Battle of the Highlighters: Ilia Illuminators vs. RMS Living Luminizer
I’ve been using RMS living luminizer for what seems like years – it was one of the first new makeup products I bought after I read The Book. I think I’ve used it nearly every single day since then. But I’ve noticed that one of the things that has changed about my product buying habits since going clean is that I’m more adventurous, and more tempted to try new things. I’ve had my eye on Ilia for a while, and finally took the plunge and bought both shades of illuminators. Let’s compare and contrast.
To begin, both brands are very clean and have never caused any problems for my skin, which is pretty picky about what goes on it. The cost is pretty much the same, and both feel high-end to me, in performance and packaging. So, what’s the difference?
RMS Living Luminizer: This product contains coconut oil, which my skin loves, though I know others feel differently. I’ve heard some say they are nervous because it can be easily overdone for daytime looks. The up side is that you only need a tiny bit of product for a big effect, so the cute little pot really lasts. And, if you do accidentally apply too much, it’s easy to fix. Just wipe any excess off your fingers and keep patting your skin gently until it tones down. Its creamy consistency and packaging make it very easy to scoop out and mix with other products for DIY creations. I especially like it applied to eyelashes (sans mascara, of course) and if I press into my lashes it gets to my lids as a nice highlighty liner/shadow too. I also love it on lips and collar bones. The effect is kind of silvery, and works well for my pale olive skin. It doesn’t stay on full force all day, but there’s always enough left to make a difference by the time I’m removing makeup at bedtime.
Ilia Illuminators: No coconut oil here, so that may be an important point for some. It comes in a stick, which in some ways makes it easier to apply. The consistency is much firmer and drier than RMS, and it seems to stay put longer, though it’s more of a challenge to apply to eyelashes. On the other hand, I like this consistency better for brightening under the eyes. One huge plus is that it comes in two different colors. Polka Dots & Moonbeams is the most similar to RMS, though the effect is much more subtle and I’ve found it impossible to overapply by mistake. The color is more beigey/neutral too, so if RMS is too silvery this may do the trick. The other color, Sway, is an incredibly subtle bronze. It looks very dark in the tube, but it is quite soft on. I can practically do a whole look with these two colors. Just some sunscreen and powder as a base, and between PD & M and Sway my eyes, lips and cheeks look polished without looking at all made up.
The swatches are a pretty heavy application, to get them to show in the photo. I tried to do a fade with Sway, so you can see it can be darker or more subtle. Bonus points if you know what my tattoo says.
My conclusion? Don’t fight, girls. You’re all pretty. I’ll keep buying both brands.
What are you using to get your glow on?