Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo
Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo

Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo ($22.00 for 0.46 fl. oz.) contains two miniature size liquid highlighters in a gold and pink shade. The Reveal Concentrated Luminizing Drops formula is supposed to be a liquid highlighter that gives a “soft focus, illuminated radiance” for a subtle effect. It can be used alone or mixed with other products (moisturizer, primer, foundation, and so forth) on face and body. There are three shades in the permanent range, so this set gives you two of those to try. I really liked this set, and it’s what I wished to see from Cover FX (side note: Algenist’s formula is much, much finer and less metallic on the skin in comparison; more comparable to Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers), because liquid highlighters can go a long way, so the full sized bottles are often too large and subsequently, rather pricey.

The formula was thin without being watery. It yielded a subtle highlight and luminosity wherever I applied it, which I think looks best in person but tends to get muted on camera. I also had no trouble mixing either shade into my foundation or moisturizer for a slightly dewier finish, and I didn’t feel like they really tinted or changed the color of my foundation, though I am light-medium and neither of these is that deep so if you are fairer, it might be different. As a standalone highlighter (tested on cheeks), both shades wore well for eight hours. When I mixed with foundation, they did not seem to shorten the wear of my base.

Value

  • Luminizing Drops: $38.00 for 0.50 fl. oz. or $76.00/oz.
  • Total Value: $34.96

Champagne is a light-medium gold with fine pearl. It was semi-sheer and buildable to medium coverage (two layers). The consistency was thin and spread well across the skin and dried down within thirty seconds and did not remain tacky on the skin. The product gave the skin a subtle glow that did not look shimmery or emphasize my skin’s natural texture. I find liquids, like this one, particularly good on bare skin or over tinted moisturizers. It wore well for eight hours on me. NYX Daytime Halo (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (P, $41.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar). MAC Bare End (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Light (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Bullz Eye (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Sin (P, $28.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Strobe Globe (P, $7.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Moon Glow (P, $48.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Some Kind of Wonderful (LE, ) is lighter, more pigmented, less glossy (90% similar). Huda Beauty Maldives (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Lancome Gilded Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Lancome Amber Lights (P, $23.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Gimme That! (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Goldgasm (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Get It Glowin' (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Universal (001) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Prosecco Pop (DC, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Original (P, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Rose is a light pink with warmer undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-sheer, buildable coverage (medium coverage in two layers), and it seemed in line as described–subtle radiance. The finish was luminous but did not emphasize pores, and it did not look greasy or oily, either. The texture was thin, smooth, and blendable on the skin, whether applied on bare skin or over makeup. It lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Softly Does It (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Melody (P, $9.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rosy and Ready (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Poker Face (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Petal Metal (LE, $39.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Illuminate) (LE, ) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Ecliptic (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Pink Flash (P, $42.00) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 08 (P, $62.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Daybreak (P, $14.99) is lighter (85% similar). Becca Parisian Lights (LE, $38.00) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Iced (LE, $8.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Rose
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
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Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo

Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo

Algenist Drop & Glow Luminizing Duo

Algenist Champagne REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Champagne REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Champagne REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Champagne REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Rose REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Rose REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Rose REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

Algenist Rose REVEAL Concentrated Luminizing Drops

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • LORAC Pro Metal Palette
  • Sephora Surfer Babe Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Chanel Innocent Rouge Allure Gloss

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Oh I love these mini sizes, and the colors are so pretty!! I really really wish brands would do more mini kits, it’s so hard to finish up a full size before they go bad. I would grab, but I’m still trying to finish up some Becca ones.

Interesting thought, Alecto! I would have thought the opposite – between the general sheerness of the formula and colors, I would have guessed most could use both.

These are really pretty! I’d like them even better if at least one had a cool undertone, but I’m still tempted to try them (for some reason cool-toned highlighters are few and far between… I’m really loving my Moonchild palette!)

Wow, these look really nice and I’ve been pleased with the 2 or 3 items (skin care ones) I’ve tried from Algenist so that makes me even that much more inclined to try these.

I was really lucky to be able to find this duo in late November or early December in that “check out maze” at Sephora. I’d seen them earlier, decided to wait and then saw that they were no longer showing online at all so figured I’d missed out. I asked at a Sephora that didn’t have them but then, a few days later, at my “local” Sephora, there were 2 or 3 of them still available. I totally love this duo. To my surprise, the warmer one (the only one I’ve actually used on my face thus far) is not too warm or yellow at all – it is gorgeous. So I’m thinking that the more pink one will probably have me fainting with its loveliness.

The drop concept (whether it’s this product or the Cover FX ones) turns me off. Too messy. I’d prefer some sort of pump even if it pumped a little more than I needed.

Both of them look lovely. A very nice set and quite a good value.
I think Sephora here have Algenist skincare, but I’m not sure. Have to check.

Do you think this would be a good alternative to the fluid Sheer? I want to purchase it and it’s sitting in my basket but it would cost me 76$. It’s fluid sheer #2

Even anti-highlighter people would like these. So subtle. Nice! Kind of agree with Alecto, though. I’m kind of iffy about gold highlighter. But these look like light and air, rather than product. Very pretty. Prob a real nice mix-in luminizer.

I put these in my cart this morning with the intention to purchase them on the 4th. I have a niggling worry they may go before then and I am thinking I should just forego the discount and buy them now. Hmmm.

Very nice, I tend to like the finish of liquid and creme highlighters, even though powder is more convenient. They add almost no texture, just glow, again nice!

Thanks for reviewing these! I don’t know that I would have ever looked at these (or found them) as Algernist isn’t a line that’s in my usual rotation (for some reason I have no problem dropping $ on makeup, but I shy away from pricier skin-care products). I had been wanting to try the custom fx drops, but not enough for the pricetag or give up my current favorite liquid/cream product, Feeling Younger from Lush. These seem perfect (size and price). I just wish it was the pearl instead of the champagne, but if I like these two, I probably wouldn’t mind picking up a full-size pearl since I would probably use that more frequently.

I just looked @ these on Algenist website- they currently are only offering them as individual purchases. Beauty Bay doesn’t appear to have the duo in stock anymore- at least I couldn’t find them on the US site.
The smaller size is perfect, but if I can’t find this duo I’ll buy the pearl one offered on the website.
This look would be perfect- not so flashy and can easily be mixed into my foundation.
I’m loving that Chanel gloss Christine-all combined you’ve got a really pretty look going on!
Thanks for the review- much appreciated.

Ok just found them on Sephora in this duo- I swear they weren’t there last I looked! Maybe cause it was the regular color correctors I was looking for in a multipack. Duh…tunnel vision you know?

I bought these the other day and I think they are the perfect touch of illumination given that I like a subtle sheen and can’t really pull off a really obvious metallic glow. I use illuminating products sparingly and am very happy with the mini size. It will take me a long time to use these up.

hi,

I’ve been looking high and low for a highlighter thats very subtle sort of just a sheen with no glitter and crazy shimmers. Could you please give me some options? I would love to hear your suggestions since you swatch and try on a lot of highlighters.

Thanks,
Lai

I love this duo, but just wish that they made a duo with the Pearl color! The Pearl really shows up much better than the Champagne and the Rose and I love it underneath foundation. It makes the skin look like it’s glowing from within.

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