I've been searching so long for a sheer and glowy highlighting product that isn't glittery or metallic. If like me, you've been on the hunt for a product that literally gives you that amazing, airbrushed goddess lit-from-within look, you really owe it to yourself to try this. At the very least, ask to try it it in-store. The first time I wore this to work, my husband said I looked 'happy and serene'. Even the boys at work noticed and commented that I looked great. Please try it, you'll be so thrilled you did!
The packaging is lovely, very understated and classic. Nothing hi-tech or tacky/gimmicky. The compact is a generous size and the mirror is big enough to see yourself properly when doing touchups.
I comes with a fantastically soft blush type brush which actually works surprisingly well, considering most compact brushes suck. Will keep repurchasing this as long as I can still apply makeup!
My newest acquisition in the search for the perfect highlighter, and I do think the search is over. Actually sold as a blusher (a white one at that) this is the perfect sheer glow I have been looking for.. Ever see pictures of people with a sheen, a glow, but looks like they have nothing on their skin? This gives you that look. Ever wondered how to look brighter and more luminous without it being to obvious? This is it. Honestly, its so finely milled and sheer it makes highlighting a breeze.
I've found that glitter-free, natural-looking, day-light-friendly highlighters are exceedingly difficult to find, and this product is among the few that I like.
The Good: I use this as a highlighter (cheekbone, brow bone, cupid's bow, etc.), and it gives a sheen with no glitter particles. It can show up very slightly white, but I've found it to be almost completely sheer after blending (I have light-to-medium skin, Chanel 30). I don't know if this is also true for darker skin tones though. This product can be used alone, but I typically use it to set cream or liquid highlighter. The powder is very finely milled and the brush that comes with this product is really well made and soft (but a little big for highlighting).
The Bad: I'm giving this product 4 instead of 5 stars because it doesn't last until the end of the day.
Overall: Great highlighter! I'd definitely recommend it to those looking for a natural looking highlighter to use during the day.
Alternatives: For natural looking highlighters, I also really like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector and Mac Cream Color Base in Luna. I've also sampled MUFE Uplight and really liked it as well (but can't remember which shade).
Value: I think it's a good value. The $30 pan should last a while, even if you're using to everyday.
For others also looking for more natural looking highlighters, here are the ones I've tried or sampled so far:
No glitter: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color (High Beam White and Soft Beam Gold), Mac Cream Color Base (Luna)
Some very fine glitter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, MUFE Uplight (can't remember the exact shade, which I do think matters), Mac Cream Color Base (Pearl)
Higher glitter content (what I personally found to be too much for day): Armani fluid sheer (02 shimmering beige), Benefit Watt's Up, Benefit High Beam, Nars Blush (Albatross), Nars Multiple (Copacabana, Orgasm), Nars Illuminator (Copacabana, Orgasm)---although based on the many glowing reviews for a lot of these products, the ideal amount of shimmer/glitter in a highlighter is clearly a very personal opinion!
This is the product that sparked my interest in highlighters. When I finally finally figured out how to use it I thought... Ohhhhhh, so that's how they get that look. I've been obsessed every since. I probably own every powder, cream, and liquid highlighter out there but this one is still the best. No shimmer or glitter but not matte either. It's just a pretty white glow. And the consistency is just perfect. Kinda hard and so finely milled it's almost impossible to overdo. And it never looks powdery or cakey like other highlighters tend to do if you use too much. I have olive undertones and use Nars liquid foundation in Stromboli.
I love this highlighter, it works so well with my super fair skin. It looks like a completely white powder but it's actually a sheer pearly white, not frosty or shimmery. It comes with a brush inside the compact that is very soft and it's a perfect size and shape to highlight. I can use it to brighten under my eyes as well as highlight my cheek bones, cupid's bow, etc. when I'm tired and my skin looks dull I apply it lightly all over my face with a large fluffy powder brush, it brightens my face without making it look shiny. Very fine soft powder, lasts all day, no breakouts. It's also buildable, you can use it lightly to brighten or apply more to get a pearly highlight. This is ideal for pale skin people who find other highlighters too gold, beige, pink or just too dark.
Writing this review was prompted by a visit to the restroom in which I checked out my own cheekbones. Shiseido High Beam White is my holy grail highlighter; satiny, finely
milled, lasts all day. If you like a metallic finish or even a dewy finish, this is not the highlighter for you. However, if you want subtle, no-glitter, just radiant... this is it. I particularly love it because I'm super pale and a good highlighter is hard to find. You'd be surprised at how many highlighters are darker than my skin tone, which defeats the purpose. Love this.