When Fenty Beauty launched, everyone was going crazy over the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Although I applaud Riri & her team for launching a whopping 40 shades, I have to admit that I was more excited about the highlighter collection. If you know me then you’ll know that I have a thing for champagne & gold-tone highlighters, so it was a no-brainer that I had to purchase the Killawatt Mean Money & Hustla Baby Freestyle Highlighter Duo.
I’m going to be completely honest and confess that I didn’t warm to it at first. I like my highlight to be full-bodied, intense, & dare I say, slightly over the top and felt that this was not doing it for me. I must admit that I was quick to make a judgment, as this is the only highlighter that I’ve been reaching for the past month. In fact, it may have even made it to my top 5 highlighters of all time!! With that in mind, I thought that it was only right to write a review to sing its praises.
Packaging & Price
Firstly, I have to mention the sleek, hexagonal compact that it comes in which also includes a mirror – I personally want to take my hat off to whoever designed it, as it just works! Also, I adore the cute & quirky names of the highlighters including the individual names of the duo highlighters…It’s the little things 🙂 Another little thing I appreciate is that it’s only priced at £26! It is refreshing for a celebrity with Rihanna’s status to release reasonably priced makeup catering to all skin tones…can the woman do any wrong?
As the name suggests, the pan is divided into two highlighters Mean Money & Hustla Baby. Mean Money is described as having a soft champagne sheen & Hustla Baby as being a Supercharged Peachy Champagne Shimmer. The concept of the duo highlighters is that one is an everyday wearable shade and the other is suitable for the evening. As mentioned, I personally like my highlight to be popping so, of course, I am using the more intense shade Hustla Baby as my everyday highlighter. I feel that the peachy, champagne shimmer is perfect for my olive skin and I can even detect some bronze hues peeping through, which gives it a gorgeous multi-dimensional effect.
I have to be honest and say that although Mean Money is a gorgeous shade, it really doesn’t do anything for me in terms of highlighting my cheekbones. One thing I will say is that it makes for a good nose & cupids bow highlight. I don’t know about you, but I can go a little OTT with my nose and lip highlighter, which can make me look like I’ve just been on a sweaty run, so this is a great little highlight to opt as it provides a natural subtle glow. Admittedly, I would have preferred it to be a single highlighter containing just the shade Hustla Baby, but I still appreciate the concept behind it and think you will love this if you like a softer highlighter in the daytime.
Formula & Finish
It is described as having a weightless, long-wear formula which is a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into your skin. It’s loaded with superfine shimmer for an ultra-smooth, creamy texture. I couldn’t agree more with that statement, as it does have a super weightless & creamy formula which melts into your skin with zero effort. I feel that the reason I didn’t warm to it straight away is that it is so different to any of the highlighters that I have in my collection. I usually go for super shimmery powder highlighters so the fact that this is a cream-powder highlighter took some getting used to.
I have to state that I am totally obsessed with the wet looking, glowy finish that Huslta Baby gives me and I have definitely been converted to cream-to-powder highlighters. It really does provide that healthy, ‘lit from within’ glow, which looks completely natural. I must have not been in my right mind to think that this highlighter was not bright enough for me, as when I spray my face with my Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray and pop this on top, the glow that it provides is out of this world!! I have also found that as it has a cream-to-powder formula, I can really build it up without it looking cakey or super OTT. When I build it up to its full potential, I always get questions about which highlighter I’m wearing, which I have to sadly admit makes me feel very happy inside.
You can tell that a lot of thought has been put behind the whole range of the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duos and it wasn’t just a quick release with a celebrity’s name behind it. The quality of these highlighters are beautiful and I can only describe them as being similar to the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in the finish due to the creamy & wet looking glow that they provide. If you like a highlighter that is finely milled, silky and has a creamy texture than this is your guy… And for £26, you definitely can’t go wrong!
As a self-proclaimed highlighter fanatic, I can firmly say that this is up there in my top five highlighters of all time and believe me that is saying something as I can be quite frugal with complimenting highlighters. There are also several shades to choose from so I feel that there will be a shade for everyone:) You can buy it here at Harvey Nichols.
Have you tried the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duos, what are your thoughts?