I’ve become all too aware when looking at my beauty stash that I’m kind of a snob when it comes to highlighter. I know it’s bad, but I always seem to reach for my Mary Lou or my Copacabana, which although are very beautiful, their price tags are rather ugly to say the least! In light of this, I decided to have a wee scour of the drugstore beauty shelves to see if I could find any hidden gems that would do the job on a budget.
One of my favourite YouTubers Tati from GlamLifeGuru, a fellow glow-addict, mentioned this Sleek Solstice palette about a month ago and I was honestly like a magpie to it – everything from the packaging, to the range of shades… I needed that darn thing!
Since I got my hands on it (and quite possibly the other palette too… Oops) I thought I’d review and swatch for you today.
Price & Packaging
As always, let’s chat about these aspects first.
I absolutely adore the packaging of the palette; it’s the first thing that drew me towards it because I thought it would look perfectly at home on any high-end makeup counter. Estee Lauder, Clinique, YSL, Hourglass… You name it. Nothing out of the ordinary to see a sleek (pardon the pun), mirrored golden compact (despite the fingerprint issue!).
It doesn’t feel flimsy or cheap and has a solid satisfying *click* shut. It also has a relatively large mirror of good quality which is fab for travel. The palette comes with a little brush too, although I personally wouldn’t use it as it’s pretty scratchy and cheap feeling.
Either way, this palette looks incredible for the price of £9.99!
Inside there are 4 highlighting products:
Ecliptic: Cream Highlighter / Rose Gold: I actually really do like the colour and formula of this creamy product. At first I was a little unsure as cream highlighters I have used in the past have been quite stiff, but this one melts into the skin and blends as though it’s a powder. The rose gold tone is not too strong; just a slight tint, and I apply this with my fingers.
Hemisphere: Powder Highlighter / Lilac Silver: Hemisphere really does remind me of my beloved Copacabana from NARS, but in a powder form. It’s got that intensity whilst still being extremely wearable. I think that this is the best of the palette for those of you with fair skin like me. There are slight shimmer particles but nothing near glitter.
Subsolar: Powder Highlighter / White Gold: This is definitely the most subtle shade in the foursome as there’s practically no shimmer particles; just a gentle sheen – so gentle in fact that in small dustings could be used as a setting powder. I really like the blend-ability of this shade and think it’s an easy one to throw on, as it goes with just about anything.
Equinox: Powder Highlighter / Pale Bronze: Although I have never tried it, many other bloggers have likened this shade to that of Champagne Pop by Becca, so if you’re in the UK and you’re struggling to get hold of that maybe try this first! I was unsure if I would like this shade as I am extremely pale, but it’s not as garish as it may look in the pan and I think it would be gorgeous with a hardcore tan. I like popping this onto the tops of my cheekbones for a natural sunkissed glow.
So here are the swatches of each shade – and as you can probably tell, these highlighters are definitely not for the faint-hearted! They’re pretty full on… But at the same time, they’re natural and give a ‘lit from within’ kinda glow.
My favourite shade is Hemisphere, the lilac toned powder shade, but to be honest I get wear out of all four of them. I also think they would be gorgeous on the lids as eyeshadows if you’re travelling and in a pickle!
Overall I can’t get enough of this palette and think that everything from the packaging, to the shades, to the formula is just incredible and has quality unlike much else from the drugstore.
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What do you think of these shades – would you experiment with them?
Enjoy the rest of your week beautiful!