There are five shades creamy liquid highlighters from the Estée Edit called Flash Illuminators ($28 each for 0.85 fl oz/25 ml). They come in a pump dispenser and are multi-purpose kinds of liquids that you can use on top of the skin, as a base or mixed in with any foundation. They give the skin a soft glow that isn’t overly frosted. Finish is sheer but blendable to a natural finish with a creamy texture. My personal favorite is Morning Light which is a pale yellow creamy color that I like to use as a base under foundation – it gives the most beautiful flawless glow I’ve ever seen, however I will say that I feel it’s better suited for special occasions or date nights rather than for everyday all over as a base. As a spot highlighter over foundation/powder – these give a very natural glow that isn’t too dewy or shimmery. I purchased two in Morning Light and Day Light shown below months ago but I never got around to reviewing them even though they had been on my to-do list for a long time. Then much to my surprised a package of all the shades arrived, so I re-photographed and re-swatched everything and I’m thrilled to be able to feature all five shades for you today.
The five shades include:
- Spot Light which is a pearly white
- Morning Light a yellow gold beige
- Sun Light a peachy with orange undertones
- Day Light a soft pinky peach
- Night Light a subtle bronze shimmery glow
These are products you have to swatch and play with in person to really truly see how they give the skin a diffused glow. Once blended the color disappears into a soft wash of shimmer. They do not have any added scent. It’s visible on the skin and face but on camera very subtle. Swatched below heavy and then blended. They have reflective particles so do look a bit metallic with a flash:
Different lighting and also swatched next to the liquid portions of the Estee Edit Beam Team and Beam Team Bronze (both reviewed and swatched here). By comparison the Beam Team products are a lot more dewy in finish and they have the hydrating element so are more moisturizing. For my normal-combination skin, the Flash Illuminators are better to use all over the face under foundation.
Two sets of swatch comparisons:
- Burberry Fresh Glow is still one of the best mix-in products I’ve tried for normal/combination skin to add a natural glow without making the face look greasy or too shimmery
- Armani Fluid Sheer #2 is one of those I feel is best suited for normal to dry skins, it’s good as a cheekbone highlight, it is more fluid and thin in texture
- By Terry Cellularose CC Lumi Serum in Apricot Glow (review here) like because of the unique color and texture to mix in with foundation for a glow, the high price tag has prevented me from repurchasing
- Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid in Candlelight (review here)
- Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop (review here)
- NARS Illuminator in 413 BLKR (review here)
- Soleil Tan de Chanel in Sunkissed
- NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand (review here)
- Armani Fluid Sheer 10
- Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust (review here) is similar to Sun Light and Day Light, but the Tom Ford is thinner in texture while the Estee Edit is more creamy, finish of Tom Ford’s is also a bit sheerer
- Armani Fluid Sheer 3 and 14
These are great for a luminous glow without the frost. They have a similar effect to that of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors but the ones from the Estee Edit have a less emollient finish and texture. I like that the Flash Illuminators are unscented, relatively weightless once blended and non-sticky. They do have a thicker creamy texture, almost like a balm, but don’t feel heavy. I also like that they included a light and deep shade so for those who are very fair or have deep skin tones and want something as a base won’t feel left out if you want a subtle glow product or something to mix in with a foundation. Given the vast number of highlighters I own, I don’t know that I would call any of these a must-have. I did really end up loving the color and texture of Morning Light. If you’re looking for a subtle highlighter to add a nice glow these are definitely worth checking out. In terms of lasting power – I find like with most liquids they are prone to getting dewy mid-afternoon.
You can find the Estée Edit Flash Illuminators exclusively online and in stores at Sephora. Have you tried these yet? What’s your favorite highlighter of the season? It can be powder, cream or liquid – let me know in the comments!
Two shades purchased by me, three provided for review consideration.