Sunday Steals | A Gorgeous Highlighter Under $5?

wet n wild reserve your cabana highligher swatch, the balm mary-lou manizer, becca shimmering skin perfector
I enjoy luxury makeup and skincare, that’s no lie, but this girl also loves a great bargain buy (unintentional yet awesome rhyme alert!) Generally I find some products just tend to be better from higher end brands, and highlighting products are usually in that category for me. More affordable options tend to be higher on the glitter scale, but this little gem is a subtle glowing pearly beige that highlights without looking frosty or like I just stepped out of a 90’s rave and comes in under a fiver…

wet n wild reserve your cabana highligher swatch, the balm mary-lou manizer, becca shimmering skin perfector

Yep, I’m talking about Wet n Wild – the brand I was all too familiar with as a 90’s teen. Remember their silver eyeliner pencil that only cost $0.99? Because I do. Cringe. 

I’ve been impressed with some Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes in recent years, but face products weren’t something I gave it much credit for, so it was totally by surprise that I stumbled upon this product that is poorly named as a bronzer (seriously!?) but makes for a lovely natural highlighting powder. The Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana powder is surprisingly smooth and buttery for its $4.99 price tag, and the size is a staggering 13 grams, compared to my theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer which is 8.4 grams (and still a whole hell of a lot of product). 

This powder is very neutral beige, not too yellow or pink. I can see it working well on most skin tones, especially due to the fact that it isn’t frosty like theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer or metallic like Becca Shimmering Pressed Skin Perfectors. Its a soft focus glow that has micro fine shimmer that gives a glow without looking like something straight out of Twilight. 

I’ve been dusting it on over the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and cupids bow with a softer brush like my Real Techniques Blush Brush during the day and a denser brush like my Mac 109 for more obviously highlighted look. 

I’ll look past the weird fact that this has SPF 15 (why?) and is labelled a bronzer (again, don’t think so!) and revel in the fact that it was a total winner of a product that only set me back $5 CND.  

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