Review: NARS Albatross Highlighter

At first glance Albatross highlighting powder looks white, so I was pleasantly surprised when it applied onto the skin golden and warm.  It mimics a gorgeous candlelit glow that’s not glittery, just glowy. I have heard some people compare it to MAC’s Vanilla Pigment, and while I do see similarities, Albatross is less gold and more velvety.

Most of my current highlighting products are liquid or cream, so I love that Albatross is pressed. It’s perfect for those who want easy highlights without dealing with the mess and hassle that some liquid ones cause. It’s also small enough to throw in your purse for touch-ups.

When applying Albatross, I recommend using a fluffy blending brush, or a small blush brush. The key to highlighting is placement and if you use too big of a brush, you might accidentally get it in places you don’t need it. Swipe some along the tops of your cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose for effortless highlights.

I  like this highlighter a lot, and I will definitely be putting it in my makeup kit.  If you are extremely pale this might be too warm for you. On the opposite end, if you have an extremely deep skintone, this may appear too frosty and could appear grey. Albatross seems to be wonderful for everyone with skintones in between these two ends of the spectrum.

I still prefer liquid highlighters more than powder, but it’s a great option to have when you want an easy, subtle glow.

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  • Reply Jillian Metzger January 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Do you think NARS Albatross is good to wear alone? I don’t wear coverup or other makeup. Just thought it would maybe give me a nice glow when I go out. I do wear eye makeup ( liquid eye liner and mascara, sometimes eye shadow) and lip gloss. Just want to make sure before I purchase this, that it will be good on skin, alone. Thank you! 😉

    • Reply Lindsey February 2, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Hey Jillian!
      You can absolutely wear it alone! I would if my skin was clear enough to get away with no foundation 🙂

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