Rare Beauty Captivate Positive Light Liquid Luminizer Highlight ($ 22.00 for 0.5 oz.) Is a deep, slightly reddish copper with moderate, warm undertones and a fine, multi-colored pearl that creates a slightly shiny, luminous finish. Applied as recommended by the brand (a dot or two), it had a sheer to semi-transparent buildable cover, but it could be pretty pigmented with a full swab of product – a little went pretty far and the formula was easier to work with when building the cover instead of hiding it.
The texture was very light and slippery, more like a serum in texture than a traditional liquid blush (which feels more watery to the touch). I preferred to apply this shade with a synthetic brush and pick up the product from the back of my hand as applying it with my fingertips seemed to push and move the product too hard and resulted in slight bumps (as shown in the face photo for this shade – I. was able to get more consistent results later than I actually applied for testing). There was a slight dehydration so when it was first swatched it didn’t look so damp but had a subtle sheen that looked like skin.
The finish produced a noticeable mixture of shimmer and shine; bright, slightly shimmering, but not quite as metallic as one would expect based on an initial color field. The higher the coverage, the more metallic and shiny the finish will be. It stayed good for eight and a half hours before visibly fading.
MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).
Anastasia Rose Gold (LE, $ 25.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). The colored Raine Bourgeois (P, $ 25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay PSA (LE, $ 26.00) is more shimmery and lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Raw (PiP,) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lovegasm Multi-Glow (LE,) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Phoenix (LE, $ 39.00) is darker, less shiny (90% similar). MAC Rhubarb # 2 (LE, $ 39.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Sinamon (P, $ 25.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Ablaze (P, $ 20.00) is more shimmery and lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Rosemantic (LE, $ 39.00) is shimmery, lighter, and cooler (85% similar).
$ 22.00 / 0.5 oz. – – $ 44.00 an 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 rather 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 me well for eight to nine hours before they faded a little. In general, I think it’s a very good formula, but like the brand’s liquid blush, 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 of a soft mat than a glossy mat 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 oil) Tin oxide, lecithin, polyglyceryl-3-polyricinoleate, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butylhydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499)].