Friday, 28 June 2013

Favourite highlighters: theBalm, NEW CID, MAC, Glo Minerals & Jane Iredale

My collection of highlighters became slightly excessive, but the fact that I now need a separate "highlighter drawer" in my dressing table, doesn't stop me from buying more. In fact... I just received my Illamasqua order with two of their Illuminators and... I also bought my dream Guerlain Metoerites Pearls last night :) It is turning into an obsession, but I love a bit of sparkle and a healthy glow! I will definitely review the Meteorites and Illamasqua Illuminators on the blog soon, but today I am sharing my current favourite highlighters.

The New CID i-glow highlighter* in shade Sirocco is my first product from the brand and I absolutely love it! It comes in a simple white compact with a mirror and I really like the design. The product itself looks really pretty in the pan and feels amazing to the touch. The formula is super pigmented and finely milled, with a lovely golden glow. The powder applies like a dream, blends easily and reminds me of MAC's MSF in Soft and Gentle. It is more golden in tone though and it compliments my skin tone beautifully. You can buy it from for £21.59. 

(pictured above) New CID i-glow Compact Shimmer Powder in shade Sirocco

My most recent discovery is the Jane Iredale Multi Bronzer in shade Moonglow*(£34.95) and it is a special one! Why? Because it's made with 24-karat gold leaf! What else can a girl ask for in a makeup product, eh? :) The one I received from  Beauty Time Therapies is a simple tester, but standard packaging is very luxurious and looks absolutely gorgeous! Make sure to have a peek on the website and see it in all it's glory.

I love the variety of colours in this quad and I either use them separately or swirl the brush in the middle to blend the colours together. The bronzer/highlighter can be used on the cheeks, eyes or allover your face for a natural looking glow. I was worried that it might look too dark, but as you can see on the swatches below, it looks very natural and sheer, once blended. It is quite pricey, but the fact that you get four different shades in one compact, all made with 24K Gold, definitely makes up for it :)

(pictured above) Jane Iredale Multi Bronzer in shade Moonglow

Another product with real gold thrown into the mixture is the Glo Minerals 24K Dust*(£30.95). It is a loose powder and it gives a natural looking glow with subtle gold shimmer. It is a multipurpose product and can be used on your face, hair and body. Because of the 24K Gold content, it is on the expensive side, but I totally understand why.

 A more affordable option from Glo Minerals is their Cream Highlighter* (£12.00). I must admit - I am seriously impressed with it! The packaging doesn't look too fancy, but once you squeeze the product out, you will be surprised. It is a gorgeous luminescent pink cream, perfect for mixing in with foundations, to add a healthy glow and radiance. Used as a highlighter, it creates a luminous finish and reflects light beautifully. It is a real bargain and I wish it was available in  more shades.

Both products are formulated with Glo Minerals exclusive blend of antioxidants, including green tea and Vitamins A, C & E. Available from

swatches (L-R): Glo Minerals Cream Highlighter, Glo Minerals 24K Gold Dust

I reviewed the Mary-Lou Manizer* (£15.00) recently, but I had to include it in this post! It is a beautiful, reasonably priced product and I reach for it quite often. It suits all skin tones and doesn't look too shimmery. You can read my full review here.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle (£21.50) is still one of my favourite highlighters and after 6 months of regular use, there is hardly a dent in it! It is great value for money. If you are not a fan of gold highlighters and prefer champagne shades, it could be the right choice for you. You can read my full review here.

I thought that swatching all the highlighters next to each other will be a good idea. This way, you will be able to decide which shade is your favourite :)

Glo Minerals Liquid Highlighter, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, MAC MSF in Soft and Gentle,NEW CID i-glow, Jane Iredale Monnglow, Glo Minerals 24K GloDust in Gold

I would love to know your favourite highlighters, so make sure to leave your recommendations. I am lusting after MAC MSF in Gold Deposit and thebalm Betty Lou Manizer

*products marked with an asterisk are PR samples

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  1. i love how much thought & effort you put into this post Sandra, thank you - was really helpful! xx

  2. I am such a massive fan of highlighers, I'm dying to get my hands on the Balm one..I must investigate to see if we can get it in Ireland xx

  3. This post was so gorgeous! All the pretty shimmering colors! I thought it was very informative. I don't have any highlighters, and this post really makes me think about finding the best ones out there for me. I'm leaning towards Mary Lou Manizer though :)

  4. I love Moonglow, it's my absolute favourite, use it everyday. Rose Dawn is really nice too by Jane Iredale xx

  5. These look amazing, really cute love them all, love the golden shades as well xoxox lovely blog love it so much xoxox

  6. The 24K gold ones look so luxurious and nice! Keep seeing good reviews about The Balm one - I really wana try it!

  7. Love reading and looking at your blog posts. Always so detailed. So helpful as you have the same skin tone as me and i envy your style and talent at applying your makeup and putting colours together.

    Jules @Flabbyface

  8. This post is so informative and helpful! Thanks so much for posting, really enjoying your blog :)


  9. Really really want that Balm highlighter it's so beautiful!

  10. Love the finish the MAC MSF gives, it makes your skin look like it has such a natural glow. I still can't break away from my Topshop Crescent Moon highlighter but sometimes it looks a bit too pearlescent on my skin x

  11. I really want to try the CID highlighter my favourite at the moment is the sleek highlighter, it comes with the bronzer. I also love the YSL touché éclat too :)
    Jennie xx

  12. Your highlighter collection is to die for! All of your highlighters are beautiful xx

  13. I do love a good highlighter! I really need to invest in more, MAC is on my hitlist! xo

  14. I love all the photos in this post really pretty! x

  15. Wow so many highlighters! I've heard such great things about the Mac highlighter though I'm skeptical on gold highlighters as I've been using Benefit's high beam which is a pinky champagne. I loved this post and how thoroughly you swatched/reviewed each highlighter!
    xx Amber
    Lovely Notions


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