Makeup by Mario Opal Soft Glow Highlighter Review & Swatches

by Joseph K. Clark
Makeup by Mario Opal Soft Glow HighlighterMakeup by Mario Opal Soft Glow Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a pale white with subtle warmth paired with a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had a more significant, more visible sparkle than most shades in the highlighter range, so it may be too sparkly for those who prefer a smoother, shinier finish.

The texture felt almost wet to the touch, but the powder itself was more firmly pressed into the pan, which ensured no powderiness, but it was yielding enough to pick up evenly with a moderately-dense highlighting brush. It had medium, buildable color coverage, applied evenly to bare skin, and blended well. I noticed that the powder seemed to “melt” slightly against my skin, contributing to a higher shine that appeared almost smoothing. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.


Formula Overview

Soft Glow Highlighter
for details on general performance and characteristics (like the scent).

  • LORAC Fortune (LE, $23.00) is warmer (95% similar).
  • Anastasia Snowflake (P, $25.00) is shimmery and warmer (90% similar).
  • Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is darker and cooler (90% similar).
  • Physicians Formula Pearl (P, $10.99) is warmer (90% similar).
  • Catrice Icy Glaze (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, and cooler (90% similar).
  • Anastasia Icy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% identical).
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Glow Watcher (LE, $4.99) is lighter and cooler (85% similar).
  • Anastasia Luna (PiP) is shimmery, darker, and warmer (85% similar).
  • Dior Strobe White (PiP) is lighter and cooler (85% similar).
  • Colored Raine Prove My Loyalty (Highlighter) (LE) is more shimmery, darker, and cooler (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$28.00/0.16 oz. – $175.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to highlight while “smooth[ing] the appearance of your skin” with an “ultra-silky” texture that “blends effortlessly.” The collection this formula launched in was touted as having all buildable formulas, though I’d say that the highlighter formula was more semi-opaque to opaque for the most part.

It was easy to use a lighter hand as the texture was denser and firmer (without stiff), so no issues were controlling how much product was picked up. The product felt incredibly smooth and almost cream-like–as if it were emollient to the touch–which helped the highlighter “melt” onto the skin after five minutes.

Some shades were smoother and more luminous than others; a few yielded a more intense glow that seemed shy of emphasizing my skin’s natural texture. They all applied evenly and blended out with minimal effort. Most of the shades wore well for eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Makeup by Mario Soft Glow Highlighter swatches.


Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Isostearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742).

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