Fab or Flub: Reviewing FLOWER Beauty’s new highlighter

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This week’s Fab or Flub comes courtesy of Instagram. Scrolling through my feed recently, I came across a picture of actress Drew Barrymore seated in the back of a cab. Barrymore was almost bare-faced, save for her slightly glossed lips and glowing cheeks.

It was her cheeks that caught my eye, and not just because they looked so luminous. Next to said cheeks, Barrymore held up her Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby, a new product in her FLOWER Beauty cosmetics line. When I saw it, I thought, “This just might be the dupe.” A dupe for what you ask? Benefit Cosmetics’ Watts Up!

Last year, I received a small sample of the Benefit highlighter from Sephora. Since then I’ve been hooked and recently have been showing signs of withdrawls as my portion sadly diminished. Having had good luck before with other FLOWER Beauty products, I decided to try its highlighter.

Available at Wal-Mart (where the FLOWER Beauty line is sold exclusively), the Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby costs $10 and is available in three shades: Pearl Shimmer, Gold Coaster and Honey Bronze. The highlighters can be used to brighten and accent cheekbones, eyelids and the brow bone. As with most FLOWER Beauty products, the highlighters are made in the USA and are not tested on animals.

After a few seconds of mulling it over in the cosmetics aisle, I selected the Pearl Shimmer. A beautiful champagne color (somewhere between pink and nude), it seemed the best choice for my skin tone; the Gold Coaster looked too gold and Honey Bronze looked too dark. My purchase in hand, I headed home to give it a try.

First impression

Like the Kiss Me Twice Chubby Sticks I’ve previously reviewed, FLOWER Beauty’s Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby reminded me of a giant crayon minus the pointy tip. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about sharpening the highlighter, because it is designed just like a lipstick and twists up when you are in need of more product.

One thing that I think is important to mention is that the product did have a weird smell when I first opened it. I wouldn’t describe it as strong, but it did catch me a bit off guard — although most people might not smell their makeup products first when using them.

As with most new makeup products I buy, I initally rubbed the highlighter on my hand in order to view the color payoff before actually applying it to my face. Turns out, just like the other Chubby Sticks, the highlighter goes on smooth and creamy.

On my hand, the streak of color popped nicely against my tanned skin. I would probably describe it as shimmery and a bit frosty, but not in a tacky way. When blended into my skin, it left behind an attractive and subtle sheen.

Fab or flub?

Fab! Just like the previous FLOWER Beauty products I’ve tried, I was very pleased with the Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby.

To start, the product was easy to use and it applied evenly to my skin. I usually like to use a highlighter to accentuate my cheekbones, so I applied the product on top of the apples of my cheeks and blended it in. This highlighter blends in very nicely, and I was happy that I didn’t have to worry about unsightly streaking.

Overall, it produced a nice glow, and I felt like it gave my face a brighter look.

For those worried about the odor I mentioned, I’m happy to report that I didn’t find it problematic once I’d applied the product to my face. The highlighter seemed to wear well, lasting me through the end of my eight-hour workday each time I wore it.

In regards to the other shades that are available, I’m still a bit wary, but I definitely will be adding Pearl Shimmer to my daily makeup routine. It is the closest thing I’ve found to a duplicate of my cherished Benefit’s Watts Up!, plus at a price that’s $20 less, it is definitely a steal.

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