Bronzers & Highlighters

Budget buy: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter, Peach Lights

I’m back with another Makeup Revolution product! After I saw how much you loved their Flawless Eyeshadow Palette I had to write another review of this awesome yet affordable product. Since highlighters are all the rage right now, I opted for that one – specifically Baked Highlighters.

Ulta Makeup Revolution shelf was stacked with both their single highlighters and their highlighter palettes. Since my skin tone is pale and not very easy to work with, I decided to go with a single shade that I thought would match me – Peach Lights.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter, Peach Lights

It comes in five shades – Peach Lights, Radiant Lights, and Golden Lights were the first three color options, with the Rose Gold Lights and Matte Lights (WHAT?! A matte highlight? Has anyone tried this?) added to the collection later.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter
  • Packaging - 6/10
    6/10
  • Formula - 10/10
    10/10
  • Longevity - 8/10
    8/10
  • Price - 10/10
    10/10

Summary

Pros

  • Nice color selection
  • Pigmented
  • Has minimal fallout
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Flimsy packaging
  • Not for the dry skin
8.5/10

Packaging

Although this packaging is lightweight, it feels kinda cheap and the gold letters on it can be easily scraped off. I usually love popping a highlighter in my bag and this one seemed to mind that because it’s like everything else from my bag manages to scratch the packaging – definitely a no-no from me!

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter

I won’t complain about it too much, after all, it IS functional and doesn’t have some major flaws. It gives a satisfying click when closed and won’t break your nails while opening.
This packaging is missing a mirror. That’s not usually something I mind, but I would love to have an added mirror so I can reapply it on the go.

Not to be all negative – you’ll get A LOT of product because the packaging is bigger than expected (7.5g or 0.26 oz). You won’t have to worry about running out of your shimmering powder. Also, I love those fancy swirls on the product itself, it looks gorgeous in the sunlight and gives an appearance of a more expensive brand.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter packaging info

The ingredients are visible in the picture above. I don’t like that it has parabens. I know that there isn’t a definite stance on the safety of parabens, but I’m still wary when I see them pop up on the ingredients list. Other than that, I believe sensitive skin shouldn’t mind any of these ingredients.

Formula

You’ll probably notice that you can’t pinpoint the exact color of this highlighter from my photos, so a little disclaimer first:

I would like to apologize for the off-colored photos. I don’t know what happened to my camera that day, but it was not true to color AT ALL. I tried to color correct as close to original colors as I could, but I still recommend checking videos below to see the true colors.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter swatch

The true color of this highlighter is peachy like the name suggests, but also on the pink side with a cool toned silver reflection. On the direct sunlight, the silver part is the most noticeable. As such, I think it will compliment those with a cool or neutral undertone and pale skin. To be honest – with a name like Peach Lights I expected a warmly toned highlighter, but not that I’m complaining.

Usually, the cheaper highlighters fall into one of these two (awful) categories:

  • a) the glitter is so fine that it blends into the skin and you are left WITHOUT the glow effect

  • b) the glitter is so chunky you might as well highlight with your pressed glitters

Luckily for me, this Makeup Revolution highlighter isn’t falling into any of those two categories. It is finely milled with soft shimmer. Although it is more on the dry side, it is still very blendable.

Because of the fact that this is a baked highlighter, you won’t have that dipping-in-soft-powder feel if you swatch it with your hand. The highlighter is tightly packed and very firm to the touch. I think that it is easier to apply it with your finger than it is with a brush because the brush picks up less product for a more subtle look. If you want to go all glowy, I recommend wet sponge, but be careful – you WILL blind the people around you.

As you may have already experienced with baked eyeshadows and baked highlighters – there is fallout. However, I expected much more fallout from this one than I got – no complaints there.
My oily skin likes the fact that the baked highlighter means that all the moisture is sucked out, but I’m guessing that dry skin won’t like the feel of this highlighter. It will probably be too chalky for them. I must test that statement out on my dry skinned friends.

You won’t have to worry about pigmentation; Peach Lights packs more punch than you may think looking at the pan. Depending on the tool you use to apply it with, it can go from subtle to blinding in a second. Being baked means you can apply it both wet and dry. Below is a subtle swatch. I use this kind of application for my daily looks. On the videos, you’ll see a more blinding technique

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter swatch

Longevity

Let me just state that highlighters are one makeup product that stays on my face the least. I don’t know is it due to my oily skin or constant skin touching, but I reapply it religiously.
This one held up for about three to four hours before starting to slowly fade. I can prolong it when I use my setting sprays, but I try to reduce the ways I cement my pores. Speaking of pores, this highlighter won’t exaggerate your pores. The shimmer won’t slide on your face and you won’t look like you’ve been sprinkled with shimmer at the end of the day.

That’s why I’ll give it a relatively high grade in this category – I’d rather reapply my highlighter once or twice during the whole day than to have a highlighter that doesn’t “behave” and will literally end up below my nose after a few hours.

And let me remind you, this is the glow you get if you apply it wet. (If it rhymes then it must be true!)


Price

I already spoiled this part for you and told you that it is affordable in the beginning. How much, you ask? Well, it is less than a fifth of the MAC highlighter price. I hope that answers the question for you. And as you can see in the video below, it doesn’t compromise on the glow.

You can get it at:

  • Ulta for only $6 and they have all five shades available.
  • Alternatively, you can order it from Amazon if you’re not from the US
    click here for the Golden Lights if you are a golden toned goddess, click here for the Peach Lights (the one I reviewed).

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