Iluminator review – Highbeam vs Hi-Lights

Just to change things up I thought a comparison shot of some of my products was in order.

Illuminators

In this shot I have Benefit High Beam (bottom), Designer Brands Hi-Lights Illuminator in Starlight (middle) and the illuminating end of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face perfector In Light/Meduim.

unblended swatch

The price points are $45 for the Highbeam, $9.99 for the Designer Brands Illuminator, and the Maybelline pen has been discontinued but was $19.99 original – I got mine for $10 from the local pharmacy (all aussie dollars).

blended illuminators

The first photo is unblended, the second blended. The designer brands is definitely slightly more pink toned, while the highbeam has a slightly warmer pinky gold feel by comparison. Both feel moisturising while blended, the designer brands is more pigmented whilst the highbeam feels more moisturising. The maybelline is a more powdery option and seems harder to blend.

Both the highbeam and designer brands contain some ingredients that can be pore clogging – ie Dimethicone so yes, a potential issue with both but I don’t tend to break out in the areas that I use illuminator in.

Highbeam uses a brush, as does Maybelline while the designer brands has a doe foot applicator which I prefer for applying. The Designer brands and Maybelline are much more transportable which is nice for on the go application (ie in the toilets between work and dinner!!) and less inclined to be knocked over and spilt which is an unpleasant experience with Highbeam given the price.

Round by round winners
Price: Designer Brands Hi-Lights
Pigmentation: Designer Brands Hi-Lights
Packaging: Maybelline for transportability and combo appeal
Product:  Highbeam for a warmer look and moisturising feel although this probably depends on your skin tone

Overall winner:
Designer Brands Hi-Lights Illuminator on points

Ingredients for comparison:
HIGH BEAM INGREDIENTS:  WATER (AQUA), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC/SUCCINIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MICA, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE, DIMETHICONE, LIMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/ SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE PEG-7 PHOSPHATE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, STEARETH-21, SQUALANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, STEARETH-2, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, POLYSORBATE 60, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE.  [+/-:  ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE (CI 77002), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)].

DB Illuminator Ingredients: Aqua, Soft Paraffin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Nipaguard CMB, Vitamin E. Pigment May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Pearl (Titanated Mica), Iron Oxide Red.
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