I really wanted to love this highlighter. I've been looking for a *powder* highlighter that gives a natural, subtle glow, and many of the highly positive reviews about this baked highlighter suggested that it was exactly what I was looking for. So, I took the plunge and bought it (CAD $50 at Sephora). I would agree with all reviewers that this product is beautiful; it's finely milled and soft. The colour is gorgeous and works well with my skin tone (light/medium with freckles).
The problem for me, despite so many opinions to the contrary, is that it is too glittery for my mature (but good) skin, and for my taste. Although so many people stressed the lack of glitter in this highlighter (and I'm sure it is less glittery compared to others), in direct sunlight and under some artificial light, I see tiny sparkles everywhere I've applied it – even when applied with a light hand. I have drugstore highlighters that I prefer … my Essence Pure Nude Highlighter is similar to the LM Matte Radiance highlighter, but more natural looking on me – more subtle. LA Girl Velvet Highlighter stick in Luminous and Annabellle Perfect Cream Highlighter stick in Champagne are also more natural looking, and don't accentuate lines and wrinkles. I also have the RMS Living Luminizer (almost HG status for me) which gives a lovely, natural glow.
So, I’ll be sticking with the illuminating products I have and, sadly, this one will be going back to the store.