Review: Glossier Haloscope Highlighter



magine a world surrounded with various shades of millennial pink and pops of white, warm feelings, cherry emojis and all that good stuff. A place where natural beauty is of the essence and the only thing of importance is easy skin care to have you looking effortless AF. Pretty nice place right?

Pssstt…it actually exists (I know, right?) … see below.


A corner of the Glossier showroom in New York, NY


If you haven’t heard of the fresh-faced cult makeup brand before, then I introduce you to Glossier. Glossier was founded by beauty expert Emily Weiss, of Into The Gloss. I’ve been following her for years now so it’s always so cool to me to see someone’s evolution and growth, especially in a similar field of interest.

Ok, so let’s jump to it. With it being summer, and arguably one of the best times of year to be sans free of makeup, I’ve been all about an easy breezy look. When Glossier released their dewy highlighter in the form of a stick, that didn’t dry down, or leave a ton of unwanted glitter particles, I HAD to try it.

The Haloscope is the second product I’ve purchased from their line (the first was the Milky Jelly cleanser, also nice) and I have literally used the Haloscope to the core. I need to restock asap! But let’s get on to this review shall we?


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The Haloscope is a highlighter in a dewy form that’s infused with genuine crystal extracts for “an all day enlightenment”. It’s said to have a solid core of vitamin-rich moisturizers that leave you with a hydrated, dewy finish.


Rose Quartz or Golden Topaz crystals, coconut and castor seed oil, and sweet almond oil.


Hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben free, fragrance free, cruelty free.

How to Apply:

You apply this product like any other highlighter. Glide it straight onto your temples and high cheek bone area, the inner corner of your eyes, your cupids bow, and for an added subtle sexiness, your décolletage. No brush needed. Use your fingertips for any additional blending!


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Shades & Price:

It comes in 3 shades: Topaz, Quartz, and Moonstone. I opted for the golden shade in Topaz. Each shade retails for $22.


A Note:

Just a word of caution to my girls with combination/oily skin …use sparingly so you don’t appear overly oily or shiny throughout the day. For added oil control, apply the Haloscope as instructed, then take a light blot or translucent powder and sweep into your t-zone to keep unwanted shine at bay.

My Thoughts:

You know you really like a product when you hit the pan. This has been so perfect to use on my many “no makeup makeup” looks that I’ve been rocking nearly everyday this summer (here’s the how-to tutorial). Not to mention, it’s conveniently travel friendly! The price is a little steep at $22, but they make up for it in the CUTEST pink bubble wrap bag that it’s packaged in, complete with fun on-brand stickers. And I will say that product-wise, you get a lot for your dollar. I’ve been using this almost daily for what seems like forever! In a good way of course.

Next up on my list of goodies to try is their stretch concealer, the Wowder, lip balm, boy brow and some more of their skin care products!


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What are your thoughts on ‘barely there’ makeup? What highlighters or Glossier products are on your wish list?

8 Responses
  • Brittany
    August 4, 2017

    I absolutely love the barely there makeup look! It shifts the focus to having great skin in addition to great makeup! This summer heat has made me much less inclined to put anything on my face. a little highlighter and a nude lip and shaped brow is my go to! Keep inspiring us to be effortless *kiss*

    • McKenzieRenae
      August 4, 2017

      Ahh you’re amazing Brittany! And absolutely right! Since you like the no makeup look, read “How To Pull Off The No Makeup, Makeup Look” on how I get the look from start to finish! Keep killin em xoxo

  • Leslie
    August 4, 2017

    I definitely enjoy glossier products! Though I will say after trying the stretch concealer and the skin finish – I’m more apt to buy their skincare line than the makeup. I didn’t truly see the results in the makeup that I was expecting. I do think the Haloscope is probably different though since it’s more of a highlight than an actual color base.

    Great review, reminds me I need more moisturizing primer!

    Leslie / @hautemommie /

    • McKenzieRenae
      August 4, 2017

      Hey Leslie! Good to know about the stretch concealer, I haven’t tried it yet because I wasn’t sure about the color match (same with the skin tint). But I don’t think you can go wrong with the highlighter, let me know your thoughts once you try it out!

  • Courtney
    August 4, 2017

    I love the barely there makeup look too! Definitely checking out the above post 🙂 P.S. The Glossier Boy Brow and Cloud Paint is lit!

    • McKenzieRenae
      August 4, 2017

      Dope, thanks Courtney! I’ve had my eye on both, so I’m curious to try!

  • Ashley C
    August 5, 2017

    Great review! I’m definitely going to have to try it.. thanks! Can you share what lippie you have on in this post?

    • McKenzieRenae
      August 6, 2017

      Thanks! It’s just a gold gloss by Cover Girl!

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