Get glowing: Highlighter review

Highlighting products are one of my current obsessions in beauty-land. If a product promises to provide radiance and a glow, then I want it. So much so that I have already grown my budding MAC collection (which I only started investing in recently- read the blog here) by buying not one Mineralise Skin Finish (MSF) but three.

In addition to the three MAC MSF’s I bought from TalluluhBella‘s blog sale, I also have two other highlighting/glow-giving products that I have been sent to test out- so I thought it would be good to do a bit of a round-up review.

Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Sunbaked Mineral Bronzing Powder in ‘Pure Shimmer’

This product is the Prestige brand’s version of the MSF and not a bad version it is too. This is the paler of the three shades available in the range (other colours are a bronze and a gold). This looks gorgeous and feels gorgeous. The powder is really silky and fine – with not a hint of the glitter-ball affect. This is a lovely product for paler skins to give a glowing highlight to cheek bones, or used as a highlighting eye shadow.

I found this to have the nicest texture of all five products, the pale champagne shimmer colour is warmed with a nude-pink shade so it doesn’t look too pale, but this is definitely better suited to paler complexions as the silver-based shimmer would look to cool on olive or dark skin.

MAC MSF in ‘New Vegas’

This MSF (apparently) came from the ‘Alexander McQueen collection’, which was before my time as a fan of MAC. But I have read a few reviews of this and it seems to really split opinions. Some think it is too glittery or better suited to darker skin tones and others love it.

Personally, I have a mixed opinion too. Partly I am still in the ‘honeymoon period’ with the MSF’s, where they can do no wrong in my eyes… but on the other hand, I can see how the colour isn’t the most flattering for me and there is a too much glitter for daytime use. But I have found this one is good as a highlighting eyeshadow on the brow bone. I’m not a big fan of the glitter, but with a name like ‘New Vegas’, it needs a bit of glitz….

New Vegas and the Prestige Pure Shimmer are quite similar golden shimmer shades, New Vegas looks slightly more golden/pale orange on the skin whilst Pure Shimmer is more of a ‘champagne’ shade.

The Body Shop Blush Trio in ‘Warm Sunset’

I know this one has been reviewed and mentioned all over the blog world, following the blogger event The Body Shop held a couple of months ago. I didn’t go to the event, but was a very luck girl and still got sent a few of the bits to review. I will do a full Body Shop review shortly as really think all the bits I was sent are worth writing about, but in the mean time I’ll just cover the blush trio.

I’m not usually one for using much blush, as with pale skin with pink undertones I tend to have more than enough natural blush that I don’t need any extra. But, despite this I took this one away on holiday with me and found it was really perfect for highlighting my ‘tanned’ (read: even pinker)skin.

The powder is really smooth and silky on this one too, and really easy to blend- much like the prestige product. This is a mixture of very deep, warm shades of pink- so probably better for warmer skin tones to highlight. I like this as there isn’t a hint of glitter in sight- just a glow that is delivered courtesy of a shimmering pink, so much warmer than the usual gold or silver.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in ‘Northern Light’

Of the three MAC MSFs I bought I think this is my least favorite. The texture is rougher than all the other products and feels almost gritty. This might be due to the contrasting veining, but whatever the reason is- this is the least pleasant to apply and blend.

The colour is pretty, I would describe it as a base of peachy pink when swatched. Although this will vary- if you swatch across the darker veining you will obviously get a darker colour, or alternatively if swatched from nearer the outer rim, there will be a paler shimmer. The ‘glow’ comes from a mixture of gold/champagne and pink shimmer plus a few chunks of glitter. As mentioned with New Vegas, I’m not a fan of the glitter so this is probably another reason this isn’t a favorite.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in ‘Glissade

Last, but not least- the final MSF I bought from TalluluhBella’s blog sale (for a bargainous price, might I add). Glissade is my favorite of the three MSF’s the colour is a pretty pink, quite similar in base tones to Northern Lights. I find I prefer this one though as there isn’t as much glitter and the powder feels smoother so much easier to blend. There is some of the dreaded glitter present, but this is fairly easy to buff away with a kabuki brush and the particles aren’t too chunky. The shimmer in Glissade is a little warmer than Northern Lights, so I find this more flattering for my pale complexion.

To round up:

My favorite products of these five would have to be the MAC MSF in Glissade and the Prestige Skin Loving Minerals in Pure Shimmer- The MAC one because I love the colour and the Prestige one because the texture is fantastic and it is so nice and easy to use.

On the MAC front, I am so pleased with my first MSF purchases that I have already bought another through (another) sale on beautyjunky86‘s blog- Perfect Topping, which I have wanted to get my hands on for a while, so will blog again when I have had chance to test this one out.

To see swatches of all five products (in order of review, left to right) click HERE or HERE slightly different lighting in the two pictures- apologies for the poor quality, I’m no Mario Testino



  1. Girl With The Golden Touch
    October 13, 2009 / 6:55 pm

    I love your background 🙂

    I have The Body Shop blushes, I went to the event, and I actually haven’t really used them yet. I kinda used the pink one a few times – I remember getting a lot of product on the brush though!


  2. October 14, 2009 / 9:35 am

    Thank you! Glad you like it.

    I like the blush, but not used it much since holiday- I think it will be better for summer for my skin. I love the e/s I was sent though, and the hand cream. Going to do a full blog about the other bits shortly! 🙂

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