Beauty Wars: Powder Highlighters Edition

See what we thought of these illuminating products in our latest round of reviews.
by Tisha Caedo, Artwork by Jico Joson
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Growing up, our moms and lolas always told us to "powder our noses" (using the famous Johnson's Baby Powder no less), because we were starting to get shiny. But today, shine is IN. So for our eighth Cosmo.ph Beauty Wars review, we're shining a light on affordable and high-end highlighters to see which one will give our complexions the best ~*sparkling glow*~!

Here are the products we tested out:


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Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter in The Glowrious Three

Price: P499

Where To Buy: The SM Store

What It Is: A highlighting trio that consists of champagne, rose, and bronze shades to give skin a soft and natural radiance. It also contains fine shimmers that gently reflect the light and give cheeks the ultimate glow.  

Why We Love It: For its price point, we love how it already has three different highlighting shades in one palette—it's good value for money! Unfortunately, it barely showed up on our skin, and the shimmers weren't as fine as they claimed to be.


L'Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Golden

Price: P600

Where To Buy: The SM Store

What It Is: The Lumi Illuminator's four shades enhance all skin tones and undertones when combined. Housed in a rose gold package, you can instantly see the shades in one glance, making it easy for you to decide how much you want to *sparkle* at the moment.

Why We Love It: Out of the two affordable highlighters we reviewed, this was the better one. The Lumi Powder gave our cheeks a subtle highlight and stayed on for a few hours. Say hello to our new everyday highlighter!


The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer

Price: P1,025

Where To Buy: Beauty Bar

What It Is: A honey-hued highlighter that instantly catches the light and everyone's eye, it lends a soft, youthful quality to skin.

Why We Love It: WOW. To get the most eye-catching highlight ever, we barely had to touch the pan—and it didn't appear like a weird streak on our cheeks because the product was so fine yet intense. Definitely a must-have if you're just getting into highlighters. Don't worry if you have a darker skin tone, too; it will show up beautifully!

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Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Kitten

Price: P1,450

Where To Buy: Rustan's

What It Is: Bouncy and creamy, the Heaven's Hue Highlighter contains ultra-fine particles that melt into your skin for a natural-looking ~glow~.

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Why We Love It: While the shimmers weren't as fine as Mary Lou's, this Stila highlighter still gave our cheekbones some serious shine and lasted a little bit under eight hours. If you love a ton of glitter in your highlighter, this will be your new go-to!


NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross

Price: P1,700

Where To Buy: Rustan's

What It Is: Thanks to its transparent pigments, this highlighter feels light on the skin. And whether you wear it alone or with blush, you can be sure that your skin gets instant radiance!

Why We Love It: This was a surprise: Albatross is white in the pan, but on ALL of us, it showed up yellow. Thank God we all have neutral to warm undertones! It was subtle and easy to apply, but we'd rather go for more champagne tones. If you have a darker complexion, though, this may be the one for you.


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft N' Gentle

Price: P2,100

Where To Buy: Rustan's, SM Megamall, SM Aura

What It Is: A slow-baked powder that gives a luxurious and velvety soft radiance to the skin. You can either use this dome-shaped product on the high points of your face or all over!

Why We Love It: One swipe was all we needed to love this because the Mineralize Skinfinish looked B E A U T I F U L on all of our complexions. It didn't emphasize pores or texture, and those are the top two things we watched out for when testing these highlighters. The next time we're in the mood to splurge, this is what we're getting!

ARTWORK: Jico Joson

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