Makeup Wars | My Favourite Highlighters and Illuminating Products

This week the Makeup Wars members are sharing our favourite illuminating products. This is probably one of my favourite cosmetics categories for two reasons. Firstly I have very dry, dull skin and I need a lot of assistance in the glow department. Secondly I am very picky when it comes to products in this category so finding the right product is always a struggle for me. I guess I kind of enjoy the challenge and the subsequent joy and satisfaction of finding a product that meets my expectations. Why am I so picky? Well when it comes to highlighters and illuminators I do not like glitter. At all. Even shimmer is pushing it. I want the product to offer a natural glow and sheen without looking too sparkly. I want a refined finish.

Illuminating Primers – Give your complexion an all over glow with these illuminating primers. Some are quite sheer like the Burberry Fresh Glow and others more concentrated like the Dior Glow Maximizer.

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Dior Glow Maximizer ($42 CAD) has quite a strong golden glow. It can be mixed with your foundation to boost skin’s radiance, patted full strength on top of your makeup as a highlighter in light catching areas, or even used sparingly as a primer all over under foundation if you are in dire need of some radiance as I sometimes do.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – A sheer fluid with very fine champagne shimmer. An amazing primer.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose ($37 CAD) this opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach.

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 ($38 CAD) has the benefit of light sun protection and it offers a very subtle, completely neutral, illumination to the skin.  It contains red algae to revitalize skin as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to ward off free radicals. It really works well as a base and feels very light, absorbing quickly into the skin.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator SPF25+ – This is an all over moisturizer/primer but is concentrated enough to be used as a spot highlighter as well. Pearl is more my shade but right now I only have a travel size of Opal that I use in my pro kit.

Liquid Highlighters – I love the ease of using a liquid highlighter. You can mix them into your foundation or skincare for a luminous glow or apply them to the high points of your face for a glow that blends right into your skin.

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility Highlighting Liquid – A opalescent pink highlighter that is highly pigmented.

Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer – I similar shade to Sea of Tranquility in a slightly sheerer finish.

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter – A warm golden glow. A only have a sample size but this is such a great way to warm the complexion.

Highlighting Pens – I don’t find these really highlight or illuminate much but they work great for brightening up the under eye area and disguising shadows and bags.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 1 and 2

Cream Highlighters – Like liquids these blend in so naturally to the skin for a lit from within glow on the high points of your face.

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Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight – This is a sheer natural champagne shade with a refined glow. A favourite of many Edward Bess fans.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter – A similar champagne glow as the Edward Bess cream but in a more concentrated stick form.

Powder Highlighters – I find these are the kinds of highlighters are reach for most often as they just seem quicker and easier sometimes. It can be tricky to find ones that aren’t to sparkly and glittery for my taste. Here are some currently available ones that I adore.

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Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette – Don’t miss out on this amazing limited edition Spring 2014 highlighter. It has the most stunning champagne sheen and is an incredibly luxurious formula.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sweet to Touch Highlighting Powder – This more pink toned powder highlighter is incredibly refined, smooth, and naturally luminous.

Limited Edition Discontinued Powder Highlighter Favourites – Highlighters are often part of limited edition seasonal releases and here are some of my no longer available go to favourites.

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Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

Lancome Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder in Rose Etincelle

MAC Play it Proper Beauty Powder

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What are some of your all time favourite highlighters and illuminators. I’d love to know! Make sure to check out the other Makeup Wars blogger faves!

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BECCA Ultimate Eye Colour Quad in Eclipsed ~ Photos, Swatches, and Review

BECCA came out with their new Ultimate Eye Colour Quads ($40 US) quite some time ago but I had not gotten around to trying them out. I have Eclipsed to share with you today and I can tell you it was well worth the wait.


The quads come in round rubberized compacts with metal embellishment just like their cheek and face compacts. I love this compact and sturdy packaging. There is no wasted space with teeny brushes or sponge tipped applicators.


Unfortunately my palette arrived with one of the shades broken. I pressed most of the shadow back in it’s pan without losing much product but unfortunately my photos are not pristine. I also figured since one was broken that “what the heck” I could dig right in and start testing it without worrying about taking photos first. ;)


The information from BECCA refers to the shades as: Metallic Silver, Metallic Champagne, Metallic Khaki, Metallic Moss

I would describe the shades as follows: Shimmery charcoal grey, metallic champagne, matte cool brown, shimmery moss green. The metallic champagne is super pigmented and creamy. The remaining three shades are nicely pigmented. The matte shade has a nice smooth texture and blends well. The grey and moss shade are a bit drier than the other in the palette but they lay down and blend beautifully. They last through the day without fading or creasing on me.


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I think this is a superb palette. While it doesn’t include a browbone shade it is really nice to see that it offers a matte crease shade as well as options for day and night looks with the bright shimmery champagne and well as two deeper shade options. The formula contains vitamin E and is fragrance and preservative free.


Metallic Silver: Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Polyester-4, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Metallic Champagne: Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Polyester-4, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Metallic Khaki: Talc Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethylhexanoin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone, Polyester-4, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Zinc Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470).

Metallic Moss: Talc, Mica, Triethylhexanoin, Polyester-4, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Lactate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxide (CI 7791, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470).

Products provided for my consideration. All reviews are always my own honest and unbiased opinions.

BECCA Balearic Love Collection Face of the Day

First off I must apologize for how ridiculously pic heavy this post is. I love showing different lighting and angles to show how different something can look and I just couldn’t seem to narrow this post down enough so I gave up. Pics away!
Now that I’ve finished reviewing all of the items I ordered from the BECCA Balearic Love Collection I can post the second look I did using all the products. The links to all the individual reviews can be found in the product listing below. I was much happier with how it turned out by omitting the shade Atlas which I felt was a bit too warm for me. This is actually at the end of wearing these products all day. I was going out and touched up and amped up the smokey eye and snapped some pics before we left. I was very happy with how it turned out. Normally I don’t wear smoky eye looks but I felt very comfortable with this and my husband even said he liked it. After I asked of course. LOL
Products used:
Rouge Bunny Rouge Prelude in the Clouds primer
Chanel Vitalumiere foundation BR10
Fresh Face Lustre in Fair Isle
MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder
NARS Smudgeproof Eye Primer
BECCA Romanticism Eye Tint on lid and into crease.
BECCA Balearic Love Palette Romal all over the lid and into crease and blended out of crease (intensified in outer v). Marcella layered on top up to crease and on lower lash line.
MAC Mystery to blend out the crease a bit.
MAC Femme Fi on browbone
Fyrinnae Moonstone on the inner corner (I think LOL)
BECCA Cabrera Line & Define Pencil Deep Violet shade on upper lash line quite thickly as well as base of lower lash line. Metallic Bronze shade on lower lash line under Deep Violet and Marcella layered on top.
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara Black
Anastasia Strawburn Brow Powder Duo
Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst Lipstick in Nothing Unknown