cheap thrills | wet n' wild summer 2016 limited edition highlighters review

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As I mentioned in my last Sephora haul, I'm a total sucker for highlighters. There are no shortage of options when it comes to higher end highlighters-- my personal favorite is Becca's shimmering skin perfecter pressed in Opal. But when it comes to drugstore highlighters, I've never really tried one I've loved... until now.

I'm a regular reader of Nouveau Cheap (she posts about makeup sales and new makeup releases-- hands down one of my favorite beauty bloggers) and when she posted about the Wet N' Wild limited edition Lost in the Wild Flowers summer collection I was all up in that sh*t.

Price: $3.99 each    Size: 0.19 Oz/ 5.4 g    Cruelty Free
Ingredients: I have fairly sensitive, acne prone skin and these highlighters haven't caused any breakouts.
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Packaging: Nothing special here-- solid black plastic with a clear front to view the colors. They do have a petal engraved in the powders which is a nice touch and perfect for their "Lost in the Wild Flowers" theme. I have dropped each of them a few times (klutz life) and they haven't broke or chipped. Of course that doesn't mean I'm going to go around dropping it for kicks to see if they will break.

Formulation: Both highlighters are soo buttery soft and pigmented. They have the perfect balance between sheen and glitter. One of my least favorite part of cheaper highlighters is their tendency to have large chunks of glitter in them, but these two highlighters don't. For all intents and purposes, these feel more like a $40 highlighter than a $4 highlighter to me.

Application: I like to apply Precious Petals onto the high points of my cheek bones, because duh it's a highlighter. My preferred method of application is with the Real Techniques highlight brush. A quick swirl in the pan and the brush picks up enough pigment for both cheeks. The powder is a bit too pressed to apply with my usual brush of choice for highlighters-- MAC's 159 brush. I've also tried applying it with a wet beauty.blender and beauty.blusher but they don't pick enough pigment so I have to keep layering to build up the highlighter to where I want it. If you like super subtle highlight though, this could be an option for ya.

Overall I think the highlighters are very easy to blend and build up. If you want it sheer, you can easily buff it out. If you want a "strobing" level of highlight, you can also easily build it up.

Longevity: For the sake of comparison, I've worn this solely on my bare skin, solely over Hourglass's mineral veil primer, and over a full face of makeup (with Nars's tinted moisturizer as the base.)

As expected, the highlighter lasted the shortest amount of time on my bare skin. After 3 or 4 hours, it started fading. What I did like is the way it faded. Instead of falling out and exploding glitter all over my face, it slowly faded away into my skin. With both the Hourglass primer and full face of makeup, the highlighters lasted a full day, which for me was about 7 hours. Since I washed my face afterwards, I can't say how or when they would break down when worn longer.

Swatches: The peachy shade is Crown of My Canopy and the champagney shade is Precious Petals.

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After wasting way too much time driving to more than a dozen Walgreens and CVSs, I was so thrilled to finally find a display with these highlighters. In my excitement I bought all of them...and since I don't need a bagillion sets of the same highlighter, I decided to do a giveaway!

I will be picking two winners, two weeks from now on Friday the 27th. Each winner will receive one highlighter in Crown of My Canopy and one highlighter in Precious Petals. All you need to do to enter is follow me on instagram, bloglovin', or pinterest. You can do all three or you can just do one, up to you.

The giveaway is open worldwide!

Win 2 Limited Edition Wet N' Wild Highlighters!

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