Cover FX Perfect Highlighting Palette! Review and Swatches!

If you love to highlight, strobe, define, look like a glazed donut, then you need to run to Ulta right now and pick up the Cover FX Perfect Highlighting Palette! Like the name states, this is a perfect combination of 6 gorgeous powder highlight shades! The variety is amazing, with colors ranging from champagne to pink to bronze! I can see this working for light-to-medium skin tones, but I would still highly recommend swatching it in store to see if it could be a good match for you! The great thing is that you can use these individually, or mix them together to get your perfect, custom shade! I’m shocked at how pigmented and shimmery these colors are, yet the formula will not emphasize texture, fine lines or pores! YAY! This palette retails for $39 and is an overall value of $79! Since this a limited edition item, I would absolutely get it while you can!

I received a lot of great feedback on my last review of a palette and everyone enjoys when I review each individual shade so I will go in depth about each pan! You can definitely achieve a multidimensional glow by using each highlight by itself, but these also look beautiful layered and with a damp brush (I love using MAC Fix Plus) to give a metallic effect to the skin! The texture is powder, but they are extremely creamy and pigmented! I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight brush or my Real Techniques tapered brush to get full coverage when applying these. I love a wet-look, borderline blinding highlight on a daily basis, but you can absolutely use a fluffier brush to pick up less product and blend these with a light hand for a more natural effect. I love investing in good highlight palettes because you can use them on your face (as intended), but you can also use them as eyeshadows! My favorite trick to getting ready in a rush is to just tap my highlight all over the lid with my finger and then softly blend my bronzer in the crease! It takes 5 seconds and you have a complete eye look using the products that are already in front of you! Now let’s get into a breakdown of the shades!

Rose Gold – I would describe this as a true, bright pink with gold sparkle. This is very pearlescent and looks beautiful on top of the cheekbones, but I personally plan on wearing this as a blush topper! If you haven’t tried applying these pink toned highlights on the apples of your cheeks, girl what are you doing?! It gives the cutest, rounded effect and looks perfect for getting the “I just came in from the cold” winter look!

Prism – This is probably my least favorite color in the palette (if I had to pick one) but that’s only because it’s a little too light and frosty for my medium skin tone! If you have fair skin, I think you would love this! I plan on using it as an inner corner and brow bone highlight. It also looks pretty when you mix it with any of the other shades to brighten things up!

Blossom – Drum roll for the star of the show, my most loved shade in the palette! This is such a glossy, wet looking highlight and it looks so gorgeous on the tops of the cheekbones, around the eyebrow, down the bridge of my nose, the tip of my nose, my Cupid’s bow, my chin; literally everywhere! I want to drench my body in this highlighter! I’m shocked at the longevity of this formula, it lasted for over 8 hours on my face without fading or looking dull! This is a peachy color, with a rose gold shimmer throughout it and I’m in LOVE!

Gilded – This is another rose, pink color, but it has a peachy undertone! There is finely milled gold and bronze shimmer throughout. I think I’m going to love this when I’m tanned in the summertime! This is the perfect color to use on the tip of your nose, top of the forehead and chin to get a healthy looking glow and tie in your blush shade to the rest of your face makeup!

Celestial – I think everyone is going to love this shade because it’s a universally flattering champagne color, with a pearly shimmer. It looks so creamy and glossy on the cheekbones, but it isn’t unwearable or blinding! This is my favorite one to intensify by applying with a brush that has been spritzed with setting spray. This technique will help any of the powders get super metallic!

Golden Peach – I was initially intimated by a color like this because I knew I couldn’t use it as a highlight, but it makes a gorgeous bronzer topper! After I’ve used a matte bronzer to contour my face, I lightly dust this overtop to give some additional warmth and a subtle sheen! I think this is so pretty in the colder months when my skin is extra dry. I find that this step helps me look dewy, without getting oily since this is a powder product! I’m also excited to use this as an eyeshadow as well!

What do you guys think about this highlighting palette?! I’m obsessed to say the least! It’s my favorite one that I’ve tried so far and I absolutely think you get the most bang for your buck by buying these beautiful highlights in palette form! I think this would make a great gift for the holidays because it really is versatile and the variety of shades will make it easy for a beginner to use! I love looking at makeup that inspires me to be creative and this Cover FX Perfect Highlighting Palette definitely did just that! Have you had your eye on this product? I haven’t seen any reviews featuring it yet, so I hope this helped you decide to pass or buy! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful week!

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How to Look Well-Rested with Brighter and Wider Eyes!

Do you have dark circles, puffy eyes or just a sleepy looking appearance after repeatedly hitting snooze on your seven alarms? Because same. I developed a routine to de-puff and give a highlighted, lifted appearance to my under eye area, while also brightening and widening my eyes! Keep reading to see the list of products I use and the ways I apply them to look more awake!

I always wake up with puffy eyes and the Clinique “Pep-Start” Eye Cream is my go-to for hydrating and brightening! I love it for so many reasons. I’ve struggled with finding the perfect formula to lightly moisturize my under eyes before I apply concealer. Whenever eye creams are too heavy, it will cause whatever you put on top of it to look heavy and crease. This one is so lightweight, while also being hydrating, so it’s the perfect formula for A.M. application! It is cooling to the touch, which helps with de-puffing as well! I’ve also noticed that this doesn’t give me those small white bumps, which sometimes can happen with different eye creams that I’ve tried. I use a small, pea sized amount and tap it on with my ring finger since it applies the lightest amount of pressure! I wait about a minute for it to sink in and then I go onto the next step!

I’ve been using the Becca “Under Eye Brightening Corrector” for a couple years now and I can’t imagine this product not being in my daily routine! If you have stubborn dark circles that show through with even the most full coverage concealers, then you need to invest in a good corrector! This one is a peach color with light reflecting illuminators, which will counteract the blue tones in your dark circles. A little goes a long way with this product, plus it lasts all day long! I apply this with my damp beautyblender underneath my eye and in the inner corners.

After I’ve moisturized and corrected, I apply a full coverage concealer! I always purchase one that’s 1-2 shades lighter than my foundation to give a highlighted effect! My holy grail formula is the Tarte “Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer” (that’s a mouthful!) and it comes in 14 shades so you’re bound to find your perfect match! It is by far the most lightweight, full coverage formula that I’ve ever tried! It truly conceals acne, dark circles and redness so flawlessly! I always use this product with a damp beautyblender to help sheer it out slightly! If you’ve struggled with your concealer wearing off, then you NEED to try this one because it doesn’t fade during the day or look drying!

By this point, I’ve used so many creamy, liquid products underneath my eyes, that I have to set it with a powder to lock it all in and prevent any creasing! I always choose a yellow-toned, matte highlight powder to enhance the brightening effect I’m going for! Even if you have a different skin tone than me, I would still highly suggest checking out the NYX “Highlight Pro Singles” on Ulta.com! These aren’t sold in store, but I always stock up online! At only $5 a pan, they’re extremely affordable and there are 12 different shades to choose from. I was constantly buying the Anastasia highlight refills and then I discovered these, which are just as pigmented! The powder will also help smooth out any fine lines you may have, which is an added bonus!

Now that my under eyes are concealed and bright, I move onto making my eyes look big and awake! On a daily basis, I typically just apply my bronzer in my crease and take a shimmery shade all over the lid. Even when I’m rushing, I will never forget to highlight my inner corners with a shimmery, champagne eyeshadow! This makes the biggest difference in opening up your eyes and reflecting much needed light in an otherwise shadowy area! I love using this L’Oreal “Infallible Eyeshadow” in “Iced Latte” to brighten everything up! I take my pinky finger and dab the shadow on my inner corners, blending it outwards to seamlessly fade into my lid color.

I have round eyes, with a lot of lid space, so I always use eyeliner on the top lash line to help define and thicken the look of my eyelashes! Whenever I don’t put eyeliner in this area, I feel like my eyes look super tiny and tired. My favorite liners to use are the Kat Von D “Tattoo Liner” in “Trooper” for an ultra black, winged liner and I love the Marc Jacobs “Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner” in “(Earth)quake 41” for a smudged out, brown liner look! I also use the Marc Jacobs liner on my top waterline to further define that area, as well as smudged out on the outer corners of my lower lash line!

I’m pretty sure the best makeup secret to opening up your eyes and making you look awake is using a nude eyeliner in your lower waterline! The Tarte “Fake Awake Eye Highlight” is the most pigmented and long wearing one I’ve tried so far! I’ve repurchased it so many times because nothing compares! The nude color will neutralize any redness you have from having your eyes closed all night long. Using a light color in the lower waterline will help widen and brighten your eye. Back in the day, I would use a white eyeliner, but I’ve started to enjoy the more natural effect of a nude eyeliner now! If you haven’t tried this beauty hack yet, you really need to! It makes the biggest difference and I really can’t do my makeup without it!

Do you have any tips or tricks to getting a fresh and well-rested appearance when you’re really just a sleepy gal?! Let me know by leaving me a comment! I love learning new techniques from you guys! Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this type of product review/routine helpful!

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Mally Beauty “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” Review and Swatches!


As someone that thrives off golden highlighter and warm-toned blush, I about fainted when I saw the new Mally Beauty “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” in the shade “Perfect Peach!” For $35, you get a pigmented, beautiful blush and a dimensional, golden highlight shade! I haven’t been this excited over a new makeup product in awhile, so I would highly recommend trying it out! This is my first purchase from Mally Beauty and I am so beyond impressed! There is also a “Pretty Pink” set, if you prefer more mauve, true pink colored blushes and a champagne colored highlight!     


The formula of the blush and highlight is so soft and pigmented! The blush is actually very natural looking. You can easily layer it to look more intense or wear it more sheer for a “no-makeup” makeup look! I love this blush shade in, “Perfect Peach” and would totally purchase it in the full-size! I find that I have nothing like it in my current collection. The color is a very true warm, orange-peach color that has the smallest touch of pink. I would describe this product as having a satin-matte finish because it’s not completely flat once applied on the face, but also not shimmery at all. It lasts all day on my face without fading or changing color, which is a major plus! 

    

The highlight is in the shade, “Stardust” and I think it’s easily becoming my most reached for product! I use this whether I’m doing a full-glam or natural makeup look! It gives the very trendy and desired “wet-look” to the tops of my cheek bones. It’s a true gold highlight, but it’s brighter than Laura Geller “Gilded Honey” (my all time fav) or Becca “Champagne Pop.” I love how it doesn’t emphasize any texture on my face since it’s not glittery whatsoever. It also layers on top of cream highlights so perfectly, which is somewhat hard to find in a powder product! Just like the blush, this highlight also lasts for such a long time! I honestly get so many complements whenever I wear this product and everyone is always so surprised when I tell them it’s by Mally! 

   

I would highly recommend this duo to anyone that loves wearing blush and highlight! I think everyone should try this product out because it’s SO good! The quality is there and the price is right, so what do you have to lose?! It does come in two color options, but I have not tried out the “Pretty Pink” set. I’m definitely going to be purchasing to check for consistency in the line! What products do you love by Mally Beauty?! Have you tried out the “Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlighter” yet? What do you think?! Let me know in the comments! Thank you for reading! 

        

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Tarte “Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette: Volume 2” Review and Swatches!


Glow, baby! Glow! I cannot get enough highlight in my life and I’m so tempted whenever I see my favorite makeup brands release new products to make my skin look lit from within! The new Tarte “Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette: Volume 2” is seriously glow goals. I wanted to review this highlighting/strobing palette because these shades are truly some of the best I’ve ever used. I love how universal this product is too, it really can work for any skin tone! At $42 for 4 highlight shades, I think this palette is totally worth it since that’s only about $10 per highlight, which is on par with drugstore makeup brands! If you are a makeup artist and do a lot of bridal/special occasion makeup, I would highly recommend because of the variety in shades and long-wearing formula! These are so creamy and blendable and they will not cling to any dry patches or emphasize skin texture. They’re super shimmery, but not glittery! If you’re a fan of the lit-from-within, glossy highlight then you will really love this formula!        


The first shade is, “Daylight” which is described as a white gold! I love this color because it is so bright and has a gorgeous golden shimmer throughout. I find that this is pretty unique because many of my white-pearly colors have a silver or champagne shimmer, making them look a little cool-toned once applied to the face! I think this is perfect for fair skinned gals! I personally cannot wear this color because it’s too light, but I love mixing it with the second shade and placing it on the very tops of my cheekbones and under the brow bone! On its own, it makes an amazing inner corner highlight! 

      

The second shade is called, “Skylight” and this is a true light pearl shade with a silver/champagne micro-shimmer! Although this color is gorgeous, I typically do not grab for a cool-toned highlight on a daily basis! However, if I were to use gray eye shadows or a cool-toned pink blush, I would definitely use this shade in combination with one of the more golden colors in the palette! It’s amazing how evenly pigmented this color is and how bright it reflects in-person and in photography! 

      

Next, is my absolute favorite highlight and the color I cannot stop wearing, “Spotlight.” It is a true golden shade with champagne shimmer! I love this color so much because it compliments my medium-olive skin tone and gives me a gorgeous, noticeable glow! I basically bathe in this color since it’s so glossy! This is also the main color I mix with the two lighter shades to get a even brighter highlight that is borderline blinding. I would compare this color to Laura Geller “Gilded Honey” highlight, which is my all-time favorite product! 

     

Lastly, we have “Candlelight,” which is the perfect rose-gold, copper color! If you have tan to dark skin tones you will love this color! I’m so excited for this to be my go-to shade whenever I’m more tan in the summertime! I can picture this color melting beautifully into a peach blush or bronzer and giving the skin a healthy tan glow! 
     

If you are a highlight lover like me, then I would totally purchase this palette! It’s absolutely worth it since it’s made with awesome skincare ingredients like algae and marine flower to help smooth and soften skin to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Coconut and vitamin E to provide moisture and enhance skin elasticity! I love this because I always use great skincare products underneath my makeup, but it’s awesome to know that what I’m laying over top of that is also helping maintain my healthy skin! I’ve noticed that all of the Tarte “Rainforest of the Sea” products are super creamy and hydrating, which I especially love using in these drier, winter months! I really hope you enjoyed reading my review on the new Tarte “Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette: Volume 2!” I have been using this product non-stop since I first bought it and I see no reason to slow down! I decided to post this now that Tarte’s website has this item back in stock after it’s been sold out for a few weeks! I would recommend getting your hands on it as soon as possible! 

     

I really want to try out some new drugstore makeup products for my next blog post, but I want to know which ones specifically you would like to see put to the test! Please leave me a comment below of a new, affordable makeup product that you’ve been dying to see used in a tutorial/first impressions post! There are so many new products that I just want to buy everything, so I would love any extra help narrowing down my shopping list! Thank you again for reading! 

    

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in “Ultimate Glow”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, “Ultimate Glow” $45.


Anastasia Beverly Hills is a brand known for their amazing eyebrow products, but recently they have gotten a lot of hype for their gorgeous “Glow Kits.” These sets typical feature 4 highlight shades that are guaranteed to give your lit-from-within shine. One of the reasons I have loved the Anastasia highlight formula so much is because it is smooth and doesn’t have a chunky glitter formula like a lot of other highlights on the market tend to have. I was very excited whenever I saw this limited edition palette come out because it had all warm gold shades which are my absolute favorite to wear! Some of the colors are a little dark for my skin tone, but I figured this would be amazing for medium to dark skin tones, which is great to see makeup brands considering! Now let’s get onto the swatches; the fun part!
     

The first color in the kit is, “Snow” and I would describe this as a bright-white shade that has cool-toned, silver reflects. Out of all the colors in the kit, this one is by far the most glittery. It is a bit stark white, so on my skin tone it is too bright and light to be subtle, but I think some fair-skinned gals will love this color to highlight with! I plan on either mixing this color with other darker shades to make it more wearable and also using it as a brightening, inner-corner highlight. 

     

Next is “White Sand,” which is my absolute favorite color in the whole kit! It reminds me a lot of champagne-pop and that is my all-time favorite highlight! This is a warm, peachy, champagne color with a lot of gold shimmer throughout. I think a variety of skin tones will find this flattering. This color only needed one swatch to show up evenly pigmented, which did alert me to some inconsistency in the formula for this particular Glow Kit. 

     

“Golden Dawn” is a true yellow-gold shade. When I was looking at this palette online, I thought this color was going to be one of my most used in the kit, however once applied to the tops of my cheeks, I didn’t find the strong yellow undertone very flattering. I will most likely just use this shade as an eyeshadow because I’m not sure how else I could make it work on the face!

     

Starting on the bottom row, we have “Sunray,” which I would describe as a peachier version of “White Sand.” This shade has a lot of golden glitter, which looks awesome in photos, but a little odd in natural lighting. I feel like this shade will give you an Instagram worthy highlight in flash photography, but it kind of emphasizes texture and comes across super unnatural in person. I was also displeased with this formula because it was super chunky, most likely from all the glitter packed into the pan. 

     

“Amber Gold” is another extremely glittery shade that has a ton of champagne and gold reflects. This one has a creamier formula, which makes the glitter blend out into nothing once applied onto your cheeks, but still…I don’t know why the majority of these shades are packed with so much loose glitter. None of the other Anastasia Glow Kits that I have tried have this formula, so I don’t know what exactly enticed the brand to change it up. 

    

Lastly, we have “Hot Sand” which is a really gorgeous bronze-rose gold color. I really love the formula and pigmentation on this shade. It is super creamy and blends out gorgeously on the face. Unfortunately, it is too dark to highlight on my skin tone, but I think it may work whenever I have a tan in the summertime! I found it looks gorgeous as a blush/bronzer topper when I am going for that extra glowy look!

   


For my final review of this product, I find myself a little conflicted on if I should recommend this to you. At $45 total, that makes each highlight $7.50, which seems like a great value for a brand known for it’s high quality makeup products. Whenever I switched these, I could tell immediately that they were inconsistent in the formula from shade-to-shade. It was also upsetting to see that these didn’t have the same glossy texture like the other Glow Kits seem to have. I think these shades may be perfect for someone and a lot of this is just personal preference. On a day-to-day basis, I personally don’t wear a super glittery highlight because it does emphasize my pores and is super obvious in natural lighting. I am not sure if I’ll return this or not because there are a few colors I can make wearable and the others I can use as an eyeshadow. 

   

With that said, I would highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in “That Glow” because those shades are super creamy, pigmented and perfect for that glossy, natural glow that I love so much in a highlight! For whatever reason this kit in, “Ultimate Glow” is not as wearable and definitely not as easy to work with as the other palettes I’ve tried by Anastasia. I hope you found this review somewhat helpful, even though I have an undecided verdict! I think there is good and bad to this particular glow kit, but it would ultimately be up to personal preference on what you look for in a highlight to decide whether or not the value is there! If you have tried this, what ways do you use the glittery shades to make them work on an every-day basis? Let me know! 

   

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My Favorite Powder Highlight Products! 

One of my favorite makeup products is highlight powder! I am always on the hunt to find the latest and greatest and have acquired quite the collection over the past year! I love “strobing” with these powder products because they emphasize the high points of my face, showing off my favorite features. I also love that I look instantly healthier and more alive by adding some extra radiance to my skin. I think highlight powder can take what would otherwise be considered simple makeup and instantly turn it into a Pinterest-worthy look! The tops of my cheekbones, temples, inner-corners of my eye, tip of my nose and cupid’s bow are my favorite places to highlight. I never skip out on this step of my makeup routine and highly encourage you to try out this popular beauty trend! I wanted to share all of my favorites with you so you can find your best match; whether you want a dewy and natural skin look, or an extremely bright and noticeable glow, I think I’ll have you covered!   

Subtle Glow


Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact, “Highlight 01 – Golden Nude,” $40.

This product truly stands out in my collection because it provides the most beautifully subtle glow. If you want a natural, effortless highlight, you will absolutely love this product. It gives a reflective sheen once applied, which brings a lifted effect to your face. If you have mature skin, I would highly suggest this one because it isn’t glittery and definitely won’t emphasize any fine lines or texture.
   

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo, “Warm Glow,” $30.

I love the “lit-from-within” glow that this highlight gives my face. Again, it really just provides a radiant looking complexion, rather than an intentional shimmer. My favorite way to apply this product is with a large fluffy brush all over my face, not being specific where I place it. Whenever I do this technique, my skin looks hydrated and gorgeous! I would not recommend this product as a strategic highlight because it doesn’t have enough power in its pigmentation to bring out your cheekbones and other high points of your face. It really works best as an all over dusting powder when you’re finished with your makeup and want to look extra dewy. For me personally, I never apply this product in my t-zone, just because after a couple hours I will look unattractively oily, rather than my desired healthy glow.
    

Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate, $7.

I mentioned this product as a highlight to pick up in my drugstore starter kit post because it really gives a universally flattering sheen to anyone’s face. Regardless of age or skin type, I find this product beautifully brings attention to the high points of the face, without looking harsh or glittery. I would best describe the overall look of this product to be glossy, which is unique for a typical powder formulation!
     

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit, “That Glow,” $40.

I am obsessed with the formula of these highlights! They glide on the face so evenly pigmented, so you never have one area that looks shinier than the rest. This kit is super versatile because it not only comes with four different highlight shades, but it also can be intensified with beauty mists, like M.A.C Fix Plus if you want an intense, almost metallic looking effect! They last beautifully for hours and I am always getting compliments whenever I wear these out!

      

M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinsh, “Soft & Gentle,” $32.

This was one of the first highlight’s I ever owned because I read so many blog posts that recommended it! I was so excited to get it and expected it to be a bright and sparkly highlight, but surprisingly it gave me a super natural, skin-like glow! This product does have shimmers in it, but after blended out, they don’t really show up on your skin. It is a gorgeous champagne color, which is universally brightening on many different skin tones! I enjoy wearing this product on a day-to-day basis because it has the power to compliment any kind of makeup look.

   

     

Beaming from the Heavens


BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, “Opal,” $38.
I love Becca highlights because they’re creamy, but also have extremely shimmery color payoff. Sometimes the more glitter that’s in a highlight, the more chalky and patchy they apply. With this product, you can guarantee that your highlight will look gorgeous on the skin. I love the shade Opal because it’s a warm, champagne, neutral color that goes great with any makeup look. I love this color as an eyeshadow as well since it’s such an effortless brightening shade for all over the eyelids and the inner corners of the eye! Another amazing aspect of the Becca highlights are their longevity! I can apply this product at 6am and still have it show up when I get home from work at 6pm! I will definitely continue to buy these highlights because I do think they’re the best on the market! 

       

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed, “Champagne Pop,” $38.

This is my all-time favorite highlight! If you have no idea where to begin with this glowing skin trend, look no further than Champagne Pop! It’s a beautiful peachy-gold shimmer, that brightens and compliments any skin tone! If you’re a fan of peachy or bronze blushes, you will absolutely love this shade to place on the tops of your cheeks! Of course it has the signature Becca creamy formula that is long-wearing and pigmented, so you really can’t go wrong in any aspect!

    

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator, “Gilded Honey,” $26.

This would definitely be ranked as my second favorite highlight! The best thing about this product is its brightening power! If you’re looking for a shade that will give lift to your face, than you’ll love the way this formula reflects on the high points you place it. It is also absolutely beautiful in the sunlight. Since it’s a true gold, it does compliment my olive-tan skin tone very well, but I also believe its universally flattering too! This is also one of the few powder highlights I own that layers evenly over cream products, which is an extra bonus! 

    

theBalm Highlight, “Mary-Lou Manizer,” $24. 

This was one of the first highlights I ever bought because of its popularity online! I heard so many YouTubers and read so many blog posts about this being the ultimate glowing skin product. It really is amazing! The bright, champagne radiance it brings my skin is so gorgeous and unique! This is a highlight I’ll always have in my collection because it matches any makeup look and is my go-to whenever I want to sparkle from space. This is also an extremely long wearing formula and will last you throughout long days and summer weather! 

         

ColourPop Highlight, “Wisp,” $8. ColourPop Highlight, “Avalon,” $8.

These ColourPop highlights are the best value on the market right now! They are extremely pigmented and have such great color payoff even once you blend them out on your cheeks. With some powder products, the shimmer will fall out once blended, but since these are a unique cream-to-powder consistency, they go own as dewy and evenly pigmented than they look in the pan. I love the shades Wisp and Avalon because they’re different from one another in shade, but both perform exceptionally well. The shade Wisp is a gorgeous golden-champagne color and Avalon is copper shade that acts beautiful as a blush/bronzer topper to give your entire face a shimmery glow! I’m also astounded that these inexpensive highlights last longer than anything else I own! You’ll love these if you’re just starting out and want to build your collection because they’re budget friendly and extremely high quality! 

    

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my highlight powder collection! I am constantly rotating each of these products into my everyday makeup routine, so they are all being used and well-loved. Although I don’t think you absolutely need every single highlighter I mentioned, I do hope you found a new one to love or discovered some helpful info on the one you’ve been recently eyeing! Happy highlighting!

The Best Cream and Liquid Highlights! 

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight, $22. Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl, $30. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, $30. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, in the shade Opal, $19.


As you know, it is super on trend to have glowing, dewy skin this Summer! I love powder highlighters, but I can achieve an intense glow effect when I use liquids! I have a few different purposes for these products and wanted to share how I use them to achieve a flawless, lit-from-within complexion!       


First up is the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight! This cream-to-powder formula is applied best with your fingers or a damp beauty blender depending on your desired intensity. I would describe the color as a shimmery, pink-toned, silver highlight. It gives a subtle effect to light skin tones because it’s such a fine shimmer. If you have a medium to tan skin tone, then it will be a bit more noticeable since it doesn’t have warm undertones! The only con to this product would be its ability to fade throughout the day. That is why I like this product to layer with my powder highlights to give them an extra boost and prolong the longevity of both products. My favorite powder highlight to wear with this cream highlight is the “Mary Lou Manizer” by TheBalm. I find that using a powder highlight with a champagne shimmer counteracts the sometimes unflattering cool tones of the Clinque highlight formula! 

      

My next favorite is the Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl liquid highlighter! I love this product to mix in with my liquid foundation to give my skin a natural glow effect. I find this product is perfect to add into any foundation because it won’t change the color. Some liquid highlights can turn your foundation more yellow or more pink, the Girl Meets Pearl gives a natural, subtle champagne glow that is universally flattering. I only use this product to mix in because it does not look good when I try to use it like a cream highlight. Whenever I place it on top of my cheeks and down the bridge of my nose, it causes the foundation to break up and look patchy. Of course, Benefit packaging is so cute, which is another reason to check this product out! The twist up container it comes in makes sure your product stays as hygienic as possible and ensures no leaking if you do want to travel with this product! 

     

My absolute favorite cream highlight is Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! It has a perfect golden shimmer that gives your skin that intense, almost wet looking effect! This product makes me feel like I’m actually J-Lo (which is the best feeling ever) and it will last all day long! Since it’s a cream-to-powder formula, it will not break up when placed on top of your foundation. It also looks beautiful when layered with a powder highlight on top! I love using Champagne Pop by Becca to layer on top of this because the warm-peach undertones compliment the Watt’s Up golden tone in such a gorgeous way! 

       

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, in the shade Opal is a gorgeous product to blend on your bare skin, before foundation, so that it peaks through when the light hits your face! This is a very pigmented, intense glow so I use this product very sparingly. I have tried to use this product over top of foundation and find that it only works if used with a damp beauty blender because it will break up your foundation if patted in with your fingers. I love the subtle champagne shimmer this product gives and it is highly reflective, which makes it so unique in my collection. I love to layer Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed on top of the liquid version because it just intensifies it even further and will ensure your highlight lasts all night long, even through the Summer heat! 

     

Liquid and cream highlights can be intimidating because they do require a lot of blending to look good, however I do find that they give a unique, intense glow effect that cannot be replicated with powders! I want to share my favorite powder highlights soon because I have quite the collection, so let me know if you would like to see that! Thank you so much for reading! 

    

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Review and Swatches of Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection – Face and Eyeshadow Palette!

The limited-edition Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection was highly anticipated by all! Once I found out the collection was being released online on May 26, I set my alarm for 12pm and ordered immediately! Acting like a crazy woman paid off because this entire collection sold out within the first hour! If you don’t already know about Jaclyn Hill, she’s a very popular beauty YouTuber and is one of my favorite girls to watch! She’s extremely knowledgeable about products, genuine in her approach, artistically talented and just absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend you subscribe to her channel! I already own a full-size Becca Champagne Pop highlighter (and love it), so I knew I wanted to purchase the limited-edition Face Palette and Eyeshadow Palette to add to my collection! If you didn’t get your hands on the products you wanted from this limited-edition set, have no fear! The full collection will be available in Sephora stores for purchase on June 16th! 

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, Champagne Collection Face Palette, $52 ($132 value)


The Face Palette has two shades of highlighter and 3 shades of blush to illuminate your entire face look! The formula of the highlights are extremely pigmented and can be layered to create an intense glowing effect. They are both extremely long-lasting as well! The original Champagne Pop is a very peachy-toned, champagne colored highlight, while the new Prosecco Pop is a light gold, warm-toned shimmer. Both are absolutist beautiful and will be a must have for the summer months! The blush shades are Rosé Spritz, Amaretto and Pamplemousse. My current favorite way to wear these shades is to take Pamplemousse on my cheeks and Rosé Spritz right on the apples. I find that because Rosé Spritz is a shimmery blush, it really looks beautiful dusted on the front of whatever blush color you’re wearing to bring out that all over face glow, without emphasizing pores, as some shimmery blushes tend to do when applied all over the cheek area. These blushes are very sheer in formula and look beautiful layered on top of each other. They aren’t the longest lasting blushes I own, but I would consider them to last about 5 hours until fading, which isn’t terrible! I also think the shades are going to look really beautiful on every skin-tone, which is awesome that Becca and Jaclyn Hill took that into consideration when choosing these colors!

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette, $40.


The Eye Palette includes the shades Chardonnay, Champagne Toast, Cordial, Cognac and Bordeaux! This palette of both shimmer and matte shades is very versatile, making it wearable for daytime and nighttime looks! To be completely honest, these are not the best quality of eyeshadows I own. Yes, they are pigmented and blend out beautifully on the eye, but I noticed they fade pretty quickly even with a primer. My favorite color is Champagne Toast because it’s a beautiful warm bronze shade (my favorite) and it was unfortunately the most disappointing shadow in this palette. It faded from my eyes within the first couple hours and by the end of the day had completely disappeared. The matte shades are longer lasting in pigmentation and didn’t fade as terribly on my eyes. I am going to keep using this palette and try to find ways to make it work because the colors are so beautiful, but I definitely would recommend other eyeshadow palettes before this one. 

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, Champagne Collection Face Palette, $52 ($132 value) Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection, Champagne Collection Eyeshadow Palette, $40.

   
If you only want to buy one item from this collection, I would highly recommend the Face Palette. It’s highly pigmented with beautiful shades selected for any skin tone. I think you will really love how this product layers on your skin, making it versatile enough to compliment many makeup looks. This Face Palette will be the perfect traveling companion for summer beach trips when you want your makeup to be pretty and glowy, without having to pack multiple products! Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend the Eyeshadow Palette because it just fades so bad! The sheer pigmentation of these shadows just doesn’t work for me. Let me know if you have a primer or special secret to applying these because I truly do want to make them work! Thank you so much for reading this post, leave me a comment below if you have this collection and what your thoughts are on these products!