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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Clarins Spring 2014 Opalescence Collection | Photos, Swatches, Review

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The Spring 2014 Clarins Opalescence Collection has some stunning new products to ease your way into spring. I am mesmerized by the stunning packaging on the Limited Edition Face and Blush Powder. It has the most amazing holographic opalescent top on the compact. I have a selection of items from the collection to share with you. There is also a Limited Edition Vibrant Light Eye Quartet and new permanent Cream Blushes released with the collection as well. I am so interested in the cream blushes. If you have tried them please let me know your thoughts on them in the comments.

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The Limited Edition Face & Blush Powder ($40 CAD) is a smooth matte powder that has a soft finish that doesn’t look at all powdery or chalky. The powder consists mainly of a light peach base with accents of coral and brown. The gold seen is just an overspray that is very easily removed. You can build up this powder to use as a blush or contour but I find it is best used all over the complexion. It even works on my fair skin this way when applied lightly. Applied a little more heavily I can achieve a more natural sun kissed effect on my skin. I think what makes this beautifully designed collectors palette release unique is that it has a matte finish. It’s something we don’t see often enough.

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Clarins Spring 2014 Face & Blush Powder | Peach, Coral, Brown individually, swirled together.

There are three new permanent shades of the Clarins Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick ($27 CAD) being released with the collection. This is my first experience with this formula and WOW do I ever love it! It is so glossy. It offers a nice amount of sheer pigment and has a light fruity scent. It feels more like a lip balm than a lipstick. It is so hydrating with all the lip care ingredients. I love having the shine and transparency of a gloss with the convenience and feel of a balmy lipstick. The shade shown is 21 Pink Orchid. The other two shades are 19 Tropical Pink and 20 Coral Tulip.

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The collection also includes a two new permanent shades of Gloss Prodige ($ CAD) 11 Coral Tulip and 12 Crystal. Crystal is a completely clear gloss without shimmer. I’m not a fan of clear glosses myself but if you are then you will love the Gloss Prodige formula which has a smooth gel finish and is non sticky. You can see in the swatches below that the Joli Rouge Lipstick is so glossy that you can’t even see a real difference adding the clear gloss on top.

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Clarins Joli Rouge in Pink Orchid on left. Pink Orchid Joli Rouge with Gloss Prodige in Crystal layered on top on the right.

There is a new permanent shade of Clarins Mineral Eye Shadow ($22 CAD) released with the collection called Smokey Plum. It is a smokey grey plum taupe. Lovely and complex. It applied with nice pigmentation and shimmer dry and more metallic when applied wet.

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I already introduced you to the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Booster in Rose ($37 CAD) in my Top Ten Tuesday Top 10 Primers post. 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. I am dying to see how the other shades look.

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Beauty Blogger Top Ten Tuesday | Top 10 Primers

This week the Beauty Blogger Top Ten team is focusing on primers. I don’t think I recall a time when there has been such an onslaught of new primer releases. Most of these being blurring/pore refining primers. I thought I would share with you ten that, with the exception of my professional kit staple Benefit POREfessional, are all new to the market. I have divided them into categories to make things a little more coherent.

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Skincare that Performs as a Primer  - Who doesn’t love a product that pulls double duty?

Dior Capture Totale DreamSkin Global Age-Defying Skincare Perfect Skin Creator ($115 CAD) is a new addition to the Capture Totale skincare lineup. This serum is designed to be as effective on the surface of the skin as it is deep down. It has an exclusive and precise blend of two powders, mica platelets with a crystalline mesh and hollow silica microspheres, to smooth skins tone and texture to both sight and touch. It does so invisibly. It also works deep down over time with the powerful age defying floral actives of Longoza extract from the Ranomafana Garden in Madagascar as well as Opilia, a new discovery made in the Dior Garden in Burkina Faso to perfect skin texture. This product addresses pores, firmness, redness, radiance, and dark spots. It’s a true powerhouse due to the fact it acts as a primer to hide these imperfections while it improves them overtime. It also happens to smell incredible and has a lovely light, weightless feel. This will work on any and all skin tones.

Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Age Skin Corrector ($22.99 CAD) works to correct wrinkles, radiance, dark spots, uniformity, and firmness with LHA, proretinol, vitamin E, anti-oxidant ginger, and firming peptides. It comes out white with invisible micro-capsules enriched with micro-pigments that are supposed to create a universal shade. I find the shade far too dark on my skin but if you aren’t as fair as I this is a lovely feeling and smelling product to try at a great price.

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Dior DreamSkin, Garnier Ultra-Lift unblended, Garnier Ultra-Lift slightly blended

 

Illuminating Primers – Due to my dry skin this is probably my favourite category. I am madly in love with all three of these glow giving primers as they are all quite different.

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. I am dying to see how the other shades look.

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.

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.

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Blurring/Pore Minimizing Primer – These seem to really be the rage these days with many drugstore and higher end brands releasing their own version of this silicone heavy primer. I find these all to be fairly similar so it is all trial and error with liking the feel and scent.

Dior Pore Minimizer ($42 CAD) can be used alone or under foundation to smooth skins texture by filling lines and wrinkles. It has a thick balmy, ultra smooth texture. The soft focus pigments work to even out the complexion. You can even use this lightly over foundation to touch up to matify and diminish pores. I find, like with a lot of these kinds of primers, that if you use too much product you can experience pilling.

Garnier 5 Sec Blur Skin Renew Instant Smoother ($19.99 CAD) has soft focus, mattifying, and wrinkle and pore filling effects to give you that airbrushed effect, with or without makeup, in only seconds thanks to silica spheres and silicone elastomers.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($10.99 CAD) has a clear gel texture and includes cherry extract. It is an well performing and excellently priced option if you want to give these kinds of silicone based pore blurring primers a try.

Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional ($36 CAD) is the original Pro Balm to Minimize Pores. This is the only primer I’ve included that isn’t new but how could I not include this cult favourite that has been around since July 2010. It is the primer I use most often in my professional kit to ensure a long lasting air brushed finish.

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional

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Dior Pore Minimizer | Garnier 5 Sec Blur | Maybelline Baby Skin | Benefit POREfessional blended.

 

Targeted Primers

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother ($ CAD) is basically a targeted version of a blurring/pore minimizing primer that also includes illuminators to brighten the eye area and a wonderfully cooling applicator. It includes Revitalift’s Pro-Retinol A, vitamin C and specially designed peptide for the eye area to helps improve the delicate skin around eyes and lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and under eye bags look reduced over time. I love that this has long term benefits and works as an eye cream and primer in one. We all know it can be a struggle to find an eye cream that works well under makeup.

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L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother blended

 

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