Save, Spend or Splurge: Powder Highlighters

12 October 2015

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When it comes to highlighters, I’m of the opinion that more is more. Highlighter is one of my favourite makeup products and rarely leave home without a quick swipe on my cheekbones. And with so much choice around at hugely varied price points, I thought I’d pick out a few from my collection to suit a variety of budgets.

SAVE: MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder, Pink Shimmer, £3.00
When once highlighting powders could rarely be found on the shelves of Superdrug, now they are a lot easier to track down away from the beauty counters. At only £3, Undress Your Skin in Pink Shimmer is a pretty decent offering. It’s not the most finely milled nor the most pigmented but for the price, you’d be hard pressed to find anything better. This would work especially well on lighter skin tones, and the swirl effect is to die for.

SPEND: The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, £17.50
I don’t have to say much about Mary Lou, do I? Much like most of the blogging community, I love this stuff and reach for it most days. Mega shimmer might not be everybody’s cup of tea on an average day but I personally can’t get enough. The most golden of the bunch, this flattering highlighter is guaranteed to look beautiful on every skin tone. You can see it in action here, although my photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.

SPLURGE: Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder, Candelight, £35
Do you remember before Mary Lou came along and everyone used to rave about this? If I’m honest, I hardly ever remember to use this these days. When I looked up how much I paid for it, I must say it smarted a little. However, I’ll be making a conscious effort to use the Celestial Powder more often. You really notice how finely milled and smooth this is after swatching the previous two highlighters, and it does give an almost ethereal glow. If Mary Lou is too full-on for you, and you have cash to burn, try this out. It gives a gorgeous gleam without much shimmer which is difficult to find in cheaper products. Gorgeous colour too – not quite gold, not quite pink but somewhere in the middle.

Have you tried any of these highlighters? Which one is your favourite?

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  • The Candlelight highlighter is gorgeous but the MUA one was a bit iridescent on me. The Mary Loumanizer is my favourite and is a reasonable price :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty | High-End Palette Giveaway

    • Bee

      Mary Lou can literally do no wrong! x

  • I also love Mary-Lou and it can be applied with light hand for a very subtle highlight. I have wanted to try the KA Candlelight powder but the price is putting me off :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Bee

      KA candlelight is gorgeous but definitely not as essential! x

  • I love the Mary Lou but it can sometimes be too harsh for me!

    A Little Dose of Makeup

    • Bee

      Have your tried it as an eyeshadow? Might be a good un’!

  • Georgia

    The Mary Lou Manizer looks so pretty! xx

    Chasing Belle 23

    • Bee

      I love it!

  • I love mary lou too! I definitely think I need to get my hands on the MUA one though, £3 is too good a price not to! great post xx

    • Bee

      Thanks :) x

  • I have the KA and Mary Lou and I like KA better. Mary Lou is a bit full on for me, especially during the day. But come night time…Mary’s a winner!

    • Bee

      I’ve put on KA on today and now I remember why everyone loved it so much! x

  • I’m totally obsessed with the MUA highlighters! Great post xxx