Product Reviews

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette Review

September 19, 2016

Hi Everyone!

I have been testing out a new highlighting palette for a few weeks now and thought I would share my thoughts. Makeup Geek has teamed up with Kathleen Lights to release a highlighting palette; the first highlighters released by the brand. Being a total highlighter junkie, I jumped on this the second it was available. I’ll be honest I haven’t always loved Makeup Geek’s products, but I was still excited to give this a try.


As always, I’ll start by taking a look at the packaging.



Makeup Geek kept with their usual collaboration style on this palette, including a customized sleeve for the palette and then their standard packaging as the actual casing. Although it would have been nice to have customized packaging for the whole palette, it probably helps to keep the cost down to have the same design.

In terms of functionality, I’m happy with this palette. The packaging is a sleek cardboard palette with a magnetic closure. Despite housing 3 huge pans, this palette is still manageable for travel.

In terms of product, you get a total of 21g of product for $39 USD. For comparison, a Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed contains 7g of product for $38 USD. I know that a lot of people were surprised by the price, since Makeup Geek is an affordable brand and most of their single products are under $10. For how much product you get, I don’t think $39 is unreasonable.



As soon as information about this palette came out, the complaints of it being too dark started. I’m pretty much as pale as it gets and I can use 2/3 shades no problem. The last shade isn’t a highlight on me, but that doesn’t bother me. When selecting shades I’m sure they wanted to make sure that the shades would work on a variety of skin tones, so the fact that the last shade is intended for deeper skin tones is a good thing. Being pale, I’m pretty used to not being able to use every shade. If you’re fair skinned like I am, I wouldn’t worry about these shades being too dark, I haven’t experienced that at all using this.


The first shade is called Nightlight and it’s a pale gold shade. At first this looks like any other gold highlight, but it was surprisingly hard to dupe in my collection. The closest I found is from the ABH That Glow Kit, the shade Dripping is Gold. It’s not a perfect dupe, but it’s the closest dupe in my collection. Most of my light gold highlights are cooler, but this is a light, warm gold. I like this shade because it doesn’t show up too yellow on my fair skin.

Left to right: Makeup Geek, Anastasia

Left to right: Makeup Geek, Anastasia

The second shade in the palette is called Starlight and it’s a soft pink shade. Pink highlights typically aren’t my favourite, but this gives off a cool toned, icy kind of look rather than coming across super pink. This shade is extremely close to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz, which is awesome because you get 3 highlights for less than the price of just the one.

Left to right: Makeup Geek, Bobbi Brown

Left to right: Makeup Geek, Bobbi Brown

The last shade in the palette is called Sunlight and it’s a warm copper shade. I couldn’t find any dupes for this in my collection, but in all fairness I don’t have a ton to compare it to since it’s not a highlight for my skin tone.

In terms of the finish of these, these have an obvious foiled finish. Some highlights have glitter, some have soft shimmer, but these are very foiled and metallic. If you were to look up close, the foiled effect is pretty obvious, as it does sit on top of the skin a little bit. They’re not at all glittery though, which I like. These are super buttery and pigmented; you can easily achieve an intense glow, which is right up my alley.

Overall Thoughts

In all, I am impressed by these highlights. They give me the intense glow I’m after and I like the shades they included. Even though I already have quite a few highlights, I still feel like these were a good add to my collection.

Have you tried this palette? What did you think of it?

Bye for now!



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