Perricone MD – No Highlighter Highlighter


Online Description:

What it is:
A unique color treatment serum formulated to impart instant luminosity and brighten the complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
No Highlighter Highlighter is an innovative highlighting color treatment designed with light-reflecting pearls to bring instant radiance to skin. It is formulated with vitamin C ester to help brighten the skin and diffuse imperfections caused by sun damage, and light-reflecting pigments that allow for a subtle, luminous complexion. It combines Dr. Perricone’s legendary anti-inflammatory technology with cutting-edge makeup science to restore skin’s natural health and inner glow. Great for all skin types, it enhances contours, improves skin tone, and smooths skin’s texture.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Perricone MD features a collection of exclusive, unique, and highly efficacious cosmeceuticals comprised of patented and proprietary technologies that have revolutionized antiaging skin care. Perricone MD is a global leader in the prestige professional skin care category.

Suggested Usage:
-Dr. Perricone recommends shaking well before using.
-Apply one to two dots along upper cheeks and gently press into skin to accentuate and create definition.
-Can be applied to the upper brow area or tip of nose for a more dramatic effect.


My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this product once I got the hang of using it. I received this in the makeup vault filled with everything needed for the perfect ‘no-makeup’ look. These were the first products I had used that were meant for a no makeup look without building up or setting with powder so it took me awhile to get used to. I’m not a fan of the quick expiration date that comes up shortly after I got this, but it is what it is. The smell also goes on the negative side of this review because it adds to the fishy smell of all the products in this line. The trick the company suggests by adding this to the foundation or the serum to make it lighter to match lighter skin tones better doesn’t work because it adds too much shimmer and takes away from the intent to look natural. It does separate when I don’t touch it for a few days, but nothing a good shake doesn’t fix. Although the hihghlighter only comes in one color, this one works on pretty much every complexion by adding a light, subtle shimmer. I would like to see the company come out with a few more shades that would work on various shades to give people more options to what they would feel more comfortable wearing.

Performance/Wear:                          ★★★★★/5

This is true to its name when it claims to have pigment, but remain looking like it’s a natural glow. It is very sheer and it doesn’t build well for desired intense shimmer. The color is a flattering snow white color that I think looks good on me. The color lasts all day without breaking down, fading, or becoming blotchy. I don’t like to use the wand to apply because I feel like I’m putting my skin cells into the bottle and spreading cross contamination and that just grosses me out. I would’ve preferred if the company had packaged this with a tear-dropper like they do with most of the other products in their makeup line. I’m still so surprised and in love with this because it is perfect for the days I don’t want to wear much makeup or have much time to do my makeup because it’s easy to apply and blend, dries quickly, and saves time in my routine.


Price:                                                   ★/5

Initially, the small bottle seemed a bit of a rip-off for how much it costs, but after using it for quite some time, I can see why it is priced how it is. I only need 2-3 dots on each cheek for each application so this product lasts me quite some time. I did sport the ‘no-makeup’ look for a few months straight last year because it is more appropriate when working on my massage clients. Even doing that, I barely made a dent in the quantity of the product and I know I’ll have this even though it’s passed its best buy date, I’ll just no longer use it on clients. For me, I’m a conspiracy theorist (a sensible one, not the one who believes in lizard people) and I believe that most expiration dates are a marketing scheme in order to scare consumers into replacing product sooner.

Packaging:                                          ★/5

I’m not a fan of the wand because it isn’t sanitary to use it on multiple clients, so instead I have to wipe off product onto my metal palette and apply it from that because if not, I’m just cross contaminating. This does work with other brand formulas, unlike the serum and foundation in this line, but I don’t really use it for that since the whole point behind it is to look like we’re not wearing any makeup. The small size of the bottle and how thick the glass is makes it perfect for traveling because it takes up less space than most of my other blushes and isn’t easily broken when impacted. It seems like the bottle is able to be repurposed, but I would have to remove the plug inside to be able to refill it.


-Weightless Suspension Technology: Ensures optimal delivery of active and unified application of pigment and minerals with a breathable second skin effect.
-Vitamin C Ester: Helps to brighten the skin and diffuse imperfections caused by skin damage.
-Light-reflecting Pearls: Mimic the natural radiance of youthful-looking skin.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Water/Aqua/Eau, Mica ( CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Methyl Trimethicone, Silica, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Chloride, Quaternioum-90 Bentonite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Propylene Carbonate, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides ( CI 77491, CI 77492), Disodium EDTA, Thioctic Acid, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Hexylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Dimethyl MEA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tocopheryl Acetate.


  • Sheer, and true to it’s natural intent
  • Product lasts FOREVER
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Sun protection
  • Universally-flattering color


  • Fish smell
  • Should have more color options

Texture:                                  Liquid/Cream

Scent:                                      Fish

Recommend?                         Yes

Repurchase?                           Yes

Retail:                                     $35.00

Size:                                         0.3 oz.

Want to try this for yourself?

I’d love to hear about your experience with this in the comments!! 😊

2 Comments on “Perricone MD – No Highlighter Highlighter

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