Save, Spend & Splurge – Highlighters & Luminizers


Here’s to a bright 2016! Let’s start off the year the right way by putting our best face forward. The best way to do that is with highlighter. Don’t you agree? I’m a huge fan of the strobing trend that took 2015 by storm. What exactly is strobing, you ask? Strobing focuses on highlighter, applied where light would naturally hit your face – cheekbones, down your nose, brow-bones, center of your chin. I have a vast collection of highlighters that fit into different price brackets and while I’m usually all about the budget buys I have to admit that when it comes to quality highlighters I’ve found the slightly more expensive ones are better.



Essence soo glow! cream to powder highlighterR53.95 at Dis-Chem/Clicks. I already featured this budget beauty last year and posted a full review on it.  The cream to powder consistency feels lovely on your skin, it blends easily and gives your cheekbones the softest pink-toned highlight. The formula is very creamy and almost velvety. This cream-based highlighter definitely needs a few layers to really pop on your skin, so be sure to apply, blend and then apply a little bit more. If you’re looking to add ‘dimension’ to your makeup without breaking the bank, or you’re interested in trying your hand at strobing then this offering from Essence might be right for you.


HEAN Glam Highlighter Powder in Gold SaharaR160 at I love the sturdy black compact that houses this shimmery gold-hued highlighter. The consistency is soft and velvety and applies smoothly to your skin. This one definitely needs several applications to really show up on my pale skin. It does however do a great job at subtly lighting up your face. This finely milled powder could even work as an all over face powder (used sparingly) to keep your skin from not looking dull or flat. This  highlighter powder is available in 3 shades to suit different skin tones –  Pale/ fair skins can try ‘Gold Sahara’, medium skins will need ‘Honey’ and darker skins will probably prefer ‘Warm beige’.



MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & GentleR370 at MAC counters.  Another highlighter that I’ve already reviewed.  This one also happens to be my holy grail highlighter. At the moment no other highlighter can actually compete. So I guess what I’m saying is that if you’re planning on splurging then look no further than this baby.  Soft & gentle gives your complexion a healthy glow that appears to radiate from within. A swirling marbleized array of gold, bronze and champagne shades suit almost every skin tone in my opinion. You don’t have to worry about flecks of glitter as this highlighter gives your skin that luminosity without looking like a disco ball or a teenage girl at her first school dance. I’m always reaching for Soft & Gentle and on the days someone compliments my skin it’s usually when I’m wearing it.

Benefit Watt’s Up!  – R375 at Red Square & Selected Edgars stores. This is probably one of the first highlighters I ever tried. When it comes to packaging Benefit walks away with first prize every single time. If you want to create a soft-focus effect on your cheekbones then this is the one for you. It has this remarkable ability of illuminating your skin and blends like a dream over foundation.  The cream-to-powder formula offers your skin a champagne glow that is best applied using your fingers. I’m not a fan of the sponge that is attached to the other side of the stick – it’s a bit of a waste of time as it removes more product than anything else.  The great thing is that the shade is neutral enough for cool or warm-toned skins.  Watt’s Up! sets to a powder finish quite quickly but if you have oily skin it might ‘slide’ off your skin quite soon after that.


the Balm Mary Lou ManizerR399 at – As we all know, Mary Lou Manizer is a cult favourite. It was also my holy grail before I discovered the wonder that is ‘Soft & gentle’.  Mary Lou is a soft, shimmering champagne shade with slight gold undertones. The consistency is very soft, velvety and blendable. You need very little of this highlighter to have it show up on your skin –  it’s highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. Let me just say that the hype is all justified. Mary-Lou is a gem and might be your new best friend.

January 4, 2016 • By