Glow with the flow! Natural highlighter wishlist

Not so long ago, I didn’t even know the use of an highlighter, and to be fair, it’s not like it’s an absolute necessity. However, I’ve come to enjoy how some people use it for a subtle luminous look. My only fear when using an highlighter would be to resemble a sprarkly teen vampire 😉 Hence why I’m hoping you will let me know which one you’ve tried from the list, or at least share your experience with natural highlighters, as I’m still undecided. 

Pacifica Golden Lotus Highlighting Powder
Newly launched, this pressed powder is meant to provide a sheer golden glow and contains lotus powder and coconut water for a glowing and brightening effect.
Pro’s : powder form suits my oily skin better and has a better lasting power. I haven’t tired anything from this brand so I’m really curious too.
Con’s : coconut. It’s always been pore clogging for me and I try to avoid putting coconut on my face, but I’m still intrigued about the product.

Ingredients: Mica, lauroyl lysine (coconut source), zinc stearate, silica, isostearyl neopentanoate, caprylic capric triglyceride (coconut source), lotus powder, cocos nucifera (coconut) fruit juice, diheptyl succinate*, capryloyl glycerin*, sebacic acid copolymer*, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate. May Contain: Titanium dioxide (Cl 77891), iron oxides, Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499 *Eco-Cert natural ingredient Formulated without carmine, FD&C color, parabens and petroleum.

Gabriel Cosmetics Liquid Radiance
A liquid highlighter which comes in three shades; Halo, Liquid Gold, and Rose Gold. What makes it really appealing to me is the fact that it’s a roll-on (I love roll-ons in general, being perfumes, essential oils, glosses etc…).
Pro’s : easy to apply (looks fun!) affordable price, lovely choice of colors
Con’s : it’s quite difficult to get Gabriel Cosmetics products in Europe, mostly because of the high shipping cost and eventual custom fees. I’m also hoping it’s not too shimmery.

Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Lechitin, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Potassium Sorbate

Glory Boon Howdy Highlighter
Glory Boon is my current Etsy crush, but I’ve refrained myself from placing an order as of now. I’m waiting to use up my stash first. Everything is hand-made, cruelty free, and void of synthetic and mineral oils. Not to mention that their whole range looks super pretty. This is a cream highlighter in a stick, with soothing and nourishing ingredients such as aloe vera, rosehip oil, avocado and shea butter.
Pro’s : reasonable price, comes in a stick, the rave reviews on Etsy.
Con’s : potentially too glittery (not sure) and I couldn’t find the whole ingredient list. I will have to ask first before thinking of purchasing it.

Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face and Body lotion
After reading Kimberly’s brilliant luminizer post (here), I’ve mentally put this one on my wishlist. A tinted face and body moisturiser that adds a slight warm shimmer. Containing Elderberry and Blackberry extracts to keep the skin soft and hydrated and White and Green Tea extracts for an antioxidant effect, it surely looks like a fitting product for summer.
Pro’s : a subtle shimmery look, the hydrating aspect since it’s a lotion and the fact that it doubles as a body product.
Con’s : I’m reluctant to use it on my face since it might be too rich, and the ingredient list contains some synthetic and silicon-based ingredients such as Polysilicone 11, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, and Cyclopentasiloxane (the score is relatively low on EWG, but it’s always better to point out these details.)
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Coconut Alkanes (And) Polysilicone 11, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Pectin, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Sambucus Nigra (Elder Flower) Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (And) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (And) Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. [+/- (May Contain) Mica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 201)].

Kjaer Weis Radiance highlighter
An exciting newly released product from Kjaer Weis, a unique cream highlighter that adds a bronzed glow and helps contour the face. What stands out the most to me is the fact that it doesn’t contain coconut. Instead, Kjaer Weis opted for Sweet Almond and Jojoba Seed oils, which my skin appreciates much more. Special mention to the rose oil and the vanilla extract, I assume this highlighter also smells lovely.

Not
too silver, white, or gold, this luminizing highlighter creates a
subtle contouring radiance on fair skin and a sexy shimmering glow on
dark skin. Its unexpectedly lavender-beige undertones actually reflect
and enhance your skin’s native coloring to give off a believable
luminosity in daylight and indoor light.WHO IT’S FOR
We found this unique color flattering on all skin tones but bear in mind
it is medium toned and darker than most fair to light skin. On medium
to dark skin, the color reads as a lavender to neutral undertoned
highlight, while on fair skin it reads as a beige or bronzing contouring
luminizer.

WHAT’S IN IT
Non pore-clogging, moisturizing and healing organic ingredients like rosehip seed oil,  antioxiant and brightening licorice root, and sweet organic vanilla
nourish and enhance the skin, anywhere it’s applied! – See more at:
http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com/kjaer-weis-radiance.html#sthash.pbM9zFer.dpuf

Pro’s: the high quality ingredients, non-clogging (at least for me), universal shade, its versatility since it can be used as cream eye shadow too.
Con’s : the price.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil·, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil·, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch·, Cera Alba ·, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax ·, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil·, Polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil·, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract· May Contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499)

Now you might be wondering why there’s no RMS? (or not) Well, I tried a sample of the Living Luminizer, but didn’t get on with it. It’s mostly because of the wet texture, it simply wouldn’t stay on my oily skin. However, if you know a tip about how to fix this, I’m all ears 🙂

Have you tried any of these, if yes which one would you recommend?

Take care,

Liz

Liz

Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I’m on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.

16 Comments
    1. Haha I don't know either, but I'm on a spending ban, which gives me plenty of time to think about it. Yes, Kjaer Weis is really expensive, and right now I'm not sure I know how to properly apply a highligher lol. So I might get an unexpensive first and if I manage to improve my makeup skills, I could start considering KW (I still have the little Content Beauty coupon 😉 xx

  1. I WAS wondering why RMS wasn't there! Interesting you didn't like it, I've never tried it but heard good things.
    To add another possible and affordable option is the brija cosmetics cream stick highlighter, I have it and I love it, I'm sure Brianna could post you a sample to try. It's very affordable, easy to use and subtle. Others have told me it's one of the best but I have nothing else to compare it to so cannot comment!
    Rach xx
    http://Www.Allnaturalaspirations.com

    1. Thank you Rach! I'll definitely have a look at Brianna's highlighter. I trust your judgement: if you love it, I already know that it's great quality. I might start with an affordable highlighter to see if I enjoy using this type of product. xx

  2. I have not tried any of the above, I do prefer golden highlighters and my current fave as I mentioned on insta is ilia cosmic dancer. Gabriel cosmetics has been on my wish list for so long but like you said shipping etc. I would like to try pacifica as I have been looking for a gold powder ever since I switched, kjaer weis looks good but I am not the biggest fan of pink in a highlighter… Oh dear I was not much help xx

    1. Not true, you are always helpful 🙂 I had completely forgotten about Ilia! I'll have to look at it. I understand what you mean about Kjaer Weis, personally as long as I don't look like a disco ball, I'm fine ;-D xx

  3. The Kjaer Weis one looks incredible in swatches! If price wasn't a factor, that's definitely what I'd choose 🙂 I've also heard good things about the Glory Boon, but it looks SO WHITE in their photos that I'm not sure. Then again, I'm no expert, I think I only own one actual highlighter:)

    1. Agreed! Kjaer Weis swatches on instagram are so convincing, but I've never spent that amount on a makeup product.Glory Boon is the one that I would like to start with, if it's not working for me, at least I won't have spent a fortune on it 🙂 xx

  4. (okay so I was saying,) I recommend Brija's Stolen Luxury highlight, just as Rachel has suggested! It's a stick form which is very convenient (though I still use my pinkie anyway), and it's not glittery/shimmery and imparts a subtle, natural radiance. She's having a sale right now, but even without the sale it's still very affordable at $15!

    1. Thanks Ru! I had a look at it and since I have yet to place an order on Brija Cosmetics, I might as well try this highlighter. A natural radiance is exactly the kind of look I'm looking for 😀 xx

  5. The gabriel cosmetics looks intriguing…I've never seen it before. And of course drooling over kjaer weis, but I'm better able to resist a highlighter than their other offerings! Great post!

    1. Thank you! Intriguing indeed, I like the roll-on application but I haven't seen swatches and reviews yet, so I can't say for sure if it's what I'm looking for. I have yet to splurge on Kjaer Weis and I'm still undecided between the foundation of the highlighte 😉 xx

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