#1 Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen
$54, available from September at the Burberry counter at TANGS Orchard, Sephora ION and Burberry.com
If you’ve never tried Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base, we suggest you go on out and grab yourself a sample right now. The radiant skin primer feels refreshingly lightweight – it’s infused with 55 per cent of water – and adds a natural effortless glow to the skin, so much so that we wouldn’t mind wearing it alone on the weekends. Better yet, it doesn’t feel oily, which can sometimes be the case with radiant primers. (We’re addicted, if you can’t already tell.)
Come September, Burberry is releasing this illuminating product in a convenient stick form, called the Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen. It retains all the natural highlighting properties of the Fluid Base, but it’s now for more targeted application and great for a little skin pick-me-up whenever you need some extra radiance while you’re on the go.
#2 Nars Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess
$44, available at all Nars counters & Sephora ION
While the Nars Velvet Shadow Stick was created for use on the eyes, it has worked perfectly as a highlighting pen for the face. A single swipe of this subtle pink champagne shade on the high points of the cheeks, blended out just by using your fingers, instantly gives the face a lifted appearance. Consider the look much like using a wet brush to apply the brand’s Dual-Intensity Blush in the shade, Jubilation – natural, watercolour-like shimmer without any of the fuss. You can even use it to touch up your eye makeup – perfect for your everyday makeup pouch. If you like more of a golden glow, then opt for the shade Hollywood instead.
#3 VDL Lumilayer All Stick
$36, available at all VDL stores
Another brand that’s putting its well-loved illuminating primer in a convenient stick form is VDL. But unlike the original version, the Lumilayer All Stick has added white and gold pigments for a better brightening effect. The balm-type product, which glides on smoothly and adds a bit of moisture to the skin, can also be used before and after makeup. Think of it as a moisturising balm with barely-detectable shimmer that’s great for achieving mul-gwang (read: Korean water glow) skin and killer cheekbones at any time of the day.
Text: Sharon Tiong, Her World Plus / Additional Reporting: Arissa Ha