This is one of my favorite ‘multitasking’ products. Its described as a hot pink with golden shimmer illuminator but its definitely a subtler pink than that sounds. The color comes up as light pink cheek colour in low light and the golden shimmer catches the light and makes you look more glowing and healthy in a subtle kind of way. It’s a nice low cheek colour.
Not sure why Designer Brands has this “Savvy by DB” brand in some places. Is that the younger brand perhaps? Anyway this is a highlighter I picked up in the recent Priceline 40% off cosmetics deal. They are calling it “Heavenly Highlights Cheek Balm” and it was in the $3 bin (so $1.80 whee!!!). Its a champagne coloured highlighter which I love, I know the trend is for cheek colored rose-gold highlighters but I like to use highlighters on the brow-bone and around the eyes in a “C” shape, across the forehead and down the nose so prefer them a little lighter. This fits the bill, is easy to blend and packs a lot of pigment punch for the price. It’s also nice and travel friendly unlike some other *cough*highbeam*cough* illuminators. Def worth doing some bin diving for aussie beauty bloggers!
I’ll do a comparison post with some other illuminators tomorrow 🙂
Just to change things up I thought a comparison shot of some of my products was in order.
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.
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).
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
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.
This is my concealers pile. I don’t use these regularly but I had a very stressful year which in combination with horrible allergies looking for some potion that would make me look healthy and well rested. And then, because these tend to settle into small lines and wrinkles, I went off in search of illuminators… which sounds like something out of Harry Potter!
And yes, that’s two each of the realness of concealness and porefessional tubes because I left it at home one work day and rebought it halfway through as I needed to get a mug shot aka ID photo at work . Somewhat random thing to happen after six month but there you go.
The porefessional sinks into my acne scarred large pores and makes me look a bit less shiny in photos. It’s actually a good product in that it’s easy peasy to use and doesn’t need blending/colour matching, but it doesn’t colour correct it just works on texture. Anyway, that runs to $35 a tube, ditto the realness of concealness kits. I also have a pocket concealer/illuminator ($10?) from Maybelline for putting into clutches, and a skin primer from the David Jones homebrand for if I’m getting made up at night. The designer brands illuminator is actually a great buy, I picked it up at the chemist for one time in it’s previous incarnation and after my kids *bit the tube in two* (note kids NOT puppies although they do act like it). It’s $10 for a monster tube and is a pretty decent dupe for Benefit’s Highbeam. I will do a comparison post later to show the two, I seem to get a lot of comments that I look good when I wear these around my eyes and alternatively questions about whether I’m tired or sick when I don’t… Oh the joys of getting older.
So this is up to $170 in concealers, with $780 as my running total.