Does anyone else feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of highlighters on the market these days? Well here’s two more: NARS Albatross highlighting powder and its dupe, Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights.
Albatross is a finely milled, white highlighter with a golden iridescence. It might not look like it but it is truly a highlighter for every skin tone. The light colour means it isn’t too overpowering for pale skins, and the golden tone complements darker skins beautifully. Plus, although it’s pigmented, it’s not so intense that it looks over the top. It gives a great golden sheen on the cheekbones without being sparkly.
The Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights is the closest dupe I’ve found to NARS Albatross. In terms of colour, tone and iridescence I’d say it’s pretty much identical. The texture and colour pay-off is where I’d say the two differ, hence why the swatch looks more white than the NARS. Where the NARS version is finely milled and smooth, the Makeup Revolution one is MUCH more pigmented but quite a lot less finely milled and definitely more powdery. You definitely need less of the budget version for a similar effect. If anything, if you go in all guns blazing, Golden Lights will end up looking very sparkly, and almost glittery – but you can’t deny that pigmentation.
You can see in the swatches how much more intense Golden Lights is than Albatross. It’s also more metallic so if you’re into a full on highlighter, definitely go for Golden Lights. Albatross is a lot more subtle but can be built up if you want a look that packs more punch – making it a great day-to-night product.
If you’re on the fence, maybe the price difference will be the thing that sways you. NARS Albatross is £23 for 4.5g of product, while Makeup Revolution Golden Lights is £3.00 for 7.5g. It’s a no brainer on that front.
I personally use Albatross more often than Golden Lights, but that’s probably because I want to get my money’s worth! However I’ll definitely be cracking out Golden Lights for the festive season ahead (plus, I have a sneaky feeling it would make a great eyeshadow).
Have you tried either of these? Which do you prefer?
Excuse the very small favourites selection this month – things have been pretty boring on the beauty front lately. I’ve been in a bit of a makeup rut, probably because I’ve been hitting snooze 20 times per morning, leaving me no time to faff around experimenting with different products. My favourites throughout October have been much the same as last month, with a few extra products that deserved a mention.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Spice, £26.00
I’ve been slow on the uptake with the Complexion Rescue from bareMinerals, probably because bareMinerals as a brand has never excited me. To be honest, it still doesn’t but I gave into this tinted gel-cream after reading all the positive reviews. I love it, and have used it almost every day since purchase. I love that it’s really moisturising and never goes cakey or dry and gives a natural looking amount of coverage. One of the very few base products that genuinely feels like it’s doing my skin some good.
Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme 30ml, £53.00
This is amazing. Strong, feminine, heady, sexy…I could go on. This is a bit of a cringe way to describe it but it is truly intoxicating…in a good way. A very good way. It’s got an oriental, floral base but is by no means girly. I’d say Noir is an evening fragrance but I’ve been spritzing it on with gay abandon morning, noon and night. If you like YSL Black Opium, you will love this.
Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Palette, £7.99
I’m not sure how much I agree with straight-up copycat products but the eyeshadows in this palette are straight-up fantastic. I do have the original Too Faced version (which I STILL haven’t used) but I don’t believe this can be too far off the quality, especially if you take into account the price. A neutral lover’s paradise, this palette has everything you could ever need. The pigmentation is pretty intense, and the texture is soft, buttery and smooth. I’ve loved experimenting with this. You can see it in action in my last Face of the Day here.
With my wedding 9 days away and still no flowers ordered and music still not chosen, I did what any self-respecting bride-to-be would do and rummaged through my drawers (saucy) to see if there was anything new I could waste even more time playing with. The Makeup Revolution Hot Smoked palette is by no means new, and I don’t remember buying it but it was calling out to be used.
For £4, you get a very generous 12 shades in a mixture of matte and shimmer finishes – perfect for the thrifty among us or if you’re experiencing a personal credit crunch and happen to be desperate for new eyeshadows. I’m absolutely pants at determining whether something is cool toned or warm toned, but despite its ‘hot smoked’ moniker I’d say it leans more towards the cooler end of the spectrum. There’s no mirror in this one which is inconvenient but for £4 you can’t afford to be a fusspot.
You can see from the photos that these eyeshadows swatch quite nicely. My expectations of the matte shades were low but I was pleasantly surprised. The darker shades were especially good. The texture is smooth and pretty much what we have come to expect from ol’ Makey Rev. I wouldn’t go as far as saying these are the most buttery I’ve ever tried but for the price I don’t think you can find much better.
I did a quick look using a few of the shades to get a better idea of how they’re like to work with and that’s when things went a bit wrong for me.
Here’s the thing, I have very dry skin and all the oil that’s in my face is annoyingly confined to my eyelids. As you can imagine, this conundrum makes eyeshadow tricky at the best of times and eyeball-poppingly frustrating at the worst of times. I didn’t use any primer as I wanted to get a true picture of the Hot Smoked’s performance. Also, I couldn’t be bothered. I found the eyeshadows applied a little patchily on my lids and it was difficult to get an even colour. I wouldn’t say pigmentation is an issue with these, I just couldn’t get an even wash of colour. Blending out the edges with a fluffy brush was relatively drama free which is a bonus.
I tried very hard not to get mascara on my eyelid but alas, my rubbish hand-eye co-ordination failed me. The finished look isn’t too bad but you can certainly see where the shadows didn’t apply properly in the centre of the lid (maybe I should’ve gone for the primer first). Colour wise, I don’t think it massively suits me, it all looks a bit cool and grey, so I think this is would suit blue or green-eyed ladies a lot better. On the plus side, I didn’t get much creasing and it stayed pretty decent for most of the work day. All in all, decent quality for the insane price but it’s not really for me so I’m out.
Has anyone else tried this? I want to try another one that suits me better – any recommendations?