Tuesday, 20 November 2018


I stumbled upon these Collection Cosmetics Loose Highlighters when I was browsing the cosmetics aisles at Wilkos while my friend purchased cat food. Collection Cosmetics is a brand that has fallen off the radar in my estimation. The hype surrounding the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and their Fast Stroke Liquid Eyeliner have been drowned out in favour of Shape Tape and Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define*. Of course, that's just my opinion. I still think their gel nail polishes are fantastic and have such a great brush, incredibly easy for anyone as clumsy and impatient as me.

Looking at these highlighters I was initially sceptical, even though I like the packaging. A part of me is always a bit exasperated when brands continue to push the holographic fantasy trend. We get it. Anastasia Beverly Hills released the Moonchild Glow Kit*. Affordable holographic highlights are cool and interesting if done well and if not commonly used on the face at least they can jazz up the eyes a little or even the body and make for some fire Instagram shots. Unfortunately, these are a mess. As someone who doesn't particularly like highlight, especially loose highlight, I might be biased. I also know what shades work for me and these aren't it. I can be impartial and I do enjoy makeup so I can see the merit of things even when I am not the target demographic. These look fun

However, the swatches above indicate their powdery texture, the base colour is so light that when blended it disappears into nothing leaving only a chalky texture behind with a hint of pinkish bluish shimmer. The Collection Gorgeous Glow Holographic Highlighter in Moondust (£3.98) and the Collection Gorgeous Glow Holographic Highlighter in Aurora (£3.98). Below you can see the swatches blended out. As mentioned, I am not a fan of loose highlighters I think they are messy and can be difficult to control. 

For me, these highlighters just didn't do anything and I am not sure who exactly would like them or want to buy them, because I can see they aren't aimed at me. I am curious to hear your thoughts on these highlighters. Do you like the look of them? Would you wear them? Are you a fan  of the holographic highlight in general? My personal opinion is that there are certainly better holographic definitely better loose highlighters out there, such as Juvia's Place* and Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powders* who have really bright reflective highlighters with serious impact. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Take care. 

What do you think of Collection and these loose highlighters?


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  1. I'm not going to lie, when I scrolled through before reading I was thinking "yikes, I don't love the look of them", I don't know if it's just that I'm not keen on the holographic look for me, or because they're messy and don't stand out when blended. It's a shame because I quite like Collection!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  2. I wouldn't wear a holographic highlight - I prefer something golden! xx

    Beautylymin | Pat McGrath Lipstick Trio Giveaway

  3. Sadly a miss, but so great to know for future purchases. Thanks for sharing! XO, Ellese


  4. Oh wow these are a miss! Thanks for sharing!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  5. I'm not a big highlighter fan. Sorry these didn't work for you. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Ohh I'm definitely not one for the holographic theme! I'd probably struggle with a loose highlighter because I'm so clumsy and messy haha. Thanks for being honest with us during this review xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

  7. I haven't jumped on the holograph highlighter train. They do look nice but I haven't really wanted to wear them. I'm sorry these didn't work out for you.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  8. It's a shame that you aren't impressed with these as the swatch did look lovely at first! :)

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! It's a hot one here, feeling so much like summer! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  9. I never heard about these (probably because no one liked them?) and I will for sure pass on them. Thank you for the review!

    Wishing you all the best,

  10. This brand is new to me. I have not tried holographic highlighters I guess I am a little scared to try on my medium skin tone. I would go for something golden. It's a shame it did not work for you. the packaging is cute. :-)

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

  11. I usually like Collection but I can see why you're not a fan of these. As you say, they really do look chalky! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  12. A great post! <3
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  13. I never heard of this brand before! I'm not usually a fan of loose highlighters either, I tend to go for a cream or liquid product instead. If you're interested in trying a subtle purple highlighter, I recommend "Hippo" from Colourpop. It's my absolute favorite! Even though it's technically a more out-of-the box shade, I find that it's very wearable for everyday use and looks so beautiful on all skin tones. Thanks for sharing! :)



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