Do you prefer a subtle highlighter, a blingy highlighter, or does it depend on the mood? I did a lot of frenzied buying some years back, but cut the whole thing short after I discovered HG goodness of both TheBalm Mary-lou Manizer and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. While I still picked up a couple of compacts here and there—I am partial to powder formulas— nothing major stood out until I swatched the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow (PHP 349 / USD 4.99) at a mall and went gaga for the intense bling.
Quick Specs: 5.4 g / 0.19 oz ; made in China
While I haven’t officially put myself on a spending ban for early 2018, it seems to have crept up and come into effect anyway. Aside from paying only for shipping on some free samples, I’ve actually been spending money on books instead. But this is an excellent opportunity to reassess my collection and work on the review backlog. I’ve had the Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette (PHP1,500) for months now, and it’s time to give it the spotlight.
Zoeva Spring Strobe Spectrum Palette
Quick Specs: 4 x 3.8 g / 4x 0.13 oz ; made in Italy
While I was in high school and only starting to learn about makeup, one of the first few luxury brands that I started seeing virtually everywhere was Shu Uemura. I was all about wishlisting their iconic cleansing oils and lash curlers, and I was so stoked to finally get their classic curler some years later. Fast forward to 2017 when the brand has unfortunately left the Philippines, leaving brokenhearted fans in its wake. But before the last of their boutiques closed its doors, I was able to grab the Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator in Warm Glow (SRP = SGD 62).
Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator
Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1 fl oz ; made in Japan
Off the top of my head, there are two ways to make an FOTD more distinct: Color and shimmer/sparkle/glitter. The former is something that I’ve only just started to tap into this year, while the latter has been a longtime go-to that started way back when I was a teenager.
From experience, I can safely say that shimmer, sparkle, and glitter can be as subtle or as bold as you want it to be, depending on where they are positioned and how they are diffused. So you can imagine the fun I had when Althea Korea gave me the chance to experience glitter galore with their limited edition Glitter Box (PHP 1,370).
Althea Glitter Box
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Right around the time I was scouting for a Nars blush, I tested a dupe from The Balm and also spotted their collection of highlighters and bronzers. I didn’t give it much attention back then as I wasn’t so big on highlighting and strobing, but now I’ve heard the buzz on The Balm Mary-lou Manizer (PHP 945 at The Beauty Bar) and I just had to experience it for myself.
The Balm Mary-lou Manizer