If You Want Glowy, Lit-from-Within Skin, I Swear By This Highlighter

Here at Who What Wear UK, we're all obsessed with natural, dewy makeup looks. We love that "lit-from-within" finish on the skin, and as our junior beauty editor, I'm constantly on the lookout for products to help achieve this. Over the years I've tried my fair share of serumsglowy foundations and highlighters to see which ones really work vs. those that make no difference whatsoever. One particular product that I go back to time and again is a liquid highlighter.

For me, liquid highlighters always come out on top because of how versatile they are. You can apply them before foundation, mix them in with your base or apply on top of your makeup depending on what kind of finish you want. So, when I heard that Gucci had recently launched its first-ever liquid highlighter, I knew I had to give it a go.

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The product is called Gucci Beauty Illuminateur de Beauté Liquid Highlighter, and it looks just as luxurious as you would expect. Housed in a gorgeous clear bottle, it comes with a pipette-style applicator and a gold, twist-on lid. The highlighter drops have been designed with all skin tones in mind and are meant to give the skin a radiant glow. So, would this product live up to the hype? Keep on scrolling for my honest review…

Gucci Beauty Illuminateur de Beauté Liquid Highlighter Review:

I know I've already briefly touched on the packaging, but it really is one of the biggest initial selling points, in my opinion. Not only does it look chic, but the slim bottle makes it easy to travel with, and the pipette applicator means you can drop as much product as you want onto the back of your hand. Although this might be messy for some, I like having full control over how much highlighter I'm applying, so this was a big plus for me. The formula itself is enriched with black rose oil, daisy and lily flower extracts and a moisture complex to help hydrate and soothe the skin. It's very lightweight, which makes it easy to blend, and I definitely noticed that my skin felt soft after using it.

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On first go, I decided to use this as just a highlighter, but I'll definitely be mixing it in with my foundation next. I tried applying it with both a small, fluffy brush and my fingertips, and thought that both worked really well. I added the product to the tops of my cheekbones and the end of my nose, and I was so impressed with how dewy it made my skin look. If you're someone who likes a really bold, statement finish, then I would say that this probably isn't for you, but for those of you who are looking for that subtle, lit-from-within glow, then I couldn't recommend this enough.

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Before Using the Gucci highlighter:
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Although I love the golden colour, it's hard for me to say whether this shade actually would suit all skin tones, and it would definitely be a big plus to see the highlighter in more shades. However, the thing I did like about the golden hue was that it caught the sunlight beautifully, and two of my friends actually commented on how nice my skin looked when I was wearing it. 

It seems I'm not the only one. In fact, one Harrods Beauty customer wrote a review online saying, "I felt my skin had gotten quite dull so I decided to order this highlighter. I just put a few drops on my face and blend in with my foundation and wow [sic] I can’t stop getting compliments on my skin. It really works for me and I love it."

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After Using the Gucci highlighter:
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Before I continue raving about it, it's worth mentioning the price. £37 is quite a lot for such a small bottle, but that being said, a little goes a long way. After using it myself, I would guess that one bottle would last you a good few months, which makes justifying the cost a little easier. Although it's more of a luxury purchase, as someone who is forever trying to achieve that fresh, glowy look, I could definitely see myself buying this again. If you want to give it a go yourself, then scroll to shop, or check out my other favourite liquid highlighters below. 

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 


As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.