The Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Limelight Ibiza Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Limelight Highlighter Ibiza Review, Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin’s Neo-Lights Collection released back in Spring 2017, and features two versatile highlighting palettes, both consisting of a gradient trio of shades. The Neo Highlighter in Sahara features warmer tones for a sun-kissed radiance, while The Neo Limelight – which I’ll be reviewing today – contains cool-toned iridescent hues for an ethereal, fairy-like glow.

Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Limelight Ibiza Highlighter

Kevyn Aucoin’s Neo Limelight Highlighter in Ibiza features an iridescent trio of ombré color that transitions from a pale gold, to a soft cool pink in the middle, and finally to a medium lilac.  Between the range of shades, gorgeous sheen, and subtle shimmer, the shades impart a radiant, multi-dimensional strobed effect on the face. Mix and match the shades to create a completely custom look, using layers of light and color on your cheeks, as well as the eyes and lips.

Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Limelight Highlighter Ibiza Review, Swatches

How To Apply

  • Use the lightest color as a highlight, applying to cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of nose and cupids bow.
  • Add a cool pink hue to the cheeks by applying the middle color.
  • Amp up the look and achieve a “lavender, opalescent” effect on the skin by applying on cheekbones, cheeks, or any areas you want to add a lavender glow.

The Neo-Powder Brush was specially designed for an effortless application of the Neo-Limelight highlighter, as it hugs the contours of the face and has varying bristle density to build pigment in areas where you want depth, while keeping other areas diffused.  I don’t personally own this brush and wouldn’t say that it’s an absolute necessity (I’ll get into the brushes I use in my quick look further down below).

Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Limelight Highlighter Ibiza Review, Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Limelight Ibiza Highlighter Review

I’ve always leaned toward cooler-toned cheek products to pair with my favorite go-to cool-toned eye looks.  (I never really caught on to the whole warm shadow trend – for some reason, warm colors don’t flatter me as well as greys, taupes, mauves, and purples).  Anyway, the left side of the palette working almost like a purple-blue blush on my light/medium skin was enough to make me fall in love.  Top that off with the additional complementary pale pink and gold, and this palette gives you everything you need to create a variety of cool toned looks – from using one shade for a subtle, natural glow, to using all three for a multi-dimensional, ethereal radiance that layers beautifully on the cheeks.

kevyn aucoin neo limelight highlighter ibiza swatch (1 of 1)

Swatches from left to right: lavender, lavender and pink transition, pink and gold transition, pale gold

The powder itself finishes to a gorgeous sheen with very minimal shimmer that brightens without ever looking too in-your-face.  The palette also contains enough variation for a complete eye look – use the lightest shade as a highlight, pink on the lid, and lilac around the lash lines and crease.

kevyn aucoin neo limelight ibiza highlighter swatch (1 of 1)

kevyn aucoin neo limelight ibiza highlighter swatch (1 of 1)

For the look above, I used the palette on my cheeks and eyes, plus a little lilac on the lips.  For applying the powders on my cheeks, I first applied the pink shade over my blush using a Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter brush.  Then I applied the pale gold highlight on the tops of my cheek using a Luxie 516 Duo Fibre Powder brush.  Finally, I applied a touch of the lavender powder in the middle of my cheeks using the Luxie 522 brush.

Available at Sephora, Dermstore, Barneys NY, Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay



*Sample generously provided for review consideration.


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