Oh! A subtle, sheeny, non-snail-trail kind of highlighting stick that won’t cost you the earth? Here you go: Glow All Out from Soap & Glory is a highlighting cheek stick with the perfect kind of neutral shine. Not too silvery and obvious, not too warm and bronzey, just a subtle champagne hue that blends out easily for foolproof highlighting. No sparkles, no disco shimmer, the Glow All Out isn’t as intensely packed with pigment as some illuminating products, but I often find those a little too much for daytime use. Or for occasions when I just need a touch of glow in a hurry and I can’t be worrying about whether or not my cheekbones look as though they’ve been frosted with silver car paint.
Soap & Glory’s cheek stick is your easy “bang it on and go” sort of product – it glides easily over cheekbones, cupid’s bow, eyelids, bridge of the nose and takes seconds to blend out with your fingertips. It slides beautifully but isn’t greasy and it sets quickly without disturbing the makeup beneath it.
Can you see the spotlights of gleam on my cupid’s bow and the bridge of my nose? The cheekbones are slightly harder to see, but there’s a beautiful underlying glow, I think, without any harsh reflections. I like the way that highlighting the “high” parts of my face has given natural contour to the cheeks and temples without having to use any extra product. (Though I’m jumping between cheek looks at the moment; using blush for a fresher face most days, thanks to Caroline Barnes, but still liking the more defined cheek for a more classic look.)
Soap & Glory’s Glow All Out Highlight & Sculpt Cheek Stick costs £8 and is available at Boots.com
*UPDATE: annoyingly, I have a budget glowing makeup video about to go live, but I filmed it before I discovered the Soap & Glory stick. So that’s why it’s not included, in case you wonder!