High end or High Street Highlighter?

Laura Mercier vs Catrice

I’ve been playing with these highlighters for quite some time, since the end of February as it turns out – I included them in my Irish beauty haul post.  I’ve briefly mentioned my love of the Catrice High Glow Mineral Highlighting Powder in 010 Light Infusion in my March Favourites and it’s been love ever since.  I’ve not however, talked of my love for the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder*.  I’ve had it just as long and I do alternate them, even if Catrice does get a bit more wear time… I still love them both!  Let’s get started on the comparison.

They’re both baked highlighters, so you can expect some powdery-ness when you sweep your brush over them.  They’re both also very finely milled, so there are no large chunks of glitter on your face.  Neither leave a texture on your skin, nor do they worsen any pores on your face.  So far, neck & neck.  The Laura Mericer has more of a yellow / gold tone, whereas the Catrice is more of a pink / silver tone.  So they’re definitely different coloured highlights, however on the face, there’s not that much in it.


I’ve noticed once I’ve applied them, they both leave a very similar finish.  You can go lightly with both or go a bit more heavy handed for that full on disco ball pop of highlight.  You can check it out down below.  I’ve applied highlighter on the top of my cheeks, under my eyebrows, above my eyebrows, my nose (Laura Mericer) and my cupid’s bow (Catrice).  On the face there really isn’t much in it.  Both give a wonderful glow – note I’ve gone a bit heavy handed with both in the hope that they appear in photos.  In the flesh however, even with a large amount of highlight on there, it doesn’t look over the top!

Highlighters Applied

All in all, I think you can get the same effect with either highlighter.  I don’t think you need the Laura Mericer, however, if you’ve money to spare at £27, I would recommend checking it out as it is stunning.  The Catrice one, is a much more budget friendly alternative, retailing at €4,95, which is also stunning.  So it’s entirely up to you, save or splurge?!



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