Rosemary Donahue
June 09, 2016 6:06 am
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This Monday, Glossier pulled a Beyoncé and dropped two new highlighters without telling anyone. Dubbed the Haloscope highlighters, they’re the first of their kind (at least on Glossier’s site), and the makeup corner of the internet basically lost it.

Glossier says this about the Haloscope highlighters: “It’s a dual-delivery formula: the outer halo is infused with genuine crystal extracts for all-day enlightenment, with a solid oil core of vitamin-rich moisturizers for a hydrated, dewy finish.” While I’m not sure what “infused with genuine crystal extracts” means, that all sounds great to me!  So I bought both shades immediately — the Quartz shade, which Glossier says is universally flattering, which is a pearly pink shade, more of the traditional type of highlighter, and the Topaz, which looks sure to give a bronzy, sun-kissed look.

They came to me yesterday (only two days!) and here’s what they look like:

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Glossier / Author
Glossier / Author

The most interesting thing, perhaps, about the Glossier highlighters is that they claim to be a highlighter that provides a sheen that is “never dry, never glittery.” It’s the claim that they’re never glittery that gets me — while I love glitter as much as the next person, that’s my gripe with some highlighters. While I want to look dewy, some of the shine pigments are just too… I don’t know, large? Help me out here, I’m not a beauty writer, but I do know that often, I feel like my look is a little too much of a throwback to when I was little and playing with glitter in middle school. While that look is coming back and I think it’s awesome, I want to experiment with it in different ways than with my expensive, grown-up highlighters — so this claim of a non-glittery highlighter, from the start, is very promising to me.

Anyway, this morning, I experimented with both highlighters, and here’s what happened!

Here’s what they looked like on my skin, next to each other for reference:

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You can barely tell that the Quartz is there, though the skin does look dewier. The topaz is pretty obvious, but needs some blending. Let’s try it on my face!

Quartz Haloscope Highlighter

Okay, here’s how I blended it in. Because this one is a bit more subtle, I decided to take it above my brow and under the brow bone, as well — and of course, on the cheekbone.

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And here’s the finished look!

Full look: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland, Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light, Milk Makeup Cheek and Lip Stain in Perk, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Natural, Glossier Highlighter in Quartz, Cover Girl Volume Express Mascara in Black Brown, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, Ulta Lip Butter in Ravishing

You can definitely see that I’m dewier, and it’s not a glittery look at all. It went on smoothly and blended well, and it does feel moisturizing (maybe it’s the crystals?). It’ll be a great highlighter for summer and daytime looks, but it’s a bit too subtle for those who really want to make an impression.

Topaz Haloscope Highlighter

This one, I was really excited about. I never mess with bronzer or anything this shade, because my skin veers really pale/pinkish and I always feel like things this tone make me just look like I grabbed the wrong shade. But I wanted to try it out and see what it did for me, because I also want to look glowy and summery, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll just pass it along to one of my friends. Here goes!

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And here’s the finished look!

Full look: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland, Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light, Soap and Glory Blush Brick in Peach Party, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Natural, Glossier Highlighter in Topaz, Cover Girl Volume Express Mascara in Black Brown, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, Milk Lipstick in CREAM

Surprisingly, I liked this one more on me! I wasn’t necessarily expecting to because when I first put it on my skin it didn’t look like it was going to work, but it blended nicely and gave me the dewy glow I was looking for.

All in all, I recommend both, depending on what you’re looking for in a highlighter. They definitely both give off a dewy glow, and they feel good on my skin so they may live up to their moisturizing promises. Give them a try! But hurry — products like this have a tendency to sell out quickly.

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