7 holographic beauty products worth trying
It’s the newest type of glitter and we’re obsessed!
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / June 06 2018
A recent poll within the Beauty Crew team revealed a stark divide when it comes to applying shimmer and glitter to our face and hair. Some (including me!) are big fans of iridescent formulas that offer a sheen to whatever it is applied to, while others prefer makeup formulas with velvet or matte textures that look more natural.
If you’re in group one, we’ve got some great news: the latest wave of illuminating products not only contain shimmer, but each particle is colour-shifting, meaning it changes from one colour to another, rather than just reflecting light. Intrigued? So were we, and boy were we impressed with what we saw and played with. Each of the following holographic products are mermaid-like, seriously pretty and addictive to wear. Here are our absolute favourite prismatic products on the market right now.
For your face
shu uemura prism luminizer in gold is a top pick if you’re after something that can increase luminosity all over your face. What we love about this product is how the powder is so finely milled it just melts into skin. Each speck of powder is actually a teeny tiny fleck of holographic shimmer that shifts from peach to gold, and this luminiser can be lightly dusted for a subtle glow or applied with a heavy hand to really bring your complexion to life.
For you face
Our obsession with holographic makeup continues with MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ in Pinklite, which is a see-through water-like formula that’s loaded with tiny spheres of iridescent flecks of pink and purple glitter. What we love about this product is how it’s multipurpose; you can spray it on top of your foundation to boost its longevity and give your complexion an all-over radiance, or you can make your highlighter application pop even more by wetting your brush with Pinklite first.
For your cheeks
Take your strobing to the next level with Kat Von D Metal Crush Highlighting Palette, a gorgeous trio of magenta, gold and peach shades that are absolutely jam-packed with lustrous particles. Use a fan brush to buff one of the colours onto your cheekbones (the flat design of the brush allows you to apply the highlighter more precisely), or a small eyeshadow brush all over your eyelids to brighten up your peepers.
For your lips
Give your smackers a three-dimensional treatment with a holographic lipstick, such as Dior Addict Lip Glow in Holo Purple. These lipsticks are ideal for those that prefer a low-maintenance colour as they offer just a hint of colour but lots of shine, rather than a punchy opaque finish. The iridescent nature of Holo Purple, which contains pink to purple flecks, can also visually make your smackers look bigger and juicier, and who wouldn’t want that?!
For your eyes
Pearlescent and shimmery, the Mecca Max Interstellar Eyeshadow in Moon Shine is a creamy long-wearing eyeshadow that shows off white and blue illuminating particles. Apply the product with a fine brush along your lash line if you’re looking to only dip your toes into the holographic makeup trend, or pat it all over your eyelids to make a statement.
For your hair
The easiest way to achieve mermaid-inspired hair is with a holographic hair foam such as IGK Holographic Hair Foam in Meteor, which features tones of blue and purple. The beauty about using a mousse over fine glitter in your hair is that a mousse has longevity and won’t fall out halfway through the day. If you’re wanting to apply it to small sections, sweep the mousse onto dry hair with a flat brush (a clean foundation brush does the trick), or apply it with your fingers all over if you’re wanting to coat all of your hair at once.
For your nails
Even your digits can get in on the holographic fun with Kester Black Nail Polish in Comet, a clear-looking nail varnish that’s actually packed with particles of shimmer in tones of green, purple, orange and blue. Use the brush included to paint a light layer of glitter onto bare nails, or load up the edge of a wedge sponge with the glittering formula and dab it onto coloured nails for a more exaggerated effect.
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What’s your opinion on the holographic beauty trend? Is it something you’ll try? Let us know in the comments below.
Main image credit: Sevak Babakhani
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.