I can never get enough of highlighters, this is what I was thinking about when I was walking around a beauty store. And after some swatches of this product, I decided that I had to buy it immediately!
So, my collection was filled with the J. Cat Beauty You Glow Girl Baked Highlighter in the shade 104 Crystal Sand.
The product didn’t have any packaging and retailed just like this. There was still a small sticker on it, which proved that no one has opened it before me, though. The packaging looks super cheap and I can feel that very cheap plastic which is creaking and going loose. It’ll never live if I dropped it (I beg it to live through storage at least).
The back of the compact presents a minimum of info, including the list of ingredients.
Even though it’s cheap, it still doesn’t smell awful, fortunately.
On the basis of the name, the product is baked and it looks so, you see. But still, it’s so rough to the touch. It’s literally rough and dry. It reminds me of a sandpaper (or foam plastic, anyway, it feels like something unpleasant and rugged). It doesn’t dust on the pan when I touch it with a brush but if I don’t shake off the overabundance from it, my entire face will be covered with a layer of shimmer.
The product is actually roughly milled and the shimmering particles are big and chunky there. When I apply it on my skin, I always get a double effect. I can see a beautiful glow, yet there are all those chunky shimmering beads all over it. I can get the maximum of inner glow only if I apply it with my fingers but it’s so time-consuming. Besides, all that mess won’t be ever possible to blend out to the fullest.
The product is nice to blend out with brushes only. But I still can’t polish my skin with it. This highlighter hates packing and chunky shimmer seems to be clinging together forming an unpleasant mess on my skin.
This is how I apply it - I pick up a little bit of the powder with a brush, wipe off the overabundance and start to apply it with quick patting motions to the places where I want to get the maximum highlight. After that, I wipe off the brush once again and then blend out the edges. This way, the shimmer will be visible only from a close distance and from afar, my skin looks as though glowing with health.
When I swatched it at the store, it seems as though the product had a unique shade, which was white based with a yellow and peach shift. I could even see some pink notes to it as well. But it appears like this only if I swatch it with my finger and pack the layer. In all other times, it’s just a white-based highlighter which shines with a yellow cast, nothing supernatural here.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover its staying power.
You see, that day when I applied it, I was very busy and in the evening I went shopping where I tried on some clothes, which was enough to wipe off the foundation from my nose. But the highlighter stayed put for more than 15 hours.
Price: $8.99 on the official site.
Do I like this product?
I’d better say no rather than yes. I can’t say that it makes me negative about it. I’ve just gotten used to bright and amiable highlighters. The flimsy packaging is a huge disadvantage. And of course all that mumbo jumbo with the application.
Do I recommend it? No, I don’t. Well, unless you find a super glowing, out of this universe shade among the line-up. In all other respects, there are highlighters which are much better quality-wise.