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

01/06

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette

Banc de Sable

NARS Banc de Sable Highlighter Palette ($49.00 for 0.33 oz.) includes three highlighters that go from light to light-medium to medium in depth with all three being warmer in tone and fairly shimmery. They’re not listed as part of the Dual Intensity formula, though they felt a lot like it (firmer but not stiff, a little dry to the touch but very blendable and don’t appear dry or dusty on the skin), and the description of the formula was similar–use dry for “shimmering veil of second-skin color” or wet for a “high-impact glow.” All three shades were quite shimmery applied dry, and they were metallic when applied with a damp brush. I’d disagree with these being “sheer shimmer” or “second-skin color” in any way dry–all three were mostly opaque to opaque dry, which is where the palette fell “short.”

I think this palette will work best for someone who likes a more intense highlight and stronger underlying pigmentation. All three shades are very shimmery to metallic, warm-toned, and do complement each other well.

NARS Highlighter Palette Banc de Sable

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B+

Rivage

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Salé

Limited Edition
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B+

Embruns

Limited Edition
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ColourPop Cannoli Highlighter Trio

01/03

Colour Pop Cannoli Highlighter Trio

Colour Pop Cannoli Highlighter Trio

Colour Pop Cannoli Highlighter Trio

Cannoli

ColourPop Cannoli Highlighter Trio ($22.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes three highlighters–two are totally new, one is a repromote–housed in a paper sleeve but each is individually packaged (just like any of the standalone highlighters). You can also purchase any of the included shades individually for $8 a pop. I’m a big fan of ColourPop’s highlighters, as they are particularly long-wearing and very blendable on the skin. If you’re a fan of warmer golds, you’ll probably enjoy this set of highlighters.

Colour Pop Highlighter Trio Cannoli
Cannoli
Cannoli
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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A+

Frosted

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A

Whipped

Limited Edition
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A

Wisp

Permanent
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Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

01/07

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Dandelion Twinkle

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. The shimmer used in the powder was rather fine, so it did not look shimmery nor did the powder emphasize my skin’s natural texture when blended out.

The highlighter is supposed to “impart a sheer, ultra-lightweight texture and delicate radiance” and has a “dandy daydream fragrance” (code for floral scented, though it was subtle to my nose). The powder felt soft, finely-milled, and was prone to kicking up some excess powder within the box, though the way the packaging was set up meant that it would be hard to lose that excess (so there was no real product loss). It blended out easily on the skin and gave my skin a luminous sheen. The pigmentation was semi-opaque, buildable or easily sheered out for a less intense sheen, which made it more versatile to me. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me. I did notice that there was not much product in the box–only 0.10 oz. whereas other products in the same type of box-style packaging contain anywhere from 0.17 oz. to 0.28 oz.

Benefit Powder Highlighter Dandelion Twinkle
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

ColourPop Shortcake Highlighter Trio

01/03

Colour Pop Shortcake Highlighter Trio

Colour Pop Shortcake Highlighter Trio

Colour Pop Shortcake Highlighter Trio

Shortcake

ColourPop Shortcake Highlighter Trio ($22.00 for 0.45 oz.) includes three highlighters–two are totally new, one is a repromote–housed in a paper sleeve but each is individually packaged (just like any of the standalone highlighters). You can also purchase any of the included shades individually for $8 a pop. I’m a big fan of ColourPop’s highlighters, as they are particularly long-wearing and very blendable on the skin. All three shades performed well in this set, and I’ve always loved the undertone of Candyman for something that’s warming without being orange or yellow-based.

Colour Pop Highlighter Trio Shortcake
Shortcake
Shortcake
A

Limited Edition

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Soft Serve

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Iced

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Candyman

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NYX Liquid Prism Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

01/04

NYX Liquid Prism Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Liquid Prism Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Liquid Prism Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

NYX Liquid Prism Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter

Liquid Prism

NYX Liquid Prism Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter ($6.99 for 0.22 fl. oz.) is a pale, whitish beige with iridescent pink to violet pearl. This shade was more like a duochrome, though the shift was subtle. The texture was lightweight, watery and thin but spreadable across the skin. It had sheer to medium coverage, which was buildable by applying a second layer after the first one had dried. Another way to build up coverage was to pat the color on, wait until almost dry, and then blend out the edges to maintain that initial opacity. It wore well for seven and a half hours on me.

The Away We Glow formula is a liquid highlighter that has buildable coverage “from soft to intense.” The brand recommends to “dab and blend” on skin for “irresistible illumination.” There are nine shades available, and the shimmer varied from shade to shade: fine pearl to chunkier sparkle. The formula has a watery, thin feel from the tube, and I liked getting a bit on the back of my hand and then dabbing with fingertips or a stippling brush onto the cheeks and high planes of the face for highlighting. It did dry down after a minute or so, and the wear ranged from seven to eight hours.

NYX Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter Liquid Prism
8.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
84%
Total

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