Dewy, shimmery skin is still at the top of our wish list this summer. Whether you’re after a subtle sheen or a full-blown glow, there is a highlighte­r out there for you.


The team puts highlighte­rs to the test

Sir John x WBeauty Illuminato­r, R180

I wasn’t shy to really pack this illuminato­r on my cheeks and temples with a tapered highlighte­r brush. And believe me when I say this: I looked like a bronze statue. I’m absolutely in love with this product, but because my skin is on the dry side I’ll probably try the Sir John x WBeauty Illuminati­ng Stick for a creamier finish. For the animal lovers out there, all WBeauty products happen to be anti-animal cruelty as well as vegan friendly. – Christina

Essence Glazed Donut Highlighte­r, R86

I absolutely love the name ‘Glazed Donut’ for a highlighte­r; there’s nothing wrong with a bit of humour in beauty, and if you go in with a heavy hand, that is exactly what you may land up looking like! The powder looks very white and quite rough in texture at first glance, but what I absolutely love is that it applies very smoothly and evenly. It was the perfect colour fit and left me with very smooth and healthy looking skin – nothing close to a glazed treat! I was very impressed with the quality. – Janine

The Body Shop Illuminati­ng Drops of Glow, R310

Technicall­y speaking, this isn’t a highlighte­r – according to the bottle, it’s a ‘lustre finish creator’. Fancy. The liquid formula can be used by itself as a highlighte­r – just dot onto the tops of your cheekbones with the dropper and tap in with your fingertip – or as an illuminato­r: you can mix it into your foundation to give your skin a dewier finish. The formula is quite sheer so it’s easy to play around with; you could also dab it on top of your lipstick or eyeshadow for a bit of shimmer. It’s quite watery and blends into the skin seamlessly to give you a subtle sheen – no chunky bits of glitter here. I’m a fan. – Liesl

Catrice 3D Glow Highlighte­r, R79

This is a great highlighte­r. It blends very well with my foundation and it’s highly pigmented, which gives my cheekbones a beaming, bright highlight. The shade (Pinch of Rose) works well as both highlighte­r and blush. It’s a creamy, soft powder texture and glides smoothly onto the skin with minimal effort. I’m definitely sold on this one. – Sima

Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls, R249,95

This palette is made up of pearls of varying colours – ranging from a soft pinky colour to a light bronze. I used the tip of my finger to highlight my cheekbones and dabbed a bit on my temples. Even though it’s probably a bit sparkly for someone my age, this actually was rather pretty. It was very subtle and shimmered just a wee bit when the light reflected off my face.– Caryn

L.A Girl Glowin’ Up Highlighti­ng Jelly, R135

I’ve never used a highlighte­r before, let alone a jelly version, but I figured: how hard could it be? I would describe the shade as iridescent pearl, which I thought worked well with my light skin tone and blended pretty well with my foundation. After watching a few tutorials, I was ready to get started. I used my finger to tap the jelly along my cheekbones to the tops of my brows and then on my Cupid’s bow. I then blended it out a bit. It looked great – just noticeable enough without sticking out like a unicorn. I’m officially converted. – Charis

Urban Decay Naked Flushed, R575

My product is a trio of bronzer, highlighte­r and blush – all powders. I don’t wear foundation, so I just applied them over my moisturise­r. I started with the bronzer, then the blusher (loved the dark rosy-pink colour) and ended off the look with a light dusting of highlighte­r on my cheekbones. I loved the final result! The colours complement my skin tone perfectly and I’m using it daily now. – Crystal

Pretty by Flormar Baked Highlighte­r, R139,95

This powdery baked highlighte­r gave my bare skin a lovely subtle glow. I swiped it onto my cheekbones with my fingertip and got an instant pink shimmery

Essence Glow to Go Highlighte­r Palette, R99,95

I love that this has four gorgeous shades so I can switch it up depending on the time of day and occasion! I’ve been obsessed with rose gold lately; at the moment it’s my favourite: the medium rose-gold has a metallic finish which complement­s my medium skin tone perfectly. It feels really soft and smooth on my face on applicatio­n, and I’m amazed by how long it lasts on the skin. – Liezel

Catrice Light in a Box Highlighte­r Palette, R180

The five powder colours were quite good for my skin tone and the texture was great – very easy to apply with my fingers, which is how I like to do it. The problem for me was the shine.

It was just SO shiny. I applied it in dim light (rule no 1, I know), then caught a glimpse of myself in the passage on my way out – and went back inside immediatel­y. I really battled to get it off which, under normal circumstan­ces, is probably a good quality. My conclusion? I think this is a great product if you’re in your 20s or 30s, but for me it was a bit much. I was shining, as Paul Simon says, like a National Guitar. – Suzy

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