If I told you that this was even half of my highlighter collection, I would be lying but these are my favourites! Highlighters are my thing - I love how they can instantly make my skin look alive and they banish signs of fatigue and dull skin. I personally don't like anything glittery or to look like a unicorn or mermaid (I am sooooo not into that trend!). I like a smooth formula that can be sheered out or built up and the texture has to be smooth and soft. I have 16 highlighters to share with you today that tick those boxes and they vary hugely in price, which proves that you don't need to spend a fortune on makeup for it to perform well.
I love all of these highlighters so this list isn't in order of any preference!
Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette: I love both the cream and powder highlighters in this palette - they are both really smooth and add a nice sheen to the skin but when layered, the intensity is increased. I love that the powder doesn't settle into fine lines and the pale gold shade is very flattering.
Jouer Rose Gold Powder Highlighter: This is the most recent addition to my collection and I can see why these highlighters are hyped. The powder is very finely milled without any glitter and it blends into the skin beautifully to create a gorgeous glow and it doesn't settle into fine lines.
Natasha Denona All Over Glow Light: Natasha Denona knows her glow products and does them so well! This powder is really finely milled, smooth and soft so it's a dream to apply. It would suit both young and mature skin due to the texture and lack of glitter in the powder itself.
Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter: Because I have dry skin, I love liquid highlighters as they are more flattering. This particular highlighter is a gel cream, rather than a runny liquid formula and it can be applied under, mixed with or over foundation, depending on how much glow you want. It gives the skin a beautifully dewy finish and an overall healthy look.
Becca Champagne Pop: Becca powder highlighters are so buttery soft that they feel like a cream. A little goes a long way with these powders and they are pretty intense so a light hand is needed if you prefer a subtle glow but intensity can definitely be increased with layering. This particular champagne gold shade is extremely flattering on my medium skin.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: A creamy powder that doesn't clump or gather in fine lines. Soft in texture, this powder blends into the skin to add luminosity but it isn't too intense so is perfect to wear on a daily basis and the light gold shade is beautiful.
Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Palette: A stunning trio of light gold, rose gold and bronzey gold highlighters with a finely milled, soft and smooth texture. They melt into the skin without worsening the look of textured, porous or lined skin. They also work well as eyeshadows, particularly the bronze shade.
Pixi Glowy Gossamer Duo Subtle Sunrise: This duo is very similar in texture to the Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold highlighters - smooth and creamy soft. The effect is very subtle but they can be layered for increased intensity and they melt into the skin for a healthy lit from within look.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter: I love the gel-powder formula of this highlighter and it is actually less blinding than it appears in the pan so it's perfect for everyday wear. It can also be layered or used on a damp brush or sponge to increase intensity. Totally worth the hype!
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Candlelight: This is a very subtle and sophisticated highlighter - it would be ideal for a bride or for older skin as it just adds a subtle glow to the skin rather than a blinding highlight. It would almost be impossible to go overboard with this powder. It's smooth in texture and there isn't even a hint of glitter.
Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops Moonlight: This is my second mini bottle of these drops. They can look a little scary in the bottle but you don't end up looking like the tin man from The Wizard of Oz if you use a small number of drops at a time. They can be used under, over or mixed with foundation for a stunning highlight.
Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder Precious Metals: A fantastic budget option - this peachy toned powder highlighter is creamy in texture and it doesn't exaggerate the look of fine lines, texture or pores. It's really finely milled and there is no glitter in it so it will suit all ages!
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand: I'm almost at the end of this tube and I'll be very sad when I finish it. It has a sponge applicator, which I personally don't use as I prefer to dab it onto my hand and then apply to my cheekbones with either my fingers or a beauty sponge. It melts into the skin to give a healthy glow and the pale gold shade is very flattering.
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Peach Glow: I have a few shades of this highlighter but this one is the one I reach for most often as I find the peach shade suits my medium skin well. The formula is creamy so it blends into the skin without settling into fine lines or exaggerating porous skin.
theBalm Mary-Dew Manizer: Pretty much every beauty love that I know has Mary-Lou Manizer, which I love but I've neglected that since Mary-Dew Manizer came into my life. As I said earlier, I love liquid highlighters because I have dry skin and this light champagne shade is absolutely stunning on the skin. It can be applied lightly for a subtle glow or layered for a blinding highlight but without a hint of glitter, which means that it's very flattering on the skin.
Estée Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury: Sadly, this was limited edition so I can't link it but hopefully it will be re-released at some point. It's very different from my other highlighters in terms of colour as it's almost a warm rosy colour. The formula is soft and smooth and it layers well for increased intensity when used in the evening. The packaging is heavy and classic black with gold accents so it feels like it's worth the luxury price tag.
Are you a highlighter fan? Which is your favourite? I'd love to hear!
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