Sunday, 4 June 2017

The Beauty Post | The Battle Of The Highlighters - High End vs High Street

As someone who suffers from generally dull and lackluster skin, I rely heavily on highlighters to give my face the glowy boost it needs. Since the term 'highlighter' has made it's way into the average, make up wearing girl's vocabulary some years ago, I have accumulated a small army of different highlighters. This small army ranges from highlighters that cost nothing more than a fiver, up to instagram's most sought after products which cost the equivalent of 3 Domino's meal deals. 

With all this in mind, naturally through trying and testing, I have chosen my favourite highlighters and my not so favourite. In this post I have decided to choose 4 completely different highlight products, with completely different price tags and rank them in order of my least favourite to ride or die, 10/10, could not live without, favourite.

So is a product's price tag equal to the quality of the product? Or are we simply fooled by more expensive brands that their products are superior? When in fact we can find equally as good products on the high street for a quarter of the price.

Sleek - 'Precious Metals Highlighter Palette' - High Street 
My least favourite on the list would have to be my Sleek highlighting palette. For roughly 15 Euro this products just does not tick the boxes for me. If you are looking for an extreme, over the top highlight maybe for a festival or special occasion, this may be the one for you. However on an average, day to day kind of basis this is just too much. The glittery pigment is a little too much on the heavy 'I look like a five year old who got hold of my mother's make up' side, rather than natural and dewy. 

Benefit - 'High Beam Highlighter' - High End 
In third place is Benefits 'High Beam' highlighter. The most expensive on my list, this product comes in at almost 30 Euro. For me, this product does the job yes, it gives me a natural, subtle highlight, but for this price, I be expectin' miracles and unfortunately Benefit does not deliver that. Am I glad I tried it? Yes. Will I buy it again? Probably not. 

TheBalm - 'Mary-Lou Manizer Highlight Powder' - High End 
The only powder highlighter on my list, TheBalm's Mary-Lou highlighter is a sure favourite of mine. Costing roughly 20 Euro, it is on the cheaper side of the high end products. I use this product not only as a face highlighter but also as an eyeshadow, the perfect product as this does not crease. In my opinion I feel that there is probably a drugstore product out there which is just as good, but chances are, it will take a bit of dedication to find that. 

Collection - 'Speedy Highlighter Stick' - High Street
Coming in as number one on my high end vs high street highlighter list, is Collection's 'Speedy Highlighter'. Costing 5 euro, this product is a hidden gem that many are yet to come across. This little stick is perfect for throwing into your handbag when you are on the go, and not to mention lasts forever. This product I reach for on an almost daily basis, and it never fails to liven up my complexion whenever needs be. Easily build able, I would recommend giving this a go if you have not already. Here is a review I wrote on it quite a while back for anyone wanting to know more information about it. 

So there you have it, once again the high street is proving that you don't need to spend the big bucks to find a make up product that really works. 

Let me know in the comments what your favourite highlights are.

Adele x



  1. I really like the high beam, haven't repurchased it either but simply because I've already got a few I'm testing. The High Beam lasts so long and you can really build it up which is why I love it.
    Kathy x

  2. I love The Balm's Mary Lou and really all of their highlighters. Thanks for telling me about Sleek. I was just about to buy one from them. LOL

  3. I love the Mary Lou manizer and High Beam, though I also think High Beam doesn't give enough bang for your buck!

    Beauty From Katie

  4. The Balm's Mary Lou is my favourite highlighter along side MAC's soft and gentle.

  5. I really want to try the highlighter from the balm :) thanks for comparing these :)

  6. They are all so pretty but didn't realise how nice the High Beam looks. Will be popping into the local department store to have a sneak peek!

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  8. I'm lovin the look of the balm but you're right, one can find great dupes for cheap.

  9. I'll be heading out to find a Collection Speedy stick then! xx

  10. I actually really like high beam - it's one of them highlighters which works for me compared to others but it's lovely to see so much choice! This is what makes blogging fun haha :)

    Layla xx

  11. I feel like the Sleek palette did get a little overhyped by multiple bloggers. I purchased the one in Solstice and also found it difficult to blend into the rest of my face. It just kind of sits there. Lovely post! x

    Bits of Reg | Regina

  12. I'm so intrigued by the Collection highlighter now. About to read your review on it although I already know I'm going to have to give it a go! Lovely post! x

  13. i like the collections but i prefer my natural skin without applying anything!


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