The year of 2018 is one where we’ve taken our obsession with unicorns, mermaids into our highlighters, with highlighters in the market now featuring every colour on the rainbow to put on our cheeks.
We used to only be able to find two colours – white and champagne-gold – at the highlight aisle, but shades like violet, blue, and mint are now the order of the day.
While super pretty to look at, it can be hard to even imagine pulling off a prism of colours (literally) on your cheeks. What would that even look like?
If you’ve ever been tempted by this newest highlighting trend, then read on for all the deets that you need.
The 101 guide to using colourful highlighters
When you look at our list, you’ll realise that as intimidating as many may look in the pan, many are actually super subtle and wearable, appearing as just an ever-so-slight sheen of colour on the face.
Intimidated? Apply with a super light hand, and build it up from there, according to your own preference and threshold.
Still skeptical? Well, we fully believe in the adage of ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, so we’ll just let the swatches do the talking!
1. Too Faced Rainbow Strobe Prismatic Highlighter
The first one to kick off the trend of rainbow highlighters, naturally, we had to have Too Faced Rainbow Strobe Prismatic Highlighter first on our list of colourful highlighters.
Less intimidating than it looks in the pan, the rainbow highlighter merely gives a very subtle prism glow effect from the side view. Want your cheeks to be poppin’ but with a little added dimension without being too in your face about it? This rainbow highlighter is your best bet for that.
It retails for SGD45 and is available at Sephora.
2. Fenty Beauty (Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset)
Looking more like an eyeshadow than a highlight, Fenty Beauty’s Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo’s Mimosa Sunrise and Sangria Sunset show up as light, slight touches of orange and purple sheens when applied on the face, which are especially flattering on the warm-skinned gals out there, or for a more evening sunset-esque look.
Don’t believe us? Watch this video to see how wearable it is!
It retails for SGD54 and is available at Sephora.
3. Make Up For Ever Glitters
Coming in a rather dizzying variety of 12 different highlight glitter shades to choose from like your standard champagne-gold colour, or bolder shades like red, green, and even blue, this highlighter is for those who want to go hardcore with the glitter. (be it on the face, eyes, or wherever!)
Use this at music festivals, raves, or hell, wherever you want. You do you, girl.
It retails for SGD26 and is available in all Make Up For Ever boutiques and Sephora.
4. Kat Von D Beauty Alchemist Holographic Palette
With four different holographic colours designed to give you that oh-so-coveted, tinge of an other-worldly glow, unleash your inner-alien and either apply all four colours to your cheek for a prism glow effect, or simply choose one colour of your liking and just rock the heck out of it.
It retails for SGD50 and is available in all Sephora stores.
5. Jeffree Star Skin Frost Lavender Snow
Sure, nobody naturally glows lavender from within, but this Jeffree Star Skin Frost Lavender Snow highlighter will convince the people around you that, maybe, you can.
Check out this review to see the gorgeous swatch!
It retails for SGD39.62 (USD29) and is available at Beautylish.
6. Colourpop Luster Dust Loose Highlighter (Hit Rewind)
Having very clearly caught on to the rose gold craze, Colourpop – the saviour of our wallets with its cheap, yet quality makeup – has released one in its Luster Dust Loose Highlighter in Hit Rewind that has nearly everyone in its review section give it a full 5/5 star rating, and even earning a star of approval from Temptalia as her “Most Loved” highlight in 2018.
Want a slight twist from the more traditional champagne-coloured highlight with a hint of coppery-pink? This is it. And yes, you know you want it.
It retails for SGD9.56 (USD7) and is available on its online store.
7. Lime Crime Hi-Lite Mermaid Palette
Fully understanding our need for mermaid-hues in our life, Lime Crime has come up with the perfect highlighter palette – the mermaid palette.
Featuring shades of lilac-pink, gold, and teal, to create a subtle mermaid-like sheen, this is a calling to all the (secret-)mermaids out there.
(But on the real, check out how perfect for summer those hues are!)
Retails for SGD61.17 and is available on ASOS.