It is no secret that my absolute favourite makeup product is highlighter. Also blush… but let’s save that for another day. I find that the golden highlighters on my fair skin are difficult to pull off in terms of undertone but yet golden and champagne highlighter are one of my favourite shades of highlighter, versus an icy white highlighter. I recently purchased the Physician Formula rose highlighter in Freshly Picked, thinking it would be similar to my Estee Lauder or my Amrezy but I found that it was a bit too dark on my skin. This revelation then brought me to this post, a comparison between all of my golden highlighters because I love me a good shimmer. 

close up of estee lauder highlighter
ABH Highlighter, Physician formula highlighter, estee lauder heatwave
Charlotte Tilbury vs Cheekbone beauty in compacts
Covergirl highligting palette

Let’s begin with the description of the Physician’s formula highlighter is described as champagne, but in my opinion, it is yellow gold with what feels like a darker bronze base. Estee Lauder heatwave is yellow gold but with a lighter base and more of a champagne shade but is described as an all-over bronzer but is really a highlighter (or am I getting it mixed up with the bronzer, I don’t know). Then we have our Nars Forte De France highlighter, that is a light-medium gold, according to Sephora, and I find swatches sheerly but on the skin packs a punch. The Anastasia Beverly Hills is more of light gold champagne that is warm but not yellow. The Covergirl highlighting palette is a lovely palette of neutral highlighters. The cheekbone highlighter, you would think would pull dark, but is really more of a golden dusting with a warm undertone but not a yellow base. The Charlotte Tilbury is by far the lightest in colour and is a pale champagne shade. 

swatches of all highlighters
Highlighters all open

The Physicians Formula is a beautiful highlighter but is also not as finely milled as I would like. I think that it is a beautiful shade. It has a light rose scent and is quite smooth, albeit not has finely milled as others in my collection. On my skin I find this looks quite dark on the cheeks and does not mesh into my skin like the butter highlighter from Physicians Formula. In comparison to the Estee Lauder, I feel like I can really “see” the Physician Formula Rose highlighter on my skin versus being able to really blend in the highlighter to look, as one with my skin as possible. In comparison to the Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Amrezy highlighter the Physicians Formula does not have that same “meshability” as the ABH. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy is a glossy, wet-look highlighter that gets more glossy as I blend it into my skin it gets even more glossy. The formula of this is also smooth and easy to work with. 

The comparison

Physicians Formula Rose vs Amrezy on the bottom

Nars Forte De France is a highlighter that I find is most similar in the look on my skin. While the Nars swatches more sheerly but I find that it appears like the same dark warm shade of the physician’s formula. 

Physicians Formula compared to NARS on the bottom
Physicians Formula compared to Cheekbone beauty on the bottom

The Cheekbone beauty highlighter in gold dust actually does not appear darker on my skin, in the same way that the golden of the Physician’s Formula sits on my skin. I find the Cheekbone really blends into too look seamless and it isn’t as warm.

Physicians Formula compared to Covergirl Highighters on the bottom

The same goes for the Covergirl highlighters as well. I find these are gold, but with neutral to almost grey undertones instead of the yellow warm undertones of the Physicians formula.

Physicians Formula compared to Charlotte Tilbury on the bottom

The Charlotte Tilbury is by far the lightest champagne shade of the bunch. While the Physicians Formula highlighter is described as champagne, it just is not the same champagne as the Charlotte Tilbury that is a very light, almost white based gold.

What is your favourite highlighter?

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