Review | Glossier Haloscope Highlighter in Topaz and Quartz
Holy shit. Glossier did it. Anytime something becomes ubiquitous in the beauty world Glossier will coyly drop a quiet rebuttal that always feels like an answered prayer. In a sea of dipbrow pomade and carved eyebrows, there was Boy Brow. When you couldn’t spit without hitting a tube of liquid to matte lipstick, there was Generation G. (Oh, and stickers. Mustn't forget the stickers.) In a tizzy of highlighters, they subversively dropped the Haloscope on an otherwise uneventful Monday. The time between the announcement email and my order confirmation were hairsbreadth apart.
The Haloscope ($22) is a cream highlight that comes in a twist-up tube. The casing is unfussy: white and plastic. If you were very far-sighted, you could confuse them for a glue stick. There are two shades: Topaz and Quartz. Topaz is a warm midtone gold and Quartz is a cool pale orchid pink. Like the Skin Tint, these come with ACTUAL CRYSTALS. (It’s listed on the ingredients list!) My precious.
What sets these guys apart is that they come with a balm core. This helps sheer the product out and provides moisture to the skin instead of just shimmer so you end up dewy, not just reflective. I swatched each on the back of my hand and I am staring at them even as I write this. Thanks to the balm, they slide on skin without any tugging. They’re understated without a single trace of glitter. I tapped them out and marveled at how even Quartz (a shade I figured would come off as ashen on my bosc pear colored complexion) looked bright and inoffensive. Topaz blended out like an Instagram filter or thin layer of turmeric, adding sunset warmth to the skin. No ruddiness, either. I felt signs of early-onset gout from the persistent rotating of my wrist to catch the light.
Blend these out with your fingertips so the heat can help it melt into your skin. Don’t worry about setting them with powder, either. You want it to look humid. Besides the usual cheekbone and brow bone, swipe some on your bare lids, on your earlobes if your hair is up, and your collarbones as garnish. Haloscope is a pleasant addition to any low-maintenance folk’s daily routine. Is it the most pigmented highlighter? Not by a long shot. But, that's kind of the point. It has the kind of simplicity where you could apply it in complete darkness, should you ever find yourself in a tourist cavern after hours. If the Skin Fetish is for air conditioner people, the Haloscope is definitely for windows-open people. And, boy, does that breeze feel good.
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