Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

Kitten is arguably Stila’s most popular shade, and I was so disappointed when their liquid illuminator in the shade was discontinued before I could try it.

So when the new Heaven’s Hue Highlighter came out in this shade, I was like “OMG I need to have this!”

And so I had it.

Sephora says:

What it is:
A natural-looking, radiance-enhancing highlighter with a unique texture and a barely-there feel.

What it does:
Bouncy-to-the-touch, this unique, radiance-enhancing highlighter is gossamer-light and melts into skin for a weightless feel. Ultrafine, light-diffusing particles help skin look lit from within with a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow.

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

What else you need to know:
Shade Descriptions:
Kitten: Stila’s iconic shimmering nude pink brightens and illuminates
Transcendence: an opalescent pink for a bolder, ethereal glow
Bronze: creates a radiant, sun-kissed glow

The Yay

  • This has a lovely bouncy and smooth feel to it, and a finish that is cream to powder, but more on the cream side.
  • Kitten is a beautiful shade, almost unusual even though it is described as a nude pink. I think this would suit all skin tones.
  • It blends out smoothly with minimal shimmer and looks so dewy and glowy on the skin.
  • Even under powder, it maintains a strong glistening sheen that isn’t sticky at all. If I were to repurchase this, it would be because of this reason!
  • It can be used subtly or layered for a strobed look.
  • You get 10 g of product for $32. Not bad, I say.
  • It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin.
  • It didn’t emphasise my pores.
  • Lasted for about 5-6 hours under my makeup before I took it off. I don’t know if it’s the weather or my skin, but these days makeup tends to “diffuse” on my skin after 4-5 hours, making it look more naturally glowy. I’m not complaining.
  • Available in 3 shades.

The Meh

  • May slide off early on very oily skin or in very humid weather.
  • May be pricey to some.
  • Kitten is a bit warmer on my skin than I thought it would be. Not a big deal, but ok. I’ll live.


I use my fingers to apply this and blend it in. I have yet to use it with a highlighter brush, because I feel my fingers do the job well.


Do I recommend this?

It’s a nice highlighter, but it’s not something I think one must have. If you have some extra money to spend, I suggest you go to your local Ulta or Sephora and swatch this or the other two shades it is available in, and decide if it’s worth a buy. However, if you just got into highlighters and want a cream-powder one, this is a splendid option to consider.

I like it, but I’m not sure of a repurchase.


Ulta, Sephora.

Check my Instagram for a moving swatch of this highlighter! 

9 thoughts on “Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Kitten

  1. i love this highlighter and it is a beautiful color, but i prefer the formula of Becca highlighters. Moonstone is my favorite and the formula is so creamy and smooth.

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    1. Mine too, from the Becca ones! I have the powder and liquid version of Moonstone. My current favourite is the CoverFX highlight powder in Moonlight though. Which Becca formulation do you have? (Cream, powder, liquid)


      1. You must! It is so beautiful, I think it is better than the Becca formula. It’s so finely milled and is like a veil of radiance! 😊 xx


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