Bobbi Brown ‘Glow’ Highlighter Edit

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The Bobbi Brown highlighters have been a favourite of mine for a while now. If you’re a beauty fanatic like myself, you’ll know that highlighters have (over)saturated the beauty market in the last few years. I’ll admit it, I was very obsessed with buying almost every new highlighter on the market at one point. In more recent times I feel like I’ve started to take a more realistic approach to my beauty purchases. I’ve found what I like and now I tend to stick to it.

I thought I’d show you a roundup of my Bobbi Brown highlighter collection and give a review of the new highlighter Opal Glow.

Bobbi Brown Highlighters

If you’re familiar with the Bobbi Brown highlighters then you’ll know that they have their shimmer bricks, their glow highlighters, their brightening bricks, the brightening finishing powders and their highlighting sticks. In this post I focus solely on the glow highlighters, simply because the others have never really appealed to me. Whenever I’ve been in store, I’ve always swatched the other highlighter types and found the shimmer bricks to be too glittery for me. The highlighter sticks, although lovely, are just not the type of product I tend to reach for. Also the brightening bricks are more of a highlighter, bronzer and blusher in one, whilst the finishing powders are very subtle illuminators for the whole face.

Bobbi Brown Glow Highlighter formula

The Bobbi Brown glow highlighters are great as they are formulated with a clear base and then infused with a pearly pigment, which gives that subtle colour but a glow that can be intensified and is very flattering. As the powders are finely-milled, I find that they can be easily applied and blended into the skin, so they don’t just appear to sit on top of the skin.

Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Opal Glow Highlighter

In the past couple of weeks Bobbi Brown released their limited edition Opal Glow highlighter. This comes packaged in a pearly white compact with a mirror, making the powder great for travelling. I was particularly drawn to this highlighter, as I typically tend to go for pink, gold or bronze toned highlighters.

Bobbi Brown Opal Glow Highlighter

After trying Opal Glow on my skin, I quickly noticed that it was quite different to other ‘glow’ highlighters. Opal Glow is a light / sheer pink tone and definitely has more of an evident shimmer finish, as I see small pink particles of shimmer on my face when using it. It’s not as intense as the other highlighters too, which makes the shimmer particles standout even more.

Bobbi Brown Opal Glow Highlighter Swatch

I was also a bit concerned that Opal Glow was the same colour as Sunset Glow. Sunset Glow was part of the Sunset Pink Collection of Summer ’16 (no longer available!), alongside Afternoon Glow and Telluride. Sunset Glow has a pink with a slight gold tone to it and is more opaque than Opal Glow. It’s also the more traditional ‘glow’ formula and doesn’t have the noticeable shimmer particles.

Bobbi Brown Highlighter Swatches Opal Glow

Pricing and buying Bobbi Brown Highlighters

I highly recommend going to a Bobbi Brown counter and testing the powders out for yourself. It all comes down to your own preference when it comes to highlighting. As I mentioned before, Bobbi Brown has a wide range of highlighter finishes (one of the biggest range of finishes I’ve personally seen), and it can get a bit confusing. I’d also say going in store would be beneficial as Bobbi Brown highlighters are not necessarily the cheapest on the market. They can retail from £26 (for a highlighting stick) to £60 (for a highlighting palette). The ‘glow’ highlighters typically retail for £35.50, unless Bobbi Brown have a discount sale.

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow and Opal Glow

Have you tried any of the Bobbi Brown highlighters? Let me know below what you think of them! For more highlighter reviews check out this post.

Speak soon

Victoria xx



  1. January 5, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I was not aware of these highlighters but these colours and prices are so bomb! Need to check them out!

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      I recommend that you do! x

  2. January 5, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Wow those are beautiful colors!

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      They really are! x

  3. January 5, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Look at all those shimmery colours! I LOVE them. Though, let’s be frank. I’ve no idea where to start with a highlighter. Is that anything to do with contouring? See… clueless. But if I’m going to start somewhere, Bobbi Brown looks like a great place to start. Thanks for the tips!

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you! Highlighting shimmer powders are the glow that sit on your cheek bones – basically the high points of your face where the light naturally catches. They can be great to use to make the skin appear to have a healthy glow! Glad you liked it! x

  4. January 5, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    These colours are beautiful! Everyone needs to wear a little sparkle… although I don’t get the opportunity much these days 🙁 x

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      I have less time to wear makeup nowadays too! But when I do, I love use highlighters lol! xx

  5. January 5, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I love Bobbi Brown make up. These colours are so lush and lovely. I really want to buy this pallete now x

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 7:49 pm

      It’s so gorgeous! X

  6. January 5, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    I love highlighter but have never tried Bobbi Brown. The Afternoon Glow looks absolutely incredible!

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 7:48 pm

      Definitely give them a swatch in store next time! X

  7. January 5, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I am not really a make up girl (think eye liner and mascara and that is it always!). These look really pretty and fun though 🙂 I’d never heard of highlighters before (apart from the pens!)

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 7:47 pm

      Highlighters are great! They can give your skin a glow from within finish. Oh and they’re pretty lol! X

  8. January 5, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    I LOVE Bobbi Brown and it was my make-up of choice when we got married. I am a bit clueless how to use highlighters as well. So it’s a shimmery blusher? Sounds fab. The colours are lovely

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Highlighters are to be placed on the high points of your face where the light would naturally hit. I love them! They’re not a blush, although it looks pink it comes out more sheer in colour. It’s all about finding the right shade for you xx

  9. January 5, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Wow these highlighters are so pigmented you really don’t need much of them do you. Stunning shades x

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you hun! They are very pigmented! X

  10. January 5, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I am not a highlighter gal but I am a Bobbi Brown fan and I have heard a good things about their Shimmer Bricks. To me the application of highlighter just seems so messy and I don’t want my face to look lighter than it is. Saying that it does look amazing once you have blended it in. Hmmm I guess it’s food for thought.

    • Victoria
      January 5, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      I guess highlighters are one of those products you have to love to use. There are some really good ones for deep skin and definitely best when blended in!

  11. Onyema
    January 6, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    A very informative post, thank you! I would like to buy a high letter that has a slight glow or shimmer, nothing too intense, what would you suggest!

    • Victoria
      January 6, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      The MAC mineralized skin finishes are good for that. Hourglass ambient lighting powders too are good. I think makeup revolution do dupes of those powders too for much cheaper. Maybelline have also released a new highlighter too which is quite sheer. Hope that helps! X

      • Onyema
        January 8, 2018 / 11:23 pm

        Thanks, it has!

  12. January 6, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown products. The swatches look great.

    • Victoria
      January 8, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you x

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