I’ll admit, I’m a little bit obsessed with highlighters. I’ve been on the hunt for powder highlighters on the cheap that aren’t too glittery to be used all over the face (I’ve been going crazy with the highlighting…) and after seeing Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighters for just $5.84AUD, I had to pick some up to try. My skin is yellow-toned, so I chose “Golden Lights” and “Peach Lights.” If you have pink undertones, there is a “Pink Lights” available, but it just wouldn’t work with my colouring so I gave it a miss. While the quality and finish between Golden Lights and Peach lights is slightly different, both have a nice pearl finish that catches the light just right. Unfortunately, there are some larger shimmer particles that scatter around the highlight and look very glittery in harsh, direct sunlight. In natural and indoor light, however, they have a beautiful finish for a product that only costs $6.00AUD. On my dry skin, they last about 5–6 hours.
The packaging is sleek and practical, and doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy. Each highlighter is about as wide across as my palm (bigger than I expected!) and has 7.5 grams of product pressed into a gorgeous wave formation.
Below: L-R Peach Lights, Golden Lights
Peach Lights is my favourite for every day wear and works best with my pale winter skin. It’s a beautiful, soft peach colour but it reflects a cooler pink tone in the light for a multi-dimensional shine. It’s a little tightly packed and can require a few swirls of your brush to get a good amount of product, but the highlighter itself is very nicely pigmented. It’s quite buildable and you can work your way up from a soft glow to a vivid shine. Personally, I am in love with the mix of warm peach and soft pink that Peach Lights gives, but I have seen a few bloggers express their disappointment over the cool shimmer as they wanted a warmer, true peach. In some lights it can look closer to lilac than peach, which makes me wonder what “Pink Lights” from the collection must look like.
Golden Lights is a pale yellow shade that looks perfect on warmer skin tones. I love to use this when I am more tanned for a golden glow. It is messier and than Peach lights and it looks soft and easily breakable so I’m very careful not to drop it! The payoff is much better though, with a metallic sheen so you can get a more intense finish very easily.
These look stunning layered together or with other highlighters. I like to layer them over the top of Australis’ Highlights in Pearl (review here) for a dramatic highlight. I would compare the texture and finish of the Vivid Baked Highlighters to MAC’s “Soft and Gentle” highlighter, although the longevity is not as impressive. Next to my Sleek Glo highlighter in Peach Shimmer (review here), the Vivid Baked highlighters have a more pearlescent, reflective finish which I love, but slightly larger shimmer particles. Incidentally, if you’re looking for a warmer Peach-toned highlighter, Peach Shimmer by Sleek is perfect!
The Vivid Baked Highlighters are available from Makeup Revolution’s online store here for $5.84AUD. The prices are calculated from British Pounds so it fluctuates slightly. You can also purchase a palette with all 3 of the highlighter shades (Pink Lights, Peach Lights and Golden Lights) so you can try them all (available here). Also check out their ‘Radiant Lights’ highlighter collection, which I can’t wait to try!
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