Kaleidos Sky Walker Space Age Highlighter

Kaleidos Sky Walker Space Age Highlighter Review & Swatches

Kaleidos Sky Walker Space Age Highlighter ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) has a translucent base with cool-toned lavender shimmer that shifted slightly icy white/bluish white with a shiny, wet-looking finish with faintly visible sparkle. The powder had a firmer, slightly stiff consistency, though it felt drier to the touch, so I noticed it sheered out a bit in practice and was more prone to flyaway powder during application and blending.

It had medium, buildable pigmentation–more from the shimmer than the base, which was deliberately translucent. The highlighter applied fairly evenly to bare skin and blended out decently along the edges, but the finish did emphasize my skin’s natural texture. It lasted well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

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Formula Overview

$14.00/0.1 oz. – $140.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “vibrant, color-shifting” shades that have an “ultra-lightweight, smooth texture that practically melts onto skin.” They are described as being “translucent yet highlight reflective” with a “multi-chrome finish.” I had different experiences across the range, so it was not the most consistent of ranges. They did, on average, apply a little better in practice than they appeared initially swatched.

For the most part, the regularly-priced ($14 at the time of publishing) shades were more like intense duochromes than true multi-chromes to me, and I do think the price reflects that (as their true multichromes are $36 each). They had translucent bases across the board with some shades having stronger initial coverage than others, but they produced a noticeable sheen and shift on my skin.

The texture was what varied from shade to shade with some shades feeling drier, almost crumbly, and being particularly prone to emphasizing skin texture, even though I don’t have that much visible texture on my cheeks (this is not a common issue for me, it can happen but it is infrequent that I really feel a highlighter emphasizes my texture!) while other shades were firmer but applied more smoothly on my skin.

I liked the tones and shade range more so than the formula, but a couple of shades were really lovely to work with. They tended to wear around eight hours on my skin before fading visibly, though the chunkier, more sparkly shades had visible migration around the six-hour mark.

Browse all of our Kaleidos Space Age Highlighter swatches.


Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Wax, Boron Nitride, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hydrated Silica, Decylene Glycol, PTFE, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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