Tuesday 8 August 2017

My Highlighter Collection

My Highlighter Collection - 1

As you might remember if you saw my last post, I recently acquired a new highlighter from 3ina. This inspired me to put together a little highlighter collection post. I have six, so it is a pretty small stash (at least by beauty blogger standards!) and I've featured most of them on the blog before, but it's been a while since some of them had their chance to shine (pun intended). Also, I always think it's interesting to see highlighters all lined up together, because it's only then that you realise how different they actually are, and that maybe you really do need six (or possibly more) after all.

Shall we get started?

My Highlighter Collection - 2

1. Mac Soft and Gentle - My oldest powder highlighter and still my favourite. It's one of Mac's Mineralize Skinfinish powders and looks so beautiful in the pan, even now after many months of regular use. It's a beautiful, warm copper/rose gold shade and gives you a subtle, candlelit glow. I can imagine that it would suit just about every skintone, except maybe those that are super, super fair. This is one of those products that I still get excited about using, even though I've had it for ages, and I'm sure I will for a long time to come as it is just so beautiful and flattering.

My Highlighter Collection - 3

2. Benefit Watt's Up - This is the first highlighter I ever bought. I really don't have a preference when it comes to powder or cream highlighters as I find them both easy to apply, and both seem to last just as well on me if I'm wearing a good, long lasting foundation. Watt's Up has a little sponge attached to it, so you can swipe the product across your cheekbones and then use the sponge to soften the edges, although I tend to just use my fingers for this. It's similar in tone to Soft and Gentle and gives you a natural dewy glow. Sometimes I'll wear it with Soft and Gentle dusted over the top if I want to intensify the effect.

My Highlighter Collection - 4

3. 3ina 201* - The newest addition to my collection, which you can see on my face here. It doesn't have a name, but I like to think of it as Golden Sand, because that is exactly what it looks like in the pan. It's another warm gold shade, not a million miles away from the previous two but slightly less copper toned. The finish is more sheen than shimmer and it's perfect for when you just want a hint of highlight. That said, it's also buildable and you can definitely see it when you catch the light.

My Highlighter Collection - 5

4. theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer - Ah, Mary Lou. Remember a couple of years ago when she was the most desirable highlighter, like, EVER? This is also gold toned but a lot lighter than the first three, so it translates as more of a champagne on the skin. Although it's no more shimmery than the others, I find that this is the one that "pops" most on me, perhaps because of the way it contrasts with my skintone. For that reason, it's the one I go for if I want that "see it from space" look.

My Highlighter Collection - 6

5. E.L.F. Baked Highlighter and Blush in Rose Gold*  - I didn't love this when I first acquired it, and I talked about it in this post. As pretty as it looked on my fingertip when I swirled the two colours together, I just couldn't seem to get it to do much on my face. However, I've been experimenting a bit since then, and have found that when I apply it liberally pretty much everywhere, it leaves me with a healthy, dewy looking glow, which I love. It's not how I tend to think of using highlighters - I am used to lightly dusting them over the high points of my face - so it took me a while to get used to this. However, I'm so pleased I have found a way to use it, because it really is pretty.

My Highlighter Collection - 7

6. Collection Speedy Highlighter - Another cream highlighter and the cheapest of the lot, yet the quality is just as good as the Benefit one, which is around five times the price. It's the coolest toned of all the highlighters I have, but still seems to work on me. Like Mary Lou, it's a flattering champagne shade, but this one offers a more subtle gleam. If you're in the market for an affordable highlighter, I just don't think you can go wrong with this one for the price.

My Highlighter Collection - 8

From left: Benefit Watt's Up, Mac Soft and Gentle, 3ina 201, theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer, Collection Speedy Highligher, E.l.f. Baked Highlighter and Blush in Rose Gold

Are any of your favourite highlighters on the list? And which ones would you recommend I add to my collection? Enable away! 

Kate x

*Gifted item. Some links may be affiliate links. All opinions, as always, are my own.


  1. You have quite a collection here!! The Mac Soft & Gentle is so pretty, I love the peachy tone of it and I bet it looks amazing on! x


  2. I have a lot of highlighters, and I was looking up MAC Soft & Gentle the other day...but since I have a huge collection I decided to not get it. My favorite highlighters are from BECCA (Champagne Pop, Opal, and Rose Gold).


  3. I have the 3ina highlighter too, it's beautiful on the skin. I really want to try the Benefit one next.
    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  4. I must try that one from the balm, hear so much about it!

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

  5. All of the photos in this blog post are so lovely! I really want to try the Mac Soft & Gentle highlighter, it sounds amazing.
    Ava x

  6. I seriously want to try the beneit whatsup highlighter - the packaging is super cute.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  7. Did I tell you that I owned Soft and Gentle, that I hunted it down in Italy when it was still LE and that it broke during a move? I am traumatized...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. You have quite the collection, Kate! I have a lot of highlighters myself and it's the one thing that I can't seems to stop buying.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  9. That ELF duo is gorgeous! I love Mary-Lou xx


  10. I love these all but the one by 3ina looks stunning xx


  11. I still love Mary-Lou so much! She's so perfect! xxx

  12. Love the Mac and Watts up highlighter, my two favourites for a subtle glow! x Sam

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

  13. I love the 3INA Highlighter right now, it's stunning! xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

  14. I still love Soft and Gentle and the Mary-Lou manizer! They're such classics x


  15. i have to say your collection is pretty envious, kate!!! love all!

  16. Been addict to highlighter! haha just today, I bought hoola highlighter. I wanna try all of thesseee <3

    https://katrinaisha.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/la-palawan-escape/ ‎

  17. The 3ina highlighter looks gorgeous! I own all of the rest and love MAC Soft and Gentle so much, great post. Thank you for sharing, hope you are having a fab week so far xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  18. Ohh I am such a highlighter hoarder as well haha! Love the benefit stick, but haven't heard of the other ones. Need to give them a try!




  19. Mary-Lou is such a classic, stunning highlighter! It seems to suit all skin tones! I need to try Watts-Up and the 3ina highlighter. A lot of people are raving about their products xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  20. MAC's Soft and Gentle sounds gorgeous, and especially as you still get excited using it even now - that's always a great sign of a fab beauty product! I feel that way about my favourite summer bronzer :)


  21. These highlighting products look absolutely stunning. I've never heard of or used Mary-Lou but I really like the look of this. I've heard some great things about E.L.F and really need to check this brand out. Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz x

  22. I'm so obsessed with highlighter 🙌🏻 You have such an awesome collection !! Eee I need to try some of the ones you've shared ! Have you heard of a brand called Sleek ? They do some dreamy highlighters too ❤️ Great post girl xox

  23. You have a lovely collection! I love Mary-Lou Manizer and Soft & Gentle. They're beautiful highlighters! For some reason, I can't ever get along with Watts Up. It just moves around my foundation no matter what method I try to apply it. Such a shame because it's actually a gorgeous highlight shade!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  24. I've only got Mary-Lou Manizer so far, from your collection. I've ordered the two 3ina highlighters just yesterday morning and I can't wait to get them so I can properly see what they look like on me - I feel like neon lights can't ever really show true colors (pun intended too :P).
    Among my favorite highlighters you'll find the MUA Undress Your Skin powder ones, they're really good. Also, the Aurora Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills and the M.A.C. In Extreme Dimension one in Beaming Blush - that one's a definite winner for me, so bright and great ! I have a full drawer of highlighters so I could keep adding names to the list but, oh well ! xD
    Thank you so much for your great review !
    Tissam | Tissam Est La


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