MAC Radiant Rose Prep + Prime Highlighter
MAC Prep + Primer Highlighter ($24) is a pen-style creamy highlighter that brings a sheer wash of color to the skin wherever it is applied. It can be used under makeup to prime and brighten, or on top of makeup to highlight.
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter is available in (3) shades: Light Boost (soft yellow cream), Radiant Rose (light shell pink) and Bright Forecast (mid tone peachy coral). (You can find swatches of all three shades on Temptalia)
I purchased Radiant Rose, as pink toned highlighters seem to do the best job brightening on my particular skin tone.
Several brand make these pen style highlighters, and I find that most of the time they are pretty expensive for the amount of product you receive. YSL Touche Eclat for instance costs $40 for a 0.10 oz tube. Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener costs $38 for 0.05 oz and Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen costs $37 for 0.05 oz. They might all be mildly effective, but I personally think they are very expensive for how long they last with daily use.
I was thrilled when MAC came out with a highlighter pen, as MAC tends to be a bit lower priced than most high-end cosmetics. At $24 for 0.12 oz, it’s very easily the best value overall, therefore I’m the most willing to purchase from MAC.
The product is thin and creamy, and although it’s sheer, it does have a bit of pigment to provide a bit of coverage. It is buildable, so if you have very mild under-eye darkness, you might not need an additional concealer. If you do have severe darkness, this will work well when combined with your favorite concealer. It blends very easily and because of it’s thin texture, it blends in with the skin so well, making the product undetectable.
I like applying this under my foundation on my dark circles to brighten the area, as well as over my foundation near my tear ducts. I also apply it to my cupid’s bow and along the bridge of my nose. I also sometimes like to apply a thin line under the contours of my cheeks to further define my face.
I love this pen, and I will no doubt repurchase it when mine is finished. Because it’s more affordable than the YSL pen, I won’t feel too guilty about using it daily. I’d typically reserve my YSL pen for nights out and special occasions so I won’t go through it as fast.
The reviews on Makeupalley seem to be the most favorable for ‘Radiant Rose’. Although there are only 13 reviews, the rating is a 4.8/5 with a 92% re-purchase rate. (view here)
Have you tried this highlighter or similar? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
- Works very well at highlighting/brightening areas where it has been applied
- The thin, creamy consistency blends into the skin without being detectable (natural)
- Doesn’t look stark or ashy on my medium skin tone
- Great, cheaper alternative to the YSL Touche Eclat
- May be too pale for deep-dark skin tones
Price: $24, MAC.