Essence Pure Nude Highlight Review
I visited three different drugstores near me just to find the Essence Pure Nude highlight. It was worth it.
I LOVE this highlight. The effect it gives is comparable to liquid highlighters. It makes you look like you just ran around the block a few times, and there is a nice, natural shine that accentuates the flattering points of the face. Since that would never happen in real life, we need this Essence Pure Nude Highlighter to do it for us.
I have it in the shade 10 be my highlight, and I haven’t seen any other colour in this line in my local drugstores. It is a light gold with a hint of champagne in it.
The Essence Pure Nude Highlight is a baked highlighter that has no glitter, just a nice, subtle sheen (pictured below). It looks very natural on the skin – as if you just did a few laps around the block, and a natural shine is only showing on the areas where you want your skin to glow.
There is no visible glitter or shimmer, just a nice sheen. It’s subtleness reminds me of Wet n Wild’s Reserve Your Cabana but the Pure Nude Highlighter is not as dry, has no spf, and more pigmented.
I did notice though that if you pack Essence’s Pure Nude Highlight on, you may see a slight white cast if you have medium-dark skin. I would consider my summer tan to bring me to a light, almost medium skin tone, and even then I saw a white cast once I packed on too much.
This highlighter would make a great blush topper as well! Just remember that there is a slight champagne tint to it, so it will slightly alter the colour of the blush that’s underneath.
The finish of Essence’s Pure Nude Highlighter is most similar to Reserve your Cabana by Wet n Wild, because both products leave a very subtle sheen (seen in the second image below). However, the colour looks like a cross between The Balm’s Mary Louminizer (gold) and Becca’s Opal highlighter (pink). It is a nice champagne colour.
I am currently using Real Technique’s setting brush (pictured below) to apply it, but with this type of highlighter, you can use slightly bigger fluffy brushes since it looks very subtle, and is difficult to overdo. Since this is a baked highlighter, even if you roughly swirled your brush in it during those rushed mornings, it will not kick off very much powder, and will still look natural.
The whole compact is plastic, with a black bottom and a transparent lid. Althought it is not anything like high-end packaging, it feels much sturdier than most Essence packaging. There is a nice solid “click” when you close the product.