This Essence Cosmetics highlighter immediately caught my attention while browsing an Essence stand a couple months back, because
a) cheap highlighters are a rare sight [especially in Malta]
b) I've never seen an Essence one
It comes in 2 shades: this one, which is a light, golden-y / champagne-y shade, and a more rose tinted one.
As you can see, it comes in standard plastic, transparent packaging. While not the sturdiest of packaging, it does the job. Also, the printing on it hasn't faded on me yet. Good.
So, as the packaging states, this highlighter has a cream to powder finish. It looks really creamy in the tub - so creamy that at first I was afraid to touch it. However, it is not as soft as you'd imagine.
Once applied, it does dry to a kind of powdery finish, although it is not 100% powder. For this reason, I prefer to use this on not so matte finishes. I think it looks better on dewier looks. Having said that, I've been pairing this with my L'Oreal True Match foundation and the Catrice waterproof powder.
Once applied, you do have to blend this immediately because it sets super fast. Also, don't be tempted to over blend because it'll loose it's highlighting properties extremely fast, and you'll be left with glittery cheek bones.
However, this is pretty easy to use: just dab and apply. You can also layer it if you want a more in-your-face glow.
It gives a very natural finish, so if you're a highlighter newbie - this one is for you. I also think that this shade goes really well with different skin tones.
I mostly use this on my cheekbones and on my cupid's bow for a healthy, glowing complexion.
It also lasts about 3-4 hours before it starts to fade.
I highly recommend that you try this - thumbs up Essence! [and it does come with a cheap price tag - around €3-4 if I'm not mistaken]