The Best Highlighters For Every Budget


Today we have Stephanie Usher from Hope Freedom Love who’s going to share with us her top highlighters for every budget!

When it comes to highlighters I’m a little bit obsessed, in fact, I’m a little bit embarrassed to even quantify how many I own. Highlighters have actually come a long way in the last few years; the increasing popularity in contouring has encouraged lots of brands to experiment. Which means no matter your budget or how much you want to spend, there is something for everyone. Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite highlighters with you, proving to you that there really is something out there for every budget.


Let’s start at the budget end of the spectrum and talk about Makeup Revolution’s Peach Lights. It retails for a tiny £3, yet it arrives in a huge compact and I’ve spent many a minute swooning over it. It’s packaged in a round black compact, which has a clear lid, letting the product shine through the top. I have to admit but it does not feel like a high end product, but it certainly performs like one. The highlighter itself is a baked formula, which means you get incredible pigmentation. What surprised me though, is that the Peach Lights highlighter basically has NO fallout, which is really impressive and rare for such a cheap product. The highlighter is not overly glittery, instead it leaves a really nice subtle glow on the skin, giving you that ‘glowing from within’ look.


Stepping up to the £10 mark we Topshop’s range of highlighting products. If you’re looking for a highlighter that packs a punch and does not cost the earth, Topshop is the place to go! Once again it’s a baked formulation, which comes packaged in cute, white compact. They are available two shades and here pictured is ‘Crescent Moon’, which is a gorgeous golden pink hue. If you’re more of a cream highlighter fan, I highly recommend the ‘Glow Highlighter’. This also comes in two lovely shades, my favourite is ‘Polish’ which gives a dewy, creamy finish on your cheeks.


MAC’s Soft & Gentle is one of the most famous products on the bloggersphere, when I first starting blogging everybody was talking about it! Soft & Gentle is created using MAC’s 77-mineral complex and is slow-baked, which creates a soft powder. The baking process creates a lovely marbled effect in the pan and makes a wonderful multi-purpose highlighter. Soft & Gentle is subtle enough to use all over your face for a dewy finish, or alternatively you can concentrate it on certain areas. This is one of my favourite highlighters for travelling and it comes in lots of different shades. It retails for £23 so it’s fairly pricey, but I think it’s worth it! If you do want a budget version of this product, I highly recommend the Glow All Out by Soap & Glory, it’s over half the price and gives a very similar finish.


Let’s step things up a gear and talk about high end highlighters, for this category I really wanted to talk about the Glow Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. When I first saw these highlighters I felt weak at the knees, I don’t think anyone can deny their beauty. The Glow Kits come in two different shades, each with four highlighters that follow a colour theme. Instead of being baked, these highlighters are pressed, which creates a metallic finish, giving you intense luminosity. You can even use these highlighters with a wet brush to really step it up a gear. In this particular palette you have the choice between golden peach hues and lots of pretty pinks. Whilst these retail for nearly £40, you do get four highlighter shades, which makes the price point a little more bearable!

So there you have it, lots of fantastic highlighters, all in lots of different formulations and which all retail at very different price points. I’d love to know which of these are your favourite?

You can find Stephanie’s blog HERE!