Liquid Illuminators, My Collection

I’ve thought about doing this post for awhile, but I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested. However on one of YouTube videos, a few people asked about my highlighters, so I decided to do this series of highlighting and bronzing products. I decided to break it up into a series of posts because I have a lot of  highlighters! Today’s post will be the first installation and will focus on my liquid illuminators/highlighters. Enjoy!

Liquid illuminators can be used in many ways including (but not limited to):

  • Mixed with foundation to provide a glowy look all over the face
  • Applied to the high points of the face (cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin)
  • Used alone on bare skin or mixed in with a moisturizer
  • Highlight the body

For each of the liquid highlighters in my collection, I will give a brief description and tell you how I normally use them. Limited Edition products will be notated by (LE).

My Gold Toned Highlighters

L-R: MAC Golden Elixer Strobe Lotion, MAC Barbados Girl Lustre Drops, Maybelline Touch of Light, Benefit Sunbeam, Stila All Over Shimmer #3

MAC Golden Elixer Strobe Lotion (LE): This bronzed golden highlighter is the most used of my collection. I usually use it to mix with my more matte foundations. It gives a nice glow that is not too over the top and not glittery. On lighter skin tones, this may provide a bronzing effect. Although this item was limited edition it is still available for purhase HERE.

MAC Barbados Girl Lustre Drops (LE): This is a new addition to my collection that I have only used a few times. It is a beautiful rose-gold shade with a minimal amount of glitter. Due to the glitter in this product, I usually prefer to use this as a cheekbone highlight only.

Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow (LE): This is my only drugstore liquid illuminator. Although it is very budget friendly, it provides a very pretty golden glow. It does not contain any glitter. I usually use this as a highlight on my cheekbones, forehead, nose, and chin. I haven’t seen this product in stores lately, but is still available on sites like amazon.com or ebay.

Benefit Sunbeam: This is the truest gold highlight of my collection. Because of the warmness of this shade, it may be harder to wear for lighter and/or cooler complexions. On my skin tone, it’s all love. Sunbeam is perfect for a night out. It is a little on the thicker side and dries relatively fast so I apply it over foundation as a cheekbone highlight.

Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminzer in #3: This white gold illuminizer is absolutely beautiful. It reminds me of a liquid version of NARS Albatross. It looks white when first applied, but when blended it turns into a nice golden shade. I wear this one mainly as a highlight on cheeks, but I also sometimes mix it in with my foundation.

L-R: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, Nars Orgasm, Nars Super Orgasm, Nars Laguna

L-R: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, Nars Orgasm, Nars Super Orgasm, Nars Laguna

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl: This shade is slightly different from all the other illuminators that I own, because it is a pink champagne color. I usually tend to go for more golden highlighters. However, this one still looks awesome on my skin tone. I like mixing this one in with foundation or using it as a cheekbone highlight. It is also very easy to blend.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator: This was my very first liquid highlighter and it sparked my interest in all the other ones you see here today. This illuminator is the perfect mix of pink, peach, and gold. It provides a subtle highlight that lasts all day. I sometimes mix this with foundation, but usually use it as a cheekbone highlight (especially when I wear a similar tone blush).

NARS Super Orgasm Illuminator: I got this little sample size not too long ago as a free gift with purchase, but I have yet to actually use it. It looks really pretty, like an amped up version of Orgasm. However, this one does have finely milled glitter particles within it.

NARS Laguna Illuminator: This is technically a bronzing illuminator, however on skin tones like mine or darker, it is more of a subtle highlight. It gives a beautiful bronzed, dewy look to the skin. I tend to only wear this on my cheeks because there is glitter dispersed through it.

L-R: MAC Golden Elixir, MAC Barbados Girl, Maybelline Touch of Light, Benefit Sunbeam, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, NARS Orgasm, NARS Super Orgasm, NARS Laguna

L-R: MAC Golden Elixir, MAC Barbados Girl, Maybelline Touch of Light, Benefit Sunbeam, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, NARS Orgasm, NARS Super Orgasm, NARS Laguna

Since highlighters are difficult to capture in photos, here is another angle….

L-R: MAC Golden Elixir, MAC Barbados Girl, Maybelline Touch of Light, Benefit Sunbeam, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, NARS Orgasm, NARS Super Orgasm, NARS Laguna

L-R: MAC Golden Elixir, MAC Barbados Girl, Maybelline Touch of Light, Benefit Sunbeam, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, NARS Orgasm, NARS Super Orgasm, NARS Laguna

Whew, that was a lot! Let me know if you would like to see a video demonstrating the different ways I use liquid highlighters!

Have you delved into the world of liquid highlighters/illuminators? What’s your favorite?

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5 thoughts on “Liquid Illuminators, My Collection

  1. Nice. I’m still fairly new to makeup and learning how to do things yet I’m in my late 20′s was always a natural face except lip gloss but I’m delving more into new things. I have a few sample size of some you named that came in my monthly sample box from birchbox and etc. I’m still learning how to use them and which ones work best but I’ll be trying some of the other ones you names if I can find them online.

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