We Tried Jaclyn Hill’s New Highlighters & Here’s What We Really Think

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Call it a comeback. Call it a do-over. Whatever way you see it, Jaclyn Hill is about to drop her second makeup collection. The release comes five months after the controversial launch of her Jaclyn Cosmetics lipsticks, which she ultimately pulled and refunded after quality concerns from customers.

While her first foray didn't go as planned, Hill is ready to relaunch with a holiday collection centered around the product she knows best: highlighters. Four years after her celebrated Becca collaboration, which resulted in the brand's best-selling Champagne Pop Highlighter, Hill is bringing her own glow products to the market.

Hill's new collection includes two highlighter palettes, five luminous face powders, five loose powder highlighters, and three brushes, all priced between $20 and $49. While the launch is already drawing some initial controversy — several fans have compared the packaging to Fenty Beauty's — others are eager to try out the new products.

With all the anticipation surrounding the line, we knew we had to put these highlighters to the test. So we asked a few R29 staffers to try them ahead of their release on November 26. Check out their unfiltered thoughts, ahead. 

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Katie Cruz, Associate Social Media Editor

I Tried: Accent Light Highlighter Palette in The Flash and Accent Light Highlighter Brush

Accent Light Highlighter Palette in The Flash

"This highlighter palette is so beautiful that I honestly was scared to touch it, but I'm so glad that I did. At first, I wasn't sure which shade to go with, so I started with Gleam (a shimmery nude color), but it didn't really show up on my skin. Once I combined it with the shade Iced (a champagne pearl tone), I was able to achieve a noticeable yet subtle glow on my cheekbones. Overall, I loved how it looked and I can't wait to play around with the other shades, too." — Cruz

Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer

I Tried: Accent Light Highlighter Palette in The Flare

Accent Light Highlighter Palette in The Flare

"Despite the way Jaclyn's first launch panned out, I had high hopes for the new batch of products. A few dabs in, I quickly learned that a little goes a long way. I used the shade Made You Look on the high points of my face. The copper gold color melted like butter into my skin, so it ultimately looked super natural.

"I swept the rosy shade Turned On onto the apples of my cheeks and loved how it looked. Although it had some shimmer, it wasn't overwhelmingly sparkly. I could see this palette becoming a regular part of my makeup routine. All in all, I think it's safe to say that the brand redeemed itself." — Simeon

Maria Jiā Líng Pitt, Social Media & Marketing Manager, 29Rooms 

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