Editors Try the Rainbow-Colored Highlighting Trend

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When it comes to highlighters, there are so many options to choose from—in rosy, gold or silvery shades. As far as colored highlighters go, there aren’t that many options for a rainbow glow, until now. With six stunning metallic pastel shades that range from pink and green to blue and purple, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit ($40) is unlike any other highlighter palette out there. Inspired by the ’80s cult film The NeverEnding Story, this collection of six shimmering shades promises to deliver an otherworldly glow, no matter what your skin tone. To see how these magically inspired highlighters do in the real world, our editors put them to the test. 

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1 / 5

Brittany Burhop, Senior Editor

“I’m more of a special occasion highlighter wearer, but I quickly fell in love with this palette and could easily see myself using it every day. I applied the Pink Heart shade high up on my cheekbones and loved the instant glow it gave—it’s the perfect midday pick-me-up when your makeup starts to look a little blah.”

2 / 5

Carolyn Hsu, Digital Managing Editor

“In the palette, the highlighter looks crazy, but it plays off the same lavender/lilac theme that brightening and other color-correcting highlighters and concealers use. There are a ton of options, which makes it overwhelming. I went straight for the pearly and most purple ones. Only a light touch is needed and the iridescence it adds to your skin is intense, so it’s easy to put too much on if you’re not careful. You can even see it in low lighting. I do, however, think you can wear it during the day. It definitely makes your cheeks pop, but not in a way that makes it look like you’re wearing costume makeup. Overall, I’m a fan!”

3 / 5

Tatiana Bido, Special Projects Editor

“Just by looking at each of the shades in the palette, you wouldn’t expect the intense color payoff that you get when you swatch each one. I was most impressed with how much color actually comes through on the lighter shades. Pink Heart and Blue Ice were my favorite because they’re the most similar to my regular highlighter, but with the added pink or blue shining through. In this photo, I’m wearing the Lucky Clover shade, which turned out to be a radiant greenish gold that gave me a lovely mermaid-worthy glow. What I loved most about these shades is that they’re totally buildable, so they’re fun to experiment with, but you can still dial them down for a subtle glow you can easily incorporate into your everyday look.”

4 / 5

Danielle Fontana, Editorial Assistant

“I honestly expected this palette to make me look like I came straight off the set of Star Trek, but it surprised me in the best way. I used a combination of Purple Horseshoe, the bluest shade of the bunch, and Star, a more silver-meets-gray hue. I placed them along the top of my cheekbones and the result was a delicate—yet totally there—sheen that was a lot more visible than any other highlighter I’ve used. Because you can definitely see the blue come through when the light hits your face, I’m not sure I would wear this anywhere but out at night, but nonetheless would definitely pick this up again.”

5 / 5

Liz Ritter, Executive Managing Editor

“I had no idea where to start with these so I just went for the boldest color—the blue—and placed it on the upper part of my cheeks. In person (at least to me), it seemed very silvery, but in photos, it looked glowing. It makes me semi-convinced I’m totally overdoing it with my normal blush and bronzer and this may very well be the answer to helping me break that bad habit. I then took the greenish shade, Lucky Clover, and put it on my red patches and it worked really well. I would definitely use this again and play around with mixing some of the other colors.”

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