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Essence Be My Highlighter Pure Nude Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder ($4.49 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, light-medium golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Golden Apricot (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop 1st Prize (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Persona Zuma (P, $24.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Sand Beige (13) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Hourglass Surreal Strobe Light (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Illamasqua Rush (P, ) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Equinox (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Anastasia Bubbly (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (PiP, $24.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s a baked, powder formula that is supposed to give “natural luminescence” that “blends easily” and “applies smoothly.” For those who like their highlighters warmer and a bit darker (with more color), this is an excellent option that won’t break the bank. The consistency was smooth, lightly dusty (as much as is typical with baked products), and blendable on the skin. It didn’t look dry, dusty, or powdery applied, and I felt like it “melted” within five minutes of application which gave it an even smoother finish and glow. It is a medium to heavy highlighter, though a fan brush can give it a more diffused, lightly shiny finish, but when I applied it with typical highlighter brushes, it was noticeable and yielded a metallic sheen–but it did not emphasize my pores or my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for seven and a half hours before it started to fade.

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
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Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder
Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Sun's Out
  • Buns Out Eyeshadow
  • MAC Chartreuse Pigment
  • MAC Atlantic Blue Eyeshadow
  • Sephora Fairytale Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Bubble Butt Lipglass

Product Availability

Essence Be My Highlight $4.49/0.23 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Thank You So Much for reviewing this product Christine! Essence is often overlooked by bloggers and vloggers and I have enjoyed so many categories of their products for years. It used to be that you could only get them at Ulta but now even Target is carrying them. I picked this up today after seeing it in KathleenLights new video and after seeing your review score I’m extra glad I did. This color is very flattering on you!

The swatch looks kind of “meh” but it sure delivers the shimmer on your cheeks and price is great! Christine, is this their “Pure Nude” formula? Does it come in any other colors?

Quite nice and the price is right. For a minus versus straight A, it has the edge on Cle. The only thing that irks me about Cosnova… Essence and Catrice, stateside, is that they export so few products, compared to their bazillion in Europe. These are both very solid d/s lines, and I wish we’d see more of their offerings. Ulta is trying, but compared to the German site, it’s very bare bones. If anyone has any other sourcing tips for US, dk about Canada, it would be highly appreciated.

Essence ain’t playing! Then again, that is the brand whose black gel liner in a pot is my HG liner for my wings, so I ought not be surprised. I also have a GORGEOUS light, super shiny taupe eyeshadow from Essence that I need to use again! Taking it out of the “bin of forgottens” as I speak. ?

Wow, what a nice product. And it seems to rate as high as or even higher than products costing up to TEN TIMES as much! Unbelievable. Gonna pick up one of these, even though it is a bit peachier than I like in my highlighters – for under 5 bucks, I can live with that!

I quite like it! 🙂 With foundation and/or primer, wear shouldn’t be an issue (which is the bigger downside of the product on its own).

Thank you so much for reviewing this; I’ve had this highlighter for quite some time now and it is what I reach out for the most when I want something safe. The finish is like no other highlighters I own and I have a lot of highlighters that are in the same color family. It is like applying light on your face and it works around your skin instead of standing out and having a finish of its own.

I really love their lip liners. They’re less than $2 and are perfect for adding to an Ulta order when you’re almost eligible for free shipping! Their black gel liner is great too. This highlighter is on my list to try!

This is much darker. You can compare any two shades yourself using our Compare Any Two tool! It is located in the sidebar (or under the post, if you’re on a smaller screen) as well as in the navigation on every page.

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