My All-Time Favourite Highlighters!

Hi everybody! As some of you may already know, I’m a little bit obsessed with highlighting and always on the lookout for new ones to try. So, today I decided to bring together my all-time favourites and share them with you guys. I’ve managed to narrow it down to six and wanted to talk through each of them with you, such as what I use them for and how I apply them. Hopefully this post will be useful to most of you, whether you’re new to highlighting and don’t know where to begin, or just want some ideas for which highlighter to try next! There’s a variety of products from different brands and for a range of different budgets, so there should be something for everyone here – keep reading for comparison swatches at the end.

A quick side note – I’ve been trying to improve my photography and set-up of photographs here on my blog, so please let me know what you think of this as I’ve changed things up a little.

Anyway, let’s get started! Here’s a quick overview of my favourites, as you can see there’s quite a few different forms of highlighters here: powder, cream and liquid.


First up is L’oreal’s Lumi Magique highlighting pen in the shade ‘Light’ and this is the most inexpensive highlighter out of all my favourites. This is in the form of a pen and is similar to YSL’s Touche Eclat, but a lot cheaper. This one costs £8.49 here in the UK and I use it strictly for my under-eye area, as its very subtle and does a great job of brightening tired eyes. I apply it liberally in an upside-down triangle shape, before blending it with a damp Beautyblender or just my fingers. This highlighting pen has no shimmer to it and it acts as a concealer too, so it’s perfect for underneath the eyes.


Next up is Benefit’s Watt’s Up! highlighter, which is very creamy and comes in a twist-up stick. I only have a miniature version of this, but it lasts for such a long time and i’ve still got loads left! Watt’s Up is perfect for highlighting all over and I use it on the tops of my cheekbones, along my nose and on my cupid’s bow, applying it straight from the stick and blending with my fingers. It’s quite subtle, but can be built up to create a beautiful glow. It leaves the skin looking very naturally dewy and fresh – the full size costs £24.50.


Another favourite of mine is the ‘highlight’ shade in Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, which costs £49. This is another subtle one that can be built up and I tend to wear it on top of my cheekbones, dusting it on lightly with the Charlotte Tilbury contour brush. It’s such a beautiful, shimmering gold shade and looks incredible for day and night, particularly when paired with the ‘sculpt’ shade as a contour!


I couldn’t leave out the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette from my all-time favourites and the shade I use particularly for highlighting is the middle one: ‘Incandescent Light’. This one is exclusive to the Ambient Lighting palette (which costs £54) and is a bright, pearly highlighter which looks striking on top of the cheekbones. I apply this with a brush and tend to use it for evening or nighttime as it is less subtle than the others and creates a more striking glow. This is the most pricey out of all of my favourites, but you are getting two other shades which are also both amazing.


Next up is Revlon’s Photoready Skinlights face illuminator, in the shade Pink Light. It costs £11.99 and is a dupe for the Nars Copacabana illuminator, which I don’t own but I have swatched – they are incredibly similar, so I didn’t see any point in purchasing the Nars one, too. It is a beautiful shimmering liquid highlighter, which looks amazing for day and night. It’s so easy to apply, too – I just dab a few small dots onto my cheekbones with my fingers and blend away.


My final favourite is Mac’s mineralise blush in the shade ‘Just a Wisp’, which costs £21. Okay, so this isn’t really a highlighter, but using it as a blush leaves the most incredible highlight to your cheekbones. I wear this without a highlighter for daytime (as you really don’t need one), or add a highlighter for more drama at night. I had to include this even though it’s technically a blush, because it gives my cheekbones the most amazing glow.


That’s all of my favourites! I’ve had each one for a while and worn them all repeatedly, so I’m confident in recommending them to you guys! Here they are swatched below so you can see the comparisons:


I hope you enjoyed reading, please let me know your favourite highlighters – I’m always on the lookout for more! Also, if you didn’t already know, i’m currently hosting a giveaway – click here to find out how to enter!


28 thoughts on “My All-Time Favourite Highlighters!

  1. Lovely article. In terms of photography, it’s good but maybe a lighter background would work best and a bit more lighting too. I’m starting to take my photos up a notch too. Do your best 🙂

  2. I’m obsessed with highlighters as well. Two of my favourites are the benefit high beam and the one that comes in the sleek palette. It’s so cheap but really good quality! So tempted by that Charlotte tilbury palette though… Great post! Joanna xxxxx

  3. In the States, L’Oreal just came out with some new True Match Lumi highlighters in 3 shades – liquid & powder versions. I got the powder version of the neutral one, Rose, whit I’m liking so far. I want to get the liquid one to try.

  4. Brill article Gigi… highlighters are something I don’t use as part of my routine as such yet but this really does help when choosing one!! Think I’ll invest & give them a go 🙂 X

  5. my all-time favourite is Incandescent Light as well! but now I discovered that I do love the Kevyn Aucoin Candelight as well and the BECA Shimmering Skin Perfector cream in Pearl as well! not to mention the Charlotte Tilbury as well! LOL
    looove highlighters! hahaha!
    have a lovely weekend!
    xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty

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