The Sephora Favorites Sunkissed Glow set ($48 CAD) contains 6 mini and 1 full size highlight and bronzer products. The full size value of this set is $284 CAD and for someone who has more makeup than I know what to do with, I much prefer mini sizes. Each product is large enough for me to try out and enjoy new products, finish them before they expire and it doesnt take up much room in my vanity. Overall this is a much less overwhelming (and cheaper, maybe not from a price per gram perspective but from an overall dollar standpoint) way of playing with makeup.
I bought this particular set because there was only one product I had from it in my collection (Hoola bronzer), which I adore and only one that I didn’t care for (Tarte Park Ave Princess) but the rest are brand new ones to me that I have been super curious to try. From the highlighters included, 3 of them are creams and 1 of them is a powder. All of the bronzer products are powders.
Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick in Champagne Flash ($52 CAD)
Champagne Flash is described as a light warm champagne highlighter housed in a creamy stick form. The formula is extremely emollient (which I find stick highlighters need to be in order to glide on without disrupting foundation), soft and blends in well into the skin. Champagne Flash is a light, warm champagne shade that does not deposit any shimmer or sparkle on the skin and reflects beautifully in the light. This is a wonderful highlighter and for those who prefer stick makeup will likely enjoy this one.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 ($50 CAD)
The description of this product is quite the oxymoron: a baked powder with a soft matte radiance. For years, my brain would hurt at the challenge of processing that description so with this set I was forced to try the powder and while I still dont understand the ‘matte’ part, I do see a soft, etherial radiance with this powder. The powder is extremely soft, so much so that kick back and fall out within the pan is a part of the formula but when tapped out and buffed into the skin, I get a soft warm gold that pulls pink in some lights (and pictured below). While this isnt the most intense highlighter in the world, it does work to deliver a subtle glow that in natural daylight looks effortless, not obvious, but glorious on the face.
Ciate London Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm in Glow ($31 CAD)
Whenever I hear about a highlighter that leaves behind a sparkle/glitter free glow, I’m here for it. That’s exactly what this product is: a glossy sheen on the skin that makes you almost look sweaty, but in a controlled, purposeful way. The Ciate London Highlighter is the only full size product in this set. While the effect of this product is true to claim and the formula feels like a soft balm and deposits colour quite effortlessly onto the face, it needs to be warmed up between your fingers or on your hand before applying it. If you just go in with the stick, it lifts up some foundation and creates quite a blotchy finish.
Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit ($29 CAD)
The Milk highlighter is marketed as a universal product to brighten up the skin. Taking from their website, this highlighter is ‘Infused with mango butter, and avocado combined with Milk Melt Technology, it absorbs instantly on contact with body heat—leaving skin with a glowing appearance’. While I disagree with the ‘universal’ claim of this product (I have a light-medium skin tone that I think this works perfectly for. Extremely fair skills will find this too light and dark skins too ashy), it’s a nice highlighting balm. Similar to the Ciate stick, it adds a natural glow to the face that’s not shimmery or glittery and has a soft nude radiance to it. This is extremely subtle on the skin and for days you’re wearing heavy makeup, it likely wont show up. It’s nice but not memorable to me and I wouldnt repurchase.
BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast ($46 CAD, full size)
Capri Coast is a warm golden brown shade ideal from light to medium skintones. All of BECCA’s powder bronzers have BECCAs Shimmering Skin Perfector formula infused within them to give the bronzers that iconic glow that’s never sparkly or shimmery. I am always nervous about bronzers that aren’t matte, but I think BECCA did this one right: there’s a glow to these bronzers that deliver a natural sun kissed warmth to the face. The formula is soft, blends out well on the face and lasts all day. The glow is undetectable on the skin, once the product is buffed in and it works well to warm up my face. Overall it’s a nice bronzer, but if I were to repurchase, I’d try the next deeper shade as I find this one needs to be built up quite a bit on my face to show up.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola in Natural Bronze ($38 CAD, full size)
Despite my excessive makeup collection, I’ve gone through an entire full size box of the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. If that doesn’t say something about how good this is, I dont know what would! The colour appears neutral in the box but pulls slightly warm on my face however it’s not enough where I need to bronze and contour separately. This product is a rare one that serves both purposes and also works as a fab crease colour for my eyes. I’m happy Benefit came out with a lighter shade for pale skins but am waiting for them to add a few deeper versions to cover a broader spectrum of consumers.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess ($38 CAD)
Unpopular opinion, but I have just never fallen in love with this bronzer. I have tried it several times but found that the texture wasn’t great (not pigmented or soft), the gold sheen is too strong and it pulls more orange than brown on the skin. While this isn’t my favorite bronzer, it does have a cult following and I imagine could look amazing on some skin tones.