A glossy powder that does not get cakey

In our series Practice round, TZR editors and writers test the hottest new beauty products and share their honest reviews. This week, beauty writer Vanese Maddix is ​​testing Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter.

Let me set the tone: the year is 2016 and you are preparing for the day ahead with a full face makeup. clearly standard, because that’s what your favorite beauty YouTubers wear. But before you get ready to head out the door, arm yourself with a paintbrush (it’s probably not meant for highlighters, but who cares?). As a millennial, I can attest to this phase of my life, and I fully own it.

These days, my makeup routine is a lot less rigorous and doesn’t include a powder highlighter that hasn’t been properly blended. When I reach for a highlighter, it’s usually a liquid or cream, as I find these formulas easier to apply for a natural finish. So imagine my surprise when I found myself intrigued by Rare Beauty’s new powder highlighter, the Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter, which comes in four shades: Enlighten (cool champagne), Exhilarate (champagne gold), Flaunt (real gold) and Mesmerize (pink bronze).

Unlike the powder highlighters I used in 2016, Rare Beauty sold me on this launch because it claims to be an “innovative powder highlighter that instantly gives skin a long-lasting glow.” With that in mind, I was eager to put it to the test. And I’m not alone — after reviews that it went viral on TikTok, the highlighter is currently sold out on Rare Beauty’s website, but some shades are still available on Sephora.

Keep reading for my honest opinion on Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter.

Quick Facts

  • Price: $25
  • Size: 2.8g
  • Clean/cruelty-free: Yes
  • Best for: Anyone looking to add an instant glow to skin
  • Ingredient Highlights: Synthetic Fluorophlogopite and Dimethicone
  • What we like: Non-drying; glides over the skin
  • What we don’t like: nothing!
  • Rating: 5/5

How TZR keeps score: 1/5: Return; 2/5: keep as backup; 3/5: Finish to the last drop; 4/5: Recommend to my group texts; 5/5: Already on autocomplete

The formula and packaging

According to the brand, the highlighter is designed to instantly give the skin a glass-like glow and a natural-looking glow. Judging by this description, I knew the formula had to contain a few skin-loving ingredients to deliver on its promises. Two standout ingredients are synthetic fluorophlogopite, which is known for its sparkling pigment and is generally non-irritating to the skin, and dimethicone, which works wonders for sealing in hydration, improving skin texture, and preventing dryness and irritation. As someone with a normal to dry skin type, ingredients that help prevent dryness are always high on my list when shopping for complexion products because there’s nothing worse than a product interfering with the results of my hydrating skincare routine. In addition, it is vegan and cruelty-free.

The highlighter comes in a lightweight ballerina pink mirror compact with the brand’s signature logo on the front. It is simple yet classic and goes well with the packaging of the brand’s other products. The brand has emphasized from the very beginning that founder Selena Gomez wanted every product to be easy to use, and this product is no exception.

Thanks to Vanese Maddix

What I look for in a highlighter

As mentioned, I tend to look for highlighters that feel nourishing on the skin, as opposed to one that feels dry. However, my absolute deal breaker is a highlighter that doesn’t immediately give me a glow on my cheeks and on the high points of my face. I want my highlighter to stand out, but never be overboard and unmixed. It also cannot cause the rest of the complexion products I wear to oxidize as well.

Before using the Rare Beauty Highlighter in ‘Flaunt’ & ‘Mesmerize’.Thanks to Vanese Maddix.

My experience and results

It happened to be my last day of vacation in New York when the highlighters launched in Sephora stores and with only an hour left before catching my flight back to London, I knew I had to choose the shades I wanted wisely. I ended up buying the “Flaunt” and “Mesmerize” shades because I could tell they would really complement my complexion, which isn’t always the easiest thing to figure out.

When shopping for highlighter, makeup artist and writer, Madeleine Spencer says the best shade will complement your skin tone and won’t stand out against it — unless, of course, you want it to. “For example, if you have deep skin with warm undertones, a rich, golden highlighter would be perfect,” Spencer shares. “Similarly, if you’re very pale, a cool, silvery highlighter would work really well. Effectively, if you want a ‘natural’ highlight, pick one where the color, but not the shimmery quality, fades into the skin when you apply it. smoothes out.”

I found the texture of the Rare Beauty highlighter to feel velvety. It glides on the skin for an instant glow, something I haven’t experienced from a powder highlighter before, but I’m thankful for it. Like many highlighters, a little goes a long way with this one too. To apply it, all you have to do is lightly tap the pan with your brush or fingertip before sliding it onto the areas of the face you want to highlight.

Spencer also notes that you should always blend the edges of a powder highlighter because “you don’t want to see where it ends and your skin begins.” Fortunately, I found the formula very easy to blend.

After using the Rare Beauty Highlighter in ‘Flaunt’ and ‘Mesmerize’.Thanks to Vanese Maddix

Is Rare Beauty’s Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter Worth It?

At $25, Rare Beauty’s highlighter is just under the price of other new highlighters on the market and to me, the price alone makes the purchase worth it. This highlighter has taken everything I loved about the super-shiny highlighters I wore in 2016, but delivers a natural, blended finish that I could never achieve with any of those formulas. I truly believe that 2023 is the year the powder highlighter makes a comeback and that Rare Beauty will rightfully take center stage.

A glossy powder that does not get cakey

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