What’s the best time for highlighter? Yep, that would be summer. Whenever the sun comes peeping through more frequently I tend to go crazy for highlighter and I know many other make up lovers do so too. I am not usually into super glowy cheeks, but after I got my hands on The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer, I fell in love and so I wanted to try some more. It’s not that I hadn’t tried highlighter before that, but none captured my imagination like that one. So when I was in England and found that Make Up Revolution has a few gorgeous highlighters out, I decided to pick on up to see what it is like.
Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Peach Lights
Now my experience with the brand Make Up Revolution isn’t stellar. When I was in London at the end of 2014, I picked up one of their eyeshadow palettes. My review of the Flawless 32 Eyeshadow Palette was lukewarm at best. And so I was hesitant when I saw so many ranting and raving about the Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter. Since I already own a pink and a gold highlight that work well for me, I picked up the one shade that stood out to me the most.
Peach Lights costs a mere 3 pounds from Superdrug, which is of course next to nothing. In the packaging you get 7.5 grams of product, which is a fair amount. The packaging is made of a cheapy feeling plastic that doesn’t impress me very much. The lid is slightly domed, which I feel makes the packaging extra bulky which is absolutely unnecessary. It also makes it harder to store in your stash.
But of course it’s not about the outside. It’s the product itself that counts. Apart from Peach Lights, there are two more shades: Pink Lights and Gold Lights. Gold Lights is supposed to be a dupe for NARS Albatross, but since I think I don’t look all that great in gold highlight, I decided to skip that. If I’d have liked that a little more, I would have opted for choosing the palette. Because yes, these highlighters are also grouped together into one palette. So if you are looking to build up your highlighter stash in one sweep, you might as well get that one and you will have plenty of product to play with.
No Flash – Flash
The color of this highlighter can be best described as a champagne peach color. It is neither overly cool nor overly warm toned, which is why this shade appealed to me most. Because it is somewhere in the middle, I think this will be a versatile product that can be used with many different make up looks. The pan reminds me of the MAC Extra Dimension products, which have a similar type ripple effect design.
Swatched – blended out
On my skin tone, the swatch looks a little more pink than peach. When swatched the shine and pigmentation of the Vivid Baked Highligther is very prominent. However, when blended, you are left with a pleasant hint of sheen, but nothing too crazy. There are very tiny reflects visible in the blended out version of the swatch, but this isn’t one of those disco ball highlights. Overall, I feel the effect is very subtle.
On my cheeks, you can see the full effect. I took pictures in two different lighting settings. The top pictures was taken before 7 AM. Daylight was scarce, which explains the blueish grey tone to the picture. In this lighting, the effect is barely noticeable. However in lunch time daylight, there is a very subtle sheen to the cheek. I don’t find this product latches on to my milia, like some highlighters can do.
But that was the effect in the ultra close up. From a bit of a distance the effect is truly barely noticeable. There is only a hint of glow noticeable. Whether you are viewing this in early morning lighting or day time lighting: the effect is subtle on the cheek as well. The small reflect particles visible in the blended swatch do not show up on the cheek and that is a good thing.
Full face this product is not that noticeable. Yes, I am wearing highlighter in both these pictures. On the left is the early morning shot. The right features a midday shot again. In the midday shot as well as the early morning shot, the effect is subtle. Very subtle, but natural at the same time. I feel that this product gives off the perfect amount of day time glow.
For a night time, full on glam look, I wouldn’t pull this highlight out of my drawers. I can use my Mary Lou-Manizer for that purpose. But if I want to go for something subtle and natural and wear highlight without that ‘wow, she’s wearing highlighter’ effect, I feel the Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Peach Lights is a perfect little product to own.
What highlighter is on your ‘to try out’ list?