Massive Beauty Purge Project: Cream Highlighters

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Massive Beauty Purge Project: Cream Highlighters

I recently fell in love with cream highlighters all over again thanks to a certain drugstore beauty brand, but even my new favorites didn’t escape the big beauty purge this year. Today’s post is going to be a quick one, because I don’t own that many highlighters in cream formula to begin with. Even so, do I really need them all? Most definitely not, no matter how pretty they are.

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Physicians Formula Butter Highlighters* ($10.99) – I received these in all four colors available at the time: Pearl, Champagne, Pink, and Rose Gold. There was another shade released exclusively for Ulta and Physicians Formula website in December, but I don’t have it. As I said in my review, these are out of this world amazing, and well worth the money if you are looking to add a new highlighter to your collection. The formula reminds me of a high end product: it provides very impressive pigmentation and staying power on the cheeks. Plus, they smell like vacation! [aka coconuts and vanilla] 

e.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare Highlighting Stick in Champagne Glow* ($4) – e.l.f. Cosmetics is one of those insanely affordable drugstore brands that can be a hit or a miss. However, these highlighting sticks are most definitely one of the brand’s latest hits! This twist-up pen format makes the product portable and easy to carry around in your makeup bag for touchups, and it’s also travel-friendly. The effect is not as bold as PF highlighters, these give off more for a natural dewy glow, so you’re into that, I recommend giving one a try.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Opal ($19) – I received this highlighter as a gift a couple years ago and hadn’t even opened it yet. I know re-gifting is not very classy and I feel kinda bad about it, but I heard this is a good product so I might as well let someone else enjoy it. It’s better than having it sit in my drawer collecting dust until it goes bad, or worse – forcing myself to use it when I clearly didn’t even think about it until now.

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The lone survivor: Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in Pink.


I genuinely like all of these, but in the end I decided to only keep Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter* in Pink, because it’s the most flattering shade for my skin tone. It’s also the only one that I love wearing as an eyeshadow, even though normally pink eyeshadow is not my thing. I love the e.l.f. pencil as well, but I only ever used it for traveling or as part of my gym bag. The company recently released a brand new Active Collection, that includes a really nice face palette with a mirror, which has since become my new gym bag staple.

I must say, I love this series so far! Ideally, I hope to purge all of my makeup by the end of February and only keep products that I truly love and use often. The hardest part was detaching myself from items that have sentimental value, and yes, sometimes makeup can be precious! But if I don’t use them, what’s the point of holding on to them, right?

Do you have a favorite cream highlighter? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I own the pink PR Butter Highlighter also, and it too is the one I use most often. But seeing your swatches, I love the Champagne shade too!

    • Pink one is so pretty on the skin, isn’t it? I wear it as an eyeshadow too, even though it creases like crazy haha 🙂

  • marciaf

    You are ruthless. My husband wishes I could be too!

    • I sure am, haha 🙂 It was hard though.

  • I am liking your series too, very personal and indeed helpful

  • I’ve seen so many good things about these! I still want to try! Maybe the ones you decided to keep!

    • Honestly, all of these are wonderful. I’m getting rid of them because I just don’t use them.

  • I like the description of the formula of the PF ones but I don’t love the shades.

    • They added another one to the mix called Iridescent. It’s a pink base with a rainbow shift 🙂

  • polarbelle

    I love the pink one. I have heard that the Iridescent is worth tracking down too. I wish Ulta would just stick them already.

    • I saw swatches of the Iridescent one and they look beautiful. But I dont think I would use it often.

  • Kadambari Kaarthic

    I haven’t tried any of these yet..Well really wish to try

    • There’s a first time for everything 🙂

  • Chelsea Day

    I might have to try the e.l.f one since it’s only 4 bucks! I definitely need to purge some of my makeup, though. It’s just so hard haha!

    • Give it a try and come back to thank me later 🙂 It’s a great highlighter and very subtle.

  • I feel like I would have wanted to keep at least 2 of those, lol!

    • I wanted to keep them all, but I just don’t use them really 🙂

  • that elf one is more my speed.

    • It looks very pretty on the skin!

  • Decluttering feels SO wonderful, doesn’t it?! I don’t own many cream highlighters or other products because I just don’t really like that extra step, lol

    • It most definitely does! I know what you mean by extra step, I didn’t use highlighters myself until maybe a couple years ago, but I really got into it now 🙂

  • Yvette Price

    I think you made a great choice!

  • I want to try that rose gold!

    • It looks very beautiful on the skin, and definitely not as bold as it swatches 🙂

  • Stacie Wacie

    I love seeing people document their purges. I’m a hoarder and I’ll probably never do a deep and sweeping purge of my own collection, but seeing other people do it is really satisfying.

    • Right? It’s the same reason I love watching slime videos on IG – it just feels so satisfying 🙂

  • PH has such beautiful packaging. I’m not a highlighter person, but I definitely feel the urge to clean house!

    • Yes, their packaging is beautiful and these particular highlighters are top notch.

  • Ehmkay Nails

    I’m not a highliter person but I’m intrigued by cream ones. I would give it a try!

    • They are easy to use, especially if you don’t use a lot of makeup normally. That way they adhere better to the skin.

  • Great review. I’ve never thought of owing a cream highlighter!

  • I have the one cream highlighter – Lancome Glow Subtil, which I love SO much, I couldn’t bear to think about parting with it! I only wish I had a backup, but I got it in a Sephora Faves kit, and don’t like the idea of paying full-price.

    • I know what you mean about not wanting to pay full price, I always feel that way when I get mini lipsticks and eyeliners.

  • LittleNuclearReactor

    Wow! You know how to declutter! I’ve been trying to purge product from my collection, but I haven’t been as cut throat as you. Reading this made me realize I am not really a fan of cream highlighters, I should go back and get rid of any that I own!

  • Ginn Marie

    I’m going to have to go back through all your old posts! I’m in a massive need of a purge as well. I have so much makeup and much can I put on my face ?