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YSL Dare To Glow Illuminator – Fatal Red

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In addition to my crazy blush addiction I am very partial to highligters too. I have more than anyone would ever need but like any make up addict I keep getting drawn to them and buying more :-)

When I saw this new beauty (one of 3 I might add), at the YSL counter I was immediately attracted to it. It seemed so gorgeous!

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All 3 Dare To Glows (Double click to enlarge)


£28 for 15ml

One of three Illuminators in the new Autum/Winter collection

Liquid highlighter for a subtle glow

Easy to dispense and apply

Does not wear well – fades very quickly

Poor performance for a high price

2/5 from me!


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Here is what YSL have to say about it:

“A silky complexion illuminator, between a highlighter and an enhancer, Dare To Glow is a must-have for women who want a gorgeous glow. The nomad of the Autumn Winter Look 2012/2013 collection, it slips easily into a handbag to accompany the YSL woman wherever her whims take her. The melting, ultra-fresh gel texture leaves skin soft and comfortable. Enriched with optical mother-of-pearl particles, Dare To Glow forms an impalpable veil for a natural-looking shimmer on the skin. A subtle texture that gives the skin luminous highlights.”

Its a liquid highlighter which is a bronzed rose tinted gold and out of the three on offer, after swatching all 3, this seemed the best match for my olive  skintone.


I shelled out the £28 for it and skipped off home (well I didn’t exactly skip, but ya know)….

The shade is a gorgeous neutral to warm colour, which thankfully is not glittery. It contains microshimmer and is very pretty – but can lean on the frosty side too.

Exicidly I tried it the next day. Erm, I was not nearly as exicited about the effect and wear as I hoped to be. It didn’t show up on my cheekbones as I expected it too – whilst it was subtle it was almost too subtle and when I dabbed on a little more it seemed to get too frosty. I find it really hard to reach a happy medium!

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A swatch – natural daylight (Double click to enlarge)

The second gripe for me is that it didn’t seem to wear very long on me. By lunchtime I inspected it in the mirror and it had gone!

I wore it again and again over the course of a week and I had the same results – hard to balance between barely there and full on frost (not attractive if you ask me) – and it had all but melted away by lunchtime!

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Another swatch from another angle – natural daylight (Double click to enlarge)

I am not the type of girl to carry my highlighter in my bad for touch ups. Powder and concealer – yes I re-apply but not highlighter.

So, sadly although being very pretty this is not a good buy in my opinion. You might find you have a better experience with this, but for me it was a let down and a waste of nearly £30.

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For the record, my hightlighter of choice which not only looks stunning but is long wearing too, is my BeneFit Watts Up. its my HG at the moment and I apologize to it for thinking I could replace it when it had done nothing wrong!

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In the excitement of wanting to try this I foolishly threw away the box, so I can’t show you the ingredients and suprise surprise the YSL website doesn’t show it.

Bottomline – I would not recommend and certainly won’t repurchase this. Its going up for swap on Make Up Alley!

2/5 from me

What did you think of this? Do you fancy giving it a try or maybe on of the other shades? What is your favourite highlighter? Leave me a comment and let me know!



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  • Ohh, I saw this on the weekend but was put off by the price, I’m quite glad I didn’t buy this now..
    Great review, really thorough :)


    August 28, 2012

  • Hi Kerys

    Thanks for your comment. I am so gutted I didnt read any reviews before buying so I am warning others off it so they can save their pennies!! :-)

    Shame as it looks gorgeous!

    Grace xx


    August 28, 2012

  • I saw this in John Lewis and nearly bought it – I am so glad you spared me – thank you!! Great review as always Grace x


    August 28, 2012

  • Hi Linda, thanks for your comment – I am glad I have helped you save some money! There are much better highlighters out there! All the best
    Grace x


    August 28, 2012

  • I have this and it works for me – I like the subtle shade and it lasts about 6 -7 hours before fading, but I guess we all have different experiences. For me its a winner!


    August 28, 2012

  • Hi Cassie

    Thanks for your comment, its great to know it worked for you and you love it! I am pleased about that :-) All the best
    Grace x


    August 28, 2012

  • It’s such a shame when you splurge on a product and it turns out to be a dissapointment :( thanks for the review, I will be sure to steer clear now! x

    Little Miss Lifestyle

    August 28, 2012

  • Hey there – thanks for your comment. It is a shame indeed but that is the beauty of blogs and reviews, I just wish I had read some reviews before getting all excited and buying this pants item! Oh well, I will try and swap it with someone!

    All the best
    Grace x


    August 28, 2012

  • Hey! Thank you for the review!
    I’m so sorry for the fact you’ve spent so much on a product and it was a let down. I would like to say thank you for saving me that money though because I was contemplating these.


    August 28, 2012

  • Hi Kerry

    Im glad to have saved you some money that this was a major let down! Oh well…such is life I suppose!

    Thanks for your comment :-)
    Grace x


    September 6, 2012

  • Ahh, shame to hear it’s not all that as it does look really pretty! But on the upside that is something expensive I perhaps don’t need to add to my wishlist – definite bonus for my purse, haha. I had much the same issues with Mac Soft and Gentle – everyone raves about it so much but for me it really was just ‘ok’, and I don’t think I’d repurchase it.
    Mel x


    August 29, 2012

  • What a shame, for that price tag you would expect blinding results (no pun intended!).

    I currently am obsessed with No7 illuminating Highlighter, but think I may try out some Benifit ones again. I used to love moon/high beam.

    Great review.

    Hollie x

    Hollie Robertson

    September 2, 2012

  • Hi Hollie, yes exactly – you expect something amazing for the price, and this was just a let down. I used to use the No 7 one but the shade is not quite right for me. If you end up trying the BeneFit Watts Up let me know, I would like to know what you think!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    Grace x


    September 6, 2012

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