July 16, 2013

Two products to get your glow on

When it comes to my face I generally prefer a matte base, but with glowing cheeks. For some reason I really don't like how my skin looks when it's glowing all over (makes me feel like an oil slick!). Here are two products in my arsenal to help get my glow on: NARS Albatross and The Make Up Store High Tech Lighter in Stardust*
L/R: NARS Albatross, Make Up Store Stardust
NARS Albatross
I've always wanted to try Albatross as it seems the perfect highlighter shade, i.e. colourless! Most highlighters I've seen either have a pink or a peach tinge, which is fine if I'm layering over a matching blush but Albatross is more versatile and can be worn over any blush without compromising the underlying colour. It's a powder product, and does appear slightly chalky in the pan but it looks great on the cheeks. It has a slight golden gleam that looks pretty natural on as you'll be able to see at the end of this post

Make Up Store Stardust
I was sent this product in a Press pack. I'm not generally into cream products as I worry they'll glide off my skin, but not this one. The texture of this is very thick, in fact it's a bit hard to spread on the cheeks because it's so thick, but once applied (I use a stippling brush), this won't budge for hours. Colour - wise it looks like a warm white/gold shade, however when swatched it's almost exactly the same as Albatross. I plan on using this one a lot more during summer, as I prefer to use cream products during warmer months.

And here's how NARS Albatross looks worn over a matte blush (Illamasqua Tremble). It's very subtle, just the way I like it.

What do you think of these highlighters? Do you have a favourite?

*PR Sample


  1. I adore anything that makes my skin glowy, I buy pretty much anything that falls into this category!

  2. so pretty! I want to try Albatross!!!
    I am using mary loumanizer now!

  3. This is exactly what I've been looking for!!!
    I want a healthy glowy face, instead of oily shiny. Thanks for reviewing these products, great recommendation, too bad neither of these brands are in my country :/ But i will check online and snatch one up :)

    I am a bit new to your blog, so sorry if you already have a post about this, but any recommendations for foundations that give a mat finish on a shiny, oily T-zone, yet dry cheeks? :/

    1. Hello, thanks so much for your comment.
      Re foundation recommendation, I have very dry skin all over (no oily T zone like you) and I've been using the Maybeline Dream Matte Mousse foundation. I'm planning a review on it soon, but it's seriously very good. Keeps my skin shine free but natural looking. Even on the really dry areas of my skin it still looks good.
      Lilit :)

  4. I have NARS Albatross but I hardly use it; it looks lovely on you so I must give it a whirl. :) I think I prefer peach toned highlighters, my fave is MAC's cream colour base in Hush. It looks super natural. x

  5. Oh, they're both so beautiful. I really want to try Albatross, I haven't had a highlighter in that color (well, to be honest, I only ever had one - MAC Soft and Gentle - so I'm a bit at a loss when it comes to them)! x

  6. I adore highlighters! I love Benefit Girl Meets Pearl, theBalm's Mary Louminizer and Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks. I think I'll have to try these two next x

  7. Hi Lilit, these both look like beautiful highlighters and I totally agree with you that some can interfer with blush colours and even foundation. Do you have any thoughts on what type of brush is best to apply a powder highlighter with?

    1. Hi hun, I've just been using an angled blush brush to apply the powder highlighter. Works pretty well :)

  8. I love highlighters! Especially those that can double as such a gorgeous, iridescent lid colour. These both look gorgeous, may have to purchase one ;)



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