I hate to say it, but I’ve absolutely fallen for the highlighting and strobing trend that’s currently occupying the beauty industry. I like to think I’m not one to completely follow all fad trends — but this one I love! I had to give some of the most talked-about products a try.
My first venture into highlighting and strobing came with the purchase of the extremely popular Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent. I wish I could say this part of my glow journey had a happy ending. I looked at numerous bloggers’ swatches online and on Instagram before settling on the shade and ordering it from Sephora. However, when I applied it over my normal foundation, it barely showed up at all. I felt like I was using so much product to get minimal results. At $38 for 0.16 oz. of product, I couldn’t justify holding onto it. Sadly, I trudged back to Sephora and returned it.
Next, I thought I would venture on the lower price point end of the spectrum. ColourPop Cosmetics has recently solidified itself as a favorite in my book. During my first order from the brand, I threw the Super Shock Cheek in Wisp in my basket. I figured, how bad could it be? Plus, if I hated it, I had only spent $8. However, I loved it! The cream-powder formula is unique and the shade looked great on my skin. I love using this color as an eyeshadow as well!
The next time I ordered ColourPop, I decided to give Butterfly Beach a go. I think this shade is going to work really well on my skin in the summer. I like layering it with Wisp for a super glow effect. I hope some of you were able to snag some good deals during their sale yesterday! I heard it was hard to get on the website due to the amount of traffic.
With my passion for highlighters growing, I finally decided to splurge again and pick up one of the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders. I had my eye on Moonstone for the longest time but when I got into the store, decided Opal was more my speed! I love this highlighter so much for when I’m doing a glam look. A little goes a long way here — the opposite of my experience with the Hourglass product — so I only dab a little on my brush to use on my forehead and cheeks. I don’t use this product to highlight my nose as I find it too pigmented for that area of my face. I am thinking about picking up the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop shade soon — let me know if you’re a fan!
Check out these side-by-side comparisons of my BECCA Opal vs the ColourPop shades! The pigmentation is pretty close and I think that Wisp is a pretty close dupe for Opal! Definitely recommend trying out the ColourPop formula if you want in on this trend without breaking the bank.
The final glowing product I want to share with you is from my all-time favorite eye shadow brand, Too Faced! The Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo in Warm Glow is an amazing powder highlighter with subtle finish. This product is super build-able so you can easily layer it until your desired look is achieved. Like I said above, I do not use BECCA on my nose due to it’s heavy formula and high pigmentation. I instead swirl my F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush from Sigma Beauty throughout and brush it lightly down my nose.
What are your favorite highlighting and strobing products? Any you think I should try? Let me know in the comments below!