Wowz! So, if you have any money left from Christmas and you love a highlighter, then I need to send you straight to the new Hourglass Vanish Highlighting Sticks. It’s a very long time since I’ve seen any Hourglass (acquired by Unilever a while back), and what a treat these are as a come-back!
To be honest, I’m not crazy about the shaping of the packaging, mainly – it’s quite ungainly to use – but these are exceptional highlighters when it comes to the actual product inside. I don’t know how many highlighters I’ve tried and tested over the years but I do know that mostly, I don’t call them exceptional.
The skin feel is incredible – they’re made to a very silky, sheer-touch blend that sweeps over the complexion like a satin slip. They’re not ridiculously high-beam; it’s a more refined pigment than that, giving a lit effect that does all of the glow but without the metal-face finish. You barely need to do more than sweep a brush over the top of the triangle and then apply it to your face to have the right amount, but if you want more, the triangle acts as a crayon so you can sweep, then blend. I’d definitely be tempted to use these as a holiday ‘lit’ eye look or a quick sweep down shins for some bronzed leg gleam (I don’t do that but YOU could!), top of the shoulders, or blend some into the palm of your hand, add some drops of oil and mix to give arms a polished look – they blend so deftly and seamlessly they’re truly multi-purpose.
I think you can even see the ‘skin fit’ in the swatch – it just immediately becomes one with skin catching any surrounding light while it does so. Shades are Champagne Flash, Pink Flash, Rose Gold Flash, Gold Flash and Bronze Flash. The only one I’d be a bit scared of is Bronze Flash but if you’re braver than me, it’s splendidly opulent! £38 is top end, price wise, for a highlighter when there are so many on the market, but they do have all the hallmarks of something special. They’re HERE.
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