If you had asked me more than a year ago what my favourite highlighters were, I would have given you a blank look. I always used to prefer a matte look with matte favourite bronzers like Benefits Hula and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, and to highlight I used a brightening concealer like MACs Prep+Prime Highlighter. It wasn’t until everyone’s skin appeared to be glowing with a youthful and intensive sparkle that I started looking into more glowing highlighters for my face. I liked the combination of a matte and natural full face with some excessive sparkling cheekbones and other highlighted areas. In the beginning all of the products I lusted for seemed to be on the pricier side (like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit). But after some researching, trying and failing, I now have three favourite highlighters in my collection that I reach for every day. The best thing about them? They are all really affordable.

Top 3 Highlighters

  1. BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette ($12.50) – I have mentioned this palette before and I will surely mention it again. I have to be honest, when my favourite Youtuber launched her own makeup palette I bought it mostly for that reason, it was designed by her. Not that I didn’t expect much, but I was just sure that this $12.50 palette could not stand a chance to my more pricier makeup favourites. Oh how wrong I was. Ever since buying this palette (September), I have used it every single day, either for eyeshadow or highlight. You get four different highlighters in this palette, and I usually use the lightest one or the lightest and second lightest blended together. They are extremely pigmented, sparkly and has a great texture, without being too powdery or having fallout. The shade selection also makes this palette great for a lot of different skin tones! And again, did I mention you get the full palette for only $12.50?!
  2. Soap and Glory Hocus Focus Illuminator (£11) – For those days when I want a bit of a natural glow to my face, but not any extreme glitter sparkle, I reach for the Soap and Glory Hocus Focus. This liquid illuminator is the softest and easiest that I have ever tried, and it blends so naturally on the skin. For £11 you get 30ml worth of product, which will honestly last you forever. When using the product you only need the smallest sized amount and it will blend out and cover everywhere you want. This is also a great product to mix into your moisturiser or foundation for that youthful and illuminated look. Or if want a even more dramatic highlight, use this as a base and then add a powdery highlight on top.
  3. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer ($24/ £17) – You can’t really talk about highlighters without mentioning the holy grail: The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. It is a tiny bit more expensive than the other two, but still budget friendly and so totally worth it. I am sure you have heard someone talk about this highlighter before, and you might have thought like me: “is it worth the hype?”. I asked myself that question for such a long time, not really in the need of a new highlighter at all, but after a while I just couldn’t resist trying it out for myself. And since then, it has been on my cheekbones right about every single day. Just like the Carli Bybel ones it is extremely pigmented and a little product goes a long way. The shade is perfect, light and glowy (I was afraid it was looking too dark at first, but it is not at all!) and again I believe this is a highlighter that will go well with many different skin tones.

Top 3 Highlighters

What’s your favourite highlighter?

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