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The IABT Guide To... Highlighters


Welcome to the first instalment of The IABT Guide to... 

If you've been round these parts before, you will know that highlighter is part of my everyday makeup routine as the whole lit from within look is my thing.
Today is all about my favourites, my most used and the ones I highly recommend. Plus, there's highend and drugstore offerings so there's something for everyone. 

Now yes, this is my entire collection of highlighters. Excessive? I agree. However there are some beautiful products here and there's not one I don't like. Here's my favourites of the bunch...

There's a few of highlighters that were in subscription boxes so I never would have found them otherwise. First is the Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow at £10 which is such an incredible product. It's a gel texture, has a golden sheen to it, looks stunning on the skin, especially in the summer as a nice bronzey glow. The next product is from Kryolan and the Cashmere Highlighter priced at £12.95 is one of my favourite ever highlighters. I like to apply most of my cream or liquid highlighters with a beauty blender or stippling brush and this just looks natural yet so stunning on the cheeks. I wear this even when I don't wear any other makeup. 

The MeMeMe Illuminator was in a beauty box last year and to purchase this it will set you back just £5.50. This is pretty much identical to the Benefit High Beam (£19.50) which is another product that appeared as a sample size in a subscription box quite recently actually. They're both liquid, pink toned illuminators, at the opposite ends of the price scale and are the perfect products for pale skin. Continuing on with Benefit the Sun Beam illuminator (also £19.50) and Watts Up Soft Focus Highlighter (£24.50) are pricey, yes, but they're great products and although I think there are cheaper alternatives, if you have the money to spend on one of these then you will love them. 

So I've discussed some of the cream and liquid highlighters so now for powders...

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent Light is definitely one of my most luxurious products in my collection and as a highlighter, although it's fairly natural, it is still a beautiful product and a luxury product (coming in at £38.00) that I suggest everyone should at least check out.

A slightly more affordable option is the The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer at £17.50 that you can find on feelunique.com. It's a beautiful champagne golden highlight that can be pretty dramatic if you have a heavy hand. I have had this for over a year and I have barely made a dent in it so it's going to last forever and the value for money is just marvellous.
For an even cheaper alternative, the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick for £4.99 from Boots is a beautiful yet subtle highlight that also doubles up as eyeshadow (which quite frankly any of these could be) and theres a bronzey side and a rosey side, so it makes it very versatile for different skin tones.

Sleek are a great drugstore brand and they're well known for their palettes. My particular favourites are the Contouring & Highlighter Palette costing £9.99 which has a stunning golden champagne highlight which is very similar to the Mary Lou-Manizer in performance and it has a blush and bronzer in there too so it's perfect for travelling or for a starter makeup kit. 
Another palette from Sleek is the Liquid Metals Highlighter Palette also £9.99 which are cream highlighters. There's an almost white frosty kind of shade, a more Ivory/cream sort of shade and a more bronzey one. There's also a bronzey powder highlight too which is great for the perfect JLo glow although be careful, it's quite shimmery. Less is definitely more in this case.

There's my top 10 favourite highlighters. Again, I'm aware it's excessive but I'm a beauty blogger and that's just what I do. I have tried some other ones and although they haven't made it in to my top 10, they are still great products and there's been a lot of great reviews so thought I would mention them.

The No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Stick is a great drugstore alternative to the fairly new Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight which will set you back £19.00. The No7 stick will only cost you £9.99. If you're a regular shopper at Boots then you will probably know that you always get vouchers for No7 so you can actually get them for about a fiver. There is a Bronzing Highlighter but I haven't had the chance to try that one yet.
There's a few products that are all incredibly similar and they are all drugstore prices so any of them would be suitable for a new makeup wearer. The Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, £5.99, The Body Shop Instant Highlighter, £12.00 and the Revlon Skin Lights £11.00 are all pink toned so they're good for pale skin and can all be used as a primer, a specific highlighter or mixed in with foundation to give an lit from within glow.

The two highlighters that I have but have barely used in the last year are the Topshop Highlighter, £9.00 which I find doesn't look good on my skin anymore, it basically removes any product underneath and it just doesn't look even the slightest bit natural. The Soap & Glory Glow all Out, £11.00 is too dark for a highlight, more like a blush for super fair skin and although it gives a nice glow to the complexion, it's not my cup of tea to be honest.

I hope this helps for anyone who is interested in starting to wear highlighter. There's so many beautiful options out there and I'm sure my highlighter collection will continue to grow. It's an obsession and it's becoming a problem.

What's your favourite highlighter?

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