Golden rule when buying a highlighter: If you have oily skin, don’t. This is because oily skin is automatically associated with having enlarged pores especially on the apples of the cheeks and nose. And by using shimmering highlighters around those areas, you are only highlighting the pores and making them look humongous. Worse part is that when the skin starts oiling up, the highlighter turns your face into an instant disco ball. Eeekk! >.<

And for that reason alone I’ve been staying away from highlighters and any cheek products that may have huge shimmering particles in them. I’ve been using matte powders that are a shade lighter than my skin tone to highlight any areas of my face that needs help. Now when Luminous Mineral Highlighter in Universal came into the picture, I was tempted to try my luck with highlighters again. Want to see how it turned out for my combination oily skin? Keep reading. 😉

Product Description:
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Bring out your inner diva and highlight your assets with our gorgeous universal shimmer. Created to look glamorous on all shades of skin, it’s the quickest way to turn your “Day” look into “Night”. Simply give your eye shadow an added pop, or give your cheekbones a lift. Don’t forget your décolleté, shoulders, arms, and back for some extra sparkle. Be subtle where a light dusting will do or look like a rock star and glam it on. Either way, you’re sure to get noticed every time.
Again, like their Color Wash Cheek ‘n Lip (Read review HERE), Naked Minerals Luminous Mineral Highlighter is also housed in a very expensive-looking clear plastic packaging that’s quite thick and sturdy. It’s relatively small, slim and travel-friendly as it takes only a teeny bit of space in any pouch. It doesn’t break easily when placed in a crowded case but it does get scratched up pretty fast. It breaks my heart a little every time I see new scratch marks on this cutie little compact. 🙁
As expected, the texture of the Luminous Mineral Highlighter is the same as that of their blush. It’s not finely-milled but it’s soft against the skin. Unlike other highlighters that have grainy glitters in them, this doesn’t feel gritty too or scratchy at all. It glides on effortlessly on the skin and it blends nicely with absolutely no fallout. Although the reflective specks in it makes it slightly powdery.

They only have one shade for their highlighter and it’s called Universal for a reason. It’s a light champagne shade with specks that reflects light to highlight a specific area. These “specks” are very tiny that it goes unnoticed to naked eyes. But under direct light, it attracts and reflects just the right amount of light. Also, because the shimmer part of this product is highly unnoticeable, it doesn’t attract attention to the pores nor does it make me look like a disco ball under a spotlight when my face becomes oily. It looks incredibly natural.

TIP: Naked Minerals Luminous Mineral Highlighter in Universal could also be used as an eyeshadow since the shimmers are very fine and tiny. It’s best used in highlighting the inner corner of the eyes to make you look more radiant.
Side-by-side swatch with Color Wash Cheek ‘n Lip in Just Peachy (Read review HERE)
What I love about this is that it’s very easy to use and it gives the most natural looking glow to the skin. It effectively highlights the areas that I want to emphasize without looking glittery, if you know what I mean. Again, the only aspect that could use a bit of improvement would be the “wear time” of the product. Granted that it’s always humid in our country, this only lasts for about 3 hours. I bet it would stay on much longer when inside a well-air conditioned space. I don’t know about you but I would really like to keep the radiant glow this highlighter brings me all day long. So yeah, I don’t mind retouching midday. 🙂

P.S I know you’re all eager to see how the blush and this highlighter looks on me. Don’t worry, I’ll post a complete FOTD (face of the day) look after reviewing the products individually.

Price: $16.95 (Regular Price, $23.95)
Available at: Naked Minerals

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