#TestedWithLove: Stila's Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette
If you’re anything like me, you’re obsessed with highlighter. Forget being called “sweaty” or “greasy”. Those haters just don’t know the wonders that a good highlighter holds.
It can be tricky to find a good highlighter because some look streaky, some are too glittery (which I’m not a fan of), or the pigmentation isn’t always the best. But Stila's Star Light Star Bright Highlighting Palette is the best highlighting palette I have ever used.
I bought this during a huge Sephora splurge. I had way too many items in my basket already, and I eyed this palette warily, scared to try it because once I fall in love with a makeup product, I honestly have no self-control. I ended up buying it because a literal shiver passed through my body when I touched it(I’m such a makeup nerd, it’s not even funny).
If love was a tangible object that you could touch and feel, it would take the form of Star Light, Star Bright. Not really a cream highlighter, but also not exactly powder. More…satin-like. It feels smooth and silky, like butter and it is so soft. I just clenched my teeth, closed my eyes, and tossed gently placed it into my basket and didn’t look back.
Upon application, I forgave myself for the credit card damage. All the shades look great on any skin tone, as they kind of melt into your undertones and bring out the shine. For best results, I recommend just tapping the highlighter on with your fingers. You can use a brush—if you go this route, I'd suggest opting for a fan brush—because I felt like it worked the best with just my fingers. I got a good amount of pigmentation this way and was able to create a very natural, glowing look.
It’s not glittery, more shimmery, which I like. And you can use each shade alone or you can use different shades in different areas, if you want a really specific look.
But what’s pretty unique about this palette is that you can mix shades. They don’t look muddy; instead they create a new, ethereal color. The pink shade, Transcendence, is the most obvious and dramatic of all.
Still, it comes on subtly and can be used as a brighter highlight, or as blush. Kitten, the taupe shade, is the most natural and totally illuminates your face. Bronze is the last shade and it gives you a sun-kissed look.
I’m seriously obsessed with all three shades; they all give you that lit-from-within look. Definitely worth the sort-of steep price tag.