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Highlighters can make or break your makeup look. So, of course, you want only the best.
High-end highlighters make gorgeous cheekbone accessories. But those prices? Not so much.
Drugstore highlighters have come a long way. I remember a time not so long ago when just about every drugstore highlighter was a dull, chalky mess. But drugstore makeup brands have really stepped up their games recently and provided us with plenty of awesome options, no matter what type of highlighter you enjoy.
These are my top picks for the best highlighters currently at the drugstore!
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter // A cult classic for a reason! This non-glittery highlighter is subtle and perfect for everyday wear. The nude color blends to a natural sheen on most skin tones, and never looks harsh. I would say that this is the closest product to a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light on this list.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Jelly Highlighter // A newer product that’s created quite a buzz. It sounded gross to me when I heard heard about it, because I’m not very into non-powder highlighters. But this one surprised me! The jelly texture helps the product stick right where you place it. It is easy to tap around and spread without rubbing and messing up your foundation. Apply sparingly for a light glow or apply liberally for a high-shine finish.
E.L.F. COSMETICS JELLY HIGHLIGHTER >> |ELF COSMETICS| |ULTA|
Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder // Wet N Wild always makes gorgeous powder products, and this highlighter is no exception. If you want a blinding highlight at a drugstore makeup price, then this is a great option for you!
Wet N Wild Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter // If you want something extra AF, then Wet N Wild’s Rainbow Highlighter is right up your alley! The formula contains micro glitter for extra shine, and the different colors blend together to create a multi-dimensional shade that catches light from every angle.
WET N WILD COLOR ICON RAINBOW HIGHLIGHTER >> |ULTA|
Milani Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer // My favorite liquid highlighter from the drugstore. I apply this under my foundation when I want some extra glow from within. It never gets greasy or breaks down my foundation. It shows through just enough so everyone will notice a difference, but not know what it is. Which means you can deny it. Shhh, it’ll be our secret.
Makeup Revolution Incandescent Quad Highlighting Palette //
If you are picky about your highlighter shades, then a quad is just what you need. This one contains four basic highlighter shades that you can mix and match and blend to create your custom shade! The formula is not overly powdery, which is awesome for blending because powder doesn’t get everywhere when you jump around between shades.
MAKEUP REVOLUTION INCANDESCENT QUAD HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE >> |ULTA|
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter // Perfect if you like an all-in-one highlighter that you can use but during the day and for nights out. This formula goes on sheer with a fan brush or your fingers. But it’s also easy to get that blinding look just by giving your brush a quick spritz with a makeup setting spray.
MAKEUP REVOLUTION VIVID BAKED HIGHLIGHTER >> |ULTA|
ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter // This one is really fun to play with! I like having it around for days when I feel like doing finger makeup. (Yes, those days come more often than you would think.) I tap this onto my cheekbones for a natural sheen, but it’s buildable too. Sometimes I even ick factor.
COLOURPOP SUPER SHOCK HIGHLIGHTER >> |AMAZON| |COLOURPOP| |ULTA|
Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter // An old classic that we can always count on. We’re all familiar with the Butter Bronzers and Butter Blushes. Well, the highlighters are just as fantastic. They goes on smooth and it’s basically impossible to mess up your look. I recommend this for beginners just getting started with makeup!
PHYSICIANS FORMULA BUTTER HIGHLIGHTER >> |AMAZON| |PHYSICIANS FORMULA| |ULTA|
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight + Contour Palette // This is my go-to highlighter palette for travel! The shades are buildable, but can also be worn sheer. I can also achieve a frosty, blinding highlight, or a subtle bronzy blush topper. The middle shade is reminiscent of Champagne Pop by Becca, and that’s always a good thing. Who doesn’t want a touch of champagne on vacation?
PHYSICIANS FORMULA BRONZE BOOSTER HIGHLIGHT + CONTOUR PALETTE >> |AMAZON| |PHYSICIANS FORMULA| |ULTA|
That’s all for today!
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