Makeup Collection // Highlighters

Hi there! It’s been very grey and stormy this week, I’m hoping this will cheer you (and me) up on this dreary Thursday.

Let’s talk all about highlighters! Before we get into the collection, a bit of nostalgia. My very first one was Nars Orgasm, back when it came in a tube. I quickly realized just how much it can change your look with just a tiny bit, I was hooked. It was pink and gold, I used it everyday with all combinations of blushes. I was obsessed! Naturally, since then, the obsession has grown.

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L-R | The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer | Mac Cream Color Base in Improper Copper | Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious | Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal | Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Rose Diamond | Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination


The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer :: Light Champagne Gold :: Review :: Most of the highlighters I own are warm toned and perhaps against my skintone it looks more cool, but it is a light gold champagne shade. The quality is one of the best here with very fine and even shimmer that blends seamlessly. Additionally, this also works really well as an eyeshadow!

Mac Cream Color Base in Improper Copper :: Coppery Gold :: Review :: The colour reminds me a lot of Mac Rubenesque but this is the lone cream highlighter of the lot. This gives more of a dewy finish and for medium to dark skintones, this colour is amazing. The highlighter is a lot more subtle than the rest of the pressed versions, it’s easy to build it up but you will never really end up with too much at a time.

Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Fairly Precious :: Peachy Silver :: The peachy undertone here is so strong, I love wearing this as a blush! The silver component gives a lovely sheen and together it’s a very unique combo. Ofcourse as a highlighter, it’s very easy to blend. It’s not as packed and pigmented as The Balm or Becca, but it builds up nicely.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal :: Medium Champagne Gold :: I think I would have always felt incomplete without trying Becca. I love this though! Opal this that shade which sits between champagne gold and rose gold. The result is a beautiful warm gold highlight. It’s incredibly pigmented and very fine. You honestly just need the tiniest bit.

Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Rose Diamond :: Pink :: This is rather chunky highlighter which isn’t as easy to use as the rest when it comes to blending. The odd cool toned shade makes this my least used highlighter. But it’s so pretty! I can’t part with it! I generally use this when I’m going for pink cheeks, just a little bit at the top.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Highlighter in Rose Illumination :: Rose Gold :: Review :: This is my most used because for a long time it was the only highlighter I had. Much like Mac Skinfinish, this is softer and builds up. It’s very easy to blend and I like that the shade doesn’t pull too pink. It’s a colour that I think goes with any makeup look.

I feel like I have a good range of highlighters here. For very warm makeup, especially if I’m using gold in the eyes, I like going for Improper Copper or Opal. For everyday, it’s a toss between Mary-Lou, Opal and Rose Illumination. I’m slowly making my way towards hitting pan on atleast one of them, hopefully by the end of this year.

Let me know your favourite highlighters! ^_^

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  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Ahh sorry to hear about the grey and stormy weather! We had a few crappy days, but now everything seems to be back on track again (fingers crossed I didn’t just jinx it)!

    What a beautiful stash of highlighters! I also have several. My favorite is probably Chanel Dentelle Precieuse. I don’t understand why the prettiest highlighters always seem to be LE, but I’m glad I picked that one up :)

    • Xuvious

      Chanel does great LE highlighters though. I remember fawning over almost all the fall winter ones that came out. :p

  • Linda Libra Loca

    To be honest, I don’t have any. I rarely highlight, because I just don’t get the point when it comes to my skin. But I do love MAC Rubenesque on my eyes…

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      Rubenesque looks so rich! I love using it with Mac Expensive Pink.

      • Linda Libra Loca

        I don’t have Expensive Pink. Yet, I should add, I don’t think it will stay that way.

  • Agata

    I am so glad you finally got Opal- it’s my absolute favorite highlighter! Fairly Precious looks really pretty too!

    • Xuvious

      Yes, thank you for your suggestions! I decided on getting the pressed versions because it would have a longer shelf life, and I’m not going through this anytime soon. :)

  • rachna sharma

    u have quite a good collection girl! My fav is soft and gentle from mac!

    • Xuvious

      That’s a great cult shade, heard lots of good things about it. :)

  • nausheen

    You have lovely collection…the shades are just gorgeous :)

    • Xuvious

      Thanks so much. :)

  • Jennifer Monforton

    What a beautiful collection! Mary Loumanizer is one of my all-time faves and I’ve been dying to try a Becca highlighter- have heard nothing but good things :)

    • Xuvious

      I want to try Cindy Lou as well but I’m going to stop myself right there. 😉

  • fiona furtado

    A post that is very useful for me. I only have Mary lau manizer and love it, and now I am wanting to try Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed powder.

    • Xuvious

      Oh yay! Hope it helps you! I also liked the Rose Gold shade from Becca, but I decided on Opal in the end.

  • Krithi Marla

    OMG ,you have awesome collection
    I dont even have one single product :(

    • Xuvious

      Krithi, lol, you have a pretty kickass collection! :)

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Oooh I love how you have such a versatile collection of highlighters, very nice!

    • Xuvious

      I really wanted to explore what worked on my skintone. I think I have enough though, I should probably keep it one-in-one-out now. 😉

  • MizzJ

    Opal is definitely my favourite shade out of the bunch! That type of shimmery champagne color is so versatile for use everywhere.

    • Xuvious

      Definitely one of my favourites here as well. I find warmer highlighters a lot more suitable for me. :)

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Beautiful collection you have! So helpful to see them all swatched. MAC Soft and Gentle is my go-to as it never looks too shiny and doesn’t emphasize pores.

    • Xuvious

      I haven’t even swatched Soft and Gentle! But yes, it does receive a lot of love. :)

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