Glow Getters | My Favourite Highlighters


If someone was to ask me about the one makeup product I would choose over anything else, highlighter would probably be my answer! Regardless of the amount of other makeup I’m wearing, I am always in the mood for highlighting and I thought I’d show you my favourites at the moment! These are the ones I wear the most.

Left to right: NARS Adoration, Makeup Revolution Breathe, Laura Mercier Pink Mosaic, The Body Shop Blush Shimmer Waves, NARS Copacabana, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

I recently purchased the Makeup Revolution Radiant Light Powder in Breathe (£3) and I have fallen slightly head over heels for it. I was planning on investing in one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, but I just couldn’t justify that painful £40 price tag, so I chose this instead! I’ve been using this to set my makeup instead of a regular mattifying powder and it actually works a treat. It’s really finely milled and has a satin sheen to it, allowing your skin to glow but the makeup to still stay put. Plus, it’s a bargain.

I’ve also been known to use the paler shades from my Shimmer Waves in Blush from The Body Shop (£16) to brush over my skin as a glowy finishing powder, but I have to say that I prefer using this as a sheeny blush. It’s very sheer and doesn’t have a great deal of colour to it, but that’s why it’s so great to use on days when you want the skin to look naturally flushed.

I really love the Adoration Dual Intensity Blush from NARS (£30) for the same reason really, but this one’s more of a blush topper. You get two shades in the Dual compacts but I use the paler shimmery shade much more often. It’s a beautiful finely milled powder with no chunky glitter that gives a radiant natural glow to the skin. You can use it as a highlighter on the cheekbones or as a subtle sheeny blush!P1040454


I think that the Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm (£17.49) is probably the most popular highlighter to have existed, and I can definitely see why. If you’re after the J-Lo glow, you’ve come to the right place! It’s the most finely milled shimmer I’ve ever found, although it can emphasize pores if you apply too much, so beware – learn from my (not cute) mistake! I probably reach for this one the most for my cheekbones because I just know it’ll go beautifully with any other makeup I may already be wearing.

I only recently purchased the Pink Mosaic Shimmer Bloc from Laura Mercier (£33) which I spoke about in my recent haul post, but it has pretty much become an instant favourite. It reminds me of the Estee Lauder Tease Blush which was limited edition a few years ago; by swirling the paler 3 shades together it’s almost an exact match. I love this blush/highlighter for it’s hybrid properties and the natural warmth it gives to the skin!

And finally, my beloved NARS Copacabana Liquid Illuminator (£23), which I’m surprised is the only non-powder product featured in my favourites! If you like dewy skin, you’ll want to cover yourself in this – it’s healthy skin in a tube! You can obviously apply it to your cheekbones, as is traditional, but I really enjoy mixing it in to my foundation to give radiance to my complexion. It also has brilliant lasting power and catches the light so beautifully!

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What’s your favourite highlighter?

El x

14 thoughts on “Glow Getters | My Favourite Highlighters

  1. Highlighters are my weakness! I don’t even wear them that often because it’s a little too much for just going to work every day, but they’re just too pretty to resist! You have some great choices there. NARS Copacabana is one of my favourites too, and I’ve been meaning to try the Mary-Lou Manizer for YEARS…have just never gotten around to it!

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    1. Haha they’re my weakness too! I love anything shiny 🙂 Copacabana is a gorgeous pinky shade, but the Mary Lou-Manizer is more champagne and a bit warmer so I think you could easily justify having both! 🙂 Put it on your wishlist – it’s been my go-to for everyday wear for a good few months now! xx

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    1. Is that the Solstice Palette from Sleek? I like that one too! The more golden shade (I think it’s bottom right) is sort of similar to the Mary Lou-Manizer from what I can remember!
      I’d definitely recommend the Balm highlighter because it’s so pigmented that you only need the tiniest tap of your brush to get a really strong sheen… I’ve had mine since Christmas and I haven’t even made a dint in it, so it’ll last you ages!
      And I am also poor now; I’ve got two hauls coming up and am officially broke because of them! 🙂 xxx

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      1. How much is the Balm highlighter? I’ve got the precious metals highlighting palette ( It’s all bronze tones which is right up my street and more worth the money for me!! Already used one square up completely and moved onto the next one! Difference is, it’s cream highlighter and am wanting to move onto powders. The ABH glam glow kits look insane! x

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      2. I think the Balm highlighter is in the region of £17 which isn’t cheap at all, but I do think that the amount of time it will last you does make it worth spending the money on. If you didn’t want to spend that much the Solstice Palette from Sleek is powder and it’s so gorgeous!
        It’s quite nice to try different formulas and see which works best for you!
        And I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN about those stunning ABH highlighters. Don’t even get me started – I want all of them! They look amazing! xxx


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