Careful there, makeup lover. Beware the Rouge Bunny! She’ll hop into your life, steal your liquid highlighter-lovin’ heart, and then spring away with your entire makeup allowance (and then some).
Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Shh! Do you hear it…? That voice on the wind? It’s saying, You’ll love my peachy golden highlighter, my love. It’s the siren song of RBR’s shimmery Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Showers, and it’s my favorite thing from the lavish line so far. It’s also — brace yourself — 72 bucks.
Cruel, cruel rabbit, why dost thou charge so much? Just a couple tiny drops of this multipurpose highlighter turn my upper cheekbones into incandescent light bulbs! Almost. The formula is surprisingly pigmented, shimmery and long-lasting. I’ve clocked it at 14 hours once already, and most of the time when I go to remove it at night, it hasn’t even begun to fade.
Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Showers; one of four shades, $72 each
I’ve also tried mixing Sea of Showers with different foundations, from full-coverage Laura Mercier Oil-Free Supreme to sheer NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, and my skin always seems fresher and more luminous when I’ve added a drop or two.
Wearing Sea of Showers on my upper cheek bones, brow bones, temples and down the bridge of my nose
Additional makeup worn on my cheeks: Becca Mineral Blush in Bolero beneath apples; eyes: Becca Eye Tint in Romanticism and Becca Line and Define Pencil in Cabrera
Swatches from the left: Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops, Long-lasting Matt Eye Shadow in Sweet Dust Seriema, Blush Wand in Manet and Seas of Illumination Highlighting Liquid in Sea of Showers
Less expensive liquid highlighters like the $26 Benefit High Beam and $20 MAC Lustre Drops produce a similar effect, but I do think Sea of Showers pulls ahead of the pack. With it, I don’t find myself spending time buffing out edges like I normally do with liquid highlighters. The shimmer just seems finer and more intense than usual, and then there’s the gorgeous frosted glass packaging. Sitting on a dresser or counter top, it’s every bit a luxury piece.
This bunny is a born entertainer, and one bottle could probably be made to last for years, but good grief! — $72.
No, bunny. No!
Seriously, even Armani’s $59 Fluid Sheer, which I remember trying once a while back at a counter and liking, seems like a bargain in comparison.
As a side, the pump took some getting used to because it has a hair trigger (hare trigger?). The lightest touch dispenses the product, so I took to using an empty sample jar to save the excess. The first time, though, before I had my sample jar ready, I mixed the leftover in with my body lotion and applied it to my arms and legs for a toasty shimmer (’twas very J.Lo on a yacht).
PRICE: $72 (!)
AVAILABILITY: Available now at zuneta.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+ (an A+ product, but what’s with the price?)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,