The 13 Best Drugstore Highlighters According To Glowing Beauty Reviews

by Sidney Burds

The 13 Best Drugstore Highlighters According To Glowing Beauty Reviews
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Feeling dull? Getting that sunkissed glow is easier (and more cost effective) than you think, with these best of the best, drugstore highlighters and the reviews to back them.


1 of 13 Image Credits: Ulta

Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter


This long-wearing highlighter melts into your skin, leaving your cheeks looking vibrant and healthy. With seven shades of buildable coverage to choose from, this vegan formula looks amazing on any skin tone. “I love these highlighters especially WISP, SMOKES N WHISTLES, and LUNCH MONEY! They gave me a better shine than some highlighters from BECCA. Plus i love the consistency and applying it with my fingers maintains on where i specifically want my cheeks. I LOVE IT!”

2 of 13 Image Credits: Walmart

Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby


Get quick touch-ups on the go with this chubby stick highlighter that’s compact, fits in your purse, and can offer a quick boost of buildable highlight coverage whenever you need. Go light and natural during the day at the office, then build up the product for a boost of shine as you head out for drinks after hours. “I had been wanting to try this for ages; I finally got it in the lightest shade and I'm in love! It adds a lovely, pearly-pink shimmer to my face, and can be subtle or obvious depending on how much you layer on. I'm in love. It's especially great for those days when I want to glow, but don't have time to throw on powder products.”

3 of 13 Image Credits: Amazon

Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter


Missing that natural glow you get from spending the day at the beach? This is that exact glow, in a highlighter powder form. This formula is made of ultra-refined pearls, soft pigments, and is packed with nutrient rich vitamins that nourish and moisturize your skin. “This is just gorgeous. It sells out in the store the second it hits the shelves so I am so glad that I can order it from amazon. This highlighter is stunning. I wear it on the cheekbones and bridge of my nose and in the inner corners of my eyes. You will not regret buying this. I prefer it over the various Becca highlighters that costs twice as much. It has the heavenly scent of coconut and it is slightly creamy but goes on as powder and just sinks into the skin.”

4 of 13 Image Credits: Target

L’Oreal Paris Glow Boosting Drops


This highlighter formula is literally liquid gold, rose gold to be specific. A little goes a long way with this product. Apply one drop for a natural, dewy glow, and two for more intensity. You can even mix it with your favorite moisturizer or foundation for an all over dewy glow. “These drops are beautiful. I apply before foundation if I want a natural, dewy look. If I want a gorgeous highlight, I apply to the high points on my face. Just a few touches to my cheekbones, nose, and upper lip is all I need. Not overly glittery, just the right amount of shine.”

5 of 13 Image Credits: Walmart

Maybelline Chrome Metallic Highlighter


When searching for a highlighter to give a subtle, natural, dewy glow, the key is to make sure it doesn’t stand out too much from your skin. While champagne and pearl highlighters look natural with light or fair skin tones, shimmery bronze, like this molten topaz, are a better natural glow option for darker skin tones. “I heard so much talk about this beauty here and was afraid that it wouldn't look as good on me because I have a Deep /Dark skin tone. I didn't want it to look ashy/white cast on me and wanted to, at least, achieve a shine and less glitter look. But once I grew out of that fear, purchased it, and tried it out- I fell in love! I didn't know it would blend that well into my skin at such a valued price. I just love how it melts into the skin and can go either subtle or build it up to be dramatic.”

6 of 13 Image Credits: Target

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Stick


In search of a drugstore highlighter created with naturally derived ingredients? Look no further, W3LL PEOPLE creates beauty products with paraben-free formulas at affordable prices. This brightening stick gives your skin a gleaming boost that promises to never crease or get greasy. “I love the universal shade of this stick, I love how easy it is to apply and to smooth on my skin. Most of all, love knowing it has good non toxic ingredients in it.”

7 of 13 Image Credits: Elf

e.l.f. Jelly Highlighter


Unlike the powder, stick, and liquid highlighters, this jelly-textured lustrous formula stands alone. This innovative product applies wet and blends smoothly into the skin, then sets like a powder for a smooth glistening finish. With buildable coverage you can go from naturally lit from within, to cheekbone beaming glory in a couple of drops. “If you’re looking for a subtle glow that’s easy to build, this if your product! Great dupe for the Farsalí jelly bean highlighters! A little goes a long way and you get such a large tub for the price! I used as a base with my Primer for a luminous glow, as a shadow on my lids, and as a highlight!”

8 of 13 Image Credits: Target

Pixi by Petra Duo Highlighter


Hate making decisions? With this highlighting duo you don’t have to! Pixi has two gorgeous glowy duo highlighter packs for light and deep skin tones, champagne and rose gold for fairer skin, deep rose gold and molten bronze for darker skin. Both give you the option of using one or the other, or blend them together for double the brilliance! “This highlighter is absolutely stunning! Very smooth texture, not chunky, glittery or powdery. It won't give you an ash grey when you look forward. You can use it as a soft glow if you go in with a light hand but its very intense. It really has that foil look. Also great as an inner corner highlighter or eyeshadow. Worth every penny and better than my high end highlights.”

9 of 13 Image Credits: Sephora

Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops


Sephora Collection kills it again with flexible, radiant, liquid highlighter that rivals the designer brands they carry. Never clumping or creasing, add a drop of this liquid luminizer to your foundation or moisturizer to subtly illuminate your entire face, or blend this product along your cheekbones, bridge of nose, and cupids bow for more intensity. “I've been using liquid highlighters, either mixed in with foundation or over it as a highlight under the eye area which can look darker, for years now — some pricier and some drugstore brands. The Sephora drops are thin and blendable enough to use both ways and do not look cakey with several hours wear as some other brands can. This product maintains a nice vibrant glowy look and with careful blending you can achieve a very good dewy effect that will make your skin look great.”

10 of 13 Image Credits: Ulta

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder


If you want an intensely bright highlighter that takes just one swipe, Strobelight Instant Glow Powder is your best bet. Pro tip: when administering this powder highlighter, sweep your brush through the powder, then spray the brush with a setting spray for an extra luscious, dewy gleam. “I picked up this highlighter recently and I have found it is an almost exact dupe for nars highlighter in the shade Capri! I love my nars highlighter but you can't beat a 20 dollar difference in price! Especially when you don't lose the quality, it's even more pigmented!! It lasts all day and is just so beautiful!!”

11 of 13 Image Credits: Target

Pacifica Rainbow Crystals Highlighter


When festival season rolls around, this is the highlighter that’s going to give you a blinding brilliance that will rival the headliner’s stage lights. This opulent bronze formula has a favorable built-in brush applicator that you can swipe along your cheekbones, eyelids, lips, and wherever else you want to shine! “My friend was recommended this while looking for a really glittery type of look. When it was shown to use, I just had to have it! I think it is absolutely beautiful! If you want to have a beautiful, sparkle glow then this is it. Lasted me the whole night of dancing, too.”

12 of 13 Image Credits: Ulta

Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette


Highlighter palette perfection, you can experiment with any shade you like with this blinding 8 shaded set. Optimal for experimentation, this palette has it all! From your blazing bright whites, deep bronzes, and a fun purple, you can trial and error what shades work for you, and blend shades together for unique swatches. “I read good reviews about this, so i was sure to swatch it during my next visit……. SO glad I did! I'm really shocked at the price, it's unbelievable for the high quality. When swatching, every shade reminds me of "Becca." I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! I think I will get a few more Incase they decide to discontinue this.”

13 of 13 Image Credits: Sephora

Milk Makeup Highlighter


Your cheeks will be lush, plump, and sparkling with just one swipe of this Milk Makeup highlighter. Infused with hydrating ingredients like mango butter, peach nectar, and avocado for a genuinely healthy radiance. A universally flattering shade, simply swipe, blend with your fingers, and you’re done! “This is the Milk highlighter you should buy! Phenomenal on any skin tone. I can rub this over my makeup and it doesn't pull it off. I can compare it to the cream stick side of the Pat McGrath 003, but this one's huge!”