Among the many things I picked up while in London, highlighters seemed to be a recurring theme. The Sleek MakeUP Solstice Highlighting Palette is definitely my favorite. I’m not sure why this palette wasn’t included in my Sleek MakeUP haul post, but I suppose I subconsciously knew it was special enough to merit its own post. ;)
It’s been getting a lot of buzz lately from big bloggers and YouTubers, and for good reason. The palette is freakin’ gorgeous. It has four different shades of highlighters: one cream, three powders (two of them baked). See it in action in this video tutorial by the gorgeous Sam of Pixiwoo:
Like most Sleek MakeUP palettes, there is a plastic sheet overlay displaying the names, and an included brush. The brush is absolute crap, I don’t know why they even bothered. It felt like hard, stiff nylon. The bristles were also frayed. I threw it out without bothering to try it.
On the back of the box, they’ve included suggestions for which shade to use where. I appreciate these recommendations, but I also think you can use whichever shade wherever you want. When swatched, there are clear color differences between the four. However, when applied (assuming you’ve blended it sufficiently!) the tonal variations will be more subtle and it’ll come down to personal preference, as well as the other color choices in your makeup.
Ecliptic is the only cream highlighter. The texture is nice, not too mushy or melty. It’s suggested for the browbone. When I used it there, it didn’t blend out as well as I’d like, leaving some patchy areas of concentrated shimmer. However, I have problems with texture on my browbone area; it’s almost constantly dry and flaky. I usually avoid putting anything overtly shimmery there as a highlight and stick to satin-y mattes instead.
Hemisphere is a beautiful lavender-toned highlighter, one of the baked formulas. It’s so stunning, and recommended for the cheekbones. The slight purple tones in this color brightens my complexion so much; I wish it showed up better in my face pictures!
Subsolar is a warm, golden color. It’s quite yellow in tone, but soft and shimmery. This one is recommended for the bridge of the nose.
Equinox is a peachy, apricot-toned color. This color is suggested for the cupid’s bow, an area where I rarely highlight, mostly out of sheer laziness.
In the face shots below, in the before pictures I am wearing only foundation and concealer. This particular foundation (Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle) is very flat on me. I usually mix it with a bit of liquid highlight to prevent it from looking chalky. However, in order to demonstrate these highlighters, I applied it as is.