Rare Beauty Outshine Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight ($ 22.00 for 0.5 oz.) Is a lighter, light-medium-sized gold with moderate, warm yellow undertones, paired with a bright, slightly metallic sheen. It was very lightening, glossy, and pearly when applied with just the brand’s recommended “one or two dots,” and when layered or thicker, it was radiant, intense, and all-metallic. With a more intense shine, however, my skin structure was slightly emphasized.
The texture was very light, thin, and more serum-like with a lot of slip but didn’t feel watery at all. It applies well to bare skin and base products whether I used fingertips or a synthetic brush, which made it one of the easiest colors to work with in the range.
The coverage in a single layer of product was nearly opaque and medium / semi-opaque when just dabbed on the skin (and diffused outward). Two to three gentle swabs per cheek were all but provided for a more opaque coverage. A gentle swab would be a good starting point for sharper coverage. It took a good nine hours before it faded slightly on my skin.
MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).
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$ 22.00 / 0.5 oz. – – $ 44.00 per ounce
It is said to have “super fine, easily catching pearls” that can be built up from “soft sheen to pure pop”. According to the description, it is intended to be used as a stand-alone highlighter – applied to liquid, powder or cream – or mixed with a primer. It worked well on both bare skin and over the foundation and was miscible, although the applicator style made it less easy to mix into the foundation compared to a dropper. I had slight lifting problems with certain colors, but overall it was less prone to them.
The coverage was more controllable than with flushing liquid, but a little went quite far; The brand recommended the use of “1-2 points” which gave a softer gloss with a medium to semi-opaque coverage that could be masked out. It was buildable and light enough to layer for higher coverage if desired, and easier to build than actually preventing it from overusing the product.
The brand does not explicitly comment on the pigmentation, but instead gives it a buildable gloss (like gloss, which is the finish and not the actual color!). They show opaque swatches of color in the promotional images and recommend the same application as the liquid blushes (which they say are very pigmented).
The texture was light, smooth, and more serum-like, and it spread out well whether I used fingertips or a brush. I didn’t find it particularly prone to lifting base products or primers, but it was easiest to work in smaller quantities and build or apply on the back of my hand and swirl a brush in, which seemed to help it “dry out” a little and make it less pliable.
It didn’t have completely transfer-safe dehydration, but it set gently so it had sheen and shine but wouldn’t slide around when worn. The sunglasses wore well on me for eight to nine hours before they faded a little. In general, I think it’s a very good formula, but like the liquid that blushes from the brand, there is some learning curve.
I’m still looking for a linkable video or source, but some readers said they heard on a livestream / live that the brand made the packaging easier to use for those with mobility issues ( like arthritis). The rounded button shape was easier to grasp, especially since it was more soft than glossy matte than a typical highlighter pen. However, it would be great to see ridges run around the button / top as this would make it even easier to grasp!
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Isododecane, mica, hydrogenated polyisobutene, hydrogenated olive oil, unsaponifiable, hydrogenated styrene / isoprene copolymer, octyldodecanol, dimethicone, Gardenia Florida fruit extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Holy Lotus) flower extract, Nymphaea Odorata Capricur acid, Helianthus) Annuus (sunflower) Tin oxide, lecithin, polyglyceryl-3-polyricinoleate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butylhydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499)].