Favorite Highlighters 2019

The year is almost over & one of my big projects for early 2019 has DIY pressed mica holographic highlighters & eye shadows. Before I share that project, I thought I would pass on my favorite purchased highlighters from the last year. I gravitate towards highlighters with more sheen than sparkle. Most of my favorite highlighters can be applied with a light hand for a more natural finish & built up to full metallic shine. My favorites fall into all price ranges and none of them are duds!


Essence Pure Nude Highlighter: “Be My Highlight”

  • Sheer Soft Gold in a baked powder texture
  • Drier formula but applies without any major fall out
  • This is the most natural looking highlighter I own
  • Not super long-lasting
  • $4.49 for .22 oz/6.5 g from Ulta
Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

ColourPop Highlighter: “Monster” & “Wisp”

  • Monster is a Light Pink with Opalescent Duo Chrome
  • Wisp is a Golden Champagne with a Pearlized Gold Finish
  • Soft, bouncy texture, highly metallic!
  • Limited staying power without a setting spray.
  • $8/each for .15 oz/4.2 g
  • Available online only through ColourPop
ColourPop Highlighter

ColourPop Highlighter

L.A. Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powder: “120 WATT”

  • Pigmented Icy White Metallic tone
  • The dry, powdery texture in the pan but applies nicely on the skin
  • More sparkly than smooth
  • Great as a highlight topper no large chunks of glitter
  • $7 on Amazon for .19 oz/5.5 g
L.A. Girl Strobelite 120 Watt

L.A. Girl Strobelite 120 Watt

Squash Beauty Liquid Luminizer: “Sara Jane”

  • Water-based White, Sheer Glowing Luminizer with a Satin Pearl finish
  • Beautiful, sheer, opalescent duo-chrome that is buildable
  • No glitter
  • Packaged in a glass bottle with a dropper, I like to apply with my fingers.
  • $16 for .5 oz.
  • Available online only through Squash Beauty
Squash Beauty Liquid Luminizer Sara Jane

Squash Beauty Liquid Luminizer Sara Jane

The Balm: “Mary-Lou Manizer”

  • Honey Champagne-Gold hue
  • Diffuses light so your skin looks softer
  • Buttery soft texture, very opaque
  • $24 for .3 oz/8.5 g
Mary-Lou Manizer

Mary-Lou Manizer

MAC Beauty Powder: “Pearl Sunshine”

  • Soft Peach w/ Pink pearl
  • Delicately tinted, pearlized finish that is buildable
  • Great as a highlighter or a blush
  • $22 for .35 oz/10 g
MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Sunshine

MAC Beauty Powder Pearl Sunshine

Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector: “Rose Quartz” & “Champagne Pop”

  • Rose Quartz (L/E) is a cool toned light pink
  • Champagne Pop is white gold with pinky-peach undertones
  • Buttery soft texture, very opaque
  • $38 each for .28 oz/8 g
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Highlighters are a beautiful way to bring out your features & bring some light to your face during the cold winter months! Beyond sharing recipes for DIY highlighters, I am looking forward to sharing some very exciting projects in the upcoming year! Stay safe & have a relaxing weekend!

Sneak Peak at DIY Holographic Highlighter Shades

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