Top 20 of 2016: Best Highlighters

Top 20 of 2016: Best Highlighters

There was a brief moment in 2016 that I thought the onslaught of highlighters was finally slowing down, but they’re still releasing quite regularly! The best part about the continued releases is we’re seeing more variety in colors and undertones, along with subtle and intense options.

There is one brand absent from this list, which you might be curious as to why, and that would be Anastasia–all of their highlighters are contained in multi-shade palettes (and this post is about individual highlighters). I have several favorites from their palettes, so you might see one of the palettes pop up in the best palettes list!

What were your favorites?

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LELimited Edition. $65.00/0.26 oz.

Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter ($65.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy brown with warm undertones and soft pink and gold shimmer. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $44.00/0.11 oz.

Sunlight is a subdued, medium-dark brown with golden shimmer. The color payoff was great--it was totally opaque--while the texture was soft, lightly dusty, and blendable on the skin. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

Urban Decay Fireball Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a "peach with pink shift." Read full review.
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PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

Makeup Geek Ablaze Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a brighter, medium-dark copper with warm, red undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $24.00/0.16 oz.

Jouer Topaz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $23.00/0.21 oz.

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $42.00/0.50 oz.

Cover FX Celestial Custom Enhancer Drops ($42.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a light, almost icy, pink with subtle, warmer undertones and a mix of cooler and warmer silver, pink, and gold pearl. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $55.00/0.35 oz.

Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a dusting of warm white shimmer and occasional sparkle. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

Makeup Geek Rekindle Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
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LELimited Edition. $46.00/0.28 oz.

Bobbi Brown Afternoon Glow Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a luminous, slightly metallic sheen. Read full review.
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LELimited Edition. $46.00/0.28 oz.

Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a soft, light-medium pink with warm undertones and a lighter, peachy gold shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.
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LELimited Edition. $46.00/0.28 oz.

Bobbi Brown Telluride Highlighting Powder ($46.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a muted, medium-drark rosy plum with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $39.00/0.30 oz.

Make Up For Ever #01 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a very light pink with warm undertones and a luminous, lightly metallic finish. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $24.00/0.16 oz.

Jouer Rose Quartz Powder Highlighter ($24.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a golden, metallic sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $33.00/0.31 oz.

MAC Double-Gleam Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $4.49/0.23 oz.

Essence Be My Highlight Baked Highlighter Powder ($4.49 for 0.23 oz.) is a soft, light-medium golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $28.00/0.20 oz.

Tarte Stunner Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, peachy-pink with a cooler pink undertone and a warmer, golden shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $5.99/0.17 oz.

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $33.00/0.31 oz.

MAC Soft Frost Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a cool, icy lavender with a violet sheen. Read full review.