I don’t tend to write about subtle highlights, mainly because I like my highlighter to be glowing. When I say glowing, I mean glowing, so subtle doesn’t really tend to get a look in. Just recently I have been loving a more subtle approach for day-to-day tasks. Plus I know not everyone likes extremes, and that’s okay.
Here are some subtle highlighters.
ELF | Moonlight Pearls Baked Highlighter
I’m a little unsure about including this in here, as when I swatched the… let’s say: ‘well loved’ version in the store, it was rather blinding. This version is the complete opposite, it’s almost as if it has a overspray that needs to be scratched off, which is never good. I apply around 4+ layers of this to get something that is in-between blinding and subtle. It might take less work down the road, which will be good. The colour is beautiful, and I think it used to be raved about a lot back in the day. It’s a stunning champagne, and for £5 it’s super affordable too.
MAC | Lightscapade
I’m not going to lie I hated this when I first got it, as it is really sheer. I’ve recently started to love it though and I find myself using it more and more often. It’s described as being beige, but I think it’s more white with a very light gold tint. It’s a beautiful colour and leaves a lovely candlelit glow. This is on the pricey side at £25.50, so if you’re looking to treat yourself this might be an option to go for.
Wet N Wild | Blossom Glow
Wet N Wild is a new brand in the UK. As soon as they launched on Beauty Bay, I knew I had to get a highlighter. At first I was a little unsure of what colour to go with, but after looking at some swatches it become very apparent that Precious Petals is a lot darker than it looks online. I have Blossom Glow which is a Pale Pink Silver. When you first apply it, it starts out very subtle and needs multiple layers to be built up to. I know people hate the word buttery, but that is how this feels in the pan. It is so smooth and so soft, and there is no kickback. For £3.75 this is a great highlighter for a natural glow. Side note: I hate that the lid doesn’t click shut, it is the most unsatisfying thing.
Top to Bottom: Elf Moonlight Pearls, MAC Lightscapade, Wet N Wild Blossom Glow. The swatches don’t look very subtle as I built them up so you can see the colour.
Those are my favourite subtle highlighters! This Kiko one is something I know is subtle, but I didn’t want to include it here, as I haven’t worn it in a long time. I used to wear it a lot las December, and that’s when the review is from.
Do you like subtle highlighters?
Thank you for reading!