Thursday, July 28, 2011

Two Of My Absolute Favorite Highlighters (plus two honorable mentions)!

I love highlighters. I do. However, things have not always been this way - a mere year ago I couldn't really see a point of it. I'm kind of oily, I'm acne prone, it'll just make me look greasy or, worse, break me out. How things change... Highlighter has grown to be an essential part of my everyday makeup routine, especially in the winters, and I've found it really gives the look a certain je ne sais quoi. Since I'm still oily-skinned, I have to be careful as to which products to choose, so these are the ones I've really liked.

Christian Dior Poudre Shimmer (Shimmer Powder) in Amber Diamond

Image from: strawberrynet.com


 This product I found completely by accident - I was just looking around on some beauty message boards and discovered that loads of people recommended it. Next day, I decided to check it out in person, and it was love at first sight.
This highlighter gives me such a nice, subtle glow - it really is hard to overdo, and it's great for daytime. I apply it with my MAC 188 brush, and I actually have to swipe a few times to build up the intensity. It may seem quite dark in the pan, kind of bronzy even, but I assure you, it only gives my pale NC15 skin a hint of colour, nothing over the top. The packaging is beautiful: deep dark blue compact that opens easily, and my favourite - no brush! The compact comes with a velvety sleeve that is such a horrible dust collector. The packaging seems sturdy enough, but I'll have to warn you to take extra care of it when traveling, as I've read a few reviews where people say they've put it in their bags when packing for a trip, and it has shattered.


BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
 Image from: zuneta.com

I love this. Plain and simple. This is much more noticeable on your skin than the Dior one, but it really is a great choice for somebody who doesn't like messing around with powders. Since it's a liquid, it can be blended seamlessly with your foundation, providing sometimes a more natural finish than powders, and it works beautifully when a tiny bit is mixed with moisturizer. The shimmer particles are very tightly "packed", so no individual glittery bits stand out, and the shade (white) is perfect with my skin tone. The liquid doesn't dry down, instead it provides a very dewy glow that you can minimize with simply dusting a little powder on top - it'll still shine through, but the effect will  be much more subtle. 
What I also like about it is that you get an incredible amount - 50 ml - so considering the fact that you only need a tiny bit every time, it'll last you for a long time. 
The packaging is great - it has two caps, one bigger, and a smaller one that's transparent. When I'm traveling with liquids in my bag or suitcase I'm always scared the caps will come off or the packaging will spill somehow, and this two-cap-system prevents that.
It is a bit harder to find than the Dior one, but zuneta.com sells this, and they have international shipping. If you want to try it out before buying, just ask them for samples - I did, and they were happy to provide them!


I thought I'd include two more products that I like, but not enough to justify buying or I just don't find myself reaching for (AKA The Honorable Mentions).
Rouge Bunny Rouge Liquid Highlighter Sea of Clouds
  Image from: makeup4all.com

Rouge Bunny Rouge is the current bloggers' favourite brand, and I have to admit that I'm completely smitten with them as well. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous, and very high end, and the formulas seem to be very-very good. It comes in an artfully decorated glass bottle with a hygienic pump dispenser. I tried it out first at my local RBR counter and, perhaps because the bottle was only half full, too much of it squirted out, despite me trying to be very careful with it. The consistency is wonderful, very spreadable, and it dries completely matte. The shimmer particles in this are much more noticeable, because it isn't so tightly packed with them. On the skin, I didn't notice that much of a difference, but honestly, I kind of prefer the BECCA 'tightly packed' version. One thing that made me like BECCA more, is the amount - you get 30ml vs BECCA's 50 ml, yet it costs 15€ more. 
It still is a lovely product, but I recommend trying it out before you buy, since it's such an investment - once again, zuneta.com stocks it.


MAC Eyeshadow in Ricepaper

 Image from: luuux.com

I really like products you can use for different things, and in ways it necessarily isn't meant to function. It really is an old makeup artists' trick to use a light coloured slightly shimmery eyeshadow as a nice highlighter on the cheekbones, but I discovered it back when I was graduating 9th grade. I was doing my makeup and decided my base needed something more, and this pot caught my eye, so I experimented. The outcome was very nice, nicer than I'd actually expected, and I got many compliments on my makeup that day. It also photographs beautifully, since it's not extremely shimmery. 
Since it is quite a warm shade, it might not be suitable for cool toned people, since the yellow undertone would clash against pink (however, it depends on the look you're going for!).


Do you use a highlighter? What products do you like best?



Eestikeelne tõlge lingile klõpsates!
 

Highlighterid, minu armastus. Asjad pole alati nii olnud - vaid aasta tagasi ei suutnud ma mõista, miks neid üldse kasutada. Ma olen niigi rasune, ja kergesti vistrikuliseks minev, nad muudavad mu naha kindlasti veel rasusemaks. Kuidas ajad muutuvad... Highlighter on saanud minu igahommikuse meigirituaali lahutamatuks osaks, lahkudes sealt vaid kõige palavamatel päevadel, ja suurema tähtsuse saades talvel, mil ta annab mu nahale rohkem elavust. Kuna ma olen ikkagi rasusema nahatüübiga, tuleb mul õigeid tooteid valides ikkagi ettevaatlik olla, ning seega on need minu lemmikuteks kujunenud.

Christian Dior Poudre Shimmer (Shimmer Powder) toonis Amber Diamond
Selle toote avastasin täiesti juhuse läbi. Lugesin mingit teemat ühes ilufoorumis ning nägin, et paljud inimesed soovitasid seda. Järgmisel päevad läksin Ilumaailma, et seda oma silmaga näha, ning see oli armastus esimesest silmapilgust. 
See highlighter annab mulle väga õrna sädeluse. Vale on seda isegi sädeluseks nimetada, pigem läbikumavuse, ning seda on raske liialt palju peale panna, ja seega sobib ta väga hästi päevaseks ajaks. Ma kannan seda peale oma MAC 188 pintsliga ja ma pean seda paar kihti peale panema, et soovitud efekti saada - ka siis on see üsna õrn ning ei näe nagu meik välja, suur pluss! Toode võib pakendis üsna tume tunduda, veidike pronksjas, kuid peale pannes ei teki päikesepuudri tunnet, värvi annab see mu heledale nahale vähe. Pakend on imeilus: tumesinine karbike, mis avaneb suurema vaevata, ning minu lemmik - sellega pole pintslit kaasa pandud! Karbiga tuleb kaasa väike velvetist taskuke, mis on kahjuks kohutav tolmukoguja. Kuigi pakend on üsna vastupidav, pean ma hoiatama, et reisile minnes tuleks ta pigem millegi pehme sisse panna, kuna olen lugenud arvustusi, kus inimesed on kurtnud, et nad on hiljem avastanud, et kohvris või kotis olnud puuder on tükkideks murenenud.


BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector toonis Pearl 
Tõesti armastan seda toodet. See on rohkem nähtavam nahal kui Dior, kuid on hea valik inimesele, kes ei taha mässata puudriga. Kuna see on kreemjas vedelik, saab seda hajutada jumestuskreemi sisse, mistõttu näeb ta mõnest puudrist loomulikum välja, või isegi väike tilk seda niisutava kreemi sisse segada. Valgustpeegeldavad osakesed vedelikus on väga tihedalt üksteise küljes, mistõttu ei saa neid eristada (st ühtegi sädelevat osakest nahal otseselt näha pole) ning toon (valge) sobib väga hästi minu nahavärviga. Nahal ei kuiva see toode kuidagi ära, ning mind see otseselt ei sega, kuid matistamiseks võib sellele peale veidi puudrit pintsliga kanda. Highlighter jääb ikka läbi kumama, kuid veidi vähem. Mulle meeldib, et pakendis on küllaltki palju toodet - 50 ml, ja kui arvestada, et iga kord on kasutamiseks väga vähe vaja, tuleb see küllaltki odav välja.
Pakend on väga hea. Pudelil on kaks korki, üks suurem ning teine, väiksem. Alati, kui ma kreemide või vedela konsistentsiga toodetega reisin, kardan ma, et nad hakkavad kuskilt lekkima, kuid see kahe-korgi-süsteem ennetab seda väga hästi. 
Seda toodet on veidi raskem kätte saada kui Diori oma,  kuid zuneta.com müüb seda, ja nad saadavad tooteid igale poole. Kui on aga tahtmine enne ostmist proovida, võib neile kirjutada - mina tegin seda, ja nad saatsid mulle paar sämplit, et ma saaksin selgusele jõuda!



Mõtlesin, et lisan veel kaks toodet, mis mulle meeldivad, kuid mitte nii palju, et ma õigustaks ostmist, või seda tihemini kasutamist.
 Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter Sea of Clouds
Rouge Bunny Rouge on praegune blogijate lemmikbränd, ja ma pean tunnistama, et ka minu südames on nad koha leidnud. Pakendid on väga ilusad, väga kõrge kvaliteediga ja formulatsioonid väha-väga head. Highlighter on pakendatud kaunistatud klaaspudelisse, millel on hügieeniline pump. Proovisin seda esimest korda Ülemiste keskuse RBR'i leti juures, ja, võimalik, et see oli sellest, et pudel oli pooltäis, tuli pumbast liiiiiga palju välja, kuigi üritasin sellele ettevaatlikult peale vajutada. Konsistents on väga hea, ja RBR kuivab täiesti matiks. Säravad osakesed tootes on rohkem märgatavad kui BECCAs, kuna osakesed pole nii üksteise küljes. Nahal ei tundnud ega näinud ma erilist vahet, kuid ausalt öeldes eelistan ma BECCAt rohkem. Üks asi, mis BECCA kasuks veel räägib, on hind - RBR maksab 15€ rohkem, kuid pakendis on 20 ml vähem. 
Sllest hoolimata on RBR highlighter väga hea toode, kuid ma soovitaksin seda enne ostmist proovida. Jällegi, osta võib seda internetist (zuneta.com) või Ülemiste keskuse Ideaal Kosmeetikast.


MAC lauvärv toonis Ricepaper 
Mulle meeldivad tooted, mida saab kasutada erinevateks asjadeks, ning tingimata mitte vaid selleks, milleks nad mõeldud on. On vana meigikunstnike trikk kasutada heledatoonilist kergelt sädelevat lauvärvi highlighterina, kuid mina avastasin selle kunagi, kui ma üheksandat klassi lõpetasin. Olin just oma meigi lõpetanud, kuid tundsin, et see vajab veel midagi. Silmasin seda lauvärvi ning otsustasin eksperimenteerida. Tulemus oli ilus, ilusam kui ma julgesin arvata ning tol päeval sain ma oma meigi kohta päris palju komplimente (lisaks avastasin, et see jääb ka piltide peal väga kena, kuna ta pole ülisädelev). 
Kuna see on üsna soe toon, ei pruugi ta külma alatooniga inimestel kõige ilusamini jääda, kuna kollakas alatoon võib roosal nahal ebaloomulik olla (kuigi kõik oleneb meigistiilist, mida saavutada üritatakse!).


 Kas kasutad highlighterit? Millised tooted meeldivad sulle enim?

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