Best Highlighters (Under $15) | 2017

Best of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the products I’ve reviewed during the past year and share with you my personal favorites.  Thank you, 2017, for making more and more affordable highlighters!  Gone are the days of having to lay out $75 for a prettily designed powder highlighter–now you can get one for under $10!

What were your favorite budget-friendly highlighters this year?  Share your favorites in the comments!

P.S. — View swatches of my favorites here!

Colour Pop Aura Voir

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Colour Pop Aura Voir Luster Dust Loose Highlighter ($7.00 for 0.11 oz.) is a medium, coppery orange with warm undertones and fine, gold and copper... Read full review.

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Colour Pop Here Kitty Kitty

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ColourPop Here Kitty Kitty Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It was... Read full review.

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Colour Pop Freak Like Me

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ColourPop Freak Like Me Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, slightly... Read full review.

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Colour Pop Angel Food

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ColourPop Angel Food Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is as soft, light-medium pink with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It... Read full review.

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Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream

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Wet 'n' Wild Botanic Dream MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a medium, rosy pink with stronger, warm undertones and a frosted sheen.... Read full review.

Colour Pop Total Package

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ColourPop Total Package Pressed Powder Highlighter ($8.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic... Read full review.

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Milani Moon Glow

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Milani Moon Glow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a soft, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. This shade... Read full review.

Milani Sunset Glow

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Milani Sunset Glow Strobelight Instant Glow Powder ($10.00 for 0.30 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm, reddish undertones and a metallic sheen. ... Read full review.

Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals

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Wet 'n' Wild Precious Petals MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It... Read full review.

NYX Crushed Bloom

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NYX Crushed Bloom Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is muted, medium-dark peach with warmer, yellow undertones and a pink-to-gold... Read full review.

NYX Lavender Steel

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NYX Lavender Steel Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is an iridescent, lavender with a pale, grayish beige base. It looked more... Read full review.

NYX Twilight Tint

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NYX Twilight Tint Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is cool, bluish white with an iridescent blue-to-violet sheen. The finish... Read full review.

NYX Synthetica

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NYX Synthetica Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is a pop of orange with warm, red undertones and a gold, frosted finish. It... Read full review.

NYX Snow Rose

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NYX Snow Rose Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder ($7.99 for 0.21 oz.) is a very light, cool-toned beige with pink-to-lavender pearl that gave it more... Read full review.

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Woohoo! I have 4 of the above: CP Here Kitty Kitty and Angel Food, Nyx Lavender Steele and Synthetica. Of the 4, Here Kitty Kitty gets a TON of use. It is literally one of my favorite highlighters of ANY price range!

I also really like how diverse the shades released by drugstore brands were! It’s not just champagnes and pinks, we’ve got blue and copper and orange. Very cool, and definitely keeping up with high end brands in that respect.

This year, my new favorite budget highlighters were Nyx Lavender Steele, Wet n Wild Mermaid Highlighting Bar, e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Apricot Glow, Notoriously Morbid Power of the Fae, and Baby Bar Beauty Purple Seduction, Pink Icicles, and Lavender Moon Dust.

WetnWild Precious Petals and Milani Sunset Glow were among my favorites for this year, I love the sheen they produce as well as both of them don’t emphasize my pores.

I love Precious Petals for when I’m feel extra and need some shoulder highlight. 🙂 It was my every day highlighter until I got UD Afterglow in Sin for the birthday gift.

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