My fellow Byrdie editors have been writing about the products that earn them compliments (and dates!) recently, which has prompted me to search deep within myself to contemplate the same. This is actually not as vain of an act as it might seem but rather done in the name of research and the greater good of humankind. After all, if a product makes people say, "What is that on your face?" to me (in a good way, not in a you-have-salad-on-your-chin way), then there's a high chance you'll experience the same. So really, I'm a beauty humanitarian of sorts.
As I was racking my brain over this very important topic, one product came to mind. Not only do I own it in every shade, but it's also the first thing I blurt out when people ask me for makeup recommendations. I've dedicated an entire post to my love for the brand that makes this product, I've grabbed iPhones out of strangers' hands to show them its beauty on Instagram, and I will probably be buried with a ring of them around my head like a halo or clasped tightly to my chest as the ancient Italians did with loaves of clay.
The product is Rituel de Fille's Rare Light Luminizer, and I won't shut up about it for as long as I live.
Pros + Cons
- Gives a subtle, youthful glow
- Comes in seven shades
- Clean ingredients
- Expensive price per ounce
- Applies better with fingers than a brush
The Bottom Line: An otherworldly glow
Rituel de Fille's Rare Light Luminizer is the perfect product for achieving soft, sparkling skin. It creates a subtle sheen—not the blinding highlight that's popular among YouTubers.
Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizer
Best for: A soft-focus glow
Star Rating: 5/5
Active ingredients: Lanolin, jojoba seed oil, mica, beeswax, sunflower seed oil, lavender oil, and more
Potential allergens: Yes—lanolin
Shade Range: Seven shimmering shades
What's Included: Product only
About the brand: Rituel de Fille focuses on using pure ingredients, formulating its products without parabens or synthetic dyes and fragrances. Highly pigmented and richly textured products contain few ingredients without common fillers.
Ah, there she is. Who could guess that this sleek little compact would house the creamy, iridescent, cherub-skin-giving highlighter of your dreams?
The Feel: Melts into skin
First of all, the texture. Not sticky but not velvety either, the creamy consistency warms up and melts when you swirl your finger in it, then sinks into your skin wherever you tap it and gives you an ethereal, angel-like glow.
It definitely applies better with fingers than a brush, and you can tap and blend to perfection since the warmth of your fingers will help it melt into your skin.
The Shades: Pale and opalescent, with plenty of dimension
Lately, I've been using the shade Solaris, which gives my cheekbones a peachy-pink iridescent sheen. Ghost Light is my second favorite for a slightly more purple glow, and I'll replace my blush with Phosphene on days I'm feeling lazy (aka most days).
Each shade is designed to be multi-dimensional—for example, the brand describes Moon Pillar as a "cool-toned mauve with a subtle violet glow." So ideally, depending on which angle the light hits your face, you'll get a shimmering, dual-toned glow.
Here are the shades and a description of each:
- Solar Flare: rose quartz bronze
- Phosphene: peachy beige
- Anthelion: gold
- Solaris: rose gold
- Ghost Light: pale violet-pink
- Lunaris: opal blue
- Moon Pillar: violet
The Ingredients: Pure and simple
Did I mention that Rituel de Fille is nontoxic? All its formulations are free of sketchy ingredients like the parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, or synthetic fragrances that lurk in a lot of other mainstream makeup brands. Instead, every ingredient is hand-selected for a clear purpose and all the products are created with the fewest ingredients possible. They're also cruelty-free and transparent about where its fragrances are sourced—in the Rare Light Luminizer, that's from essential oils. As someone who scans a product's ingredient list first thing before letting it even near the vicinity of my face, this makes me love my dear Rare Light Luminizer even more.
The Scent: Diffused lavender
First off, I know what you're thinking—does highlighter really need to be scented? But this is a faint, herby essence, not an in-your-face candy or chocolate scent. And it comes from lavender oil. The brand uses no synthetic fragrance in its products.
How to Apply
"But I hate highlighter! I wish I hadn't clicked into this article!" some of you might be saying (hopefully not, but there are some people out there who might). Here's the thing: Rituel de Fille can also just make your skin look better in general, even if you have no idea how to use a highlighter or just hate the look of it.
If you'd prefer a subtler glow that seems more lit-from-within and less look-at-my-highlighter, all you have to do is tap it along your cheekbones and down your nose, and then blend it in with a fluffy brush. I've found that this gets rid of the shine but still makes your skin look luminescent from different angles (exhibit A, above). I've also used it on my bare eyelids or over eye shadow to add more of a holographic finish. It's really that versatile.
The Results: Ethereal and angelic
It gives just the right amount of sheen—not too much that you're glowing like an orb but not too little that it's barely noticeable.
I once described the glow this highlighter gives as a "less unicorn, more cosmic baby angel fairy," and I stand by that very scientific statement today. As you can see in the photo above, it gives just the right amount of sheen—not too much that you're glowing like an orb but not too little that it's barely noticeable. Every time I wear this highlighter on my cheeks (which is most days), I swear at least one person stops me and compliments me or asks me what highlighter I'm wearing. Some have even whipped out their phones and bought it on the spot. Honestly, my ego is insane right now. If Rituel de Fille ever needs a spokesperson for this highlighter, I'm the girl (and would appreciate the commission).
To end, I present to you this very important photo of me eating pasta in a completely natural way. (Honestly, it's so embarrassing when my friends take photos of me in the middle of eating.) As you can see, the pasta takes a back seat to the glory of my shining brow and cheekbones. If that doesn't convince you that you need this product in your life, then I give up.
The Value: A little goes a long way
At $29, it's not the cheapest highlighter around, but it's not the most expensive, either. You get 0.2 oz. of product and really only need to use a little bit for it to show up, so one compact should last quite a while.
Rituel de Fille's products are known for being highly pigmented, so you can get away with just a dab to get glowing.
Similar Products: You have options
Too Faced Diamond Light Highlighter: This baked powder highlight gives a similar multi-faceted, prism-like wash of color. The shade Diamond Fire, for instance, contains blue, pink, and yellow tones. At $36, it's also double the product for only $7 more.
Winky Lux Strobing Balm Highlighter: Don't let the name fool you—this creamy illuminator imparts a subtle glow similar to Rituel de Fille's. Dewy skin is yours for just $16 per 0.1 oz.
Our Verdict: The softest glow
Rituel de Fille's Rare Light Luminizer illuminates skin without looking obvious—you can't beat it for a subtle, your-skin-but-better glow. And we love the wide range of shades with multidimensional pigments that catch the light.