The highlighters are $8 each, and I decided to order two. Narrowing down the selection was difficult, since some of them differed only minutely from others. I had a few requirements, though. Above all, I wanted to avoid any highlighters with big glitter chunks, which several of the ColourPop highlighters seemed to have. My desired effect was more along these lines...
Clockwise from top: Lunch Money, Lippie Primer, Cowboy, Monster.
In direct sunlight (Lunch Money on top, Monster on the bottom):
Indirect natural light, same order:
The ColourPop highlighters have more or less the same soft, creamy formula as the brand's eyeshadows; in fact, they feel a bit lighter and fluffier. I apply them as I do the eyeshadows: by dabbing them on with my fingers. I'm very ignorant of brushes in general (my collection comprises two blush brushes, one eyeliner brush, and one eyeshadow brush), so I can't predict what someone with a sizable brush hoard would use to apply these highlighters. It does seem to me that a brush might blend them away to nothing, and that fingers might still be the better tool.
Monster (top) and Lunch Money swatched in indirect natural light, two passes each:
The ColourPop website describes Lunch Money as "soft light gold with a reflective golden duo chrome [sic; y'all need a copy editor] finish." I'm not sure the people at ColourPop know what "duochrome" means. They call Bae "duochrome" when it's a plum eyeshadow with turquoise glitter, and they call Lunch Money "duochrome" when it's, well, gold. That's all it is. A pale yellow-gold, pretty but monochrome, which isn't a bad thing. Not every beauty product has to be crammed full of special effects; we don't all live in a k-pop video.
|Source (I actually think this song sucks, but if you want to see G-Dragon covered in glitter, this is the MV for you)|
Here I've applied it in a C shape from my cheekbones up to my temples; I'm also wearing Illamasqua Zygomatic blush.
There's not much to see here, but I suppose I'd rather glow unobtrusively than dazzlingly. Lunch Money is fine; I don't regret buying it. It's just not a standout product. Then again, I've used it a mere two times, so I'm reluctant to declare it either a success or a failure at this point. (Update, 9/1/17: Two years on, Lunch Money is by far my favorite highlighter. I reach for it at least twice a week, and I'll probably repurchase it once I use up this pan.)
Monster, though? Monster is magic. Monster is love. ColourPop describes it as "light pink with highly opalescent duo chrome finish," and once again I'm not sure that "duochrome" is an accurate description. Monster has two settings: fuchsia fairy-princess iridescence and invisibility. In the photos below, I've applied Tony Moly Milky Violet blush to the apples of my cheeks and layered Monster on my cheekbones. From the front, all you see on my cheeks is my blush:
But when I turn to the side...
So good, right? I dressed as a fairy every Halloween from the ages of four to ten (with the exception of one year when I was a princess and wore my fairy dress without wings), so it's only natural that I'm enamored of this highlighter. It's unnatural in the subtlest way: very Edwardian cyborg.
From the photos I've seen on blogs and Instagram, Monster shows up just as vividly on dark-skinned people as it does on me, if not more so. It's the sort of product that suits everyone because it looks natural on no one.
In my next post, I'll review Cowboy (which you can see on my eyes in the Monster photos) and the Lippie Primer. For now, though, have you tried any of the ColourPop highlighters?