California Beamin’ Face & Body Liquid Highlighter
NYX’s California Beamin’ Face & Body Liquid Highlighter left us with mixed feelings. As a body highlighter, we found the sheer glittery sparkle works well to create an alluring shine, but for the face, the highlighting effect leaves something to be desired.
At first glance through California Beamin’s clear-glass bottle, the luminous liquid color lures you in with illuminating shades of rose gold, pearl, gold and silver. As the fluid formula is transferred from the dropper and blended into skin, the color almost completely sheers out, leaving an overlay of finely milled glitter particles behind.
While the sheer glittery sparkle accentuates features like collarbones, shoulders, or anywhere else on the body, it’s not as seamless looking on the face. On the body you have a larger surface area to build and blend it out, but for targeted areas of the face, it’s just not as easy to control. And if you’re going for a more natural-looking highlight, the glittery particles aren’t the best way to achieve that.
We also have to mention that the formula emits a wafting amount of fragrance, which is never good news for the health of skin (see More Info to learn why). On the body, we’re slightly less concerned about that—but still, fragrance free is always the better way to go. On the positive side, the formula also contains some nourishing non-fragrant plant oils including rosa canina (rosehip), grape seed, jojoba and sweet almond.
Long story short, we’d recommend this as a body highlighter but not for the face (see our recommendations for top-rated highlighters here.
- Sheer sparkly finish works well to accentuate features on the body.
- Contains nourishing plant oils including rosehip, grape seed, jojoba and sweet almond.
- Not easy to control application for targeted areas of the face (and not the most natural-looking).
- Fragranced formula.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
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The NYX Professional Makeup California Beamin' Face & Body Liquid Highlighter is your ticket for lit up skin anywhere on your body. Packed with high-intensity reflective pearls for a bronzed glow, this liquid illuminator is also infused with avocado, rosehip, grapeseed, and jojoba oil. You'll be shining from head to toe year-round with this all-over highlighter, no sun needed.
This small Los Angelesbased makeup line was founded in 1999 by a woman named Toni Ko. The company's Web site is vague about Ko's background, merely stating that she developed an interest in cosmetics as a teenager and wanted to create her own line of cosmetics. Ko's goal was to produce high-quality products at affordable prices, and that's the draw of NYX (pronounced "nicks") Cosmetics. We are pleased to report that, for the most part, Ko succeeded in her childhood dream.
It is important to note that this line offers a full selection of makeup products, from foundations to lip gloss. However, the only place to access everything NYX Cosmetics has to offer is their Web site. The Ulta chain is the largest distributor of NYX Cosmetics products in the United States, and the line can also be found at Target and Nordstrom Rack, but they carry a smaller selection of NYX products.The good news is that most of the few NYX products Ulta stocks are impressive, especially the powder eyeshadows, which compete evenly with eyeshadows that cost a lot more.
NYX Cosmetics website is www.nyxcosmetics.com.
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