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Compare and Contrast: Hyped Up Highlighters

9:59 PM

Holy frickin' highlight mania.

I don't know if I've ever seen a beauty trend grip the internet community more tightly than the recent highlighting craze. Well, okay, maybe contouring and the naked palettes could give the "glow" obsession a run for it's money - but still, highlighting has taken over!

And let's be honest, who am I to ignore a trend? (DAMN YOU ANASTASIA CONTOUR KIT)

But putting all the hype-buzz-hoopla aside, I really do love the gorgeous effects of a little sheen. Anything that will bring my pale complexion to life is fine by me. And after building up a highlighter collection of my own, I thought it was time to do a compare/contrast of a few of the most popular "glowy" products out there. 

(Note: Since I do have quite pale skin, I have focused on the highlighters I use on a daily basis for my own complexion. But don't fret! I will note the names of  product shades that will better suit other skin tones if they are available!)

The products I will be comparing are:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in "Soft and Gentle"

A light champagne with slight cool/pink undertones - $32 CDN

This is the first highlighter that ever intrigued me. I saw it in my mother's makeup drawer as a teenager - and years later, I finally decided to pick it up for myself.

Soft and Gentle is fairly smooth in consistency, but has noticeable flecks of glitter baked into it. And although that may scare some people away, this product doesn't come off on the skin as overtly glittery or over-the-top. It adds a nice, natural glow to the skin without being too "BAM." I reach for this product on almost a daily basis, as it's perfect for daytime and wearing to work.

Cons? It has some glitter fallout, which often gets all over the place. (As you can see in the above picture).

Other shades available in this formula: Cheeky Bronze (soft coral with golden shimmer), Global Glow (neutral tan with silver sheen), Gold Deposit (soft reflective golden bronze), Lightscapade (Soft candlelit beige with multidimensional shimmer).

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

A pale champagne highlight - $24 US

Unlike Soft and Gentle, Mary-Lou Manizer feels more like a pressed pigment than a hard-baked highlight. The formula is so buttery smooth, it's quite lovely to the touch. But the downside of such a soft product? It's always falling apart in the pan and getting all over the place.

This highlighter is seriously intense. You must use with caution, or else you'll end up looking like a golden frosted cupcake fairy (and if that's your thing, you do you, girl). But when used with a light hand, it produces the most beautiful, striking highlight.

If you're looking for a highlighter to wear on nights out to "da club" or or just want to be glowy as frig, check out Mary-Lou Manizer.

Other shades available in this formula: Betty-Lou Manizer (bronze), Cindy-Lou Manizer (peachy-pink)

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Moonstone'

A pale golden liquid highlight - Travel Size $23 CDN / Full Size $50 CDN

Sometimes in the summer, when I'm getting my sweat on, I find powder highlights can look super "powdery" on the skin and emphasize pores and imperfections. This formula, on the other hand, is perfect for hot weather situations. It does a wonderful job of creating that natural looking "dew" on the skin, that all of us ladies seem to want to achieve!

Only con? It's a bit more of a hassle to apply than powder products and it can be hard to figure out the right amount of product to use. My preferred application method is squirting a little on the back of my hand and using my Real Techniques Stipple Brush to apply.

If you're looking for a highlight to get you through the summer months and achieve that just-spent-a-relaxing-day-on-the-beach-life-is-so-great glow - this is a product worth checking out!

Other shades available in this formula: Opal (golden opal pearl), Topaz (golden bronze pearl), Rose Gold (golden rosy pink).

Side-by-side Comparison:
From left to right: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Liquid in 'Moonstone, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle'
What is your go-to highlight? FEED MY ADDICTION.

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  1. Okay it's official, I need Mary-Lou Manizer in. my. life.

    I actually use the pinky champagne-y shade from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette as my highlight and it's GORG.

  2. I love Soft and Gentle! Its so pretty, I don't even care that that glitter gets all over me! :P

    I also really like PinkTastic baked blush by ELF. Its a really similar colour, I think, but it has tiny pink veins, and obviously its much cheaper!