Highlighting has been a craze taking over the makeup world for a long time now and I’m not afraid to admit that I have been personally swept by this craze. To me, highlighting is basically a religion. It’s not a trend to me. When I’m 80, I still hope to be glowing from outer space. When the COVER FX Customer Enhancer Drops were released, I was immediately intrigued. Liquid metal for your face?! I’m in. Then I saw the price tag, $52CAD. That is a lot for a highlight so I was unsure if I would end up purchasing these. I went to Sephora over the weekend, which is treat for me since we don’t have one in my city, and these weren’t even on display yet. I kind of figured that they didn’t have them in store yet, since products generally come online earlier than in store. I went and forth to the display looking to make sure I hadn’t missed them and low and behold, the last time I checked another customer was asking about them, so the sales associate had pulled them out of the drawer. We both swatched them and as soon as I did that…BYE BYE MONEY! So this is how we got to this review. Now that I’ve played with these, I want to share my thoughts and let you know if these are truly worth the hype.
As always, let’s start with the packaging on this product. This product comes in a 15ml/0.5 oz glass bottle with a dropper. It is the exact same packaging as the COVER FX Custom Cover Drops, except the outside is metallic instead of black. If you remember my review of the Customer Cover Drops, you might remember that I wasn’t a huge fan of their packaging, because it was super messy and got all over the edge of the bottle. So far this doesn’t seem to be an issue with this product, so I’m happy about that. I will note though that you need the tiniest drop of these and the dropper does give too much. I have found I can get a more controlled amount if I just dab my finger on the side of the dropper and I’ll just keep adding until it’s intense enough. If you do get too much, these aren’t super fast drying, so I was able to put the extra back. Of course if you’re a makeup artist or anything you couldn’t do that, but since I’m the only one using it, I’m okay with it.
They released these in a variety of shades including 4 highlights for a variety of skin tones and 2 bronzers. There were 2 shades that I thought would be suitable for my skin tone, Celestial and Moonlight. I swatched both of these in Sephora and Celestial looked more intense so that’s the shade I picked. Celestial is a pearly pink shade. Normally pink highlights aren’t my favourite, but this doesn’t really look pink on. This comes across much more pearly on my skin, which I like. I would say that this shade is likely best suited to fair to light skin, just because it does have a light/white base to it. Luckily, they have a variety of shades, so if you’re interested in this product, you should be able to find a shade that works for you.
When I swatched these in Sephora they were insanely pigmented, but I wasn’t sure how they would translate on the skin. Sometimes when things are too pigmented, it looks amazing swatched but not great on the skin. Also when blended out in a swatch, these did look a little glittery, which isn’t my favourite because it doesn’t always look nice on the skin. I’m happy to report that this not only swatch beautifully but also apply to the skin amazingly. I didn’t find this to look glittery on the skin and it didn’t accentuate any uneven texture or pores. I think when these are blended out in a concentrated area (i.e. cheekbones, nose etc.), they look glowy, but blended out on a larger surface, they do look more glittery up close. You can build these up to be intense, but they also can be applied sheerly for a less intense look. These almost feel like a dry oil. They start off kind of like an oil, but as you blend it turns into a powder. It’s a really interesting texture.
This product doesn’t have a ton of others like it, so I was kind of unsure of how to apply it. I found that the best method is either with my fingers or with the pointy end of a beauty blender. These do need to be worked into the skin a little bit, so even with a beauty blender, I do like to tap it into the skin with my finger. At first when I dotted it on, it looked a little patchy, but as soon as I blended it with either the beauty blender or my finger, it blended out perfectly. I initially put some on and then decided that I wanted more a few minutes later and even once it had set, I was fine to add to it.
Here is what the highlight looked like alone in natural light:
Once I was all finished with my makeup, I added a powder highlight on top just to see how it would layer. The powder sat perfectly on top of it and I didn’t get that stripe affect that sometimes happens when you layer powder over cream and the powder clings differently to the skin vs. the cream. I was definitely impressed by this.
Here is what the highlight looked like in natural light with the Urban Decay Afterglow Powder Highlighter in Sin on top:
As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t generally have a problem with the lasting power of my makeup, but I do have some highlights that fade fairly fast on me. I wore this for 12 hours and at the end of the day, it looked identical to when I first put it on, which is impressive. I walked to the grocery store and lugged back a week’s worth of groceries home and up my building stairs in more than 30 degree heat and it still looked perfect, even though I was sweating. Now I am curious how this would do on oily skin. I feel like these would be awesome on drier skin types as it kind of melts into the skin, rather than powders that can sometimes sit on top of the skin. I will have to get my sister to try these (she has drier skin than me) and report back.
These also make amazing body highlights, if you want to highlight your shoulders, your decolletage etc.
If you haven’t figured it out already, I love this product. I can see myself using this as a base for my highlight daily. This is pricey so I would suggest getting a sample from Sephora, it will probably last you quite a while since you don’t need much. Or you could buy travel bottles and divide it among friends and split the cost. These are definitely a must-have for highlighter junkies like me or someone who just really wants to be able to control the intensity and have a highlight that has multiple purposes. I definitely give these a buy!
Have you tried these? What did you think?
Bye for now!