Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator
Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator

Quick Review: Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator

Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator ($28.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is a sheer pink-based highlighter in a lotion form. It’s gorgeous on cheekbones, and it is most suitable for cooler, paler skin tones. The problem with this product is the packaging, which has a brush attached to the end. In order to squeeze out any product, it squeezes through the brush. It’s a bit unsanitary, because I wouldn’t feel comfortable washing it (in case any of the cleanser got back into the tube), but more frustrating is the absolute waste of product. A little goes a long way, but so much gets pushed through the brushes and ends up staying there.

If you like the idea of a pale pink highlighter, I suggest checking our Benefit’s High Beam instead.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 1/5

RECOMMENDATION: Skip it — there are so many excellent highlighters on the market, there is no need to buy one with such fussy packaging.


See more photos & swatches!

Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator
Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator

Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator
Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase the Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator? How much is it?

Sephora, $28.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Benefit High Beam is a good substitute.

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15 thoughts on “Philosophy Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kristen

    Looks just like the Revlon Spa Illuminator, but that one is wayyy cheaper and has a better “glow” too it.

  2. the packaging and the product has a striking resemblance to Revlon’s Age Defying Spa Face Illumintators. It looks like its dupe would be Pink Light

  3. Emily

    Loving these “quick reviews”, Christine! I really like how many more products we get to see, and the reviews are just as useful as the longer ones.

  4. AshleyD

    I have one just like this that is Revlon – it has those icky bristles. I just cut them off! It is much more usable now that I cut them off. the product just squeezes out of the tube cleanly onto my brush or fingers. so you may want to try that. :)

    • CeeBee

      I have the Revlon Illuminator in Bare Light (and I LOVE it!) – to get the bristles off cleanly, get a pair of pliers, grip the bristles firmly and pull hard! Mine came off completely and now I just use the little nozzle thing (which you can still turn on and off by twisting it) to squeeze out the perfect amount.

      PS. If you want to remove the brush/bristles it’s a good idea to do so before you squeeze product all through it – my boyfriend got a bit grumpy over his glimmery shimmery toolbox… LOL :-p

  5. Julia

    I love the way this looks. Thanks to the commenters, I’m going to check out the Revlon Illuminators!

  6. Emily

    Is the formula of this a lot like the formula of High Beam? I love the way High Beam looks, but it doesn’t mesh well with my skin for some reason (and once I add foundation into that mix…forget about it!).

  7. Sanella

    I was shopping at the Sephora the other day for some Laura Mercier products. Philosophy counter was right next to it, so I glanced over.
    You are right about everything you said about this product. I love, love the color but the packaging is a major FAIL! What were they thinking?
    I actually like the color of it so much that I purchased the powder form of it, and I love it. I use the powder over my blushes and it creates a glow that can’t be described, really over any color blush. I don’t like it on my cheekbones due to it’s color, I prefer the Benefit’s High Beam, it just looks more natural; to me at least!
    I also have the Lorac’s Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight. But I use them both for different purposes. I am very happy with both of these products, but yeah, the lotion/squeeze/system has to go!

  8. Kate M.

    Christine I love the quick reviews idea!!  I know it’s lots of extra work so thank you
    so much for that!!

    I love it because I’m a chronic checker of Temptalia! =)

  9. it doesn’t even look that great! it just looks like a pink lotion…