Drugstore highlighters are honestly amazing; I’ve only ever tried one highlighter that I was honestly disappointed in from the drugstore. ONE HIGHLIGHTER. Isn’t that insane?! I’ve tried so many highlighters in my years of being a makeup artist and there’s only been one drugstore highlighter that didn’t live up to my expectations. Luxury highlighters on the other hand . . . well, that’s a different story.
Today, I’ve created a list for you that shows you the 19 BEST drugstore highlighter that any beauty lover needs in their life! I really mean it when I say I would recommend these highlighters. Like, if for some strange reason, there was a zombie take over and you were only saved by the glow of your highlighter, I would choose any of these highlighters. . . just sayin’.
I absolutely LOVE this highlighter and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an out-of-this-world glow. Like, seriously! This would be the first highlighter I would grab in that zombie take over we were talking about 😉
DO YOU SEE THAT GLOW?!!! That’s one application of ELF’S baked highlighter in moonlight pearl. This is my all time go to highlighter, no matter what type of makeup I’m wearing, the skin color of the client I’m working on, or my budget. You can read my full review + swatches of the Elf Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearl here.
While the images of this highlighter may come off as very blue, this highlighter is actually a gorgeous lavender!
Here’s a swatch of this highlighter- isn’t it gorgeous?! This picture is of the highlighter with and without flash. A MUST HAVE!
This is what it looks like on my skin.
Makeup Revolution is a brand that doesn’t get enough credit. Sadly, I don’t have swatches for some of the highlighters in this post, but that’s okay! I still would highly recommend it.
Here is another lovely swatch of our highlighter! In all honesty, this shade looks extremely similar to Crown on my Canopy, but it’s a little less peachy than that other shade!
No swatches for this highlighter, but I’ll get around to this eventually. It’s a GORGEOUS golden shade that honestly makes light and dark skin tones into GOLDEN GODDESSES.
If you don’t have time to grab a blush and highlighter, I love throwing some of this on my face. It not only adds a gorgeous, healthy glow to my skin, but also provides the apples of my cheeks with some color. Great for the days when I’m not feeling well and I’m looking a little pale.
GET THIS FOR YOURSELF, LIKE RIGHT NOW. GO ORDER IT! I don’t have any swatches of the blush, but the highlighter is Moonlight Pearl. This blush and highlighter duo give my skin soooo much life. I use this product in the summer all the time, because it gives me the perfect kiss of blush on my skin and the perfect glow. My skin is literally #goals when I’m wearing this blush and highlighter duo.
YAY, swatches for this highlighter! The top picture is with flash on and the second picture is with no flash. I love how peachy this highlighter is and it’s super reflective, without having any glitter in it. AMAZING especially at the price point for this highlighter.
If you’re looking for a pastel rainbow highlighter, THIS IS WHERE IT’S AT! This highlighter gives me a soft glow with pastel colors, which is super duper cute!
If you don’t want to spend a whole bunch of money on the Kat Von D holographic palette, this would be a great supplement for that palette! I’m not going to say that they’re dupes for each other, but they do look extremely similar. 🙂
If you think that the definition of an amazing highlighter is a buttery pigment with extreme reflection, you’ve come to the right place! This highlighter is amazing and is super buttery and rich feeling.
I have a video of a swatch for you to look at! What do you think?
You get three different highlighter colors for $15, which turns to $5 for a shade. How amazing is that?! Again, super buttery and rich feeling. I love these because they’re not cakey!
If you’re not a fan of blush but still want some warmth and color to your face, this highlighter and bronzer duo IS A MUST HAVE in your life!
I really like soap and glory products because they always smell so amazing. Sadly, this highlighter is a bit on the pricer side, but I LOVE the color of this highlighter!
If you’re interested in a highlighter that has total glow capabilities, but can be built up upon, this is the highlighter for you. You can totally get your glow game on strong with this highlighter, but if you’re looking for blinding capabilities, you’ll need to build up with this, which I like! Having to build up my highlighter means that I have complete control over how much glow I want to have.
If you like liquid highlighter, this is the easiest liquid glow I’ve ever worked with. It blends out so easy!
I double up when I use this palette (though I’m not certain why this is called a palette). I’ll use this as a highlighter/blush combo AND as eyeshadow. Double bang for your buck!
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