Somehow, this has become a Glossier review blog. Bear with me.
I was actually pretty excited about this product, despite being exhausted with highlighters. Haloscope is described as a dew effect highlighter with an “otherworldly sheen that’s never dry or glittery”. It’s a shimmery balm stick with a clear balm core that you apply directly on the face for a wet-look effect. I got the shade “Moonstone” which is a sheer silvery colour. Sounds exactly like my cup of tea.
But oh, Haloscope. I am conflicted. I have doubts about you.
As far as ease of use goes, this is very straight-forward. Twist up, swipe, you’re done. A little blending out the edges with fingertips may be in order but this is certainly a low-maintenance product, with no fuss or learning curve. The packaging is sturdy and practical, no-frills in the way Glossier products tend to be.
But that claim about never being glittery? It’s not true. The highlighting portion has a shimmery sheen, sure – but I find glitter particles on my face. Glitter particles that are really hard to wash off once they’re on there. What gives?! Why is there glitter?!
Look at this clip from my instagram. It’s so glossy! So shiny! But this effect only really shows up when you apply extremely liberally, and use sharp lighting. I can get a similar effect with just a lip balm, so why shell out $22 for something that adds unnecessary glitter to the mix?
Haloscope does look very beautiful in the right context – but ultimately, it’s more suited to sharply-lit editorial shots than anything else. It’s just not spectacular enough. Plus, GLITTER.
Pros: Practical packaging, gives an editorial look.
Cons: Glittery. So glittery.