I've been super into highlighters lately! This is unusual because I've always heavily favoured matte skin and abhorred any sort of shimmer on my face - maybe it's all the 'strobing' stuff influencing me. Whatever the reason, I now own four highlighters (three bought recently). The one I'm reviewing today is from Makeup Revolution, bought in the UK as I was over there visiting my grandmother. I also picked up their dual brow pencil-pen thing and a 'Radiant Lights' higlighter but they'll be reviewed in a separate post.
I'll address packaging and all that stuff here because I did order it online and I'm attempting to be thorough. No photos, but it arrived in a plastic envelope type thing with bubble wrap. Golden Lights came with a slight chip in the corner (visible top right section of the highlighter) and there was a little bit of powder fallout for both highlighters. My other highlighter had a small scratch on the lid. Golden Lights did not come in a box, though the other two products did.
The actual powder packaging doesn't seem at all flimsy, the hinge is sturdy and it closes with a satisfying click. It's not the most visually exciting packaging but like...as long as it does the job, I'm not complaining. Can't ask for something like the Guerlain Rouge G metal behemoths for £3.
Honestly, it's kind of a weird colour. There's a very strong golden reflect on an almost cool base - this mismatch is especially evident in the flash photos where you can see the gold flash against bluish-white. On the face, this coolness isn't really evident though, so it's more of a curiosity than a practical issue. The texture is perfectly fine, I had no issues picking it up with a brush or fingers and it went on smoothly. Building it up to different levels of shine is easy.
Swatched over light layer of foundation + powder in daylight:
For the face swatches, I went pretty heavy-handed so...don't think of this as a day-to-day application. I basically just smashed it all over my face. It's a fairly strong highlight and would be better suited to someone who..really loves shimmer and shine. I'll generally use it on my cheekbones only, with another highlighter for any other areas. It does emphasise skin texture if you apply it too heavily, so that's why I avoid my forehead.
The wear is acceptable by my standards but I find that when it does wear off, the effect becomes more of a dispersed sparkle than a unified sheen. This doesn't really bother me as by the end of the day it's less visible due to low light and...I'm tired and not overly preoccupied with my highlighter's look.
Terrible/filtered photos of this highlighter in action:
As in above photo, this really shines when applied heavily.