Monday, December 27th, 2010

This Week’s Topic: CHEEK HIGHLIGHTERS!

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54 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Cheek Highlighters

  1. Cristina

    I Love Revlon’s Skinlights 01 Natural light. Its a Face Iluminator Loose Powder .75oz and Last for years!
    Also I like MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Northern Light, this was a gift and It’s awsome too! Love it both!!!!
    :)

  2. Wayne

    Make Up For Ever Uplight. This stuff is amazing. Comes in 8 different colours and textures and leaves a truly highlighted sheen to the cheeks, lips or eyes. Truly HG.

  3. I love highlighters! They add a beautiful glow to the face and really make you shine :D I just purchased one from Physician’s Formula and it’s gorgeous! I tend to prefer powder highlights over liquid ones just because they’re easier to blend and don’t take as much time. I really want to try Benefit’s High Beam and some of Mac’s MSFs in the future ^^

  4. Karen

    I hate how they enlarge the look of pores and most are shimmery instead of imparting a nice “glow”

  5. Ru

    I love them, because they add such a nice glow and it wakes up your look. I just bought Chez Chez Lame and it gives as soft or glamourous shimmer & glow as you like, and it’s huge.

    • Becca

      I just bought that today too! I was debating whether to go to my MAC counter to look at rose ole as my MAC store had sold out, but I’m so happy that I just got chez chez lame as the other one is a bit too rosy for my taste and would bring out the pink undertones in my face

  6. Jenna

    Cream colour base in pearl

  7. Hannah

    MAC MSFs are the best highlighters in my opinion. I love Shimpagne and Blonde as cheek highlights :)

  8. Lauren

    I personally never notice a difference when I use a highlighter, but I’m probably just applying it wrong :(

  9. Girl

    I only have one highlighter and that is all I need. ITs the Laura Mercier in bloom or something like that , it has 4 colors in it and looks beautiful . Why have more than one?

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Vanessa Vanessa V

    I absolutely love all things cheeks! Especially high lighters. I especially like Laura Mercier’s shimmer blocks. I still have my first MAC MSF in porcelain pink and I still love it. I’m not a fan of when high lighters are more powdery than shimmery.

  11. Jamie

    I recently got a Lorac sample that is my new obsession. Its called spotlight powder or something like that. Anyway, in general highlighters are one of my favorite products and I prefer it to blush!

  12. Marie

    I love MAC’s porcelain pink skin finish. Its light and really picks up my cheek bones. It also looks great in pics

  13. i love love love MAC minralised skinfinish in shrimpaign its such a beautiful light glod with a hint of peach colour :) gives a beautiful glow to your skin xx

  14. Amanda Dubs

    I just bought Too Chic from MACs stylishly Yours collection and I loooove it

  15. Megan

    I have NARS Albatross. I like it alot, though I don’t use it often!IDK how that works:)

  16. Mirna

    Eversince I discovered MACs pearl CCB, I can’t live without it! I just bought Hush and Improper Copper. I love highlighters for the cheekbones.

  17. Christina

    MAC Mineralized SkinFinish! It is part of my make-up routine every day, be it added to a full face of makeup or brushed onto my cheeks quickly as I run out the door with a near-bare face.

    I held off on trying this for a long time b/c my MUA said it’s often too glittery but I now can’t live without them! :D

  18. Svetlana

    I like The Balms Mary Loumanizer, it works well even on my cool skin tone . It gives me that lovely candelight glow :)

  19. Eli

    I always try to focus on my cheeks, but, sadly, the highlighter ends up all over my face!

  20. Niki

    Rave: NARS Albatross (my all time fav); Smashbox Softlights and BECCA powders
    Rant: All the MAC MSF – way too glittery & I have never understood the hype of these products.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of April April

      I’ve never bought or used highlighters until about a month ago. I bought MAC MSF in Petticoat and Perfect topping and I LOVE THEM! I didn’t find them glitter at all, shimmer yes, but no glitter.

  21. pearl cream color base

    benefit high beam

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Evelyn Evelyn

    What I hate – trying to find where on my darn cheeks to put the highlighter! I swear I have no cheek bones. lol But I have seen some worn so well, they can give you a beautiful glow.

  23. ravin’ bout TheBalm’s Mary-lou manizer: the stuff is so shimmery and pigmented, one swatch will do all! it can also be used as eyeshadow, and it has a lot of product! :D another option is the new MAC special reserve powder in Chez Chez Lame, the colour is very similar to mary-lou manizer :D

  24. pinksoda

    I LOVE smashbox soft lights deo in haute/coutour. I have not been able to duplicate it or find an alternative. It’s the best thing even in my opinion. Really cheap on eBay, it’s been discontinued for a while. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

  25. Diorskin Amber diamond by far is the best, also as eyeshadows for that really shimmery look =) MAC crem colour bases are awesome aswell, pearl and shell are my faves there =)

  26. Kiu

    I can’t live without NARS Albatross. I have really porcelain skin and with this I can even forego blush! People always compliment me on my “perfect” glowy skin and though I’ve asked, people insist they rarely see shimmer on my face unless if I’m in direct daylight. HG!

  27. Krista

    Love my Nars Albatross and Gold Member!! I don’t use a highlighter with every look, but they can really glam up a look or just add a fabulous glow to your look. I haven’t tried any of the MAC highlighters because the shimmer is just on the top, maybe it is different with their beauty powders…dunno.

  28. sasha

    i use benefit high beam, which i’ve had forever. it makes my skin look ethereal also, i don’t like nars orgasm blush (i know, i know. it’s sacrilege), but the orgasm multiple and illuminator are lovely on my skin. those give my skin a warm glow.

  29. Arlee

    I really HATE when they have noticeable glitter! I usually use a matte white powder for highlighting, glitter / heavy shimmer makes me look oily. :/

  30. Amelia

    i really like the highlighter that comes in the benefit bronzer combo. I don’t like the bronzo so much.

  31. Mela

    I hate how a lot of them are shimmery and throughout the day they just get all over your face.

  32. All I need is 2 highlighters: 1 liquid and 1 powder! :D My fave liquid highlighter is Benefit Moon Beam. It gives a superrrr subtle and natural glow.
    I’m not TOO picky about powder highlighters and have several ones I’m always grabbing for: anything shimmery and white or gold.
    I’ve been dying to try a Mac Msf because they just look so pretty in the packaging

  33. Sydney

    MAC Perfect Topping is BY FAR the best !

  34. S

    I love MAC Perfect Topping, and I ordered Chez Chez Lame yesterday. Hope I like it too!

  35. Alyssa

    I don’t wear a highlighter every day, but when I do, I like to wear TooFaced Candlelight. It’s gives a nice golden sheen and isn’t too shimmery. It’s perfectly subtle. I love it!

  36. LeslieB

    I love them! I don’t constantly buy them because I don’t need a huge variety of colors, but I wear one every day!

  37. Emi

    I love cheek highlighters for the winter. They make the skin look dewy/glowy without being over the top. But in bright sun, the sparkles can be toooooo much. A coworker of mine highlights her entire face and chest/neck area. I talked to her in the by the sign-in door one summer day and O M G it was like shimmer bomb went off on her.

  38. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Julie julie

    I like using my Stila kitten smudgepot as a highlighted on my cheeks as a standout night look. So glisteny!

  39. Nunuiviet

    I love highlighters! I use MAC by candlelight, but I saw some swatch of perfect topping and pink porcelain, I would like them to be reprobate very soon so I can buy and try them!

  40. CJB

    My “Holy Grail” powder highlighter is Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Powder in Candlelight. For liquid highlighter, I love Benefit’s High Beam.

  41. aimee

    I loove the benefit highbeam, its amazing stuff, also if you enjoy powers the bare escentuals gossamers are gorgeous, i have a gold gossamer and rose gossamer! check it out!

  42. Sarah O

    I Love The Body Shop Radiant Highlighter. It’s a liquid formula and its only $14 for a lot of product!

  43. gaye

    I think these days the best highlighter is dior shimmer powder its wonderful perfect and I highly recommend this product everyone