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Katherine T. Avatar

Definitely Disney Dare to Dream Highlighter in Pocahontas, a cream stick in soft gold shimmer. I use it almost everyday as a cream base for my powder blushes. Otherwise, most blushes disappear within a couple of hours. It was LE, so I got a backup too

Anne Avatar

Ack that’s really hard because I have been all about highlighter lately! The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter is amazing and is my most reached for powder highlight at the moment.

When I want a liquid-based highlight I’m mainly been reaching for Becca Moonstone lately, and when I want a cream-based one I’ve been reaching for MAC’s Cream Color Base in Pearl (because I am a ghost…).

There are others, but I’d say those are the most-used ones at the moment.

Natalia Avatar

I’m actually happy with all the 3 highlighters I have at the moment (is MAC Emphasize a highlighter per se?, if so, then 4). I have MAC Lightscapade, MAC Sparkling Rose powder and the one and only Mary-Lou Manizer. The latter two I tend to use more, which makes them my most used, I guess.

I had Pearl color base from MAC and used it up quite quickly, a really good one. Had NARS Albatross and did not get that yellow-almost-greenish sheen that shows up on me. Gave it away to my sister – now she doesn’t get that color either 🙂 Anyone does?

Natalia Avatar

Hi! Thank you for the comment! Yes, by no means I think Lightscapade is not great! Mine is a LE from a couple of years ago (Lightness of Being) and it’s got that knitted pattern, so it’s even more beautiful 🙂 It’s just I somehow find that MAC Sparkling Rose suits my skin tone better, so have nothing bad to say at all 🙂

Astrild Avatar

I love highlighers. They’re so pretty!!!!. Sadly, I feel they usually emphasize my skin texture so I don’t use them very often. Probably, my most used right now is WnW Reserve your Cabana because it’s so subtle that I think it doesn’t emphasize anything.

Karla Avatar

When i wear cool toned makeup my most used is Burberry runway palette no2 white and when wearing warm colors the one i use the most is MAC oh darling.

Mariella Avatar

While I’m trying to get more use of Dior Rose Diamond, just because I’ve had it for years and it still looks new, in all honesty, it’s a toss-up between TheBalm Mary Loumanizer and WnW Reserve Your Cabana because that one is subtle enough for every day/work.

Julia Avatar

It’s really hard to say since I have so many ?. I put a big dent in my tiny KA Starlight (sooo pretty!) but once I got the ABH Gleam kit I did start reaching for that a lot, especially Starburst and Crushed Pearl. Although now that it’s summer I am starting to reach for more golden shades. I love them all!

Grlnxdor Avatar

Wet n Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder in Desert Explorations. I picked it up a couple weeks ago and have been using it almost daily.

MissJae1908 Avatar

I don’t think I have one. I use a different highlighter every time I do my makeup. Maybe the Jaclyn Hill and Becca Champagne Pop Palette. It’s soooo versatility and I like mixing the colors.

Celia Avatar

Super tough since like you I alternate a lot. And I tend to choose the highlight based around the rest of the makeup look (ie if the makeup leans cool, one of my weirder/more ethereal cool highlights comes out. If it’s warmer, all the fun warm ones can play). But probably RMS Living Luminizer is one of my top go-tos. The texture works well over and under makeup or without any other makeup at all. It’s extremely natural looking but buildable and gorgeous with a unique but usable color mix. Plus it’s very easy to add other, more intense highlights over top if desired.

Gillian Avatar

That’s a difficult one! I would probably have to say that it’s a three-way tie between MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade, Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla/Portofino and Barbara Daly Light Illusion Powder Highlighter (old and discontinued).

That’s about as much as I can do to narrow it down! I love them all for different reasons. ?

Bára Avatar

Right now the highlight part of Charlotte Tillbury Filmstar bronze & glow palette, but that´s just because I recently got it. I love all my highlighters and use them all

Joyce Avatar

Hmm… Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana or BareMinerals Luminizer Duo (The Love Affair/The Shining Moment).

Honestly, those are the only highlighters in my stash. I’ve been eyeing Becca Champagne Pop. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance, Anastasia Glow Kit in Gleam… and possibly those Looxi ones!

Julia Avatar

I laaahhhhve Gleam- All of the colors in it are so pretty and different from the typical golden shades. If you haven’t tried Looxi yet I will say I find them a little dry and loose, but they look fine once applied and there are some super fun colors available!

Brenda Avatar

Mac Emphasize or eyeshadow in Claire de Lune (Mac). I tend to gravitate to eyeshadows more for highlighters than actual highlighters, mostly due to convenience – they’re right there instead of searching for something else! 😀

Jenny Callahan Avatar

Recently its been MAC otherearthly, i love how you can use the colors individually or customize. Love Wisp by Colourpop and my newest addition to my holy grail list is JD glow cosmetics Ariel, it is one of the most unique highlighters ive ever seen! I now own a few from them and they are all FANTASTIC and you get a HUGE(2oz) amount for a GREAT price! It will take mine and my childrens lifetimes to hit pan!

Lea Avatar

Right now, probably Tom Ford Moodlight, but other favorites are Giorgio ArmaniFluid Sheer #7 and #17 and Cle de Peau luminizers in #11 and #14

Brittany Avatar

I’d still say the Telepathy shade (pretty sure it’s that one–the large center shade) from KVD Monarch palette. Such a gorgeous highlight for the face! I also use the corresponding shade in the Chrysalis palette a lot. For a long time, I didn’t own anything that was specifically marketed to be highlighters until I got Wisp and Monster from ColourPop. I wear both of them a lot now, too, but I’ve definitely gotten the most use out of Telepathy.

Hesssie Avatar

My most used highlighter for years has been MAC Soft and Gentle. I also love my Mary-Lou-manizer, but i only use it when I need that extra oomph.

Abby Inkfiend Avatar

I rotate a lot I use to reach for becca in moonstone , and Laura mercier 01 . Now I’ve been using nars dual intensity in frenzy , and I love the new urban decay afterglow highlighter in sin.

Chacha Avatar

My favourite off all the time (so sad because its a limited edition)
**Terracotta Sun in the city from Guerlain**
I know its writting “Terracotta” thats “supposed” to mean a bronzer but its absolutely not a bronzer!! Its really an Highlighter and a beautiful one 🙂

Alicia Johnson Morris Avatar

Hourglass Ambient Strobe Powder in Incandescent. This gives the most beautiful glow to my complexion (without being a glitter bomb). I also really love Becca Skin Perfector (Poured) in Pearl.

On another note: I’m dying to pick up the new Marc Jacobs Glowstick in Spotlight as well. It looks like it will be really gorgeous!! As soon as my bonus comes in there’s a large Sephora order coming my way!

Morena Avatar

I bought the last shade of Laura Mercier “addiction” illuminator last week and I’ve been playing with that one lately. I’m also rotating through different highlighters. Today I’m wearing rose gold, andethe other day I had on champagne pop, but it’s mostly been the additiction shade. Before I bought addiction, we’ll I go to the gym at 4am and haveess time to. Get ready for work so I haven’t used any highlighters hit Becca’s blushed copper I’ve been using as a blush on my nw45 skin lately.

Renee' Avatar

I have a thousand of them lol! But my favorite one that I can definite count on to give me that perfect ‘bang’ glow would have to go to Mary Lou;) next fave of mine that I have been also using a lot is Mac’s pearl color base!!! Love it!

Monica Avatar

I see the Marylou manizer is a favourite for many ? Its mine for sure! Not only because its so good but also I love the compact, sturdy, cute, with a good mirror. Got me a backup actually, glad I did cuz the brand is no longer available in my country

VAL MARTIN Avatar

I have 2 liquid highlighters and 1 poster (small fry compared to a lot of you ladies). They are Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, Benefit Sun Beam and Laura Geller Ballerina. I’m project panning the Seventeen one so this is my most used. My daughter however has a big collection of highlighters (it seems to be her thing and I’m curious to try some of hers).

Rebecca Avatar

The Incandescent Light in the Ambient Lighting Palette by Hourglass, although technically it wasn’t marketed as a highlighter. I LOVE that I could layer it for more or less intensity with little effort, and that it gives a very believable but ethereal glow on my yellow-toned complexion.

Alys Avatar

I’m really new to highlighters. I’m super fair skinned so nothing really works for me. I just went on the quest this weekend, which is weird because I keep seeing all these posts about highlighters suddenly, while on my Quest. I just picked up the NYX powder ones, Ritualistic of course, but I also got Chaotic to be a blush. I’m on a buying freeze, so after coupon $6 for each was a score!

Sarah Avatar

I’m really feeling golds lately so it’s a toss up between the bareMinerals duo in Love Affair/Shining Moment and the Elf’s Sunkissed! But my go-to highlighters, which are now equally used, are Laura Gellar’s spackle primer on Ethereal (under and over makeup) and a Max Studio baked blush in Rose.

EmilyTheEngineer Avatar

This is a tough one. I usually use Kevyn Aucoin “The Celestial” powder or Becca’s Illuminator in Opal, but I recently got Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Trio Highlighter and I really like it too.

Brittney Avatar

I don’t use highlighter a lot but I’ve been reaching for my Urban Decay aura a lot since I got it. I work a lot and since I got this everyone at work has mentioned that I just have this nice little glow. So I’m going to stick with this one for a bit lol. Plus it’s just a perfect subtle color for my skintone

Kekeli Avatar

The Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in Nectar. I usually like cream stick-like products, and my fave highlighter used to be the PÜR limited edition glamstick (it ran out and they no longer stock it 🙁 ), but there’s something about the peachy glow from Nectar that I really like. It’s also great as a brow bone highlight, all over the lid, even an inner corner highlight when wet– It’s just super easy breezy beautiful. It’s an anomaly in my creature of habit cream collection lol simply because it was a present but it’s been my favourite ever since I got it. I have medium-dark normal/dry combination skin btw :*

BonnieBBon Avatar

I love so many highlighters and I just got the UD shades in Fireball and Aura so I’ve been playing with those a lot but my most used has to be thebalm Mary Lou-manizer. I buy new highlighters and love them but once the newness wears off I default to Mary 🙂 Although I have a Mac CCB from the Mia Moretti collection that’s given Mary some competition!

Angelcat47 Avatar

Mine is Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Highlighter. It has a sheer,champagne glow that is never too much and goes with my light complexion.

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