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Highlighters: High End vs High Street

Highlighters: High End vs High Street - whathannahwrote

For so long, highlighter was a feature in my makeup bag that wasn’t used very often. When I did use it, I’d normally end up feeling like it ruined the rest of my makeup – and then I realised, perhaps it was the type of highlighter I was using that was the issue, rather than the actual product itself. And well, that turned out to be the case, because now I’m happily looking like a beacon on nights out.

Out of the range of highlighters I tried out during this period of doubt, there are two that have ended up being my go-to products. Interestingly enough, while one was originally introduced to me as a purchase from a Sephora in New York, the other came from a Superdrug down the road – so, I figured I’d do a little “high end” vs “high street” post to show them off!


Too Faced Diamond Highlighter – £28.00

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I could easily have written an entire blog post on this highlighter. I quite possibly will. My flatmate introduced me to this highlighter last year after a trip to the US; at the time, it wasn’t available over here. In fact, this was the one that changed my mind about highlighters in the first place. She ended up buying me my own one because I loved it so much. What a wee gem.

First off, how gorgeous is the packaging!? I’m not even ashamed to admit that it was the pretty pink box that caught my attention to begin with. I might be a prime example of the influence that packaging can have on a consumer, but if you couldn’t already tell by the colour scheme on my blog, I am a sucker for baby pink.

If you’re not as easily led by pretty colours as I am, there are plenty more aspects to this highlighter that make it so amazing. Each individual highlighter is deemed as being “one-of-a-kind”, having been infused with real crushed diamond powder and then hand poured as a liquid to powder, resulting in no one highlighter looking the same!


As you can see from above, the highlighter is also super pearly. Annoyingly, I don’t think any photos can do it any justice! The sun was just hitting it in the above picture, so I also ended up taking one with flash just to show off the amazing colours that the camera just wasn’t picking up in natural light:


I absolutely love that there’s a mix of gold, pink and blue in there. It makes for the prettiest and most flattering glow, and I’ve found that it can double as both a discreet daytime glimmer and a totally gorgeous highlight at night. I’ve included a swatch at the end of this post, but it’s honestly worth checking out all the swatches of this product online. Totally in love.


Revolution Liquid Highlighter – £6.00

It was a liquid highlighter that put me off using them in the first place, so in all honesty, I wasn’t expecting too much from this product to begin with – but I must say that I’ve been pleasantly surprised! I wear both liquid and powder foundation – as I mentioned in my makeup bag post – so I always find that liquid highlighter tends to just take off the foundation underneath wherever it’s been applied. It’s possibly just me using a bad technique to apply it, but luckily with this one I don’t tend to find it to be as big a problem.

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So far, I’ve only had the chance to try the shade “Ethreal” from this range, but it is definitely a strong contender for one of my favourite purchases in the last few months. It’s a gorgeous lilac-y shade, and I haven’t had any makeup mishaps when using it. I mean, that’s kind of what you want from your makeup products, no? Admittedly, my heavy hand made the pipette applicator seem a little bit daunting, but I can confirm to those as clumsy as I am that it’s super easy to use.

Something I love about using a liquid highlighter: there are so many different ways you can use them to light up your face, whether it’s using them by themselves or adding them in with another product. With this one, as well as using it as a cheek highlighter, I sometimes add it to my moisturiser or liquid foundation to give myself a little bit of a dewy look. As I’ve only tried the one shade so far I unfortunately can’t assume whether or not the others in the range are as fab as this one for doing so, but considering what you’re getting for the price you’re paying, I’ll definitely be returning to pick up the other colours!



When I first considered writing this post, my intention was to put the two products up against each other – but I’ve come to realise that it’s slightly impossible when one’s a powder and the other’s a liquid, and I tend to use both in different ways. I love using the liquid highlighter as more of a base product – to be honest, if I had opted for a higher-end liquid highlighter, I probably would be a bit more hesitant to use it as often I do, in the way that I do – so it’s fantastic that it’s such a fab product at a very affordable price. On the other hand, the Too Faced powder is definitely my favourite for popping on my cheeks and the tip of my nose for a more natural-looking highlight.

Below are my swatches of both highlighters; the Revolution liquid one is at the top, while the Too Faced powder is the one below. With flash again, unfortunately!

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Does anyone have either of these products? Let me know your thoughts if you do!






  • I will be honest and say that highlighter is one of the products I haven’t ventured into including in my routine, although posts like this one lead me to rethink this decision quite regularly.
    Britt |

  • Kelsey Marie

    I haven’t heard of the lower-price liquid highlighter and I will definitely check it out. My favorite high-end brand highlighter has to be the ABH glow kits because you get four for slightly over the price of one and they last for so long and absolutely pop. Great post and great photos! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog, x.

  • melissa major

    The too faced highlighter looks amazing and very shimmery I love it. I also have the revolution hihglighter which is fab too. I am so tempted to get this too faced highlighter now haha

    Melissa 🌙🔮 |

  • nicoleeloise

    This has made me want to try out the Revolution liquid highlighters, I usually stick to powder as liquid scares me!

  • Fifi

    I own both of these highlighters! The too faced highlighter is pricey but it is 100% worth the investment! Plus, the packaging is so pretty that I’ve gotten a ton of instagram flatlays out of it! I admittedly wasn’t impressive by the makeup revolution highlighter but it could be that it was because I’ve never used a liquid highlighter before. I’m going to try mixing it into my foundation and see if that works better!

  • This was such a good post and I completely agree you can’t really put the two against each other, I hadn’t heard of the Too Faced one before but it looks stunning! Revolution do some amazing products so I’m not surprised you love their highlighter either! I haven’t tried either of these but I want to pick up the Revolution one now!

    Jess //

  • Rosie Ireland

    That too faced highlighter. Wow wow wow. Too faced can do no wrong in my beauty book they are SMASHING it!

  • Haleemah Al-Sadiya

    Great post. I did enjoy it

  • Katelyn Hawkes

    I love Too Faced products… but Makeup Revolution is my go-to makeup brand – the quality of the product for the price perfect! I haven’t had a chance to try their liquid highlighter as I was nervous to have a heavy hand as well, but after reading your review I may have to try it out!

    great review of these products!

  • Aaliyah

    Loved this review! That’s Too Faced highlighter is just too pretty but I also love revolution highlighters! X

  • Hannah

    I don’t have either of these products but I think I am in love with the first highlighter! It is so pretty!!! At the moment I am using the SophXRevolution highlighter palette as it has several different shades to choose from. xx

  • The diary of Ellie

    I love most products as being drug store but with highlight I prefer high end!

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