Thursday, January 16, 2014

From Dull to Glow: Favie Facial Highlighters

When my skin is dry and dull in the winter, I am ALWAYS using cheek bone highlighter. They give a subtle glow without being too overwhelming. 

It's sort of cheating for me to show you my faves, because 3 of the 5 were samples...meaning I haven't actually forked out the money to buy a real version. 

It's fiiiiiiiine. 

Let the reviews begin....
NARS Orgasm Illuminator
Do you like the name? Ha! I was surprised to like this stuff, after my not-so-great opinion of it's sister product -NARS Orgasm blush (in powder). The blush has too much shimmer for my liking, but the illuminator is just perfect. It's gold peachy tone accents fair skin in the dead of winter and transitions to summer with ease. If I ever do special occasion makeup, I always select this stuff for it's easy blendability and flawless-skin finish. It's the perfect amount of "dewey" healthy skin, without being too over the top. This is a product I can use daily because of its beautiful natural finish.

CONS: It's a really thin consistency. Try not to use too much or you will end up blending it all over the side of your face. HA! 

Benefit Watt's Up
I've mentioned this stuff a few times (here and here if you are interested). It's a beautiful peachy champagne color that goes on incredibly smooth and blends super well. It's subtle enough to wear daily without looking too over the top. Definitely the most versatile product with all skin tones. For you cheekbone highlighter newbies, this is the product I would suggest for you. It's hard to mess up. Ha!

CONS: It's sometimes noticeable that you are wearing highlighter if you do not blend with your fingers well enough. Not quite as "natural" as other options out there, in my opinion.

Benefit High Beam
This pearly pink really brightens up the top of your cheeks! It's extremely pigmented, so you don't need much product at all to get results. This highlighter is probably best suited for fair skinned gals. Or pale in the winter gals like me.

CONS: I usually avoid this if I'm really tan. With darker skin, I usually prefer a gold toned highlighter rather than a pearly "silver" finish like this one.

ELF Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal
The first time I used this I looked like a clown. This stuff is SO pigmented. You need a TINY amount or you are a glowing mess for the remainder of the day. The soft pearly pink adds just the right amount of pink tint and has the potential for a really nice, natural finish -assuming you don't use a full pea sized amount like I did the first time (whoops). And the best's $1.

CONS: This is a very thick formula in comparison with others. Try dotting your upper cheek bones before blending to make sure you get an even finish. Also, I can't decide if this lasts the whole day or not. Someday I feel like it does, others not so much. Either way, $1 is worth the trail.

ELF All Over Color Stick in Persimmon
If you look up this color online it appears to be a peachy gold. In reality it's definitely more of a pink pearl that's a little bit of a deeper pink than the other products mentioned here. It applies very smooth and leaves no sticky residue at all. And. It's $1.

CONS: I don't like how thick it is (Maybe it's because I've been using baby samples of other highlighters haha!) It kind of feels like I'm using a jumbo crayon on my face...

Apply at an angle -from the apples of your cheeks to just above your ears. Highlighter should fall on the top of your cheekbones.

NARS Orgasm, Benefit Watts Up, Benefit High Beam, ELF Shimmering facial whip, ELF all over color stick

Here they are was really difficult to get a photo. That's probably good though. You really don't want to see a ton of color, just a luminous glow.

3 of the 5 products above are fairly expensive ($20-$30). Just a tip -you can find samples on amazon for a lot cheaper if you just want to try it out. Or ask your local Sephora. Apparently they give free samples sometimes if you ask for one? Topeka is lame and doesn't have a Sephora, so I've never tried.

Hope this was helpful to you! Thanks for reading!!


  1. Katie, loved your reviews! Thanks for taking the time! Have you discovered Maskcara yet?? Beauty blogger extraordinaire! :)

    1. Thanks Janelle! Yes, I love Maskcara!! She is SO knowledgable and has the BEST product reviews ever!

      Hope you are doing well!


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