You know, in the category of products I didn't have that much knowledge about and rarely used, highlighters were at the top of the list. I just wasn't sure why I needed them. But NARS' new Banc De Sable Highlighter Palette is awesome. Seriously, seriously great. And now I'm totally on board the highlighter train! The $49 palette (I know it's kinda steep, but you can pretty much make do with only this one palette unless you want to become a highlighting guru, so it's worth the investment) contains three shades - Rivage (a glistening pearl), Salé (a shimmering peach champagne) and Embruns (a metallic rose gold). I'm obsessed with rose gold everything right now - I even just had a rinse that shade added to my blonde color, but as much as I like it, it's already fading after a week so it's going to be hard to justify the extra expense next time. Damn you, hair!) The colors themselves are so pretty, but what really sets this palette apart is that you can use them dry OR wet. Dry gives you a little bit of shimmer, wet gives you SHIMMER. It's really nice because you can choose how much you want to glow, which is, after all, the point of a highlighter to begin with. I like using Rivage on my brow bone and at the top of my cheekbones and it's the perfect shade for that. Emrbruns is so pretty I almost want to wear it as a shadow. Just gorgeous. Overall, this is one of the first highlighting palettes that made me say, "Ohhhhh, I get why people do this now." And for someone with as much makeup as me, that's a fabulous achievement!
P.S. I'm also completely obsessed with their Asphalt Jungle Lip Gloss. It's described as a "shimmering sangria" and it's sooooo pretty. I kind of think about it as sort of a plummy bronze myself, but either way, it sparkles and shimmers and looks great in the tube and even more amazing on. It's a limited-edition so it's probably going to vanish soon, but you can still get it online and in some stores, so get thee to a NARS counter soon. Totally worth the trip.
Note: A sample of this product was sent to me by a PR representative working with NARS