If you know one thing about my make up routine, it's probably this - I go heavy on the highlight. My general rule for life is if I don't look like I've been dipped in glitter, what's the point? There's been almost no times in my life where I've thought, you know - maybe I'll go subtle today. Highlight is definitely the one product that I strongly believe that the phrase "go hard or go home" was made for. I know I'm not the only one, but I have to say that I've found a good, strong highlight normally comes with a hefty price tag (or a lot more than you'd normally pay for glorified glitter, in any case) and so I thought I'd compare my favourite high end highlight and my favourite high street highlight so, whatever your budget, you can get the straight out of peter pan type glow.
Let's start where I normally do, with the high end offering. Now, as the pictures show on this one - I've more than hit pan and I've honestly had this a fair amount of time; it's one that I use day in, day out - I know that it won't make me want to itch my eyeballs out if I use it to highlight my inner corners, I know it's not going to be clumpy and uneven (Charlotte Tilbury's Bar Of Gold is the worst for this) and I know it's diffuse out nicely in order to avoid that firm stripe. It's an old favourite, sure, but if I want a good high end highlight I would always opt for Mac's Mineralised Skin Finish in Lightscapade (£24). Not only is the product itself good, but I think that there's a lot to be said for Mac's packaging - it almost never breaks, it holds it's ground and you don't get the product cracking and falling out of the pan even when you hit the bottom - it's not the end of the world if a product has bad packaging, but it's always a bonus when the product is good.
My favourite high street highlight isn't too similar in shade - but it's not really about the tone as much as it is about the product and the quality. Whereas Lightscapade runs very cool on the skin, my high street favourite is Make Up Revolution's Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights (£3) which, as it's name would suggest, runs much more of a warm golden colour. This is, in my opinion, a much less natural highlight than Lightscapade, but it looks beautiful on and can be buffed out to look natural if that's your jam (as aforementioned, it's definitely not my jam). The formula is good, it's silky and doesn't irritate my eyes when I put it in my inner corners and it's just about everything I want from a highlight. So what's the downfall? There has to be a reason for that £21 price gap, right? In my opinion, more so than the formula, the notable difference is in the packaging - through just general wear and tear my lid has come free and fallen off from the case and so now I can't carry the product in my make up bag; it's a good product, but the packaging definitely lets it down.
So there you go, a highlighter no matter what your budget; I'm a huge fan and so do let me know what highlight you're wearing right now and if it's worth my time!