Thursday, March 20, 2014

Smackdown: Champagne Highlighters

Champagne Highlighters are super popular right now. Champagne looks great on every skin tone, and highlighting is something that has gained a lot of popularity since Kim Kardashian got famous for her cheekbones. Today I've taken three Champagne Highlighters out of my collection and have swatched and compared them for you!

 elf Studio Body Shimmer in "Mystic Moonlight",  Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in "Sparkling Sand", and Benefit "Watt's Up!"

So, lets start with the prices of these three items. The elf Studio Body Shimmer in "Mystic Moonlight" is priced at only $3.00 for .35 oz. The Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in "Sparkling Sand" is $10.99 for .37 oz, and Benefit "Watt's Up!" is $30 for .33 oz. (Full size not pictured). So, we have highlighters here in every price range.

The Textures of these Champagne Highlighters are very similar with some minor differences. The  elf Studio Body Shimmer in "Mystic Moonlight" is a creamy texture that stays somewhat creamy on the skin.  Benefit "Watt's Up!" is creamy as well, and feels very similar to the elf, but it is a harder consistency, so it's more difficult to build up (however being a highlighter, that's sometimes a good thing). Then the Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in "Sparkling Sand" is a cream-to-powder texture, that feels a bit dryer while you're applying it. 

The color payoff of all of these highlighters are pretty much equal. I feel like they are all very opaque and pigmented. The undertones of these highlighters are pretty different, though. I have swatched them below so that you can see the difference. The elf Studio Body Shimmer in "Mystic Moonlight" has a very distinct pink undertone. The Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in "Sparkling Sand" is neutral with a slight yellow undertone, and Benefit "Watt's Up!" is the warmest of the bunch with a golden-orange undertone.

The staying power of all three is pretty similar, with the Benefit "Watt's Up!" being the one with the longest staying power. I can't see a difference on my skin in the staying power between the elf or the Sonia Kashuk.



Overall, I'd have to say that if you are in the market of wanting or needing a cream Champagne Highlighter in stick form, any of these would be a good choice. You may want to consider your skin type and buy one based off of the undertones of your skin and match it with the undertones of the Highlighter. With that being said, Champagne is one of the most forgiving colors, and can usually be used on every skin tone if you apply it correctly.

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