It has actually been quite a while since I bought this, but a while ago I bought the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Eyelighting Creme For Eyes & Face in the shade Gleam Glow. It’s a product I had never heard of before but somehow it did sound very interesting to me. I do actually enjoy an occasional liquid highlighter and the fact that it’s packaged in the shape of a pen just looked really handy to me. That in combination with the fact that I love Estée Lauder made me order this product (and the fact that it was on sale helped too). Anyway, long story short, I’m going to review this Estée Lauder highlighter pen today. So if you want to find out whether or not it’s worth the purchase, make sure you continue reading this post!
Like I said, the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Eyelighting Creme For Eyes & Face comes in the shape of a thick pen. The packaging has a shiny lilac colour which I think looks very pretty. It has a very sleek and professional looking design. The colours they used is actually quite different from what Estée Lauder normally does, but I like it. She has one collection, the Genuine Glow collection, that has these lilac-y packagings. It looks much younger than her regular packagings do and I like that about it. It looks fresh and fancy.
Having discussed the looks lets quickly talk about the way this packaging functions. It consists out of three main parts. The middle part is where the product is in. Then you have the top, which is a little sponge. The product will disperse through this sponge (just like in the Maybelline Eraser Concealer) and you can use the sponge to apply it onto the skin. On the bottom you have a little twisty part which can be used to get the product out of the tube. The first time you use it you have to twist it like a million times, but once it’s open and used one twist is enough to get the product out of there.
The Eyelighting Creme comes with 2,7 ml of product and that isn’t a massive amount. Comparing it to a product like the Touche Eclat, which has a similar system and comes with 2,5 ml I don’t think it’s that bad. Especially if you consider the fact that this is a liquid highlighter and therefore you don’t need as much.
Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Eyelighting Creme For Eyes & Face 2,7 ml – €23,50 (on sale for €7)
Somehow this Eyelighting Creme product passed by me unnoticed. I did know about some other products from the Genuine Glow range from Estée Lauder, but I didn’t see this one anywhere. Once I was looking up reviews about it before purchasing it I could hardly find anything about it and not a lot of websites other that their own seemed to stock it. It might be because liquid highlighter pens like this one aren’t as popular these days, or because it’s just not sold in a lot of places. I don’t know what happened, but its existence totally surprised me.
Even though it obviously didn’t make a very big impression on me, I was very interested in this product when I noticed it. I like liquid highlighters because they tend to be very natural, very longlasting and super easy to use. That in combination with the fact that this is from the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow collection made me really excited to give this product a proper try.
When I looked this highlighter up on the Estée Lauder website for this post I found out that there are three shades available. Back when I was purchasing it I could only find one. Maybe the third one is new, it’s also the only one that isn’t on sale, or my memory is leaving me hanging. I don’t know. The shade I ended up buying is called Gleam Glow. This seemed like the most interesting shade to me and I was excited to give it a try.
According to Estée Lauder her Eyelighting Creme is supposed to be giving you a hint of colour with a highlighting effect. The supposedly featherlight formula should lighten up eyelids, cheeks and brows. This highlighter is supposed to be longlasting and easy to use and can be build up to your preferred intensity.
Looking at the swatch I do think that this highlighter is pretty intense. On the first swatch on the left I just applied it straight out of the tube and did nothing to it. The one next to that has been blended a little bit. As you can tell, even if you blend, the colour will stay quite pigmented. And the colour is rather bright for my pale skintone. Gleam Glow is a full on coppery golden colour. I do think that it’s very pretty, but it’s definitely not the type of shade I’d normally go for.
The formula on this highlighter is pretty unique as well. Normally liquid highlighters stay wet and need to be set. However, with this one I have noticed that after a couple of seconds it sets itself. It dries up and from that moment onwards it stays wherever it is right then and there. This does make it very longlasting, but also a bit more challenging to use. Because of that I do recommend to apply it on one side of your face or one area at a time.
In terms of the way it looks I’m not completely sure how I like it. I like to apply it after foundation/concealer and before powder. This way the powder that I put on top can set it in place even better. Because I’m used to powder highlighters, applying this highlighter before applying my powder is a step I do forget more often than not. And I have to say that I don’t mind that too much. The days I don’t forget to put it on I don’t notice a huge difference in the way my complexion looks in the end. Even though the highlighter seems pretty pigmented at first, it does fade a lot after doing the rest of my makeup and in the end I’ll still be in need for a highlighter to top it off with.
All in all I do think that the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Eyelighter is a pretty cool product. I like the idea of it and I like the design of the packaging. However, it might be the colour, but it might as well be the product itself, but it doesn’t work wonders for me. The end result isn’t very impressive and therefore I wouldn’t necessarily spend the €23,50 on it. I like it, but I just don’t really love it.
And with that being said I’m going to end today’s post. Thank you guys so much for reading today’s review and be sure to let me know what you think of this liquid highlighter from Estée Lauder?!