A Liquid Highlighter Comparison

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


There are quite a few pink liquid highlighters available on the market that can fit just about every budget. Frosty pink liquid highlighters leave a lovely sheen on the cheekbones and give your face a radiant glow. And although there is quite a difference in price, they all seem to achieve the same look. Here is a comparison of three different liquid highlighters that I find all work equally great.

Benefit High Beam ($24)
"Accents cheekbones and brow bones for a radiant glow. It's known as the 'supermodel in a bottle'!"

This is the lightest of the bunch and leaves the brightest glow. It has a frost finish and works on just about any skin tone. I find applying three dots on the high cheekbones and then stippling and blending it out with the MAC 188 brush works best for this product in order to properly blend it out and leave the most natural sheen. Although it is the most expensive, it actually lasts the longest because a very minimal amount of product is needed with each use.

MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel ($18.50)
"Provides sheer, natural-looking highlights with a luminous, shimmering finish."

Unfortunately this is a limited edition product so it will be harder to locate. It was originally released with the MAC Style Warriors Collection for the summer of 2009 but was just recently re-released with the MAC To the Beach Collection in May 2010. The Pink Rebel shade is a frosty pink but also has a hint of gold to it so it leaves a beautiful peachy-pink sheen on the face. This color may work better on those with olive or yellow undertones in their skin, however I have seen women with very pale skin tones pull this off beautifully. It has a subtle irridescent look on the face making it a phenominal highlight for the cheekbones. I love using the MAC 131 Brush (also limited edition) to apply the lustre drops. I put a small dot on my hand and dip the tip of the brush into the product then lightly dab the tip of the brush along my cheekbones in a stippling motion. I find this sheers out the color a little bit and makes the highlight more subtle. 

e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal ($1)
Multipurpose, on-the-go whipped colorant is vitamin B, C and E packed to instantly brighten and soothe skin with no greasy after-feel.
The best part about this product is the fact that it's only $1! You can't beat that, even if it didn't work that great. But luckily, it really is a great product. I didn't start using this product until recently, even though I purchased it last summer, and I fell in love with the sheen it left on my cheekbones. The color is an exact mix of High Beam and Pink Rebel and would work great on any skin tone. It is a little bit of a thicker formula than the other two, but it is still very sheer and lightweight. I apply this using the same process as the lustre drops by applying a tiny amount on the back of my hand and then dipping a brush (the MAC 188 and 131 both work great) into the product and lightly stipple it onto the high cheekbones. You could even use a large fluffy eyeshadow brush, such as the MAC 224, to stipple it on.
From left to right (swatched, then blended out): MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel, Benefit High Beam and e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal

Are there any liquid highlighters that you find are similar to the ones listed above? Share in a comment!