A review of 6 highlighters so you can up your glow factor


Fast track your way to a healthy glow with a little guidance from the Fashion Journal team.

Brand: Mecca Cosmetica
Name: Enlightened Illuminating Balm
Available from: mecca.com.au
Price: $32
Type: balm
Despite the bronze-y colour this one works with even the palest skin tones. It offers a dewy glow that’s subtle enough to use down the nose and on the Cupid’s bow.
Illumination factor: medium
Rating: ☆☆☆☆1/2

Brand: Chosungah22
Name: 24h Raybeam Cream
Available from: mecca.com.au
Price: $40
Type: cream
If you like the smell of baby powder, you’re off to a good start. This cream offers a super subtle, dewy glow for those wanting the lightest level of illumination.
Illumination factor: soft
Rating: ☆☆☆1/2

Brand: Dior
Name: Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Shimmering Sculpting Powder
Available from: Myer, David Jones
Price: $95
Type: pressed powder
One word: luxe. This powder delivers a soft shimmer and is as light as a breeze. It also comes with a mini kabuki brush (finally, a product that comes with a good quality applicator). Your complexion, but better.
Illumination factor: soft – medium
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Brand: Napoleon Perdis
Name: Total Bae Tone It! Face + Body Reflective Contour in Gold Seeker
Available from: napoleonperdis.com
Price: $39
Type: pressed powder
Napoleon’s latest offering provides a warm, pigmented glow that adds a subtle sheen at a really wallet-friendly price point. The texture is smooth and it’s buildable if you want to add extra
Illumination factor: medium
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Brand: Bobbi Brown
Name: Highlighting Powder in Bronze Glow
Available from: bobbibrown.com.au
Price: $80
Type: pressed powder
This one’s a cult favourite and it’s not hard to see why. With a clear base and pearl pigments, it gives a radiant, from-within glow. Opt for Bronze Glow if you’re looking for natural illumination that’s easily buildable.
Illumination factor: soft
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Brand: Winky Lux
Name: Lightbox Cream Illuminator in Bronze Bombshell
Available from: mecca.com.au
Price: $31
Type: cream
Super creamy and easy to apply, this one only requires a few dabs where necessary. Bonus points for the price but it loses a few because of the colour – it’s slightly too plum toned.
Illumination factor: high

This review was originally published in Fashion Journal issue 165. You can read it here.

Cover image via Mecca Cosmetica.

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