Are you sick yet of highlighters? After a brief stroll away from the strobing bandwagon, I've since jumped back on when summer started and I'm still riding happily along with this trend, which doesn't seem to be dying anytime soon.
While summer is all about bronzes and golds, as the temperatures cool, so too should your choice of highlighting products. Now these aren't strict rules, but more guidelines per se, but if I want a more dewy, ethereal look, nothing does that easier than a pink highlight. While gold and silver can look too sharp if you're not careful, a soft baby pink is much more foolproof - especially when it's in a creamier formula!
For today's review, I've placed head-to-head two very similar pink highlighters: the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Pink Light and the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight.
Format: Both of these are cream sticks that offer light-reflecting pigments, long-lasting wear and claim to perfectly and effortlessly sculpt all skin tones for that coveted glow.
Pigmentation: From the tube, both highlighters look almost the same. The Clinique in the tube looks slightly peachier and the Revlon cooler, but I think this might be an optical illusion due to the external packaging. When actually swatched, they are virtually indistinguishable in indoor light. Both swatch really well, with excellent opacity in one swipe.
I really love the soft focus effect of these highlighters. Even though my skin is more yellow than pink, these don't show up strange on my skin at all; they just give the softest illumination for that inner radiance look. As they're creams as well, you don't have to worry about this settling into pores or accentuating lines. The creaminess of these highlighters really give that nice, dewy look, as if you'd just moisturized.
|Left to right: Revlon, Clinique|
The only differences between these two come if you look very closely in outdoor light only; in direct sunlight, the Revlon stick actually has a more petal pink color and the sheen on the Clinique highlight is more dense and uniform. Winner: Tie.
Packaging: Obviously the Clinique Chubby Stick looks way nicer than the Revlon stick, although I give points to Revlon for having a clear lid so you can see what the actual shade is. However, I still prefer Clinique's packaging as it feels sturdier. The Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick has a flimsy plastic lid which feels like it will crack at any second and will certainly slip off if you threw this into your purse. Winner: Clinique.
|Left to right: Revlon, Clinique|
Price: Of course, nice packaging comes at a cost! The Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight retails for $26 vs. the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick sells at $17. I'm not sure the exact amount of product in each, but they look roughly the same size. Winner: Revlon
Texture: This is really getting nit-picky, but I feel that the Clinique melts into my skin more easily and has a more natural finish than the Revlon stick. The Revlon looks just slightly more frosty and feels slightly heavier for a more obvious finish. This is just personal preference however and only noticeable because I'm directly comparing the two. Winner: Clinique
The final winner in my books then is... the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight. Although pricier, I found myself reaching more for this one over the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick. I was impressed how both of these highlighters had amazing opaque pigmentation that blended easily out to give a very soft, luminous glow. The cream stick format is super easy to use on your cheekbones, nose bridge, brow bones and cupid's bow and applies well over makeup and solo. Both products also had similar wear times, lasting only a few hours, but again with this easy stick format, you can easily touch up anytime.
What made me pick the Clinique in the end as the winner is that I felt the Clinique applied and blended easier with a more natural finish. As well, the packaging with the Clinique is much sturdier, so this makes it worth that extra $10 IMO.
Are you team pink or team gold when it comes to highlighters?
* This post features PR samples