I hopped onto the highlighter game real late, because I was much more into the glass skin/dewy look, rather than a more sculpted/bronzed face. It was not after I watched a few other Korean MUA videos that I realized the importance of highlighting, so I got myself a highlighter from one of my favourite Kbeauty brands, TFS.
Like fresh, dewy flowers in bloom, the combination highlighter blends perfectly to give you gorgeous, glowing skin.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 29.90 (TBC)
LEFT – TALC•MICA (CI 77019)•NYLON-12•TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)•OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE•PHENYL TRIMETHICONE•MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE•BORON NITRIDE•MAGNESIUM STEARATE•SILICA•MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL•PROPANEDIOL•DIMETHICONE•DIMETHICONOL STEARATE•LAUROYL LYSINE•TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYSILANE•TIN OXIDE•FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)•ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)•YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)•RED 30 (CI 73360)
CENTER – TALC•MICA (CI 77019)•TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)•NYLON-12•OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE•PHENYL TRIMETHICONE•MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE•BORON NITRIDE•MAGNESIUM STEARATE•CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE•SILICA•MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL•PROPANEDIOL•DIMETHICONE•DIMETHICONOL STEARATE•LAUROYL LYSINE•TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYSILANE•TIN OXIDE•FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)•ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)•MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742)•IRON OXIDES (CI77492)
RIGHT – TALC•MICA (CI 77019)•NYLON-12•OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE•PHENYL TRIMETHICONE•BORON NITRIDE•TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)•MAGNESIUM MYRISTATE•MAGNESIUM STEARATE•CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE•SILICA•SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE•MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL•PROPANEDIOL•DIMETHICONE•DIMETHICONOL STEARATE•LAUROYL LYSINE•TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYSILANE•TIN OXIDE•FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77491)•IRON OXIDES (CI 77492)•RED 30 (CI 73360)
The ingredient list is, frankly, very overwhelming, since they have listed out all the ingredients for each of the ‘panels’. You’ll realize that the main ingredient in all 3 panels are talc, so you can expect a powdery formula for the highlighter.
Packaging: My favourite aspect of this highlighter from TFS is definitely the packaging! It looks and feels very classy, thanks to the embossed logo and the metallic colours. It’s also not as bulky and heavy as it looks – I would say about the same dimensions as blotting paper (just not as thin).
Texture: As mentioned, it’s mostly made of talc, so you can anticipate that it will be finely-milled powder. In fact, if you look closely at the brush bristles in the last photo, you can see tiny powder particles, which is actually the highlighter powder! It applies nicely on skin without looking too chalky or unnatural.
Colour payoff & intensity: This was pretty disappointing, in my opinion. Although the colours look really pretty on the plate, it didn’t look quite as nice when I applied it on my face suing the brush given. I’m not sure if I’m the only one with this experience: upon first application, the colour is really very faint, and there is not much of a highlighter ‘glow’ that I was expecting to see; upon second application, it suddenly looks like a white-ish patch, and still lacking that ‘flower’ bloom that was promised. I don’t know if I’m doing this wrongly or something, because the application result is really underwhelming. No one is actually able to tell that I’ve actually used highlighter that day, no matter how many layers I brush on.
Staying power: If there’s not much to see in the first place, it’s hard to tell if there’s any left. However, based on my observations, most of the time when I get home, all I can see is the glow from the facial oil and not much of the powdery highlighter left.
I was really hoping this would work brilliantly for my very first highlighter, but it was really very underwhelming. The colours didn’t show up well, and to be honest, I’m not a big fan of the powdery formula. I really wouldn’t recommend buying this. It doesn’t even help that the price isn’t cheap. You can definitely get a better-performing one from other established brands.
Despite this bad experience, I haven’t completely given up on highlighters just yet. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews of more highlighters!
Colour payoff: ✮✮
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮
Staying power: ✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮