Today's review is on a face highlighter - one of my beauty must-haves! I do love the pretty glow that face highlighters/illuminators provide me, whilst giving my wider, flatter face a bit of dimension.
The highlighter I am currently using is one from Etude House, and is called the Aloha V-Line Slim Maker. It is a face highlight, plus face contour - hence the 'slim maker' name.
|Using these two products, you can turn a square face into a v face ^^|
Well, that's what the illustration claims, anyway~
|The package description - click to enlarge|
As you can see, there is a bit of a Hawaiian-themed design, though I'm not sure why. Nevertheless, the compact is slim and sleek, and the floral design on the lid carries through to the highlight/contour inside, which is prettily engraved.
|There are 2 compacts available|
I picked Sun Gold//Wood Brown because the contour is lighter compared to the other one
But if you like pink highlighters, you can go for the second one
So prettily engraved in fact, that I had a terrible time making myself use it! I wanted to preserve its pristine condition, lol.
As you can see, the compact even contains a handy mirror, which makes it perfect for touch-ups on the go. The brown section is the face contour, and the shimmery gold section is the face highlight. Face contours are generally brown in pigment, and can be used to create a visually slimmer face by contouring the jawline, forehead, or cheek area to create depth and shadows.
A brush is also included, along with a plastic pouch.
The brush is surprisingly usable - at least for the highlighter section. It's bristles are very soft and fluffy, and don't irritate or scratch my skin at all. I find it quite good for adding highlighter to the top of my cheekbones and temple. As for the bridge of my nose, above my upper lip, and my brow bones, I have to use a smaller brush instead, since those areas are smaller.
Here's the swatch of these two powders - I did rub a little harder, in order to show the pigmentation you're capable of getting.
In my opinion the gold highlighter is a very lovely, and definitely pigmented, powder highlighter. You only need to gently swipe the brush and you'll be able to pick up quite a bit of powder. It's a fine powder that's capable of being built up, though even a light swipe will already give a noticeable amount of 'glow' to the face.
I love the effect of the highlighter on my face - not only does it add a glow to my face, but it also adds dimension (by highlighting the high points on my face) - making my face a little less flat looking, a little less wider, and a little less dull.
My one nitpick from using the sun gold highlighter is that it can look worryingly powdery up close (like, within kissing distance), or like it has sunk into cracked skin/dry lines, since my cheeks are suffering from dryness recently. I rectify this by using a face spritz, which I promise does help take away the powdery look, resulting in a lovely natural looking glow. Those with normal or oilier skin shouldn't have any problems with this.
As for the contour - I find I have hardly used it at all. The colour is quite hard to pick up with a fluffy brush, and the powder also is not very pigmented. I need to rub quite hard to get a fraction of pigmentation, so I've yet to really use it for any contouring.
|Swatch - blended out|
I have been using this highlighter quite a bit - I think highlighters in general are a really great product to have on those days you just want to wear as little make-up as possible, and I do like the effect this Etude one gives me, a lot.
|Add it on your brow bone - to give your face some light and dimension|
It helps spotlight your eye make-up, or draw attention to your eyes when you're wearing little make-up at all
|Use highlight on the centre of your nose to create a more noticeable nose bridge|
Great for 'creating' a nose if yours sort of blends in with the rest of your face
|Also add highlight at the cheek bones to add dimension to a wide or flat face|
Your skin will seem to have a healthy glow when it catches the light
|Don't forget to add a little on your cupid's bow to bring attention to your lips|
- pretty packaging
- not too expensive (I got mine off ebay for about AUD$15, plus $3 shipping)
- highlighter has nice pigmentation
- don't need too much for a pretty and subtle glow
- the effect is naturally glowy and shimmery, rather than glittery or fake looking
- should last a while
- can sink into fine lines or look overly powdery if used on dry skin
- can't easily pick up contour powder - takes some effort to get a bit of pigmentation
- most of us have to track it down online
Overall, a nice highligher I'm happy to have in my beauty collection - but lately my interest has shifted into liquid/cream highlighters! I'm hoping they will work better with my dryer skin~
Anyone else a fan of highlighters, and if you are, which one are you using right now?
Thank you for reading! Hope you have a lovely day~