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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02. Ablaze Makeup Geek Highlighter

Makeup Geek Highlighter

PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

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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. ...

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. ...

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04. Daybreak Makeup Geek Highlighter

Makeup Geek Highlighter

PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

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Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. This had a...

Makeup Geek Daybreak Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium peachy orange with warm, yellow undertones and a luminous sheen. This had a...

Celestial is a soft pink with warm undertones and a luminous, pearly sheen. The consistency was thin with a lot of movement, but a little went a long...

Celestial is a soft pink with warm undertones and a luminous, pearly sheen. The consistency was thin with a lot of movement, but a little went a long...

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. [written_dupes...

LORAC Moonlight Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a light pink with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. [written_dupes...

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07. Topaz Jouer Powder Highlighter

Jouer Powder Highlighter

PPermanent. $24.00/0.16 oz.

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Topaz is a medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer with a smooth, velvety...

Topaz is a medium, golden copper with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer with a smooth, velvety...

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...

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...

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12. Rekindle Makeup Geek Highlighter

Makeup Geek Highlighter

PPermanent. $20.00/0.25 oz.

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Makeup Geek Rekindle Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It looked pinker in...

Makeup Geek Rekindle Highlighter ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a light-medium, rosy copper with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It looked pinker in...

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Rose Quartz is a light pink with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. I found the mini version to pull a bit warmer on me overall, though it was...

Rose Quartz is a light pink with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. I found the mini version to pull a bit warmer on me overall, though it was...

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....

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....

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. It...

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. It...

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen....

Catrice Champagne Campaign Highlighting Powder ($5.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a very light, golden beige with warm undertones and a soft sheen....

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Ablaze by MakeUpGeek because finally there is a duochrome highlighter for dark skin that looks flattering and wearable, and the quality is actually great. Bronzed Amber by Becca because on my dark skin it is a subtle, flattering highlighter, and as someone who really doesn’t like overly shiny or glittery highlighters, I was really happy to discover that shade.

Favourites for me that were new this year – UD Aura Afterglow Powder Highlighter and those Algenist liquid drops (I was fortunate to be able to get the “Drop and Glow” duo that Christine reviewed here – a great value price and, given how judiciously I use highlighters, more than enough product for me). I also got the Dior Glowing Gardens Pink LE highlighter this year…it was meant to be for their Spring 2016 collection even though it was sold out everywhere by January, it seems. It is SO beautiful, I wish they’d make it permanent.

LOL – ya think? Actually, in that little Algenist duo, I’ve only used the more warm/yellow toned one so far. I’ve not even touched the pink one yet and it surprises even me. I’d have thought I’d make a dive for that one first but I’ve been so happy with the other one that I haven’t even opened the pinker one.

Yes, same here! I am happy I bought Sunset Glow, my first Bobbi Brown product, although it was expensive: it’s very flattering!

My wierd schtick this week was to wear highlighter alone as blush, and it worked….so maybe I’ll climb on the highlighter train, that I had thought was leaving the station. Nice to know that the product can be an and/or. And I can consider some of the darker highlighter/blushes. Not that I need to expand product envy.

Isn’t it funny? I strangely don’t have even one of the ones listed above! But 4 are on my wishlist, though. My personal faves that I’ve bought this past year have been MAC Whisper Of Gilt MSF, Pearl Blossom Beauty Powder and that weird mispackaged Highlight The Truth MSF. Plus, I also love OtherEarthly MSF, too.

I really loved those powders from Bobbi, I never got to swatch, are they still on counter? And the VB was stunning. I loved it, just not the price.

I think just about every brand came out with great highlighters, there was something for everyone! My highlighter stash exploded this year with Dior, Becca, Lorac, MAC, CP, etc.. Most stunning-in- pan was MAC My Mimi. And finally got my hands on the elusive MAC Whisper of Gilt! The biggest surprise find was the Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powders, wasn’t expecting much for $4, but it can go toe-to-toe with any of my ME or HE ones, so glad they finally made it permanent!

There are tons to choose from! I’d say, like lipstick, you can get a good one at any price point, but it will be hard to narrow down to just a few!

2016 was the year of the highlighter for me! Modern Mercury and Fireball definitely were 2 of my favorites! Also loved the Dior Glowing Gardens pink highlighter and the Pat Mcgrath Nude/pink duochrome highlighter 🙂

You’re right, they did release a lot in 2015. But in 2016, they release a few stand out shades like Might Be and Flexitarian which, by the Colour Pop definition, are categorized as highlighters and both received high ratings here on your blog. I hope I’m not coming off as argumentative, I was just curious. Maybe they will show up on the Readers’ Choice Awards list! 🙂

Sorry – I did not mean to imply or say there were ZERO in 2016 (that’s why I said most) only that the majority were originally reviewed and released in 2015. Anything released in 2016 was certainly considered but if it is not here, it just did not make my top list for the year. I literally pulled up swatches of every single product I reviewed in 2016 to create my top lists!

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