Monday, December 21st, 2009

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: HIGLIGHTERS!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about highlighters (for the face) and all that those entail.

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21 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Highlighters (Face)

  1. AnGeLwInGz

    They can really improve your look if you know how to use them correctly, but they’re easy to mess up if you don’t. I prefer a more subtle highlighter. Nothing that’s too obviously shiny or colorful.

  2. cloudburst

    One of my favourites is Albatross by NARS, and I just go their new multiple Luxor, which is beautiful too. I LOVE highlighters, but I dislike when they are too chalky, white or piled on. Or when they come with a heavy overspray so you can’t tell what the product is really like underneath.

  3. Sans

    mac pearl/hush ccb …is oooo la la and also smasbox’s soft light do wonders (those are error proof!)

  4. annieclaire

    i use this one from kohl’s that someone gave to me. it’s called american beauty luminous all over face glow or something like that.
    it’s a really pretty peachy gold, and i just use a little on the temples, the bridge of my nose, and the apples of my cheeks.

  5. Sarah M

    Love love love face highlighters! My current favourite is One Hot Minute by Benefit. I’m an NC42 in MAC foundations and I just love the glow this gives me when applied lightly to certain areas of the face. I use the product with a MAC 165 (I think :-S) highlighter brush. Other times I like using a variety of MAC’s msf natural shades to sculpt and shape the face… one that matches my skin exactly to use all over, a shade lighter for highlighting and a shade darker for contouring. :-)

  6. I need a better one. I have MACS shimmer gold blush/highlighter, and its a bit warmer and glitterier than I’d like.

    But then, I’m also lemming some decent new products for facial contouring. I really want to learn how to make my ginormous russian nose look normal.

  7. jerilyn

    LOVE face highlighters… I use Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder for a nice glow; I usually put it high on my cheekbones, forehead, browbone, and inner corners of my eyes. I love that it makes me look more awake on the days where I really need a pick-me-up! Oh.. and I’m very fair-skinned, I use the shade Luminous.

  8. jerilyn

    P.S. I also use a MAC #165 to apply! :)

  9. Anitacska

    I love highlighters! Life without them would be a lot more dull. :) I own several of them (tens, don’t know exactly how many) and love them all. :)

  10. I love highlighting with Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. This coupled with a bronzer adds a lot of dimension to my face and makes me look younger.

  11. Julia

    i love highlighters but despise glitterbombs. A slight shimmer or nice iridescence is all that I really need.
    I like liquid or cream highlighters the best because when I put my tinted moisturizer over them they look so natural, like my complexion naturally glows.

  12. daphne

    Ugh, I’m still trying to find a good one! Everything that is in my price range is too glittery. I can’t bring myself to splurge for a Dior Skinshimmer or Guerlain Meteorites because it’s not a major thing for me, but I do enjoy them from time to time. I had a MAC MSF Natural/Shimmer duo but my cat knocked that over. I still have a few pieces of the shimmer side I use and it’s pretty…but a bit too frosty. Checked out the Stila duo Sephora was selling wicked cheap yesterday…sparkly. Most MAC pigments that fit into the highlighter category are…sparkly. Can’t find something under $30 that is subtle and sophisticated. Any help? I want a powder.

  13. happyhippo

    I use 165 for my bb shimerbrick bronze, but love my armani sheer too. (2) I also like a old mac limited edition – mac ungaro fresh morning.

  14. Sass

    I love them. Highlighting works wonders for my face. It wakes me up literally. Highlighting under my eyes…I can no longer go without doing this everyday. It’s funny because I must highlight, but I don’t have to contour. Odd.

  15. Grace

    I love subtle highlighters that give my face a nice, dewy sheen, but I hate the ones that are too glittery. They make my face look like a disco ball :(

  16. Jamie

    My favorite highlighters are definitely NARS Albatross and MAC MSF in Refined. Both give me a glow without being over-the-top.

  17. Megan

    For some reason, I really dislike frosty highlighters.
    I use shimmery ones all the time, and it works great, but when I try and use frosty eyeshadows/highlighting powders, it just makes my face look greasy and shiny.

  18. shez

    bobbi brown APRICOT shimmer brick is gorgeous

  19. Emm

    I generally like highlighters. Sometimes I even go sans blush and just use a pretty highlight. Though you have to apply properly because otherwise you look sparkly like a disco ball. My faves are Ms. Popularity by Benefit and Perfect Topping MSF by MAC. Though I am also loving sugarbomb by Benefit too. Thanks Christine for the review.

  20. Cecilia

    My favorite is Fresh’s highlight palette. Just a little cream highlighter goes a long way!