Highlighter has lived a life. What came into this world as a subtle way to draw attention to your cheekbones has gone through countless different incarnations. Colors, textures, finishes—any variable that beauty brands could switch up, over the past few years, they most certainly have.
So when gold shades started being featured more prominently alongside a wave of gemstone-colored highlighters, at first they seemed like a flash in the pan. Give or take a few months, and golden shades are everywhere. Fenty, naturally, paved the way with its gilded shade Trophy Wife, a yellow-gold made to suit every skin tone. NYX’s Born to Glow imparts a gorgeous, super-intense shimmer. Even brands that excel at shimmery champagnes and peaches, like Becca—who, alongside Anastasia Beverly Hills, has cornered the market on all things glow—are welcoming the color to the stable.
Dip a finger into one, and you get it. The color sparkles on medium and dark skin tones, and warms up paler ones like golden hour light, despite looking intimidatingly extra in the pan.
To prove just how wearable the shade really is, we had five Glamour staffers—with varying degrees of highlighter prowess—detail their thoughts on wearing the Midas of highlighters: Becca’s new Gold Lava shade. Read on for their honest thoughts.
“For every day, I usually prefer a natural highlight that’s more lit-from-within than sparkly. But if I’m going out or taking pictures, I love something shimmery. This looked like a little much for me everyday, but it’s super pretty. I didn’t love the gold right when I applied it, but by end of day, it settled down into a really pretty soft glow. It’s fun. I’d definitely wear it for a night out.” —Bella Cacciatore, beauty assistant
“I like this because it looks champagne-y, and not just gold—and it fits my neutral, olive skin really well. It glides smoothly on, without any flaking or fall-out, and it stays on well—I usually have to use a cream and a powder. This is so vibrant, it’s good on its own.” —Azadeh Valanejad, video producer
“I’m surprised by how much I like this. It looks like a little shimmer on, and it goes well with my bronzer, which is key to sustaining my summer glow for the colder months. I originally thought the gold color would be too much and I’d only be able to wear it if I were going out, but I’d definitely wear it everyday. It’s a lot more subtle than I imagined.” —Tara Gonzalez, commerce editor
“As someone with a medium to dark skin tone, this highlighter is one of my go-to shades. A little definitely goes a long way, but it layers nicely. I have other highlighters in a similar color, and the more pigment you add, the more texture it usually adds to your skin. This didn’t do that.” —Khaliha Hawkins, digital administrative assistant
“This surprised me. I love the wide world of highlight colors, but usually reach for the cool, pearly tones that play up my skin (when you’re my level of pale, anything darker than champagne reads very apparent). This gold is everything, though. Instead of reading metallic, Becca’s highlight masters figured out how to reach this sunny, shimmery tone—it’s like if highlighter and bronzer had a baby. It’s the product equivalent of Gisele.” —Rachel Nussbaum, beauty writer
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Gold Lava, $38, sephora.com