Spotlight on Highlight

I’m very particular with the types of products I tend to gravitate towards so in my new series- Spotlight On – I will be featuring my favourite brands, product types etc. First up, I’m chatting that undeniable love I have for highlight.

If you’d asked me two years ago if I wore highlight, I’d probably have told you it was for special occasions but now I am 100% into ‘the glow’ and I have to wear it daily or I feel dull and lacklustre. In fact, I’m going to go that bit further – I feel naked without the glow. I think I had fear of the glow when I had oiler skin but I’ve found my skin hasn’t been as oily for the past year and it’s more on the drier side.

Where to begin when it comes to highlighter? There’s so many varieties – you’ve got your powder, cream and liquid formulas but for me, I much prefer the powders. I tend to lean more towards pink and champagne tones depending on my mood but there’s so many different shades out there to suit all skin types.

What I have noticed is that the drugstore doesn’t seem to have hit the heights of more expensive brands when it comes to highlighters. I find myself scouring the aisles for similar products, but either I’m blind or they’re just not there. That being said, these are – in my opinion – some of the best highlighters on the market.

Pink toned wise, I adore the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter (£45) which has the most wonderful, vintage packaging that makes the product extra special. It’s a softer, more buildable product that I instantly fell in love with because it adds a beautiful sheen to the skin without being too much. For a more intense pink-toned highlight, I reach for Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Riviera (£28) which is the most intensely pigmented and insanely beautiful of all my pinker highlighters. A littlecertainly goes a long way and this is stunning plus it’s perfect for darker skin tones.
Middle of the road and one of my newer purchases is the Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow (£34) which immediately caught my eye due to the beautiful quilted effect but the shade is extremely wearable and flattering on the skin. It’s quite cool-toned but it’s very different to others in my collection.

Ah, my current favourites – the champagne/gold toned glorious highlighters. Let’s start with my newest obsession and all-round cult favourite – Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop (£32) which I had put off buying for quite a while but when it came to SpaceNK, I could not resist any longer. Did I need it? No, but my goodness what a beauty to behold. I can totally see it’s allure – it’s incredibly creamy and blends like a dream, one light-handed swoop and your highlight can be seen from outer space. That’s the dream right?

Sadly, CP has pushed my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood (£28) to second in command but let’s not feel bad for it considering this baby is sold out everywhere. When I picked up the Illuminators, I did think I’d prefer Riviera but this one has really stood out to me. It’s like pure gold on the skin and it’s very comparable to the Becca offering. In fact, I sense a theme here because my Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Guilded Honey (£21) is a slightly toned down version of them both with slightly less gold. I adore this highlighter, it just looks so beautiful on the skin with little effort required.

If you want to combine your contour with your highlight, look no further than Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49) which I have been using non-stop since the summer. Due to my obsession with highlight, the bronze section has had more love but that’s not to say it shouldn’t get the recognition it deserves in this here post. The highlight, like the other CT is very soft and buildable which gives a natural and radiant glow to the skin. What’s even more brilliant about this duo is that it now comes in Medium/Dark.


Now, I know this post has been very high-end and I apologise for the potential purchases but if you do have any recommendation for drugstore or generally more affordable highlighters then please comment on the post. Do I need all these highlighters? Not at all. Did I want them? Duh.

What are your favourite highlighters?

Love, Kate xo