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Battle of the Highlighters – Drugstore & Cruelty-free

Hi Everyone,

How are you ? I hope you all had a great week-end.

My boyfriend is back and my best friend is coming to visit very soon so I have a busy week ahead. I will try to write as much as possible and schedule some good posts for you guys.

I will be going out a lot this week so I finally took the time to look through my makeup to get some inspiration.

Whilst I was skeptical ( and judgmental ) about drugstore products at first, you have to give credit where credit’s due, and some of the makeup I have picked up has been life-changing.

I want to talk about highlighters. I love neutral tones and nude eyeshadow palettes.To be honest, my makeup routine is always the same. With highlighters, I feel like I can switch it up and play with different styles without having to get too creative on the eyes or lips.

I have 4 drugstore highlighters + 2 KIKOS

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From left to right : 

MUA Undress your skin Highlighting Powder – Pink Shimmer ( £3.00 )

MakeUp Revolution Highlighter Golden Lights – ( £3.00 ) and Rose Lights ( £3.00 )

KIKO Radiant Touch Creamy Highlighter in Gold – ( £9.90 )

KIKO 3D Light & Glow Highlighter – I couldn’t not find it on the website so I don’t know if they still make it. If I remember correctly, it was under £10.00.

Gosh Copenhagen Lumi Drops in Bronze – (£7.99 )

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The prices were taken out of the Superdrug website where I bought most of them and KIKO. The pictures above were taken in broad day light and without flash. I also did not prime my skin before.


My preferences go towards the powders. I have oily skin and I don’t know if it plays a role or not but every time I have used a creamy highlighter, my skin acted up and I had zits on my cheeks the next day. 

My favorite highlighter ( I will definitely buy this again! ) is the MakeUp Revolution Highlighter Golden Lights. It is highly pigmented so be careful, you can quickly look like a disco ball.

For the price and the quantity, it is a great product for most skin tones. As you can see in the pictures, I am tanned all year round and I was afraid it would look too light on my skin. It is easy to apply, sticks well to foundation and gives a very healthy glow to your cheeks, nose,upper lips, or wherever you might want to use it!

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The other powders are okay. The pink shimmer on my skin tone is barely visible but the rose is very pink. If I ever use it, I skip the blush otherwise it gets very streaky.

Gosh Copenhagen Highlighter is my second favorite. However, I have to work with it way faster than the powder. The product settles on the skin quickly and it’s harder to erase your mistakes than a simple powder. The highlight is also quite dark and perfect for tanned or darker skins.

I used to buy the Benefit Girl meets Pearl highlighter but I am sold on the MakeUp Revolution Highlighter Golden Lights. 

I love that my desire for cruelty-free makeup products has made me expand my horizons and allowed me to find more amazing products.

I have also bought a whole new MakeUp Revolution eyeshadow palette and I can’t wait to try it out. I will give it a few tries and keep you posted.

In the meantime, if you have any doubts about your makeup or you wonder where it comes from, here are a few links to help you out :

Superdrug Cruelty-Free brands

Vegan & Cruelty-Free makeup brands

Cruelty-Free cosmetics

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