Do you bear in mind the nice highlighter resurgence of 2017? Crew Attract can’t ever neglect. That 12 months, we examined 310 new highlighter submissions for Better of Magnificence (a staggering quantity in comparison with the earlier 12 months’s 44). As one of many testers within the rising class, I shortly discovered that I choose a highlighter with finely-milled shimmer (versus chunky glitter) that provides me a natural-looking, not-at-all-greasy glow.
Through the years, I’ve added fairly a couple of to my common rotation, however one actually outshines all of them: the Uncommon Magnificence Constructive Gentle Silky Contact Highlighter. Housed in a pink compact with an enclosure that snaps shut, this powder highlighter sweeps on as light-as-air powder earlier than shortly melting onto pores and skin. Its velvety-soft texture? That’s the boron nitride within the method, explains beauty chemist Ginger King.
The model claims it’s transfer-proof, smudge-proof, and water resistant — lofty guarantees that King says are potential due to its hefty use of silicone and polymers. It additionally comprises tapioca starch. “Sure, the tapioca like that of a boba drink,” King says. “It absorbs oil for longer put on.”
My go-to shade is Exhilarate, a champagne that appears cool in opposition to my medium-tan pores and skin. I’d sometimes apply the Uncommon Magnificence highlighter with the Sigma Magnificence F03 Excessive Cheekbone brush or any small fluffy brush I may get my palms on. I’d evenly swirl the comb throughout the domed pressed powder and sweep it alongside my cheekbones and browbones with brief, fast strokes. Make-up artist Joseph Carrillo, nevertheless, launched me to a special strategy: “I take advantage of the stomach of a barely-damp Beautyblender,” he says, explaining that he likes to dab the highlighter-dipped sponge onto the inside corners of his purchasers’ eyes, in addition to the information of their noses. “You possibly can press within the glow making it look extra skin-like and fewer powdery.”
He goes on to elucidate that it blends the highlighter extra evenly, so the end is “much less like a highlighter was positioned there,” and I could not agree extra.
The above selfies present what the highlighter seems to be like when utilized with a brush in addition to a moist sponge. When utilizing a brush, I discovered that the end was a lot a more-intense, mirror-like glow. (Take a look at how the sunshine simply bounces off of the realm with the powder swept onto it.) With the damp-sponge technique, the radiance is subtle. My pores and skin seems to be extra like pores and skin, and fewer like pores and skin with highlighter on it. To not say both technique is best, however I choose the latter finish end result.
I put this method to the take a look at in lots of eventualities: to the workplace on busy work days (it appeared simply pretty much as good because it did after I first put it on), Solidcore exercise lessons the place I inevitably neglect to take away my make-up beforehand (it appeared much more subtle and skin-like), and date nights with my fiancé (the place I, *wink*, confirmed with confidence that the method is transfer-proof). It is a dreamy highlighter, made much more otherworldly with its value level. Highlighters with an analogous impact vary from $9 to $42, and this one with its distinctive texture and method falls proper within the center.