In a moment of weakness I walked by the Fenty display, started swatching, and of course I ended up walking away with a thing (or two).
Killawat Freestyle Highlighter
I picked up the shade Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule which is described as a soft copper sheen/supercharged copper shimmer. When I swatched it I immediately thought of my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Copper and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush in Blushed Copper. The formulas of the Killawat Freestyle Highlighter and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector are extremely similar, both soft and pigmented, although I do think Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule leans more red than orange-copper on my skin tone.
What I love most about this kind of “highlight” is its versatility. I can use Ginger Binge as either a highlight or a blush and I can imagine it looking gorgeous as an eyeshadow as well. While the formula is extremely soft and blendable it can take a little work to make sure you don’t get a strong blush line on your cheek.
In comparison to Ginger Binge Moscow Mule suffers from glitter overkill, which makes the product look cheap on the skin (in my humble opinion) and harder to wear on a daily basis. But I have to admit that for some reason, I keep applying it atop Moscow Mule and people (i.e. my friends) don’t hate it. They’re usually pretty dang honest, but earlier this week one of them said they liked “whatever was on my face” of their own volition.
Do I think this “highlighter” is worth $42.00CAD? It’s a tossup. It really depends whether you’ll get enough wear out of both shades. I can’t help but think that Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors have a very similar formula and finish, are a dollar cheaper than Fenty’s, and you get 0.9 oz / 2.45 g more worth of product. Of course, the major drawback is that Becca doesn’t have any duos. Still, among the Killawat Freestyle Highlighter range I will endorse Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule as the best “skin-glorifying shade” for NC45 skin tones.
Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick
I finally grabbed Chili Mango because I like Ridiiic so much, and thought Chili Mango would be the only other Match Stix that’d work as a blush on NC45 skin tones. Described as a “sin”-kissed orange sheen I consider it a NARS Taj Mahal lite. It’s just a little less vibrant than Taj Mahal but packs way more of a shimmery punch. Taj Mahal provides more of a sheen while Chili Mango sparkles.
For some reason, I found this one harder to blend than Ridiiic and as a result it’s easier to mess up. When I start to blend Chili Mango, I lose 60% of the pigmentation while retaining 100% of the sparkle, which isn’t ideal. But as with Moscow Mule, I still really like the final product on my skin. The wear time is also decent at 3-4 hours and longer if I layer it over an orange blush.
I hope this was useful!