Hey there – I’m LP. I love makeup. I buy and try a lot of it. I am always trying new brands and formulas.
Despite the size of my collection, I make a serious effort to use what I own. Now that I am on a Yearlong No Buy, I’ve decided to rank the items in my collection by category. In today’s post, I’ll be showing my highlighter collection and ranking.
Please keep reading, if you are interested in looking at a huge highlighter collection!
Cream & Liquid Highlighter Ranking
My cream/liquid highlighter collection ranking was tough because I only own four highlighters like this.
The Mini Highlighter in the shade Lit provides an ultra-glossy sheen to the face wherever it is applied. The dewy shine looks natural and effortless; however, this is a highlighter that only works when applied overtop foundation (before setting with powder).
Swatches of my Creme & Liquid Highlighters
2 | ColourPop Lite Stix – Urth (CF, $8.00 USD)
At the $8.00 USD price point, the ColourPop Lite Stix are a total steal for consumers looking for high-quality cream highlighters at an affordable price tag. Urth is an icy pink highlighter similar to that of Benefit’s High Beam Liquid Highlighter. Check out my huge ColourPop Haul here.
1 | Benefit – High Beam Liquid Highlighter ($26.00 USD)
The Benefit High Beam Liquid Highlighter is one of two highlighters I’ve finished completely and repurchased (the other one being the Benefit Watt’s Up Cream Highlighter). This pinky, pearl-like highlight provides a beautiful glow to the face, whether applied underneath or overtop my foundation.
A blinding array of affordable & luxury highlighters
Powder Highlighter Collection & Ranking
My powder highlighter collection was tough to rank. Given my color preferences and my skin tone, only certain shades work for my coloring and preference.
17 | ColourPop x Disney Villains Super Shock Highlighter – Mistress of All Evil (CF, $10.00 USD)
I regret buying much of the Disney Villains Collection. In particular, I regret buying the highlighters. Mistress of All Evil is the only shade I kept.
My Melt Cosmetics Digital Dust Highlighter was not something I instantly loved. For the highlighter to perform at its best, you have to work past the top layer of the product. However, the design of the highlighter is stunning and the color looks almost grungy.
I am a huge fan of ColourPop’s Super Shock Eyeshadow and Highlighter formulas. Lunch Money & Smoke N’ Whistles provide a stunning, wet-looking glow to the cheeks without emphasizing texture or looking like a glitter bomb.
Did Benefit really release the highlighter of the year? Cookie is a stunning, golden pearl highlighter that looks ultra high shine and wet on the skin. This can be built up to look blinding or worn for a subtle glow. 10/10 would recommend.
If it wasn’t apparent from my highlighter collection ranking, I prefer wet or dewy looking highlighters. As a result, many of the luminizers in my highlighter collection add a glass-like sheen or natural glow to the skin.
I have no strong preference on how blinding my highlighters look on the cheeks. Often times, my mood or the occasion dictate whether I reach for something more natural or something high impact.
I may love colorful eyeshadows and eyeliners, but I don’t love colorful highlighters. Holographic or colorful highlighters don’t look natural. Personally, the unnatural glow emphasizes texture on my cheeks.
Disclaimer: I am not intending to brag about my beauty collection or to display wealth. I work hard to buy what I own. Much of what is in my collection has been purchased at a discount or given to me as a gift.
What do you look for in a highlighter? Do you prefer a dewy or wet looking highlighter or do you reach for glittery metallic formulas? Please let me know in the comments below.