June 22, 2017

essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter


Breathtaking glow! This cream to powder highlighter provides beautiful radiance for any complexion. The creamy texture with a powdery finish is easy to apply and blend with your fingers. Apply on cheekbones, on brow bone or on the outer corners of the eyes to add highlighting accents.

Essence is a very affordable drugstore cosmetic brand, with some hidden gems in their line. The Essence Pure Nude Highlighter and Matt matt Lipsticks are some amazing products that perform at par with some high end products out there.

I love a good cream highlighter and illuminator. While I do have found my favorites in Edward Bess All over Seduction in Afterglow, Becca Shimmering skin perfector and Nudestix All Over Face Glow in Hey! Honey, they all have one thing in common. All of these are warm and carry a light golden undertone and color as well.

I always wanted to try the RMS Living Luminizer, a cult classic but I feared it might be too white on my skintone. Marc Jacobs has a white Glistening Glow stick and it is beautiful but it has tons of pinkish purple shimmering particles like duo chrome. This essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter looked pretty similar to me. Creamy white in pan and as it costed next to nothing, I thought why not give a color test run before committing on buying an expensive one. (My little story behind this purchase...Phew!!)


Color, Texture and Consistency: The color is not stark white, instead it has little warm undertones and is beige white. The name of the shade is 'Look on the bright side' and has the number 10. I believe this is the only shade it comes in.
The product is very creamy, smooth and silky soft. It is not like gel. There are no chunks of glitter.

Scent: The product has no scent.


Application. Feel and Effect on the skin: I use my fingers to pick and dot the product on the face. It is a creamy product and blends easily and seamlessly. There is some loss of shimmers on blending, but not much of it disappears. With any cream highlighters, I find dabbing and tapping motion of fingers work better than dragging and rubbing it to blend. It does not rolls, pills or bunches up on application.

I also tried using my MAC 130 brush. It is a stubby, duo fiber brush, apt for cream product. Basically, any dense stippling blush would do the job, if you don't want to use fingers. I am fine with using finger as my tool.

essence Soo Glow! Cream to Powder Highlighter (review and Swatch)

The product when applied heavily looks white but on blending it does not leave any white cast on my medium plus skintone with heavy yellow and golden undertones. It leaves a beautiful even sheen on the skin and it is subtle, not over the top glow. It did not emphasize any pores or textures that I have on the face. The intensity can be build up more by dabbing and gently blending the cream. It can be layered easily. This did not move my base products of face. I use a tinted moisturizer, so not much of a color change is visible. In fact none. Also I enjoy using this on bare skin, just for that happy, healthy morning glow.


Packaging: It comes in a compact with clear lid. The packaging looks sturdy, but I am not crazy about it. There is no applicator or mirror. 


Verdict: It is a nice product and if you are new to cream blushes and highlighters, this is a good place to start. Also, for me it was a great way to try out 'white highlighters' and see how the color looked on my skintone. If you are someone who wears a full coverage foundation, this will move it a little. Most of the cream products move heavy foundation and alters the color. With cream blushes it is less noticeable, but with highlighters and illuminators, it is more easy to spot and notice. 

For the price, it is a good product. Products mentioned in the post:


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