End of the Year Favorites: Blush & Highlighter

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I’m so excited for today’s post because it’s about two of my favorite makeup categories, blushes and highlighters. I’ve done a TON of decluttering this year and I’ve really figured out what formulas work best for me. It was difficult to choose my favorites because if I own it, I love it. I don’t keep makeup around that I don’t like or don’t use. I narrowed down my favorites by choosing what I use the most, what I would repurchase and what I would pay full price for. These products are the best of the best in my collection right now and to top it off, they’re affordable. I will have swatches (they’re too pretty not to swatch) but there won’t be a full review. I’ll tell you the basic info about each product and then explain why it’s a favorite. I will also link to my previous review and where you can purchase said product. Without further ado, let’s talk about some pretty powders!


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  • J. Cat Beauty Love Struck Blush in Sweet Pea Pink– As you can tell from my almost completely panned blush, I’ve used the crap out of this thing. It is my PERFECT blush shade, pink with a hint of peach. It has a satin finish and a great formula that is pigmented but not overly pigmented. The best part is, it’s only $4.00. I’m not linking to my original review because for some reason, I didn’t care for this blush then. I don’t remember not liking it so I guess my opinion changed, lol.
  • L.A. Girl Just Blushing Powder in Just Playful– I like all of my blushes from L.A. Girl but this shade is my favorite. It’s a deeper toned, rosey pink and has a matte finish. It is quite pigmented so I do have to apply it with a light hand but it’s easy to blend out. The formula is great and it’s just $6.00. You can read my full review here.
  • essence Satin Touch Blush in Satin Coral– There are currently just two shades available in this blush and I love them both but I chose to show my favorite, Satin Coral. It’s a light, peachy coral shade that looks natural on my skin and has a satin finish. It has an unbelievably creamy formula and isn’t overly pigmented. You don’t get much product but it’s super affordable at $3.00. You can read my full review here.
  • e.l.f. Primer Infused Shimmer Blush in Always Preppy– This is the newest addition to my blush collection but I’ve loved e.l.f.’s Primer Infused formula since it was created. This is a bubblegum pink blush with very slight shimmer; not glittery at all. It’s an overall perfect formula and just $6.00. You can read my full review here.
  • e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush in Always Cheeky– This is a very light, peachy pink blush with a matte finish. It’s the main blush I grab when I’m in a hurry because it’s impossible to overdo it on my skin. It blends effortlessly and just looks natural. It’s $6.00 and you can read my full review here.
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Left to right: L.A. Girl Just Playful, e.l.f. Always Preppy, e.l.f. Always Cheeky, essence Satin Coral & J. Cat Sweet Pea Pink


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  • B.H. Cosmetics Blacklight Highlight Palette– I haven’t tried a highlighter from B.H. Cosmetics that I HAVEN’T loved. I own all of their highlighter palettes and they’re some of my most used. The Blacklight Highlight Palette is filled with colorful and pastel highlighters. I don’t use it as much as my neutral highlighters but I still love it. It’s $18.00 and you can read my full review here.
  • B.H. Cosmetics Spotlight Highlight Palette– This is the Blacklight Palette’s professional sister. It’s filled with all the neutral highlighters you could need. It’s $18.00 and you can read my full review here.
  • J. Cat Beauty Baked Highlighter in Crystal Sand– This is one of the smoothest highlighters that I own, which I’m sure is due to the baked formula. It’s a white/champagne shade. When buffed into the skin, it will literally look like glass. It’s $9.00 and you can read my full review here.
  • Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Moon Glow– I’m pretty sure that this has been most used highlighter in 2019. I’ve almost hit pan in it. It’s the perfect highlighter shade for my skin tone, a champagne base with white reflects. It just gives a gorgeous glow. It’s $10.00 (cheaper at WalMart) and you can read my full review here.
  • e.l.f. Coco Glow Highlighter in Moonlight– This highlighter has the most unique formula in my collection. It has a creamy/wet texture but I’m able to apply it with a brush, sponge or my fingers. It leaves a smooth and blinding glow on the skin. It’s $6.00 and you can read my full review here.

The Blacklight Highlight Palette is on the top left, the Spotlight Highlight Palette is on the bottom left and from top to bottom in the right picture: e.l.f. Coco Glow, Milani Strobelight and J. Cat Baked Highlighter.

Final Thoughts: 

That is all of my favorite blushes and highlighters for 2019! Next up will be my other favorite category of makeup, eye products. I’d love to know if we share any favorites or what your favorite blushes and highlighters have been this year! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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