Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Makeup Review: Julep Glow Highlighting Powder

ProductJulep Glow Highlighting Powder

Review: I'm all about my highlighters. I love shimmer in general, but I loooove a good champagne highlighter on my cheekbones. It makes me look awake and alive, which is hard to do in the morning, and I like to think it makes me glow all sexy-like, like those elves in Lord of the Rings. Yes, that's right Coworkers. Bask in my ethereal elven glow.

In order to give you a baseline on my preferences, my all-time favorite highlighter is TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer, which I reviewed way back when. 2 years later, and I think I love it more than I did initially. However, I have been using Julep's Glow Highlighting Powder this month and am loving it almost as much. Almost. 

So, so glad that I opted for it in my Maven box last month, because it's a beautiful product. The shimmer is created with actual diamond powder, I guess, which is fun. Very pigmented, finely milled, long-wearing, and a great neutral that should look good on everyone. I would define the color as another champagne shimmer tone that works with any makeup color selection. I think it's tiny bit lighter than the Mary-lou Manizer, but it's hard to tell. It's definitely more sheer, so I don't think it doubles as an eyeshadow like theBalm's does. Also, the glitter bits a bit more pronounced, so I wouldn't use it all over my face. I use it just for highlighting, which is what it's marketed for, and I'm cool with that. 

Along with the diamond powder, Julep also packed the formula with vitamin B6, their exclusive Power Cell Complex, Malvaceae Lipid Extract, Rosehip Oil and Green Coffee Bean Oil. All these additions are supposedly anti-aging and good for your skin. Fun, yes. But it's also a powder that should be used sparingly, so I doubt I'm getting any real benefits from all the bonuses. While you do get a giant pan of product that will last you forever, I feel like you're paying a bit extra for all the novelty stuff. That said, you get a bunch of product in a cute, black compact with a mirror and the highlighter itself is beautiful, so I don't feel like there's much I can complain about. 

One thing to be aware of - some reviewers have reported that the pan isn't glued well into their compact, so if you buy it, make sure you open it right side up and are careful the first time. 

Rated Beauty Grade: A-

Price: $28, or $22 if you're a Julep Maven

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