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I don’t like to highlight my brow bone (I have hooded eyes and it looks odd), but I do like having a highlight sort of shade to brighten the inner corners of my eye.

same here! i find that painterly by mac (or whatever concealer color) gives me enough lightness under my brow, but a strong — particularly metallic — brow highlight is too much for me.

I have hooded eyes, too, and won’t use shimmery eyeshadows in that area. Generally, I just use a matte shade close to my skintone to soften the browbone to blend more seamlessly into the lid area. (I find that it also helps limit transfer in the crease area!) πŸ™‚

Depends on the palette type. If it’s just a collection of colors, no. But if it’s meant to be a travel staple, it should at least have one or two that could be used as a highlight shade.

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In a palette as big as the Nakeds, sure. In a quad (especially HE), heck no! It always bugs when I see three gorgeous colors and a boring white. I don’t fancy paying that kind of price for what feels like three shades and a half.

I completely agree with this!

I agree with a few comments actually. I would prefer a shade fit for blending vs. a highlight color because I have a tone and don’t go through those as quickly. And lately my go to highlight shade has been Wet N Wild Color Icon single in Creme Brulee. The most buttery, smooth pigmented highlight color ever! And it’s only $1.99!!! If I’m traveling with a palette I will take that along no matter what.

A palette not having a highlight shade won’t deter me from purchasing it, I’d much prefer a good blending shade (or maybe a few blending shades).

Yes, but in practicality I’m so pale that 99% of all palettes never will. The joys of Unii palettes and making your own, I guess.

With anything smaller than 6 shades, then no, as I consider those to be “one-and-done” products. With largee palettes, I view them as “samplers”, with the primary reason to buy them is for the value. Either way, it’s not a deterrent, as I have a “go-to” highlighter (along with several backups!), and it isn’t a burden to toss it in my makeup bag for travel. I’m otherwise very OCD when it comes to using multiple brands of eyeshadow, with the exception of highlighter.

I also want to add that while most “colors” are able to cover a broad range of skintones/coloring, highlighter shades are a bit more personal, and specific. I’m fairly light & neutral, so a shade that may work on the lid may be too dark as a highlight. Also, while I may be willing to wear “color” on the lid & crease, I want my highlight to look natural, and too many palettes include a highlight shade that has a tinge of the primary palette color. I use only beige/champagne/pearl white, so if I buy a purple-themed quad, and the highlight shade is a pale lavender, I end up using it as a lid shade.

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Yes. If I’m using an eyeshadow palette I want to be able to create an entire look using JUST that palette.
Having to pull out something else to make it work is annoying to me when you spend so much money on them, I feel like you should be able to do your whole eye look with it. I don’t normally buy palettes that don’t have a highlight shade for that reason.

Yes, I’d take a matte light shade over a shimmery highlighter. I got UD’s Dangerous Palette during Ulta’s Black Friday sale (I really wanted Mushroom, and the sale meant the palette was less than a single eyeshadow!), but all the shades are so intense that I end up grabbing Skimp from the Feminine Palette to blend them out. A trio or quad is generally small enough that I don’t think a blending or highlighting shade is strictly necessary. But the UD palettes are pretty big, so I don’t think I’d travel with Dangerous. I’d rather take Feminine, or a Bare Minerals Ready 8-piece that packs smaller.

Hmm are we talking about a highlighter for brow bones or inner corners? If it’s brow bones, then definitely not. I find most shades included in palettes way too reflective for that purpose anyways. I usually use the lightest shade in Chanel Charming or the Chanel highlighter from this spring for my brow bones.

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I wouldn’t say every palette needs a highlighter shade, because depending on the look you’re going for, the undertone could be off anyway. But I like a couple lighter shades in my palettes for blending, and just because I tend to like brighter shades on my eyes anyway!

I really wish they didn’t πŸ™

I think a highlight shade is a pretty easy thing to buy a single of… and it will last you FOREVER. So I don’t understand why every palette has to have at least 1-3 shimmery highlight shades. I have enough of them to last me a lifetime, and I only really use thebalms Mary-Lou Manizer anyway.

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My skin is practically white, so most highlighters are too dark for me anyways. It would be nice to have one in a bigger palette (10 colors or more) but it’s not a must for me. I would like to see more matte crease shades though.

Unless i am in love with every single shadow and they are more then your average lid colors. Then no. But since most pallets out there expect you to use only that for your look then yes. I need a matte brow shadow pigmented enough to highlight about 2 shadows lighter then my skin. Also a very frosty or glittery shade for my inner corner like Urbandecay “SIN” eyeshadow or “POLYESTER BRIDE”. The fact that most pallets don’t have shadows like this are a deal breaker for me. I rather buy lid or crease colors by them selves.

In some palettes, the highlighter is well thought out and is designed to enhance the other colors in the palette. For example, the highlighter shade in Chanel’s MystΓ¨re has a hint of green in it so that it coordinates with the rest of the shades that have a green undertone, Guerlain’s Les Gris highlighter has a touch of blue in it to enhance the deep blue liner shade in the palette, the highlighter in Rue de Rivoli has a subtle pink pearl in it to reflect the pop of fuchsia in the palette, etc. In cases like that, having a highlight shade created specifically for a palette makes a lot of sense. Unfortunately, there are many times when the highlighter is just a generic shade that has been added so that the product can be marketed as a complete look. There’s nothing special about it and it can be real hit or miss as far as wearability goes. So, whether a highlighter shade is a plus or a minus really just depends on the composition of a particular palette and some brands are simply better than others at creating interesting highlighters.

My everyday, goes-with-anything highlighter is Touch Γ‰clat #2 and it is always in my travel bag πŸ™‚

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After our discussion on burberry post
i am continuously searching “best highlighter for medium to dark skin tone”

i do feel if there are 8 + shades , one or two highlighter are must
but as you said .;. there are so many shades which doesnt go well
like in smoked palette everything is matte and flat πŸ™
the two shades i mean

how i wish i can find my perfect “highlighter palette ”
it would consist of shades more or less like –
brule
nylon
ricepaper
arena

from brand like guerlain πŸ˜€
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