A while back, MyLS Girl Eikha Zulkefli who currently resides in South Korea did mention that sticks are coming into fashion. Shimmer sticks are not excluded in her prediction of course – and was she right!
Shimmer sticks, or more popularly known as highlighting sticks are slowly taking over the makeup universe. Plenty of brands are coming up with their own versions and I think it is safe to say that the whole trend, originated from South Korea although a year back I did use Benefit’s Watt’s Up. But does that count as a ‘stick’? I’m not too sure…
Highlighters, as we all know, are widely loved by girls all over the world (myself included). I might not be highlighting’s biggest fan, but I do have this friend who is obsessed with highlights. She is always up to date with all the latest highlighters in the market, which ones are good, which ones are bad and all that.
As for myself, as much as I love makeup (and highlighter included), I never really pay attention to highlighting as much as I do to lipstick or eyeshadow. Don’t get me wrong, I love highlighting my face but I don’t religously keep up with the latest trends in the highlighting world. Sure I have a few selection of highlighters in my collection but when I say “a few”, I’m referring to my Sephora highlighting palette, my Mary-Loumanizer, my Sendayu Tinggi, my Elf highlight and bronzer palette, my Shu Uemura glow creator, my City Color Contour Effects….and that’s it.
My friend on the other hand – knows everything that you need to understand about highlighters.
It was her birthday recently, and being the good friend that I am, I got her another highlighter to add to her collection. It was the 3CE Shimmer Stick. I curated a gift bag full of goodies and makeup products, but the shimmer stick in my own personal opinion, was the best one in the bag.
I thought it was pretty when I swatched it on my hand at the store. After giving her the birthday gift bag, I got back to her and asked how the shimmer stick (in particular) is, and the response that I got from her was very positive.
Great, I thought. I need one for myself. I was really tempted…although I did have some doubts a bit. Am I really a highlight kinda girl? Not really. So do I need to get this one?
I admit, it took me a good half an hour thinking and contemplating at the 3CE counter in Sephora but as always, I couldn’t hold it in much longer and soon enough, I was already paying for it. If I were to keep thinking about it, might as well just get it right?
Is it as good as my friend say it was?
Unblended on the top pic, blended out on the bottom.
First thing’s first – it is so convenient! I kid you not – super duper convenient that I can’t even explain how happy I was to find out that I could carry it around in my bag without having to make extra space for a highlighting brush. Saving space in my handbag? Definitely a plus for lazy girls like me.
Plenty of times when I feel the need to re-apply makeup on my face after a long day out, I always skip highlights. Why? Because it’s too fussy. It’s too much work. I’d pack a lipstick and a compact powder then I’d be out the door. To bring a highlight around? The brush. The product. It’s too much for me! And just so you lot know, I hate hate hate it when my handbag feels heavy. I may carry around handbags twice my size at times but just a heads up, they are very likely to be lighter than they look.
If you’re wondering how much of the 3CE you would need per application, you’d be surprised by how a little really does go a long way. It is very pigmented and you can detect the highlights on your face from a mile away. And not in a bad way….not the kind that exposes the size of your pores like a certain Youtuber….. anyway, you won’t need that many layers on your face nor do you need to worry about re-applying it too often. It is so creamy and pigmented, I dare say that it lasts longer than most powder highlighters that I’ve tried. It doesn’t have weird scents like some cream highlighters do, which makes it super comfortable to wear on my face.
Also if compared to other cream highlights or sticks, this one at least doesn’t traces of oil. I’ve tried a few cream ones that come in bottles (well to be fair, we are comparing it to a stick here so obviously the stick wins but I’m just painting you a picture here for you to better understand ya know) that adhere well to the skin but leave a very unpleasant feeling on the areas where the product is applied. I’m not one who would put highlights above my face’s comfort….so these kinds of products are the ones I rarely come back to. Some highlighters especially the non-solid ones feel as though they leave traces of oil on your face for a better shine. The 3CE won’t leave you feeling this way, thank goodness.
I’m not saying that I’ll ditch the other highlighters that I’ve been using and loving all this while, I still do very much love my Mary Lou and Shu Uemura Stage Performer Glow Creator – but at the same time I can’t deny that I’ve been using this one a lot more. Suddenly I find myself highlighting my face more often nowadays.
3CE Shimmer Stick is available in all Sephora stores for RM65.