Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick

Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick

The holographic makeup trend is huge right now and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. Don’t get me wrong, I love anything holographic but so many beauty brands are launching ‘holographic’ products when they very clearly aren’t so it feels like they’re jumping on the holographic bandwagon. Even if products aren’t holographic, I still really like duochrome and iridescent beauty products so I knew I’d like to try the new Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick from their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection. The Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick £3.50 like the name suggests is marketed as being a practical highlighter stick which gives the cheeks a ‘holographic finish thanks to its light reflecting particles’.

Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick

There appears to just be one shade of the Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick in 10 Be Unique Be a Unicorn, and is in a chunky stick format with twistable base. I’ve got a number of highlighter sticks in this very format and I find them quick and easy to apply, and this particular highlighter stick has an holographic lid and holographic writing which looks so sleek considering it’s only £3.50. One thing I must mention is that the stick was broken within the tube before I used it, hence the damage at the end of the stick so the formula is obviously very soft and it’s not one I’d recommend carrying around in warmer temperatures as I think it’d make it even more prone to breaking.

Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick

I’ve included two swatch photos without my studio lights intentionally as I wanted to show the true colour. The first swatch photo is multiple swipes of the stick over unprimed skin before blending, and the second swatch photo is the blended result of the multiple swipes. I’d never apply this much highlighter to my face but I wanted to give a good representation of the shade and finish. The stick has a balmy consistency rather than a cream so I don’t recommend it for oilier skin types, but it works nicely with my dry skin as it has a lovely dewy finish. The Essence Prismatic Hololighter Stick is definitely not holographic but I’m yet to find an authentic holographic highlighter, but it’s a beautiful lilac duochrome shade which looks striking on the skin. It does contain obvious shimmer but it’s a stunning highlighter for £3.50, and is a fab budget duochrome highlighter for lighter skintones.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the whole holographic makeup trend?!


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