Right on time for how trendy highlighting (or should we go ahead and call it strobing? I just can’t, it sounds so ridiculous, haha) has become, L’Oréal has released some new highlighters as part of their True Match Lumi collection. I am obsessed with these, seriously. I have already briefly confessed my love for them in this post, but I thought I’d get into more detail today so you can see what we’re working with.
This collection has highlighters in both liquid and powder form. I most definitely prefer the liquid products over the powder ones, simply because they preform better, but both give off a nice glow. The True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators come in three shades: Ice (meant to enhance pink or blue tones), Rose (meant to enhance yellow, peachy, pink or blue tones) and Golden (meant to enhance peachy or yellow tones). While I am quite fair skinned, I am warm toned with peachy/slightly yellowy undertones- so the Rose and Golden shades look especially good on me, but I can definitely still use the Ice shade as well. These Liquid Glow Illuminators are $12.99, which sounds a little pricey for a drugstore product, but I think they’re totally worth it (especially when they’re buy one get one half off at Ulta, which they are currently).
A complaint I’ve heard about these Liquid Glow Illuminators is that they’re too intense to use as a highlight. Yes, that is a totally fair judgment, if all you’ve done is put down swatches on your arm (as you can see below, they are nicely pigmented). What people are missing, though, is that these blend out beautifully. You can mix these with your foundation for a super dewy, glowy look, or you can put them under or on top of foundation (or just on bare skin!). I like to pair Golden underneath a light coverage BB cream for a gorgeous summer glow. I think I will use Rose and Ice quite a lot in fall and winter when I’m a bit paler- Rose will be great for giving a rosy blush/bronze combo to my skin, and Ice will just be great all around as a highlight.
The True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators come in three different shades as well: Ice, Rose and Golden (all meant to enhance the same tones as their liquid counterparts, listed above). In the picture below, I have swatched Rose. The Powder Glow Illuminators are a lot more sparkly/shimmery than the Liquid Glow Illuminators, which is the main reason why I prefer the liquid ones over these. They are still pretty, as long as you use a light hand (or if you like sparkle, then you’re good to go). My swatches below were definitely heavy handed, I had to layer them up quite a bit to be able to pick up the shades on camera.
I found them a bit chalky/too powdery at first, but I noticed that once I got through the top layer of the product they were a bit easier to work with. I do like that there are essentially four different shades in these Powder Glow Illuminators if you want to go with one specific color, or you can swirl your brush in all four shades for a pretty mix. I have been using this on and off, mostly if it’s just within arms reach when I’m doing my makeup (haha, soooo lazy), but I definitely reach for the Liquid Glow Illuminators much more often. The Powder Glow Illuminators are also $12.99.
Have you tried these highlighters yet?