Cheap Thrills: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

I have been searching for this highlighter for almost a month ever since Kathleen Lights mentioned this product in her video. Essence counters previously carry the Pure Nude Powder but not this highlighter. I thought this will never be available in the PH market but I am so glad they brought it here. When I first asked about this product from the Essence counter, they immediately knew what I was looking for. Apparently, there are other people who have been in search for this product. I got mine at SM Megamall both the department store and watsons branch carry this product. I also saw stocks at Robinsons Place Manila Watsons. 

This highlighter is priced at 379 pesos. It is housed in a see thru plastic cover with black compact. It does not come with a mirror. I find the packaging really flimsy. This is a baked highlighter and I am really surprised at how smooth and soft it is. Most affordble baked products that I have tried are either hard to pick up or too powdery for my taste. This one is amazingly fine in texture and has very minimal fall outs and is actually not powdery.
The shade Be My Highlight is a pretty beigey golden champagne on my medium yellow skin tone. Swatches from international bloggers looked darker because of their light skin color. 
The first time I swatched it at the back of my hand it was nothing glorious. It looked like a regular highlighting powder with very minimal sheen. Now, you will notice that is a plot twist once you apply this highlighter on the face. From being a blah product this suddenly turns into a wonder product. Just look how beautiful it made my skin look in the photos below.

This gives off a very beautiful luminous sheen without being too loud like my Marylou Manizer. This is a perfect everyday highlighter that makes my skin glow. It blends very well on my skin and does not look like other gritty highlighters that just sit on top of the cheekbones. There is a bit of shimmer particles that may be noticeable in direct light.
It lasts 4-5 hours on my dry skin. It is best applied with a dense brush or even with the fingers to achieve a more opaque sheen.
Overall, I am in love with this highlighter. It gives me that gorgeous and healthy glow for everyday wear. I am that type of person that does not like anything glowing or shimmery on the cheeks for everyday use but this product changed my mind. What I love most about this product is that it does not emphasize the texture and dry areas of my face.


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  1. Essence is such a nice brand... another to try product that is pasok sa budget! I've been loving to wear high lighters since I get to try one, lakaw maka ganda ng skiN!

  2. Really like this highlighter, and I love how the shade complements a lot of different skintones!!! :) Ang bilis na nga lang po ma-out of stock nito huhu sana mag-restock soon because I want to get my hands on it kahit hindi pa ako absorbed sa paghahahighlight kasi for sure magmamahal ito HAHAHA. :)

  3. I've seen a lot of good reviews for Essence, but I can't seem to find any of those here in the province.


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