Hey everyone! Happy Friday and happy 18th day of my review challenge! Today’s review is on my current highlighter obsession, Stila’s Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in the shade Kitten. These highlighters were released quite a while ago, but were recently popularized by Laura Lee’s review on Youtube. They have become quite a novel item since they are of a “putty” texture. They aren’t a powder and they aren’t a cream. That being said, they are very unique.
Packaging and First Impressions
The packaging is very “typical stila”, that being that it is very sleek and elegant. The compact is a matte gold square with shiny metallic gold detailing. While the compact looks luxurious, it is a bit light and would feel more high end if the compact had a bit more weight to it. Inside, the compact has a good sized mirror and the highlight is in a round, raised pan. It almost looks like it would be a baked product since it is raised, but it is definitely a softer, more putty-like texture. This means that the highlighter is beyond creamy.
This highlighter comes in three shades: Transcendence, Kitten and Bronze. Transcendence is an opalescent pink that is more sheer in pigment with an iridescent finish. Kitten, the shade I own, is a shimmering nude pink, basically a champagne. This shade has a great amount of pigment. Bronze is described as a radiant, sun-kissed glow. This shade is very golden and intense.
Price and Quantity
These highlighters are priced at $42 CAD ($32 USD) and have 10.35 mL (0.35 oz) of product. Luckily, there are a lot of companies with single-pan highlighters in Sephora that are at the same price level of medium to high end as Stila. Some pressed highlighters that pop to mind are the Make Up For Ever Pro Fusion Highlighters ($48 CAD for 0.3 oz), Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters ($46 CAD for 0.28 oz) and Light Chaser Highlighters ($41 for 0.23 oz), Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters ($38 CAD for 0.32 oz) and the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter ($35 CAD for 0.20 oz). Of the higher end highlighters in Sephora, I have heard good things also about the Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder ($68 CAD for 0.21 oz) and the Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighter ($72 CAD for 0.1 oz). Here are the comparisons organized from best deal to worst deal:
|Rank||Company’s Product Mentioned Above||Cost
|Quantity (oz)||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|6||Becca Light Chaser||$41||0.23||$178/oz|
Of all of these highlighters, I am glad to see that I own the three that are the best deal! I am also happy to see that this Stila highlighter is a good deal overall, because I may want to go buy another shade. It’s strange because I thought that I had heard someone say that this highlighter didn’t have a lot of product, but here we see it has more than any of these other highlighters! Also, the price of that Burberry highlighter is absolutely outrageous!
Here are the claims from Stila’s website:
“Bouncy-to-the-touch, these unique, radiance-enhancing highlighters are gossamer-light and melt into skin for a barely-there feel. Ultra-fine, light diffusing particles help skin look lit from within with a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow.”
This highlighter is formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates and Stila is a cruelty free company.
Pigmentation and Performance
There are many great qualities that make this highlighter the best, and I think all of them can be attributed to this highlighter’s texture and consistency.
- This highlighter has amazing pigmentation and is so incredibly blinding! There’s something about how the pigment and texture come together to form the smoothest, most shimmery colour ever, without drawing attention to textured skin. I think a lot of pressed highlighters can lack in pigmentation due to over-powderyness. Because this highlighter has a gel/putty-like consistency the colour lays down on the skin really nicely. It really just melts in. And don’t worry, it does set down, it doesn’t stay a slippy putty texture on your cheek.
The great pigmentation of this highlighter may also be thanks to the consistency, due to the fact that all of the colour and shimmer are going to more easily remain in this type of a medium, whereas with powder highlighters a lot of the sparkle/shimmer can literally just fall out of the powder, and fall off of your face during application and wear.
- The consistency of this highlighter makes it extremely long lasting. This highlight will easily last 15 hours on me. Because it melts into the skin and adheres so well, it just lasts longer. This is especially helpful in the summer when things are hot and sweaty. Even through a whole day of heat and humidity, this highlighter will still be glowing. Additionally, I have worn this highlighter through kickboxing a few times, and damn does it looks perfect after!
- This highlighter is perfect for layering. Because of the putty-like consistency, it makes a great base highlight if you want to add a powder highlight on top. Not only does it adhere to the skin, it also helps the powder highlight adhere. Now, you definitely do not need to layer another highlight on top of this one. It is blinding! However, if you want to send signals to space, you go ahead and layer, and you watch the magic!
This highlighter is absolutely my favourite of all that I own, especially for its lasting power. I am very tempted to go buy the shade Transcendence, however when I swatched this shade in the store, it didn’t look as pigmented. It looked like it had more of an opalescent/iridescent finish, with less of a base pigment. However, swatching and wearing are two very different things, so it could look amazing on the cheek bones anyways. I think it would be a great colour for when I am lighter during the fall and winter!
What do you think about these highlighters? Have you tried them? Should I get Transcendence?