I’ll be reviewing the two products based off of their ability to highlight and contour the face.
Let’s start off with Spotlight, which is the Essential All Over Color Stick. “This 3-in-1 Color Stick adds a beautiful glow to your eyes, lips, or face! Get gorgeous color that illuminates and instantly conditions skin for fresh and natural color all day long. Blend anywhere you would like to highlight and brighten like your cheeks and brow bones.”
Next is Toffee which is the Essential All Over Cover Stick. “Achieve smooth and flawless skin easily! The All Over Cover Stick is infused with active natural ingredients to soothe and protect the skin to camouflage those problematic facial areas. Great for using on under eye circles, blemishes, and as a primer. Getting a clear fresh face has never been so easy!”
Would I repurchase Spotlight?: Not for daily makeup. I like it for costume makeup since the white is pretty opaque. It makes a great base for white face paint.
Would I repurchase Toffee?: Probably not. This actually looks decent on my skin but I just think that there are better products out there for contouring. If I were on a strict budget, I’d repurchase. The only thing that I don’t like is the ashy color of the product when it’s blended.
The Verdict: Avoid it.
Is Spotlight a good highlighter?: No. It has a “barely there” shimmer unlike the rest of the Color Sticks which all have a very nice shimmer to them. But what makes this product is a miss is that fact that it comes in a white stick, and the product applies and blends out with that white cast. If anything, this product actually just resembles a super pale concealer shade. Most highlighting products blend out to shimmer with no color. This would only be a good highlighting shade if you’re very pale. If you were going to use this as a brow bone highlighter, then this is a great product for anybody to try. But overall, I think there are better highlighting products out there and this one isn’t a universally friendly one for all skin tones.
Alternatives: If you’re looking for a good highlighter, I think it’ll be easy to find one. E.l.f has Shimmering Facial Whips for $1.00 and they’re much nicer to use. There’s also things like Girl Meets Pearl (Benefit), Watts Up (Benefit), 15 Concealer Palette has a highlighting cream (Coastal Scents Eclipse Palette or Unknown Brand on Ebay for 1/3 of the cost), or even mineral eye shadows.
My recommended highlighter: Watts Up by Benefit. It comes in a stick form and the shimmer is a nude color instead of white. It looks beautiful and subtle.
Is Toffee a good contouring shade?: It depends on your skin color. I think it would be a good contour for those who are on the darker side of the skin color spectrum. I’m around NW40 and I think it’s a decent contour shade. However, despite the color of the stick being dark brown, it ends up looking really ashy (dark grey-brown) when blended out. I don’t think it’s a good look unless you blend it out seamlessly and add powder on top of it.
Alternatives: You could use any foundation that’s a bit too dark and use it for contouring. You could also use cream concealers or liquid concealers.
My recommended cream contour: LA Girls Concealer. It’s hard to go wrong with the shade. Just pick a shade that’s obviously a few shades darker than your skin tone. It blends like a dream, it’s really inexpensive, has a brush applicator, and you get a TON of product.
Scent: Fruity. Both sticks definitely have a nice fragrance to it. It reminds me of the MAC Face & Body Foundation fragrance, but stronger.
Amount of product: You actually get a very decent amount of product. The value is definitely there if you can get this to work for you.
Blend-ability: Great. These products are very creamy.
Lasting power: Average. You can get all day wear out of these products if you apply a good base to your face first though.