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Reviewing Stila’s Infamous “Kitten” Highlighter (With Comparison Swatches)

I’ve always wanted to try the ever popular Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in the shade “Kitten”, and I am so happy to be able to try it now that Stila is officially cruelty-free. Plus, its formula contains no animal ingredients and is therefore vegan-friendly! Hooray!

At A Glance

  • Brand: Stila
  • Animal Testing Policy: Cruelty-Free, PETA-Certified
  • Parent Company: None
  • Sold in China: No
  • Product: Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in “Kitten”
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Price: $32
  • Weight: 0.35oz
  • Where To Buy: Ulta OR Sephora
  • What Is It?

    The shade is described as a shimmering nude pink intended for brightening and illuminating. While the shade is beautifully neutral and could work nicely for most skin tones, I find it to be a tad dark for my super pale skin. That being said, it still looks nice when blended out, and is lovely layered over blush as well. The Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter also comes in two other shades: “Transcendence” (opalescent pink) and “Bronze” (sun-kissed glow).

    The texture is so incredibly buttery and soft that it almost feels like a cream-to-powder hybrid. When swatching it next to other highlighters, I noticed it is way creamier than the other powder illuminators in my collection.

    It is a cult favorite beauty product and as such, it is frequently sold out. It is currently unavailable at both Sephora and Ulta, as well as on the Stila website. All three sites allow you to set up email notifications in case you want to be notified when it comes back in stock.

    The Packaging

    The packaging has a luxurious matte gold finish with metallic gold on the inside. I love that the compact includes a mirror for ease of application and it is still very lightweight despite its sturdy appearance. Although added weight would make it look more expensive (like a bar of gold), my makeup bag is heavy enough as it is, so I actually appreciate the lighter weight.


    Here is Stila “Kitten” (left) with comparison swatches of some of my favorite similarly hued illuminators (e.l.f. “Blush Gems” Baked Highlighter, Girlactik “Lustre” Face Glow, and OFRA “You Glow Girl” Highlighter). If you’re on a budget, e.l.f. “Blush Gems” ($3) is a great affordable alternative to Stila “Kitten”, and is the closest shade match I was able to find in my collection. That being said, it is not as reflective, and the texture is not as soft and luxurious. Girlactik “Lustre” ($25) is a bit pinker and more blingy than “Kitten”, but can be sheered out for a more subtle effect. OFRA “You Glow Girl” ($25) is also slightly pinker but has a very similar buttery texture and finish.

    L to R: Stila “Kitten”, e.l.f. “Blush Gems”, Girlactik “Lustre”, OFRA “You Glow Girl”

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    • It lives up to its description as a shimmering highlight, without being too glittery.
    • It is also vegan-friendly as it contains no animal-derived ingredients.
    • It is very soft and buttery.
    • The shade is very versatile and would work nicely with both warm and cool makeup looks.


    • At $32, this is definitely on the pricey side for a highlighter.
    • The color may not suit all skin tones.
    • Due to its popularity, it is frequently out of stock, making it difficult to find.

    The Verdict

    Overall, I think Stila “Kitten” is a gorgeous and unique highlighter! While I was able to swatch some similar shades from my extensive powder illuminator collection, it still holds its own as I wasn’t able to find an exact “dupe”. As I mentioned, it can be very difficult to find as it is frequently sold out, but if you can get your hands on it, I think it would make a great addition to any glow lover’s collection!

    Where to Buy

    The Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter is currently sold out in the shade “Kitten” at both Ulta OR Sephora, but is available in the shade “Transcendence”.

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