This first impression on the Ofra x NikkieTutorials highlighter might just be a lesson on hubris.
Remember this definition for later:
Hubris (noun): excessive pride or self-confidence; (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride towards or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis.
Got it? Good. Ok, moving on.
Sooo if you guys read my 2018 makeup resolutions, you might be thinking, “but Amanda, wasn’t one of your resolutions not to buy anything new?” to which I would respond, “yes, it was!” but I actually purchased this before I made those resolutions, so therein lies the loophole that I often exploit to take advantage of my own self. In my defense, I did start decluttering, so there.
I know I’m extremely behind on this one, but as I’ve said time and time again, my person motto is: I may be late to the party, but at least I showed up.
The Everglow highlighter, which was a collab between NikkieTutorials and Ofra Cosmetics, launched in March 2017 and retails for $35. I’ve only recently become a ~highlighter person~ so that’s part of the reason why I strolled in fashionably late, but the other reason was the price tag. $35 for a highlighter is a little hefty IMO, but this was kind of a treat yoself-type deal for graduation/Christmas. I’m not sure what I was thinking because I’m definitely NOT into this kind of highlighter, but more on that later… #hubris #foreshadow
This is described on the Ofra website as being a “three-in- one luminous highlighter complete with frosty white, neutral shimmer and sun-kissed copper shades.” The description also says, “The Everglow Highlighter is an all-inclusive tri-shade compact. Pigments are not available for individual sale.” which I think is kinda #fakenews because I believe Ofra recently came out with full-size versions of these highlighters, but then again, what do I know? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
These highlighters are super pigmented – the finger swatches above are one swirl around each individual pan and already I got very in-your-face opacity. While I wouldn’t describe them as being “buttery,” they’re definitely not chalky to the touch. I guess that would logically make them somewhere in the middle.
The opacity also translates to arm swatches – these are one swipe each. I think I would describe this kind of opacity as being HBIC-level (“head bitch in charge”), which is kind of intimidating for a highlighter novice like me.
Ok… remember when I said I’m not into this kind of highlighter? Yeah, I hate this as a highlighter product. I’m not faulting the product itself – this is definitely a beautiful, pigmented product and does what it says it does, so I can see why people love it, but it’s just not what I like, so I’m the idiot for buying it. In total Icarus-fashion, the thing is I knew fully well what kind of highlight this was from the numerous YouTube videos I’ve seen this featured in AND I knew what kind of highlighter gal I was, yet I bought this anyway, flying awfully close to the sun. The irony of the situation is that I knew who I am as a person, yet was sabotaged by who I am as a person. If this were a Greek tragedy, the nemesis my hubris would lead me to would be me.
Luckily, makeup is versatile, so products have multiple uses! The Ofra website itself says, “the silky highlighters double as three shimmering eyeshadow powders, making the compact an economical yet luxurious choice for looking fabulous day to night,” which is actually what I like using these as so I get my use out of them. I absolutely love the copper shade for nights when I’m going out and want to look ~fancy~ but can’t be bothered to throw more than one eyeshadow on my lid and both the lighter shades are great for inner corner highlights.
OVERALL FIRST IMPRESSIONS: All in all, I’m pleased with this product, just not as a highlighter. Again, this isn’t the highlighter’s fault – this is my own fault for trying to fight my own fate. I was destined to be a lover of more natural glow-from-within highlighters, not super in-your-face extra highlighters, and that’s fine. I just need to accept myself for who I am.
*Disclaimer: I purchased all above products with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!). As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!