Best Gold Highlighters (Powder)

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Gold Highlighters

2017 is already shaping up to be the year of the highlighter with a slew of new and limited edition shades being released. I thought it might be a good time to share a list of the best performing–and permanent!–gold-hued, powder highlighters that I’ve reviewed to date. What are your favorite gold highlighters?

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PPermanent. $24.00/0.30 oz.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a "honey-hued." It's a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $23.00/0.21 oz.

LORAC Daylight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. 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.
B+

PPermanent. $29.00/0.16 oz.

Albatross is a very light, white gold with a more matte, powdery base that is white-based with lighter, warmer yellow shimmer. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

Makeup Geek Midnight Sun Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic finish. Read full review.
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06. Becca Opal

PPermanent. $38.00/0.28 oz.

Opal is a muted, medium gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The highlighter was richly pigmented with a soft, drier texture that was nowhere near as cream-like as the full-sized version. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $55.00/0.35 oz.

Cle de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $44.00/0.30 oz.

Addiction is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a lightly sparkly, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to mostly opaque coverage, and it was easy to blend on the skin. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $23.00/0.21 oz.

LORAC Starlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a pale gold with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $38.00/0.28 oz.

Becca Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a "soft white gold with pinky peach undertones." Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $34.00/0.28 oz.

Sunlight is a soft gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. The permanent version had a warmer, more orange undertone with more apparent shimmer, and the texture was also softer and more blendable. Read full review.
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12. Dior #003

PPermanent. $57.00/0.21 oz.

Dior #003 Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer ($56.00 for 0.21 oz.) is medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $28.00/0.35 oz.

Anastasia So Hollywood Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a "shimmery bronze hue." It's a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $28.00/0.20 oz.

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Highlighter ($26.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light gold with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous 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. $39.00/0.30 oz.

Make Up For Ever #02 Pro Light Fusion Highlighter ($39.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a bright, medium gold with warm, coppery-brown undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

Makeup Geek Lit Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a very light white with a hint of warmer, yellow shimmer and shine. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $26.00/0.23 oz.

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

Makeup Geek Electrify Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, very lite white with a reflective, golden sheen. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $26.00/0.16 oz.

Laura Geller Gilded Honey Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $46.00/0.40 oz.

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Shimmer Brick ($42.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as "gold pearlescent shimmer" to give the skin a "lit-from-within glow." Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $38.00/0.28 oz.

Becca Prosecco Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme ($38.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a fine, pearl finish. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $28.00/0.35 oz.

Anastasia Starlight Illuminator ($28.00 for 0.32 oz.) is described as a "sheer, luminescent white." It's a light, white gold with warm undertones and a luminous, almost metallic, sheen. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $9.00/0.33 oz.

NYX Ritualistic Illuminator ($9.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light, white gold with a lighter, ivory base and stronger, darker gold shimmer. Read full review.
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PPermanent. $38.00/0.28 oz.

Moonstone is a pale, golden champagne with warm undertones and a luminous shimmer. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture--it was a little drier than my full-size version--that gives the skin a lovely glow. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $23.00/0.21 oz.

LORAC Twilight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy-gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $14.00/0.12 oz.

Sephora Stardust (01) Microsmooth Baked Luminizer ($14.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a very pale yellow with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $6.00/0.26 oz.

Makeup Revolution Holographic Lights Strobe Highlighter ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a bright white with a gold-to-green shifting frost. Read full review.
B+

PPermanent. $30.00/0.32 oz.

Too Faced You Light Up My Life Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Read full review.
B

PPermanent. $6.00/0.26 oz.

Makeup Revolution Golden Lights Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a white gold with strong, yellow-gold shimmer. Read full review.
B

PPermanent. $6.00/0.26 oz.

Makeup Revolution Gold Addict Strobe Highlighter ($6.00 for 0.26 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
B-

PPermanent. $28.00/0.20 oz.

Tarte Sparkler Highlighter ($28.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium, golden bronze with warm undertones and a glittery, moderately metallic finish. Read full review.
B-

PPermanent. $30.00/0.32 oz.

Too Faced Ray of Light Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.32 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft, sparkling sheen. Read full review.
B-

PPermanent. $9.00/0.49 oz.

Makeup Revolution Golden Kiss Skin Kiss ($9.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a light-medium yellow gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. Read full review.
C+

PPermanent. $9.00/0.49 oz.

Makeup Revolution Ice Kiss Skin Kiss ($9.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a bright white gold with a frosted, metallic finish. Read full review.
C+

PPermanent. $12.99/0.31 oz.

L'Oreal Golden Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, orange-based gold with a frosted sheen and lighter gold sparkle. Read full review.