NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

I have wanted to try NYX's Liquid Illuminator for the longest time and I recently mentioned it in my Makeup Wish List post. I've only ever tried powder or cream highlighters, so I was interested to find out what liquid illuminators are like. NYX are such an amazing brand and their products never disappoint me, so I really wanted to purchase the illuminator. After reading a load of positive reviews, I ordered one. I was so excited for this to arrive and I'm beyond happy that I finally own it. In the past month or so that I've had it, I've been using it nonstop.

Product description on NYX's website: Enjoy a luminous, lit-from-within glow all year long with our luxuriously lightweight Liquid Illuminator. Now available in four light-catching shades, this multifunctional formula can be used as a foundation base or over cheekbones, décolletage and cupids bow for a natural-looking radiance that'll have everyone talking.

I have the shade Sunbeam. I had seen a few YouTubers use Sunbeam and it looked like a really pretty shade. After Googling photos of the liquid illuminators available, I knew that Sunbeam was the one I liked the most. I've seen the liquid illuminator be called a 'drugstore dupe' for Benefit's High Beam highlighter, which is something that I used to want before I knew NYX existed.

The packaging is a peachy/pale pink tube with a black cap. To get the product out, you have to squeeze the tube slightly. The right amount seems to come out and I apply this onto the back of my hand first. Sunbeam is a pale pink with silver sparkles in. It goes on lighter once you apply it and blend it in. Before I apply the illuminator, from the back of my hand to my face, either with my fingers or blend. When I apply it on my cupids bow, inner corner of my eyes or brow bone, I use a fine liner brush by Real Technique's.

I really like the formula of this, it's a lightweight cream and isn't heavy, greasy or runny. This illuminator glides on smoothly and blends in easily. Sunbeam is a beautiful shade and is very shimmery. I only use a little bit, as a little bit really does go a long way. Once you've applied the illuminator, it dries very quickly and it isn't going anywhere. In a way, it's good because you know that it wont budge, but it means you have to blend it in very quickly. 

When I first used this, I applied it over powder and I didn't really like how it looked. It went patchy. Every time I use this now, I use it over foundation and concealer and under powder and I prefer that. It might have gone patchy and weird because of the powder I use. I apply a little bit and then build it up if I need to because I don't want to overdo it. I apply it above my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and brow bone. You can apply a powder highlighter over it if you want. I personally don't because I prefer what it looks like on it's own.

There are four shades available, which are: Gleam, Sunbeam, Pure Gold and Sun Goddess. It lasts around 7-8 hours. Overall I love this illuminator. I bought this from Boots online (there's still sadly no NYX counter near me) for £7!


  • It's affordable 
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to use
  • Buildable
  • Lasts a long time and doesn't budge
  • A little goes a long way
  • Gives a nice, dewy glow

  • None. I love it.

Have you tried this illuminator? Do you like liquid illuminators?

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  1. This really does sound like a great product! I'm definitely going to have a closer look at this next time I'm near a Nyx counter and I love the pictures in this too! x

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

    1. its an amazing illuminator:) thank you so much:)x

  2. Loved this review, I might just have to pick this up now! I am not really one for cream highlighters but I think this would be really nice to mix in with my foundation for an intense glow. Thanks for sharing!
    Grace xx

    1. thank you:) i think it'd be really nice to mix into foundation! thanks for reading:)xx

  3. Gosh, your love for is making me want it more!

    Parie x

  4. I've read some really great reviews about this highlighter! It looks like a gorgeous dupe for Benefit's a High Beam x

    Everything But The Kitchen

    1. its amazing:) i've seen it compared to Benefit's High Beam highligher in so many youtube videos!x

  5. I never used to use highlight but now I always apply it and have tried some different ones too, this sounds great and is definitely something I will pick up xx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo

  6. I have it and I LOVE it!!! Seriously better than some of the more expensive brands and it's 100% worth the price!!!

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

    1. i agree! such an amazing highlighter:)


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