A Trio of Sparkly Highlighters: Benefit Watt's Up!, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Illuminator, NYX Liquid Illuminator
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Benefit Watt's Up! Soft Focus Highlighter $30 for .33oz. The only one of the three that I'm comparing today that comes in a cream formulation, in the shape of a soft smudgy stick.
Koh Gen Do Mafanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator in IL01 Sheer Beige. $39 for .61 oz. The full sized version comes packaged in a pump bottle. Out of the three highlighters, this one is the most suited for mixing into foundation due to its consistency. It also comes in another pearly shade.
NYX Liquid Illuminator in LI02 Gleam. The most budget friendly of the three at $7.49 for 0.6oz. The application is not the best though, with my bare fingers and a soft brush, I noticed that it had a tendency to lay in patches and really skip during application.
As you can see, the Benefit is the most creamy and also the most pigmented and frosty. The KGD Illuminator is sheer but has really large sized particles of sparkle, definitely something I would use with extreme caution if you intended to apply over foundation and even mixed into foundation. These are really eye attracting, near holographic in intensity, large sparkles. As I've mentioned, the NYX is the most patchy to work with by itself, but mixes nicely into foundation. The NYX is also the darkest in color of the three, nearly copper.
Do you have a favorite liquid highlighter? Or a powder one? I love seeing summer collections with beautiful big pans of shimmery highlighters with gorgeous etchings (I'm looking at you, Estee Lauder) yet I must admire from afar, since I know I won't wear them!
Products featured were GWP samples and press samples. This post contains affiliate links. For additional information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.