Clionadh Seer Highlighter Review & Swatches
Clionadh Seer Powder Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.21 oz.) has a soft, sky blue base with a strong, duochrome finish that shifted between green and gold. It had a smooth, soft consistency in the pan that picked up well with dry, feathery brushes, so it was easy to adjust coverage for a sheerer effect, though the product had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer.
The duochrome shift was intense–it was very noticeable in person and really moved with the light, so it appeared less obviously “blue” in its base in person than in the photos. I also felt it looked perfectly blended in person but the way the blue came through in photos made that look less blended than it really was (I triple-checked!). The color lasted nicely for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$12.50/0.21 oz. - $59.52 Per Ounce
There's not much that describes the formula other than it has a "soft, buildable application." They tended to be quite pigmented--semi-opaque to fully opaque--with soft, smoother textures that weren't too dense nor too softly-pressed into the pan. For sheerer or more buildable application, I'd highly recommend using a lighter hand a less-dense brush to do so.
The texture was typically smooth, slightly dense and a bit thicker than most powder highlighters on the market, so they often needed to be really buffed and diffused on the skin. The finishes were often more intense, leaning toward metallic, and occasionally, they emphasized my skin's natural texture when worn at higher coverage levels. They wore between eight and nine hours on me for the most part.
Browse all of our Clionadh Powder Highlighter swatches.
Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Carbonate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Kaolin, Silica, Allantoin, Boron Nitride, Magnesium Stearate. May Contain: +/- Ultramarines, +/- Chromium Oxide Green, +/- Ferric Ferrocyanide, +/- Bismuth Oxychloride, +/- Manganese Violet.
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this would be my ‘fairy queen come to claim her forest throne from the elven invaders’ highlighter and tbh I dig it.
Perhaps it’s my age (advanced) or my personal partiality but I just don’t see the point of a highlighter like this (as it appears in the photos, since that’s my only way to judge the colour). I was just re-reading one of the Bridget Jones books and in it, she is getting some very strange looks at a fancy professional dinner gathering and she goes into the ladies’ room and realizes that in the dark of the taxi, she’d applied dark grey MAC eyeshadow, thinking it was blush. That’s sort of how I feel this highlighter would look on me – odd enough to attract strange looks from others.
Layered over bronzer/blush, it can give more of a shift/unexpected sheen without being as intense as full-on 🙂
IKWYM. For me, the issue w/both HL and e/s is the brightness rather than the color. I love colored HL as a way to ‘sneak in’ some color. But oncoming train is flat on out.
I totally agree with you, KJH. This is that oncoming train. I can use KVD Sapphyre and it just gives off a glimmer of blue, leaving the viewer wondering if they really saw it or not!
I’m super fair and don’t look “normal” so this shade of highlight is right up my alley. It would look stunning on my fair skin and if it weren’t for the silicones I’d totally buy it. I think what happens sometimes is we get used to seeing ourselves in a certain way and can’t imagine throwing something so wild or off in the mix; therefore it must be that way with everyone else, right? Or maybe we see poor representations of certain makeup looks – ie interesting colors applied to a clashing skintone, too heavy of a hand, and accompanied by a style that just doesn’t allow everything to mesh. I can assure you that if you saw me wearing this color highlight, with my normal makeup routine, attire, etc.. you might not *love* it, but you’d be like “ok, I can see how that works.” Can’t say there wouldn’t be strange looks from others, but I can’t imagine how miserable life would be if that was the framework for my behavior or makeup choices.
This is a very beautiful shade and would look stunning on eyes but without layering it with a warm base underneath (I’d go warm rose or bronze myself), it does have a certain “zombie chic” quality to it…
Oh wow, that is so different and lovely!
This is absolutely, stunningly gorgeous. I want it.