If there's one thing I love besides blush on the cheeks, it's a good highlight. Though, what much else goes on the cheeks? Haha, but I do love me some glow on the cheeks, mainly because I love looking a bit healthier and more dewy. I also barely have any cheekbones, so I'll take anything I can get to make 'them' more prominent! Today I've got the Arbonne Sheer Glow Highlighter*, one thing of which I can say for sure - it lives up to its name.
|Top: No highlighter, Bottom: Highlighter|
The highlighter is packaged in a slim, long tube with a nozzle. The nozzle makes it easy to control how much product you squeeze out.While I like the simple, sleek and clean branding and packaging, I feel like the packaging could feel more luxe to reflect its price ($56). Perhaps a bottle with a pump?
The texture of this highlighter is quite thin and very lightweight feeling. The actual feel is a bit harder to describe. It's not creamy per se, but it does have a slippy, sheeny feel to it (if that makes sense). Before squeezing out the product, I'd recommend shaking the tube as I find it can separate a bit. Like I said, it lives up to its name. This product is very sheer. I hope you can tell the nature of this highlighter from the photos I've taken. When blended out fully-ish (last photo), you can see it doesn't give off a crazy amount of shimmer or sheen and that was using quite a liberal amount of product. Due to its sheerness, it doesn't multitask like a lot of other liquid highlighters. Where with others you could mix in with your foundation, or apply like a primer, with this one, it's much too sheer to really have much of an effect. The sheen is too subtle and is covered/overpowered by the foundation rendering it pointless. My favourite way of using this product is dotted and tapped onto the cheekbones with my fingers. I don't rub too much as I find tapping to glean the most shine from it while still blending it. That is what I love about its texture, it's so blendable and really looks seamless on the skin. You could also apply/blend with a stippling brush but then again it sheers it out.
Arbonne states that it suits all skintones and I would tend to agree, mainly because it's so sheer it doesn't give off much colour. You can see on my hand though that it gives off the slightest pinky-silver tinge. Like I said, there's really no shimmer or glitter to be found and really, it's just pure sheen. I think its redeeming quality is that it looks so natural and dewy and pretty. It really looks like you've got nothing on but that natural glow. I really do like using this on a lot of areas of my face: cheekbones, bridge of the nose, between the brows, chin. It's so subtly beautiful and natural looking which is why I think its sheerness can be forgiven.
Now this product ain't cheap, and it really depends on what sort of person you are. I only really use this for a singular purpose and while it fulfills that purpose beautifully, I'm not sure that I could justify that much money on a single product. It's definitely a nice-to-have item. If it's the au naturel glow you're after, and you can afford to splurge, then maybe this is the highlighter to check out!
*Product was sent for consideration.