The Highlight of My Day | 4 Unique Highlighters That Have Me Drooling

Highlighters seem like such an easy buy, but for me, I have a hard time with them. I never caught on to the strobing trend, but I can’t deny that I am lured by the call of the highlighter. I recently spent way too much time found myself in Sephora looking for a powder foundation (and I found one I’m quite excited about) and noticed all the highlighters on display. It was like everywhere I turned, there was a highlighter staring me in my face, shining and glistening, calling out to me like a siren. When presented with many options, I become incredibly indecisive and need to narrow things down. That’s what I did with the highlighters and have a few swatches to show you all that I thought were very pretty and passed my picky test!

Ilia Illuminator in Polka Dots & Moonbeams and Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator (what a long name!) in Spotlight had me the most excited. They are both cream based highlighters and likely buildable. However, I personally wouldn’t build these because one swipe from tube to arm was plenty for me. I don’t imagine I would use these directly from the tube to the skin. I would use my fingers to apply these particular “illuminators” to my cheekbones, brow bones, and temples. These would even be good for the inner corners of the eye.

Ilia Illuminator, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Spotlight (

I wasn’t a huge fan of the color Polka Dots & Moonbeams on display of the Ilia Illuminator for myself, but it is quite pretty and I think would look amazing on someone with a lighter skin tone. I had a quick look and also noticed there are more colors of this highlighter that will work for me. I found myself falling in love with the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick, and the universal color Spotlight was really attractive to me. I really like the texture of both of these and when I laid on my arm later that evening, they were still going in full force! I’d bet these would hold up on my oily skin!

Ilia Illuminator, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Spotlight (

I swatched two more highlighters that caught my eye: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow and Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Powder in Seduction. 

Laura Mercier Powder Seduction, Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow

These two are powder-based highlighters. The Laura Mercier Highlighter appeared so much more pigmented than it actually turned out to be after I swatched it with my finger and I love it for this reason. In the photo below, that is actually two layers. This one looks like it would come out more pigmented if used with a brush. The Bobbi Brown Highlighter swatched lighter than I thought it would and reminds me a lot of Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold in color. I would describe the Laura Mercier highlighter as more natural looking while the Bobbi Brown highlighter appeals to me as more of a highlighter for strobing.

Laura Mercier Powder Seduction, Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow

I really liked all four of these out of the many that were on display. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Marc Jacobs one!




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