LORAC Moonlight Illuminating Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Wet 'n' Wild Halo, Goodbye (P, $5.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Devotee (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Moon Glow Lights (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Burberry No. 03 Pink Pearl (P, $68.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Flesh Beauty Certain (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Going Native (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Becca Rose Quartz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sydney Grace Down the Aisle (P, $9.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil Afterglow (Highlighter) (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Sugar Trap (P, $7.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Wicked (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Guerlain Holographic (Left) (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Blossom (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). ColourPop Just for Us (P, $7.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker (90% similar). Maybelline Iridescent (100) (P, $9.99) is lighter, less pigmented, cooler (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

New for summer, LORAC has released their Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in four shades (reviews to come for all shades). The formula is supposed to be buildable for both a “soft, natural sheen” or “layered for a high-shine, dramatic effect.” Moonlight had medium, buildable coverage that could easily be sheered out or built-up for more intense coverage/shimmer, just as described. The texture was very smooth, finely-milled, and blendable; it felt denser and more buttery compared to the blushes (which are a little thin). The shimmer/finish didn’t emphasize pores or my skin’s natural texture. On me, the highlighter wore well for eight and a half hours before fading.

Moonlight

PPermanent. $23.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter
LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Foundation
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette
  • Sephora Good Mood Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Too Faced Honey Bear Lipstick
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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I’m glad you reviewed this one first -before I got my paws on LM Devotion. Although, I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist both in the long run.
On my list it goes!

The highlighter is pretty, but I think your gorgeous eye look has stolen the show!! Not that I NEED any more neutrals, but that look is selling me hard on the new Viseart palettes. I’m glad Lorac Moonlight scored well, hoping Daylight will do the same. After reading some not-so-great reviews on these highlighters, I waffled back and forth on Daylight before finally pulling the trigger due to 20% Ulta platininum sale, figured if it was bad, I could return

Oooops sorry, I meant the new Laura Mercier highlighters got bad reviews (NOT the Lorac ones), so I got the Lorac one instead. So many new highlighters to keep track of, and this is what happens when I don’t get enough caffeine in the morning!!!

Yes, I was looking for more swatches, and stumbled upon a couple of You Tubers who gave the Laura Mercier ones thumbs down. They said there was very little pigment, mostly glitter, and the glitter looked cheap. I know they scored well here, and the swatches were beautiful, so I wonder if there’s a QC issue.

Very nice. It’s definitely not as intense than a lot highlighters out there, but it’s not super-subtle, either. I love really intense highlighters, but it is nice to see something a little different on the market.

I feel like you can build them to be fairly intense, or maybe with a damp brush, but they are a nice mid-way formula.

Very pretty, especially for lighter complexions, probably NC30 or NW25 or lighter. Although, at NC37-40, I get away with MAC Pearl Blossom, so who knows! Maybe us medium skin folks can go pale pink, too. But, very gingerly!

I think pale pink can work, but I find myself preferring them combined with a blush, then it works. On its own, it can be a little too lightening, in a way.

These are lovely. Looking forward to reviews of the others. I must pick these up next time I’m in the US. These look beginner friendly…harder to overdo than the super intense highlighters. I personally like a more sheered out glow for everyday anyways.

Your eyes look beautiful, Christine! Nice to see the Viseart palette in action. What colour did you end up picking up from the GA Maestro Glow? 4?

I got 4 – it’s too light for me 🙁 It is an interesting product, because it looks too dark when I apply it (in drops), but then I blend it out and it’s like three shades lighter, lol!

The colour in the bottle rather startled me after reading somewhere the shades ran light..it is quite dark and pearly. But shade 4 does morph once applied and actually turns out not too bad for me in terms of a match level wise (new makeup station with better lighting and shocked to find the vast majority of foundations in my stash pull orange), but something about the texture of this new GA on my face drives me absolutely bonkers so I rarely reach for it. Looks nice on you here in the photos though. Foundation..argh, right!

A really gorgeous illuminating powder and I love your whole look Christine. These kinds of colours really suit you and nothing beats that Sephora Good Mood eyeliner.

I loved the old lorac highlighter in shade spotlight. It was my holy grail, but was discontinued. I wonder if there is anything close to it. I am excited for these, can’t wait for the rest of the reviews.

We are so lucky to have all these formulas and colors to play with. I know some women don’t like makeup at all but to me, it’s like having real life coloring books as our faces. Just love it.
Do love these colors on your full face.
Just so much fun for me.

Very pretty, and a nice alternative to Laura Mercier’s Devotion at such a better price. I like many of LM’s powders, bit this looks every bit as pretty. It’ going on my list for when I want a warmer pink highlighter 🙂

I had a feeling the Lorac highlighters would turn out to be beautiful and you definitely proved me right! They’re very soft and pretty. I can’t wait to check them out in person

The highlight is gorgeous and I’m sure I will end up getting it, but dat honey bear lipstick doe! It’s giving me so much life I’m spouting trendy phrases lol

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