It is time for break down of another item from my Holiday Beauty Gift Guide! Today I’ll be showing you the content of the Sephora Favorites Glow For It gift set.
The gift set comes with a holographic make-up bag and contains five products meant for highlighting/illuminating. All five products are travel/trial sized.
This set contains:
- Fenty Beauty by Rihanna – Mini Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Starstruck;
- Artist Couture – Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati;
- Benefit Cosmetics – High Beam;
- Milk Makeup – Luminous Blur Stick;
- Cover FX – Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight.
I knew I wanted a Sephora Favorites set this year but I wasn’t sure if I wanted this set or a bigger Sephora best sellers set. I ended up getting the Glow For It set because it has two products that are high on my wishlist to try and because this set retails for only $28 US (with a value of $55 US).
The two products that I were dying to try are the Fenty Beauty Match Stix and the Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick. The other three products I actually already own, both they make great gifts!
The row on the left are the products featured in the Sephora Favorites set and the products on the right are the ones I already owned. All in the same shade.
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam is a perfect soft, pearly pink highlighter that’s great to strobe the high points of the face. It’s usually described as a subtle highlighter but when you build it up, you can get quite a radiant glow from it. It is very easy to apply and blend (I like to blend it with a damp Beautyblender).
The Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight is a product I got in the same size last year when I was in the USA. I got it from my Sephora points to try the product out. The shade itself is a bit too deep for me but it’s such an amazing highlighter. Also, a little goes a very long way. This Holiday season I bought the CoverFX set with mini’s so I could try out some different shades.
The glow of it is so intense and reflective. If you like a blinding highlight then this if perfect for you. You will see in the swatches later what I mean!
The Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati is knows as one of the most intense loose powder highlighters out there. The Illuminati shade is a bit too deep for me as well but I like to keep it for the days I have a tan going on and I want a blinding powder highlight. I totally have to pick up a shade that fits my skin tone more soon!
I already owned the Milk Blur Stick (in very old packaging now that I’m comparing the two) and I was curious about the Milk Luminous Blur Stick. The regular Blur Stick is nice because it does a good job with blurring, but the effect is very subtle so it’s not a must have if you ask me. A Luminous variant sounded promising to me. The formula feels the same, only obvious difference is that there’s a sheen to it.
After testing it out I now know:
On the face I prefer the regular Milk Blur Stick. The sheen of the Luminous Blur Stick looks pretty when swatched, but on the face the product doesn’t blur and fill up pores as well as the regular Blur Stick. You only see the weird sheen being spread around on the face and when I use it, it almost emphasizes pores instead of blurring them.
You could see that blurring and luminous don’t go together but that’s not true, because the Benefit Porefessional Pearl actually does what it’s supposed to do.
The Milk Luminous Blur Stick is a miss for me.
The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mini Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Starstrucks (what a crazy long name, let’s just call it a shimmery Match Stix) is a highlighter stick that I didn’t see much about. The Match Stix are either loved or completely ignored by beauty bloggers, but to me a highlighter stick is a good idea so I wanted to try it out.
The tip to use it is to warm up the product on you hand first before applying it directly on the face. It’s a nice product to use that does need a bit of patience when blending into the skin, but the glow is pretty and nothing too extreme. When the light hits it the right though, it’s pretty intense and a big glittery. But overall, it’s a medium intense highlighter.
These are the swatches of the products.
From left to right: Fenty Beauty Starstruck Match Stix, Milk Makeup Luminous Blur Stick, Benefit Cosmetics High Beam, Cover FX Moonlight Drops and Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati.
Fenty Beauty stick gives the best ‘dense’ shimmery highlighter (the light hits it perfectly in the picture, but on the face it’s more subtle), the Milk Blur Stick looks pretty but doesn’t do much if not negative, the Benefit High beam is a subtle shade but very reflective, the Cover FX drops are most metallic and the Artist Couture highlighter looks subtle but when the light hits it the right way, it’s crazy reflective.
My favorite products from this set are actually the Benefit High Beam (re discovered that now) and the Fenty Beauty Match Stix.
What product from this set do you love?