When you make an order on AliExpress, products you buy may arrive looking a little different in terms of shade or packaging. I have tried a few products from Phoera and have really liked what I tried, so when I spotted the new Phoera Killawatt Highlighter I had to give it a try. I knew the packaging looked very similar to the Fenty highlighters but when ordering I thought it was just a visual similarity.
The Phoera Killawatt Highlighter Duo is available in six different colour ways, and is just £1.67. I couldn’t find any reviews online, so I had no idea if it was any good, or what the shades were actually like, so I chose the lightest shade and hoped for the best. The packaging is pretty nice for a highlighter under £2, with an octagon shaped white compact with a clear lid.
It’s very obvious that Phoera are trying to imitate the Fenty with this highlighter, as the shade names on the bottom of the compact are names of shades within the Fenty range but I had no idea about that until it had arrived. The Fenty highlighters have a solid white compact with no clear lid, and the powders have the Fenty logo whereas the Phoera Killawatt has a ‘P’ on each side of the highlighter pans.
The box they came in was a metallic rose gold colour, which is completely different to the Fenty version, so I don’t think this is a fake in any way. Phoera have just tried to imitate the design of the popular Fenty highlighters, and put their own spin on it – similar to how W7 do their box powders to copy W7. Although I don’t love that they’ve used the same shade names as Fenty as that’s not OK.
The palest shade of the Phoera Killawatt is shade “5” according to the AliExpress website, but on the box the shade is 205 Lightning Dust / Fire Crystal. I can’t believe how pigmented and pretty both of these shades are, and although I haven’t tried the Fenty version, I can imagine the quality being comparable which has really surprised me. The texture in the pan was initially a little gritty, but swirling my fingertip around the pans got rid of the grittiness and now it’s completely smooth and silky.
These shades are too deep for my skintone which isn’t the product’s fault, many highlighters don’t work for me but if you have a skintone that’s slightly deeper than mine, I can imagine these shades looking stunning on you. They’re finely milled, and smooth and imparts a wet like sheen to the skin.
If you love an ‘Instagram Glow’ where it looks like your skin is foiled, this highlighter is definitely for you. How on earth is it only £1.67 I don’t know. I’m not comfortable about the same shade names, but it’s an amazing highlighter and I will definitely try more from Phoera.
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