Y’all may remember a few posts we’ve done before for one of our FAV brands, KG Beauty – well, the company recently switched it up and now has a whole new name and vibe! KG Beauty is now KVIIILN Cosmetics (pronounced Katelin)! We are loving the new logo and the unique, clever twist on the spelling of the new brand name! Don’t worry though – the products from KG Beauty are still available, the new products are just as bomb and the hustle of the brand’s owner is still as strong as ever! We are sooooooooo (like soooooo) excited for the first NEW LAUNCH under the KVIIILN name – the Genie Glow Highlighters!! We were fortunate enough to be sent these beauties early so we have gotten to really test them out and *spoiler alert* fall in love! They are currently available for PRE-ORDER NOW! But today is the last day sooooooo finish reading and then GO, GO, GO! They retail for $14 each. Please note, all photos in this post were taken by yours truly 🙂
First and foremost, these are cream highlighters – yes, I know cream products are not everyone’s cup of tea but let me tell you right now: these ones are everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee or wine, ya know, whatever you’re into) because they are just that GOOD. But before we get into the formula, which is really the magical part, let’s talk about the shades: Magic Lamp (the bronzey gold), You Wish (the rose gold) & Diamond Sky (the bright white). I first tested You Wish because I fell in love with it right away – it’s one of those perfect rose golds that isn’t too pink or too gold and will honestly work for nearly every skin tone from light all the way to deep. And yes, it was STUNNING! Suuuuuuper reflective and intense but blended into the skin just right. But my heart was soon stolen by Diamond Sky. I was a bit more hesitant with this one only because it appears to be such a stark white and initial swatches were just a tiny bit chunky. But boy, am I glad I gave this one a fair shot because OMG, this is literallyyyyyy GORGEOUS! It is sooooooo freaking intense but in the best way possible. I am not exaggerating here – this is unlike any other highlighter in my collection and I have a ton! I wear glasses so typically it’s a bit tough in general to notice my highlight since my frames kind of sit right on my cheeks where I apply highlight. But this one did what no other has done – it shined through my shades! I couldn’t believe it. I kept noticing it every time I passed a mirror or basically anything reflective – it’s that intense! It may seem scary at first but DO NOT sleep on this shade. I am telling you. It will definitely work for super fair skin tones and I’m currently quite tan and it was perfect! I am just not sure how it may work on deeper skin tones since it is so light. Magic Lamp is a bit too dark for me to wear as a highlight shade but I have used it quite a few times as an eyeshadow and it is a stunning shade! If you are going for that wet-looking, bronze goddess vibe, this is the one you need!
Now let’s talk formula: I think the general hesitation regarding cream products is that they’re a little more high maintenance than your average powder product. And generally, I would agree. But not these. These are creams that totallyyyyyyy work the same as a powder in so many ways! First of all, they don’t get all weird when applied ON TOP of powder. They apply just as well as they swatch! I reallyyyyyy tested this out because that is one thing that bothers me about some cream blushes and highlighters – you can’t use them once you set your face with powder. They get all weird and sometimes chunked up and just don’t blend well. These apply FLAWLESSLY on top of powder! They feel and look just the same as if you’d applied them directly to your skin – they’re creamy and smooth no matter what. That’s an automatic ton of brownie points for these! I also LOVE that they are safe to be worn on the eyes, too! Think of them as a cream shadow base that works best set with a powder. I did try wearing them without setting with an eye shadow but they definitely creased up a bit. If you have a matching shadow or even just a translucent powder, I would (and KVIIILN does, too) suggest setting them to increase the longevity of wear and ensure it doesn’t crease. I applied these to my lids AND cheek bones with my fingers every time (I pretty much always prefer to use my fingers if I can) but these can also be applied with a damp sponge, too! (Note: In the photo below, I am wearing Diamond Sky)
And as if these couldn’t possibly get any better, check this out – these are Cruelty free, paraben free, soy free & gluten free! Plus, they’re vegan, 70% organic & made in the USA – so basically they’re beautiful and good for you + the earth + the country. Everyone wins! My overall thoughts on these highlighters is obv super positive; they are creamy, pigmented, super intensely glowy (but can also be applied very sparingly for something more subtle if that’s what you’re into), shimmery without being glittery or chunky, versatile, easy to apply, long wearing (they seriously last all day!) and from a great brand at a great price! There is seriously a TON of product in these little jars and you need such a tiny amount for each use. A little really does go a long way so you will not run out of these any time soon, I promise. With that being the case, $14 is a steal for one of these. I was also thinking these would probably be great to mix into your foundation to add an extra layer of glow to your base – I haven’t tried that yet but I am soooo doing that ASAP and will report back. Like I said, it looks like the pre-order ends TODAY, 6.18 so you’ve gotta go grab them NOW! They will of course be available again in the future once the pre-order is over so if you happen to stumble across this after today, no worries! You can totally still get them. Just click the button below to head right over to the KVIIILN website to get yours! Happy glowing!