Hi, friends! I’m back again with another review for you all. It feels like I haven’t done a review in a while, but in actuality, it’s only been a few weeks since I posted my Au Naturale Cosmetics review. A few weeks is a long time in the makeup world, right?! In the past few weeks that I’ve been pretty absent from blogging, I’ve been working on revamping lianadesu.com (what do you think?!) and I’ve been trying to learn how to use Pinterest and Bloglovin’ as other ways to reach a wider audience. (If you are on Pinterest or Bloglovin’, let’s be friends! I still have no idea how to use either so please help me out!)
For today’s post, let’s talk about the new Kylie Cosmetics’ Highlighter Palette that was released in the recent Weather Collection. I haven’t bought a highlighter from Kylie Cosmetics since the release of the original Wet Set. (Because I have to be honest, the regular highlighters are pretty underwhelming.) And there’s good news for those of you that couldn’t get your hands on the Wet Set! It’s back in stock by popular demand! I heard a rumor that it may become permanent, but don’t quote me on that. (Read my review on the Wet Set here. But, be kind because that was one of the first reviews that I ever did.)
Let’s start with some information on the palette. From kyliecosmetics.com:
The limited edition weather collection highlighters are a silky-smooth, pigment packed with one stroke intensity. Each highlighter can be used to create your perfect customized glow.
Cloud 9 is a shimmering gold.
Stratus is a shimmering silver champagne.
Daydream is a shimmering bronze with silver glitter.
Golden Hour is a pale gold.
4 shades at 3.1 g/0.11 oz. each = Total net weight of 12.4 g/0.44 ounces
So I started doing the cost per g/ounce thing in my last Kylie Cosmetics NICE Palette review, so why not do it again here?
Cost per gram:
Cost per ounce:
For a point of reference, the Anastasia 4-shade glow kits have a weight of 7.4 g/0.26 ounces per shade or a total net weight of 29.6 g/1.04 ounces. With a cost of $40.00, that brings the cost per gram to about $1.35 and the cost per oz. to about $38.46. Just some perspective for you guys!
Isn’t it pretty?! I first saw it on Manny MUA’s review of the entire Weather collection and I kid you not, I hit pause on the video and went to the Kylie Cosmetics website to buy it. That’s how good it looked! Or, does Manny MUA really have that much influence on my decisions? Hmm… I’m gonna go with ‘it really looked that good.’
Isn’t it so cute? I love the gray and white color scheme with the little clouds and lighting bolts. You can really see the theme of the collection through just the packaging of the palette. It’s kind of hard to see in the photos, but the little dark clouds are made of a velvet/felt type of material, which is a really cool contrast to the smoothness of the rest of the packaging. Side note: I don’t know if it’s been officially announced, but I’m going to make the assumption that the entire collection was made with her newly born daughter in mind because she named her daughter Stormi.
Even the shade names align with the weather theme – Cloud 9, Status, Daydream, and Golden Hour. I’m actually shocked and a bit disappointed she didn’t give the palette a name! It’s just called ‘Highlighter Palette’ – Boooringg.
Cloud 9 is described as ‘a shimmering gold,’ but to me it’s a very peachy color with small hints of gold. It may even be a little too pink for a highlighter on my skin tone as it can end up looking like a shimmery light peach blush (that’s actually probably how I would use this shade). It’s also the least shimmery out of all the shades in the palette. It’s really good for a natural highlight, but not if you want a really bright highlight.
Stratus is described as ‘a shimmering silver champagne’ and is definitely my favorite of the four shades. I honestly don’t really know what silver champagne looks like, but to me, this shade is a very light rose gold, with less gold than rose gold normally has. Does that make sense? In my mind, ‘champagne’ doesn’t really make me think ‘hints of pink,’ but there are definitely little hints of pink in this shade. (I could be totally wrong on this, though.) ANYWAYSSS, IT’S PRETTY. It’s such a gorgeous shade that I can see working really well on light to medium skin tones. And it’s way more blinding than Cloud 9. This is a bright, in-your-face kind of highlight.
Daydream is described as ‘a shimmering bronze with silver glitter’ and I would say it’s like Stratus for medium dark to dark skin tones. It’s absolutely stunning and I wish I could wear it as a highlighter, but it makes a great eyeshadow!
Golden Hour is described as ‘a pale gold,’ but to me this is like white-ish yellow. It is VERY bright because it’s such a light shade and it’s VERY pigmented. And by VERY pigmented, I mean it’s almost white. There isn’t a lot of reflective shimmer in it, which is honestly pretty disappointing. However, I found that when I layer it under Stratus, it brightens that shade up very nicely. The brightness from Golden Hour and the shimmer from Stratus work very well together, but I probably wouldn’t use Golden Hour on its own because it’s too light for me.
That’s kind of the trade-off when you buy highlighter palettes – you get more for your money than if you were to buy an 4 individuals highlighter (most times anyway), but at the same time, most palettes try to incorporate at least one shade that will work for each skin tone. So naturally, you’ll end up barely using a shade or two.
After using the Wet Set, I don’t think any Kylie Cosmetics highlighter will satisfy me in terms of formula, unless it’s the exact same formula as the Wet Set. But, if I didn’t have the Wet Set to compare it to, I would think the formula of this palette is not bad. It’s pressed a bit harder than I expected, meaning I have to go in harder with my brush to get the amount of product I want onto the brush. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though – it means less fallout.
The powder is also a tad bit chunky. You can kind of see the chunkiness in the photos, especially in the areas that I’ve swirled my brush around. It’s not a huge deal, really. But, that slight chunkiness in the formula does make a difference on how it appears on the skin. I’m a fan of really silky smooth highlighters that look almost wet on the skin because I have a lot of texture and I’ve found that the really silky smooth formulas accentuate texture the LEAST. Formulas that aren’t as smooth or have chunks of glitter in them tend to cling onto texture and really accentuate them. But, don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the formula at all, it’s just not my personal favorite. Because ya girl got some texture.
This bitch lasts. Make sure to hit it with some setting spray at the end of your makeup routine, and you’ll be a glowing goddess all day.
All in all, it’s an okay product. I think I’d give it a 3-3.5 ish out of 5. Objectively speaking, it’s pretty good. The shades are good, it’s pretty, the formula is alright, and it lasts a long time. I gave it that low of a rating just because it isn’t the best for ME. I will probably only continue using the shade Stratus regularly and on occasion, I will layer it with Golden Hour, but that still leaves two shades left in the dust. And it’s not because they’re bad shades, they’re just not the best for ME. And that’s kind of what you have to think about when buying a highlighter palette.
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