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Friday, 23 September 2016

Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter VS. Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer


Essence and Catrice Cosmetics have both released their new Fall/ Winter makeup collections and within those launches we can find plenty of exciting highlighting and contouring gear. Many of you have requested that I do a review and comparison of the Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter palette in 010 the glowrious three and the Essence Cosmetics Light Up Your Face Luminizer palette in 10 ready, set, glow!, so here we go. Essence and Catrice are affordable makeup brands that always have my back but which shaping and sculpting palette is best? Let's find out.



It wasn't until someone reviewed both of these palettes as being inspired by the Ambient Lighting Powders from Hourglass Cosmetics, a luxury brand, that I was actually interested in purchasing them. Low budget makeup brands, in all honesty, aren't the greatest when it comes to shaping kits. When I realised every palette I own has some kind of a flaw to it, I decided to stay more up to date with individual pans, but an Ambient Lighting Powder dupe? That's always welcome! I'm sure these are nowhere near such great quality but I'm happy Catrice and Essence tried.


The Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter palette I really enjoy. The pigmentation is great, the powders have a quality feel to them and they show beautifully on the skin. I love to mix up the two lightest shades and apply them on my cheek bones, it gives a real it-factor to my bone structure. The darkest shade of the palette is gorgeous blended out on the perimeter of the face for some dimension, and reminds me of the Sun Glow Shimmering Bronzing Powder that Catrice discontinued. Whenever I use this palette, my makeup has a very natural and effortless vibe, it's an every day my skin but better product. I highly recommend if you're looking for a basic, girl next door glow.


The Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette I'm not so enthusiastic about. The formula of the trio is powdery and lacks smoothness, in fact, whenever I swatch the shades, two out of three are rough to the touch. Especially the middle shade that contains chunky particles of shimmer and, on top of that, leaves a white, patchy sheen on the skin that isn't very flattering. The shade on the right is pretty but as I said before, I'm not thrilled at all about the formulation simply because I know Essence can do better than this. The only shade I like in this palette is the taupe one on the left, it's a great color for contouring, surprisingly.


My vote most definitely goes to the Deluxe Glow Highlighter palette from Catrice. The quality of the palette clearly is much better and shows a consistent formula throughout. All three shades are beautiful and can be used together and/or separately, which is not something I think is very applicable to the Essence palette.

Catrice Deluxe Glow Highlighter Palette €4.59 
Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette €3.99

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10 comments

  1. I have the one from Catrice and I love it!

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    1. It's beautiful, I'm so happy I got it :)

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  2. Thanks for this review! I saw both of these but didn't buy as I have 4 or 5 highlighters already & don't use them enough, including the e.l.f. highlighting quad, which was also rumoured to be an Ambient Lighting dupe. It's not but like your description of the Catrice it's subtle & nice.
    OK, I have been shopping based on your recs and now have: Essence Camouflage, the new Catrice HD Liquid foundation, 2B CC cream, 2 Essence long-lasting lipsticks, Essence false lash mascara, and Catrice eyebrow definer. !!!!! Hahahaha. And the Parashop lashcurler (I'm in France). I bought Essence Make Me Brow 2 months ago. This will keep me out of trouble for months :-)

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for sharing your haul, I love it :D makes me so happy! Merci Beaucoup! Let me know what you liked (or what you didn't like lol) it always helps me out :D

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  3. I have never tried either of these brands for the the price I think it is definitely worth giving them a go especially if they can be compared to the ambient light Hourglass palette!

    Amina xx | www.AliandHer.com

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    1. Girl, you are missing out :D Essence and Catrice Cosmetics are the best low budget makeup brands ever!

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  4. Hey Jolien-- NYX has new drops which are what you wanted from the Body Shop ... they change your foundation colour....
    http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/pro-foundation-mixer/NYX_320.html?cgid=foundation#start=1&cgid=foundation

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    1. OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH (sorry I'm screaming but this is so exciting!) Thank you :D Yaaaaas living for it, I have to go and check those out!

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  5. The Catrice palette sounds so good - I just wish Catrice was available in the UK xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. You can buy it online at https://www.kosmetik4less.de/en if you're interested :) it's cheaper too!

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