Hot or Not- Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate Highlighter

Quick Lowdown

Company Makeup Revolution London
Product Name Pro Illuminate
Generic Name Highlighter
Color Beige, with Golden undertones
Focus Face
Age Group Varied
Price INR 850


 I say…

My first ever purchase from Makeup Revolution!

So, I purchased this highlighter nearing the end of 2016, which has pretty much been the year of highlighters that can be seen from outer space. Of course, since I follow an abnormally large amount of beauty vloggers, I knew the year’s favorites- Champagne Pop, ABH Glow Kits, Too Faced Candlelight Glow… the list goes on and on. One thing that all these highlighters have in common, though?

A) They are pretty damn expensive

B) They are not very easily available in India

C) I, being a college student, don’t have the time or the funds to procure them

And lo and behold, killing time on one day, I came across this highlighter. A quick Google search showed hardly any reviews, which meant that it was relatively new on the market. So, was it a hidden gem?

So after putting the highlighter to test for about a month now, the answer is- yes, and I absolutely loved this product! I, for one, HATE chunky, glittery highlighters, and this was the complete opposite- finely milled and smooth. It is ideal for medium to tan skin tones, and if you have yellow undertones, then it’s a total win for you! This lasts all day on me, and doesn’t move around on my face. It is super build-able, so you can give yourself a light dusting on the cheekbones for a glow-from-within, or amp it up so high that NASA satellites can spot it. It suits all skin types, in my opinion.

In terms of usage, I would recommend that you use a fan brush to apply it, rather than a dense highlighter brush, because it’s quite easy to get carried away with this product. The only minor complaint that I have is that you have to blend it in well, otherwise it has a tendency to look like a white stripe if you apply a lot. But that’s alright, because let’s be honest- blending is my cardio!

Another plus point is the pan size- it is HUGE. And I mean, HUGE. It matches up to the size of my palm. Yes. You read that right. Even with daily usage, it’ll probably take me a long, long time to finish off this product.


Final Verdict:

It is an absolutely great product, and my current favorite highlighter. Definite repurchase (if I ever do finish it).



It is almost an exact dupe for the Mary Lou-Manizer by TheBalm. Almost.


I love the design on the top-it just adds a little something extra


L: one swipe, R: two swipes. As you can see, it’s super pigmented and very build-able
*casually* showing off my highlight. It shows up beautifully in pictures!



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Makeup geek, writer, and musician from New Delhi, India. Pretty much in a constant mood of casual existential despair, but hey, I’m trying to make the best of it x

16 thoughts on “Hot or Not- Makeup Revolution Pro Illuminate Highlighter

  1. Hey I have confusion regarding bronzer ,highlighter and blush …. I mean each of them needs to be applied or can we skip anything ?? Blush still fine but I really don’t get the difference between bronzer n highlighter… Can you please help??

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    1. Hey! I’ll soon be doing a post on this, so watch out for that!
      But to answer your question, bronzer is typically used to add warmth and is applied to the outer perimeter of the face, like around the forehead, jawline, and under the cheekbones. On the other hand, highlighter is used to emphasise, and is applied to the high points of the face, like the tops of the cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, tip of the nose, etc. Using any of these products depends on your personal preference, although when typically doing a full face of makeup, you use all three.


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