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Best & Worst of Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighters

01/02

Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter  

Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter  

Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter.” It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is “not pigmented” compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn’t work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one’s brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They’re a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

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Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

01/07

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Queen

Stila Queen Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium lavender with large, chunky silver sparkle and smaller pink and lavender sparkle. It had a sheer base, which is line with how the brand describes the coverage, with moderate glitter/shimmer. This was slightly noticeable on my skin from a normal viewing distance, though it was obvious that it was larger particles and did emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It lost a lot of its depth/dimension applied to my cheeks–more like a pale pink than multi-colored lavender.

The consistency was thin and watery with a fast dry down, which resulted in a slightly unblended appearance and the product more prone to clumping in places as I worked to spread it across my skin. It applied best as the very last thing on my face as any attempt to blend or spread it after it dry down resulted in most of it falling off my face. When left alone, it stayed on well for eight hours with slight traveling over time.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

01/07

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Painted Lady

Stila Painted Lady Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) has a translucent base with finger copper flecks of sparkle and larger pink and gold glitter. It had a subtle shift from pink to gold from some of the sparkles. It was difficult to tell I had any product applied if I wasn’t staring at myself a few inches away in a mirror. This was one that I did not think could be worn alone (which the brand says is one way to use this formula!), and it was somewhat more interesting over another highlighter or blush color, but it was still pretty minimal.

The consistency was thin, watery, and very quick to dry down to the point where half of the product seemed to dry on my cheekbones and half on my fingertip from trying to blend out the product. It did not get better with a brush or sponge, though brush deposited more product but did not seem to blend out the product as well without lifting up base products very easily. The product was best applied last as any additional blending on top resulted in a lot of the glitters coming off the face and creating noticeable patchiness. If left alone, there was minimal movement over the eight hours it lasted for.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

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Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

01/07

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Monarch

Stila Monarch Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is light, icy lavender with multi-colored sparkle and pearl. This shade had a sheerer base but seemed to be very illuminating on the skin and looked almost opaque–a little went a long way. It had a thin, watery texture that dried down quite fast, so I had to work quickly, and it clumped a bit in places and emphasized my skin’s natural texture at times. The finish was sparkling and almost metallic, but it did not have as much dimension from a normal viewing distance, just occasionally when I looked close-up and tilted my face. It was a bit more apparent when layered over something pink or purple (like a blush).

Like others in this formula, it could not be touched after it dried down without resulting in product lifting away swiftly (and it would take any base products underneath it!, too). If left alone after it was applied and dried, it stayed on well for nine hours with minimal sparkles that had traveled to other areas of my face.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

01/07

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Kitten

Stila Kitten Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a medium, coppery brown with warm undertones and large, chunky gold glitter. It had a semi-sheer base, but it seemed to disappear when I applied it to my actual cheeks, as it left behind faint shimmer and some sparkle. It swatched rather intensely, so I’m not entirely sure where all the color/product went upon application and subsequent dry down!

Some of the loss was due to how much product adhered to my fingertip rather than my skin as I attempted to pat and blend it gently. It also lifted up base products, so be wary of applying over fuller coverage foundation. What was there upon initial application seemed to last for a solid eight hours on me, but the glitters would dislodge easily if I pressed my face at all.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

01/08

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Admiral

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) has a translucent base with fine, mint green pearl and larger flecks of blue, green, and pink sparkle/glitter. It had sheer coverage, as described, with a light amount of glitter “coverage,” but it did not look like much on its own. There was a subtle illumination, but up-close, it looked more like specks of sand than truly sparkly to my eye (which can sometimes occur with sparser or larger-sized glitter-based products).

The texture was thin and watery with decent spreadability, but it was harder to apply as a lot of product stuck to my fingertip or my sponge applicator. If I attempted to blend out the product after it had dried down, a lot of it came loose and moved around, so it had to be applied last. Left in place, it had little movement over the nine hours it wore well for.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.20 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).