Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin’s Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter delivers a pop of reflective shine for a “glassy” highlight, just as the name implies. It does a beautiful job of accentuating skin while allowing your natural complexion to shine through. That said, the texture can be polarizing (some people love it, while others hate it), so we recommend nabbing a sample if you’re able to try it before you buy it.
Housed in a squeeze tube and dispensed via pump, Glass Glow’s has a hybrid serum-gel consistency. It’s fluid enough to spread easily without being runny or too slick and leaves a wet-looking, gloss-like finish.
The downside to this type of texture is that it can disturb (i.e. somewhat break down) the makeup it’s applied over. Of course, if you’re not wearing foundation or other makeup in the areas that you apply Glass Glow, that’s not an issue.
The other thing to bear in mind is that the finish is a bit sticky at first (i.e. wisps of hair blowing in the wind can end up getting stuck in it), although that mostly dissipates.
Despite these potential issues, we’re keen to give Glass Glow Face Liquid Highlighter our seal of approval because of the uniquely beautiful way it melds into skin, delivering a highlight that doesn’t accentuate flakiness or other skin texture issues. The glass-like effect really is quite stunning, and as an added perk, the fragrance-free formula includes a handful of skin-replenishing fatty acids.
Shade-wise, at the time of this review, you can pick from Crystal Clear (translucent shine + subtle blue sparkle that shifts under light), Prism Rose (luminous, glossy, sheer-rose tone), and Spectrum Bronze (see-through golden sun-kissed bronze).
- Highlights skin while allowing your natural complexion to shine through.
- Gloss-like finish melds into skin, without accentuating flakiness or other skin texture issues.
- Delivers a “glass skin” effect as promised, which really is quite stunning.
- Fragrance-free formula includes skin-replenishing fatty acids.
- The texture can be an issue for some people.
A unique, lightweight face gloss that creates a look of youthful, well-hydrated skin with a glassy complexion.
Kevyn Aucoin was arguably one of the most iconic makeup artists of the 20th century. A self-trained, highly sought celebrity makeup artist and best-selling author, his work appeared regularly in countless fashion magazines, as well as his monthly column in Allure. Not surprisingly, his work has influenced countless makeup artists and YouTube beauty vloggerswhether they know it or notand at the time of his passing in 2002, he had just launched a small range of products under the Kevyn Aucoin brand. Although Aucoin left us far too soon, at least his products serve to compliment his lasting legacy.
Today, the Kevyn Aucoin brand continues with his motto that anyone should be able to experiment with makeup and feel beautiful while doing so. The brand's range of unique products reflects the emphasis on makeups role in our lives as more than just utilitarianit should be enjoyable, accessible, fun, and the outcome always rewarding. The approach is enhancing ones self-esteem rather than using makeup to cover up what you or others might perceive as unattractive.
Thus, the products themselves are something of an experience to usefrom their packaging (beautiful) to their focus on perfecting skin and mix of basic to bold color options. This line isnt for those who think of makeup as a chore!
The price points are higher, to be sure, but there are also quite a few exceptional and unique standouts that allow this brand to nicely distinguish itself in a sea of makeup artist-fronted lines. There are some shortfalls here and there, but overall, it is a range that is well worth experimenting with should you happen upon a Kevyn Aucoin counter at your local Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus. (Note: Kevyn Aucoin is sold online at a number of beauty sites, from Sephora to Beautylish.)
For Beautypedia, we have chosen some of what we feel are Aucoins best products along with those that are OK, but for one reason or another may not be worth the expense.
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