Finder Beauty Fave: Napoleon Perdis Patrol Collection highlighters

Posted: 14 August 2020 10:33 am

Entire Napoleon Perdis Patrol Collection on floral background

If increased time spent inside has your skin looking lacklustre, Napoleon Perdis' latest highlighter range is here to help you fake a vibrant glow.

When it comes to keeping your skin healthy, this year has been harder than most for maintaining that glow. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to spend much more time indoors than usual, which eventually leads to skin looking a little dull.

While the appearance of your skin may not be the most important thing happening right now, feeling good about your appearance can help to boost your mood. Luckily, achieving an instant glow up can be as simple as swiping on a quality highlighter, and I've recently road-tested three that fit the bill nicely.

The quick verdict

Why are they good? The buildable highlighters offer a luminous glow that lasts for hours.

How much are they? $60 (8g).

Where to buy them: Adore Beauty, Active Skin and Napoleon Perdis online.

First impressions

Launched as part of Napoleon Perdis' winter range, the latest Patrol Collection consists of three shimmery new shade options. Depending on your skin tone and colour preference, you can choose from Highlight Patrol (champagne), Glow Patrol (golden pink) or Peach Patrol (golden peach).

Napoleon Perdis Patrol Collection Swatches

From left to right: Highlight Patrol, Glow Patrol and Peach Patrol

Each one features ultra-fine, reflective pigments which give off an absolutely gorgeous glow whenever they catch the light. Given that I generally prefer "wet look" highlighters over those with a glittery finish, I was surprised by just how much I ended up loving these products.

All three shades are extremely buildable, which means that you have total control over just how much shimmer you get. The baked powder is also super light on the skin and features both vitamin E and jojoba seed oil, which help to smooth skin rather than dry it out further.

Better yet, each highlighter is also vegan, and gluten and paraben free, which is a definite tick in my book.

Napoleon Perdis Glow Patrol Highlighter swatch

Highlight Patrol

Though all three shades are quite stunning, my personal favourite has to be the Highlight Patrol. Arriving in a subtle champagne hue, the shade offers the perfect amount of shimmer without being too intense. It's also quite a universal shade option designed to add a luminous touch to any skin tone.


While I personally found the Peach Patrol to be a bit too intense in colour for my skin, I definitely intend on using both the Highlight Patrol and Glow Patrol shades again in the future. I loved how buildable the highlighters were, as it made it super easy to achieve either a subtle glow or all-out shine depending on the look I was after.

The one disappointment for me though, was that all three shades from the range had a golden tone to them. I personally would have liked to see at least one pearl option, which would have really complemented those like me with paler skin tones.


Priced at $60 each, the Patrol Collection Highlighters are admittedly a little more than I would usually pay for a highlighter. However, each one has quite a lot of product packed in and you really don't need to use much to achieve a luminous glow.

Overall, if you're looking to invest in a quality highlighter, these compacts are worth splashing some cash on. If they are a little out of your price range though, there are plenty of affordable makeup brands on the market with some great alternatives available.

Where to buy

You can shop the Napoleon Perdis Patrol Collection Highlighters from top beauty retailers like Adore Beauty and Active Skin, as well as from the Napoleon Perdis online store.

Tune in every Friday for our Finder Beauty Fave. We go hands-on to find the best beauty buys, testing out new products and old favourites to see what's really worth your money.

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