Best Drugstore Highlighters for a Natural and Light-on-Pocket Glow

Highlighters, lately, have been regarded as the most talked about and must-have makeup staple. And the reasons are all right. Just a little bit of the ‘right’ highlighter will make your cheekbones look more enhanced and will make you look like you have been from a very well-deserved vacation (even if you are all knackered from the inside). Highlighters do a fantastic job of disguising weariness by instantly making you look more awake and dewy.

List of Best Highlighters available in nearby Drugstores

But, for the right kind of dewy finish, you need to have the right kind of highlighter. And, frankly, you don’t need to spend a fortune over buying one. There are a lot of highlighters available in drugstores that do a fine job without burning a hole in your pocket. The round-up below will take away your dilemma of finding the right highlighter with an affordable price tag. So buckle up and take a look at the best drugstore highlighters that are no less than their fancy counterparts.

  • Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick – $8.8


For fans of just a subtle glow and fans of a full-blown metallic effect, this Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick is a win-win, as it is pretty buildable. You can apply just a little bit of it for a sheer highlighting effect and keep building it up more if you are up for a full-glam makeup look. This one makes your face look slimmer and more sculpted, so you can enjoy the job of a contour at the price of a highlighter as well. It comes in gold and pinkish shades, so you can switch the colors up for night and daytime events respectively.

  • Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder – $4.98


Next up is this ultimate pocket-friendly highlighter by Wet N Wild which is called MegaGlo for a reason. It has a velvety finish that instantly lights you up without making the pores visible or accentuating the texture. The pearl-pigmented formulation gives you a pearly finish that never looks overdone. This one is vegan-friendly so it is perfect for people who are big on environmental concerns. One disadvantage of it is that it has a dusty finish, so it may need reapplication after some time as it can drop off.

  • NYX Professional Makeup Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator – $10

Budget-friendly makeup talk can’t go on without bringing up NYX, the ultimate drugstore brand. The NYX Professional Makeup Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator is cream-based, so you are supposed to mix it with your moisturizer or foundation (or any base product for that matter) and apply it all over your face for a dreamy-lit glow from within. 

One downside of it is that it is not that buildable, meaning, if you want more of a highlighting effect, mixing more of this product into your base products may not work, as the more you use it the less coverage it provides.

  • Flower Beauty Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby Stick – $33.38

There are both upsides and downsides of cream highlighters. On one hand, these are easy to use because they are not powdery and hence provide more control over the application. On the other hand, they can make you look gooey and sweaty. But, with Flower Beauty Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby Stick, you can say goodbye to all those problems as it applies pretty smoothly over the skin and gives the kind of highlighting effect that is just perfect and doesn’t look wet and sweaty at all. It applies equally nicely over powdered products as it doesn’t cake up and doesn’t look baked at all.

  • Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter – $7.27

A highlighter that feels creamy and powdery at the same time? Check out this Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter which practically feels like butter but leaves a powdery finish, making it last a long time. It is available in bronze and rose gold shades so it has an edge over other highlighters, most of which can’t be used by people with darker skin tones. It is scented with a coconut fragrance that takes you to a tropical island. 

Some reviewers said that they use the rose gold shade as a blush while the bronzy shade as a bronzer. What else one might want from a highlighter, that too at such an amazing price?

  • Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite – $6

This one by Almay really feels like jelly on your skin. The glow is super sheer and buildable and is perfect for a night out. Its gel-like formulation glides over skin and really gives sculpt and highlight to your cheekbones, brow bones, and Cupid’s bow. Some reviewers said that they like to mix it with their moisturizers and apply it all over the face to look dewier and lit from within. The packaging is super cool and the highlighter itself is versatile enough to be used by people with different skin tones.

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Suhira Munshi

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, relationship advice topics, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance. Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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