Friday, June 20, 2014

HIGHLIGHTERS! High end & Drugstore!

Hello my lovelies! Today I want to share with you and give you my thoughts on some of my highlighters in my collection. I have both high end and drugstore and some are favorites of mine, and others...well...not so favorites. I took concentrated swatches and photographed them in bright sunlight so you can see not only the "sparkle factor" of each, but also the colors that I have. (Obviously you would not wear these as concentrated as the swatches so the colors are much more muted when dusted on the portions of the face you wish to highlight.) All are powders and unfortunately, some are limited edition and no longer available. I would prefer to only show ones that are available now, but it just so happens that my high end collection is mainly limited edition. So sorry! You may still be able to find them on eBay or Amazon, but at a premium price. I will let you know where I found mine. So, let's get on with it!

I'm going to start with my high end highlighters and I have four of them. You will see photos of swatches and of the packaging and a short run down of my thoughts on each one.
From left to right in both photos:

Dior "Amber Diamond":  Unfortunately, this is discontinued, but you can still find it on eBay and on Amazon but you will pay a pretty penny for it. I was lucky enough to find mine at Nordstrom online and paid the regular retail price of about $60.00. This is a golden champagne color, but you can adjust the color by controlling where you put your brush or finger because the colors are laid out in strips in the pan. This blends beautifully on the skin and has a high amount of shimmer.

MAC "Fairly Precious":  This is one of MAC'S Extra Dimension Skin Finishes from their Magnetic Nude collection and is also discontinued. However, once again, it is available on eBay and Amazon. Today I found it on eBay and Amazon for under $40.00. I got mine from Amazon awhile back. The color is a beautiful peachy shade and when applied with a light hand the glow it gives is just, well, precious! I love this for the spring and summer and wear it quite often when working with peach toned blushes. The texture is super smooth and buttery and blends out like a dream. Because this is one of their Extra Dimension Skin Finishes, I find it to be more shimmery than MAC'S Mineralize Skinfinishes.

MAC "Soft and Gentle":  This is part of MAC'S permanent line and is champagne colored. I find that the texture is not as buttery and smooth as the Extra Dimension Skin Finish, but it is nonetheless still absolutely lovely on the skin. And, as you can see, it's completely shattered because butterfingers me dropped it! (I really need to fix it!) I still love this highlight though.

Estée Lauder "Heat Wave":  Also discontinued. (I know, I know! Sorry!) This can still be found on eBay and Amazon for about $100.00. I got lucky and won an eBay auction and got mine for about $65.00. This is a straight up gold and has been compared to MAC'S "Whisper of Gilt". The packaging and design are so gorgeous I debated even ever using it but, it's just too beautiful a highlight that I must use it! This gives the perfect golden glow to the cheekbones.

I don't have a "not so favorite" in the bunch when it comes to my high end highlighters. I love all of them! Now onto my drugstore highlighters!
From left to right in both photos.

ELF Baked Highlighter "Moonlight Pearl":  This is available at Target stores and of course, Elf's website at and retails for $3.00. This is a champagne color, but I find it very difficult to get any pigmentation from this product and instead of it being a fine shimmer, it is more glittery. It is also rather difficult to blend. If you like a glittery highlight this is a very affordable option. I don't like glitter on my cheeks so this is not one of my favorites.

ELF Studio Baked Blush "Pinktastic":  This is also available at Target and on Elf's website and retails for $3.00. Even though this is marketed as a blush, I find that it is much too shimmery to wear as a straight up blush. (It is much more shimmery in real life than in the photograph.) But, the color is a beautiful champagne pink and it does work well as a highlight. The texture is much more buttery than the Elf highlighter and used with a light hand it looks gorgeous on the cheekbones or lightly dusted on top of a pinky blush shade all over the cheeks for a dewy glow.

MAYBELLINE Master Hi-Light Blush "Nude":  I love this product! It is super creamy, easy to blend and is a very unique mix of bronze, champagne and peachy pink. This is also marketed as a blush, but works better as a highlight. This is available in drugstores and Ulta and retails for about $9.99. In the swatch it appears quite dark, but when used in a light dusting it leaves a more natural highlight and doesn't come off as super shimmery. I like to use this dusted all over a pink blush for extra glow on the entire cheek.

BH COSMETICS Blush Duo "Daisy":  Even though this is a "blush duo" I included it because one half of the product is a straight up highlight. You can find it on BH Cosmetics' website at It usually retails for $9.95 but is currently on sale for $4.95. This blush duo product comes in many different shades. This particular shade has a medium toned pink blush and the highlight portion is a golden shade with a hint of peach. It doesn't come off as shimmery in the concentrated swatch, but when sheered out it does give a light glow. This isn't one of my favorites however because if you aren't careful, you end up with a streaky look and it also has a bit of coverage and exaggerates my pores. Not one of my favorites. (I will say that the blush is really quite pretty and for $4.95 you can't beat the price!)

I hope that this post was helpful to you and you all enjoyed it. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments because I love hearing from you! Please catch up with me on all of my social media sites! You can find me on Twitter @ReneeBruchPhoto and on Instagram @beautography_by_bruch. Also check out my Facebook page at and my official website at Bye for now my lovelies!

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