This Is the Highlighter to End All Highlighters—See the Photos


Isabella Behravan

Contouring, imma let you finish, but highlighter is the best beauty product of all time. Whether it’s Pat McGrath’s internet-breaking Skin Fetish 003, Becca’s new Jaclyn Hill launch, or a whole slew of products still in the pipeline launching later this summer, it seems obvious that 2016 is indeed the year of the highlighter. And why are we surprised? A sweep of light-reflecting, exquisite powder (or cream) is the easiest way to fake a well-rested “I’m an angel sent from above” look (otherwise known as “the Gigi Hadid”) and, unlike contouring, it requires little to no makeup prowess to execute. Plus, it takes all of 10 seconds… with the right product. Too shimmery, and you look like a baby prostitute. Too matte, and it looks caked on and way too obvious—like clown contouring without the final blending step.

Today, I’m proclaiming my love for one particular, perfect version that is neither of the above: Urban Decay’s Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26). All three shades in the line are spectacular, but Aura—the purple-tinged, iridescent one—is the queen bee, the star; the others are just its little workers (sorry, Mean Girls quotes are just so applicable to daily life). So what makes it so special? Why has it caused me to pledge my life (or at least, makeup brushes) to it for eternity? You’ll find out ahead.

Keep scrolling to find out why this is the highlighter to end all highlighters.