Thursday, 12 February 2015


With cult favourites, bold colours, lasting performance and eco-chic packaging, the green beauty industry has paralleled mainstream beauty, keeping current with trends while utilizing non-toxic elements.
It has been exciting to watch two prevalent green beauty brands launch their own line of high end natural cosmetics with aesthetic elegance and continuous respect for our health and wellbeing. For that, I give them a very clumsy curtsy. I'm very uncoordinated, you see. Instead of raising them up to battle, Ilia Beauty and RMS beauty should be collectively and individually hailed as two of the greatest green beauty brands. The question isn't which highlighter prevails, but where can you purchase both of them? You'll want both and it'll become a very natural love triangle.

The RMS Beauty Living Luminizer and Ilia Beauty Polka Dots & Moonbeams each offer their own interpretation of a beauty luminizer. Your favour will depend on what you are partial to in tone and texture. In the image above, Polka Dots & Moonbeams is sitting on the LEFT and the Living Luminizer is gracefully illuminating on the RIGHT. Both of these wear real well throughout the day, with Ilia lasting a wee bit longer due to its texture.

Left: Ilia Beauty Polka Dots & Moonbeams                           Right: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Left: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer                          Right: Ilia Beauty Polka Dots & Moonbeams   

The Living Luminizer has a very creamy texture with a silver hue, offering a gorgeous noticeable glow to your cheeks, highlighting your features in a seamless finish. This is where the differences lie. The Polka Dots & Moonbeams is a subtle highlighter with a dry texture and a beige hue. It does have some scattered shimmer, but it is not transparent when patted into the skin. I think it's present to add dimension, helping to emphasis those cheekbones. Even with a dry texture, it blends quite well into the skin, leaving a soft pearly finish.  

Any cons? Well that really depends on your skins individuality. For me, the Living Luminizer only appeared oily/greasy when applied on the inner corner of my eyes and I can promise you I didn't apply too much. It also rubbed off my eyes pretty quick, maybe that's attested to its creaminess? I haven't read other bloggers having the same hiccup. But that's okay, because it highlights key features effortlessly. I love to apply this on the centre of my bottom lip and my cupids bow, as it adds fullness to my lips. Mrs. Polka Dots & Moonbeam works lovely when placed in the inner corner, subtly opening up the eyes for a bright eyed look. Its dry texture means it'll stay put. You might not like your highlighter to appear subtle in the inner corner, so maybe the Living Luminizer will work well for you. If it didn't appear greasy on me, I would have loved the effect of the silver hue. I didn't really enjoy applying the Ilia highlighter on my cupids bow, as it's too subtle for that feature and I personally prefer it to be prominent.  

I am in love with both of these and refuse to take sides. I rejoice in each of their fabulousness.
Which should you buy? Well, that depends on you. If you prefer a subtle highlighter for daytime and an obvious glow for a night out, than go ahead and purchase both. If you don't care either way, still go ahead and purchase both.

Polka Dots & Moonbeams is made with certified organic and natural ingredients, whereas the Living Luminizer carries certified organic ingredients. 

ingredients (RMS Beauty Living Luminizer): *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019]  * CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Price: $38 (USD) 
Australian Retailers: OR

ingredients (Ilia Beauty Polka Dots & Moonbeams Hightlighter): Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Natural Vitamin E). May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Red 7 Ci15850, Red 28 Ci45410, Yellow 5   *CERTIFIED ORGANIC

Price: $34 (USD) or $49 (AUD)
Australian Retailers: OR

  • *These products were purchased by me. However there is an affiliate link in this post. But ya'll know I'm always honest and true. 


    It's your turn, which highlighter tickles ya fancy?


Lauren Burkitt said... [Reply]

Mmm nice review! I have had the living luminizer on my wish-list for so long…it's time to buy it! xo

Ru Chan said... [Reply]

Oh thanks for this review! Based on your description, Ilia's reminds me of Brija Cosmetics (all natural brand by youtuber, iluvjesse444) Stolen Luxury highlight, which is what I'm using now and it's my very first highlight product! It's only $15 and I absolutely love it. I've been thinking of getting LL but knowing the formula of rms products I wonder if I can deal with a creamy highlight that doesn't stay on as well as say, a stick formula. x

Ju lie said... [Reply]

Great review Rowie! Me = Kjaer Weis Radiance hand up :) xx

Dream & Scheme said... [Reply]

I've been wondering which I want to try, they both sound lovely. Right now, I'm leaning towards the Ilia one because of the exclusion of coconut oil.

Oly Shamrik said... [Reply]

I don't like too much glow on my face (by any means), so I prefer just a teeny tiny bit of sparkling highlighter on my cheeks. I am loving Kjaer Weis Radiance lately, but I may end up giving Ilia luminizer a try as well..

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Jen Jones said... [Reply]

I've been looking at both of these for a little while! I love RMS lip2cheek so was quite tempted by the Living Luminizer, but actually I think I'd probably prefer Ilia if it's more subtle and beige toned. Scrap that, actually I'd just prefer both. :)

Rowie D said... [Reply]

@Lauren Burkitt I know me too! So glad I finally did. Let me know if you purchase it and your thoughts xo

Rowie D said... [Reply]

@Ru Chan G'day Ru, ohh I need to check that highlighter out, $15 isn't much. Does it have a similar hue to the Ilia one? I have dry to normal skin and the RMS lasts pretty well on me, although the Ilia one does last bit longer.

Rowie D said... [Reply]

@Ju lie Thank you lovely! oh I have been wanting to get my hands on to the KW one, it looks so good. Have you tried either the RMS or ILIA beauty luminizer? If so how does the KW compare?

Rowie D said... [Reply]

@Oly Shamrik Hey lovely Oly, I've been hearing such great things about the KW, I think it's time I got my hands on it. If you don't like too much glow, then definitely go for the Ilia xo

Rowie D said... [Reply]

@Jen Jones haha I felt the same way, I coudln't decide, so I just purchased both lol. Let me know which you buy xo thanks for commenting :)