Holographic Highlighters for an Out of This World Glow

If you haven’t noticed lately, coloured highlighters are all the rage. From Anastasia’s multiple palettes (Moonchild, Arora) to Kat Von D’s Alchemist palette and many, many (NYX, Becca, Kevyn Aucoin, etc).  However, I have thus far avoided falling into that rabbit hole by filling that ‘gap’, created by clever marketing, with products that I already own.

Consider this an anti-haul of sorts, as I take you through some alternatives to the holographic, neon, colourful highlighter trend.


This pigment is a gorgeous icy white with a strong blue/purple shift. It is quite cool on the cheekbones, but is stunning as an inner corner highlight. Seen in a look here.

MAC Vanilla

An oldie, but a goodie for any long-time makeup lover. Interestingly enough, this is a very close colour dupe for Kat Von D’s Thunderstruck! It is a pale white-gold pigment, with a warm pink shift; beautiful on the eyes and cheeks.

Make Up For Ever

Purchased at IMATS, this hasn’t received as much love from me as it should. In the pan, it is a fairly innocuous colour, but on the eyes or face, it’s a complex champagne with peach undertones and a subtle shimmer. It catches the light beautifully (as seen here on the inner corners and cupids bow).

Makeup Forever

I gasped the first time I swatched this shadow. No exaggeration! It’s got an icy base with a  neon lime-gold colour (with an extremely subtle shimmer). Seen in a look here (mixed with the shadow below).


This eyeshadow holds a lot of meaning for me, as it was part of the first ‘high-end’, expensive makeup purchase I’d ever made. The single shadow itself is affordable, however I bought it with a palette of shadows. It is a turquoise with a strong green-gold shift. Seen in a look here and here.

Other options: Topshop’s Chamelon Glow eyeshadows in U-Turn & Shuffle the Cards.

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