Highlighters of 2017: The Best in the Market Right Now

Every once in a while something new comes up in the makeup industry that becomes a total game changer. A few years ago it was the nude eyeliner that everyone seemed to be buying from the makeup section. But for the since last year, it’s been the highlighters.

You have to have your highlighter poppin’ if you’re deciding to go out on a party, or deciding to go out, period. That shimmery glow on your cheekbone, under your eyebrows and on the bridge of your nose is an essential to perfect Instagram pictures.

If you haven’t bought a highlighter yet, it’s high time that you do. And if you need some help deciding which product to buy, here’s a list of some of the best, most popular highlighter products available in the market right now, and they’re all more or less available online on Amazon too!

Benefit Watt’s Up! Cream Highlighter (US $30)

Benefit’s highlighter has consistently made a place in almost every list of the best highlighters.

The Good: This highlighter from Benefit has a rich, creamy consistency that comes in a handy stick form. The Watt’s up! Highlighter has a natural radiant glow to it that accentuates the glow of the skin. It has a golden, peachy shimmer and works extra well on the brow bone. It’s a good product for more dry skin types and it doesn’t sting on application.

The Bad: It doesn’t work the best on oily skin because of the more difficult blending of the product. It’s also pretty expensive than most highlighters.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette (US $42)

The Sweet Peach series by Too Faced has been the hype in the makeup industry for some time. Now, with the addition of their Peach-Infused Highlighting Palette, it’s making advances in the highlighter market too.

The Good: The palette is divided into three peachy powders – an illuminator, highlighter and a bronzer. The texture is superb and the powders are quick and easy to blend. This highlighter palette works great on all skin types and it has a bonus nice peachy smelling property to it. Perhaps the star feature of this Too Faced product is that it lasts for up to 10 hours on application

The Bad: To start off, it’s pricey. You can get highlighters similar to this one at a lower drug-store price. But the biggest drawback to it is its lack of pigmentation. A handful of powder needs to be applied to bring out the color, and an extra handful would be required if you have a darker skin tone.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Highlighters (US $46)

This highlighter comes in six shades namely Dim Light, Ethereal Light, Diffused Light, Mood Light, Luminous Light and Radiant Light. You can buy any one of the shades or buy a palette that has three of them.

The Good: The colors are AMAZING. They have a shimmery touch to them and they are super pigmented. They have a long-lasting application property too! The textures are great and they work for all skin tones and types. The amount of powder is pretty good so they don’t run out quickly either.

The Bad: Again, the price is over the top. The highlighter doesn’t come with a brush so you need to buy one if you don’t already have it.


Nars: The Multiple (US $40)

Nars has made some excellent contributions to makeup and their new highlighter, The Multiple is no different.

The Good: The Multiple comes in a stick form for an easier application. The colors are well pigmented and have a natural glow and shimmer to them. Plus, they blend easily. This Nars product is unique since it is pretty versatile. You can use it as a cream blush or over your lips too!

The Cons: It’s expensive. It’s very glittery so if you’re not a glitter person, this highlighter might just not do it for you.

Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood Illuminator (US $28)

This highlighter dates back to 2015 but is still one of the most legit products of its type around. It’s that highlighter brand you’d see celebrities and models using too. Here’s why:

The Good: There’s a good range of colors to choose from, each with a unique shade to it. The So Hollywood Illuminator has a nice, fresh radiance to it but it isn’t glittery. It works on all skin tones and it is deeply pigmented. The price is okay too, since we normally expected products by Anastasia Beverly Hills to be a lot more over the budget.

The Bad: The product doesn’t last that long which is a major problem. Furthermore, the highlighter is hard to blend because it’s not that creamy.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed – Rose Gold (US $38)

The Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighter is a perfect combination of luxurious and elegant. It comes in various colors, but their Rose Gold shade is one of a kind.

The Good: The texture of the product is creamy and rich making it super easy to blend and apply. The color is deeply pigmented and has a peachy golden touch to it. The product lasts long on application too and it’s great for all tones.

The Bad: It’s expensive and it can also show pores on a more oily skin, so it isn’t the best for oily skin types.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder ($24)

The Balm products are everywhere these days! Their highlighters and illuminators are renowned to be some of the best ever. The Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting powder is one of them too.

The Good: It has pretty natural touch to it. It comes in a compact, travel-friendly packaging and lasts a lot longer than most highlighters. On top of that, it is super pigmented and works great on oily skin too!

The Bad: It’s kind of glittery and can be a concern if you don’t want to look ‘extra’ with your makeup. It’s expensive too and doesn’t come with a brush or an applicator.


Revlon’s PhotoReady Insta-fix Highlighting Stick (US $10)

This drug-store cosmetic has been voted one of the best highlighters ever by Vogue.

The Good: It’s affordable and it’s also easy to apply (comes in a stick form). The color is amazing and has a golden shimmer to it. It’s compact and travel friendly, and works great on darker skin tones too.

The Bad: It’s easily breakable. The coverage is light and doesn’t completely hide acne marks.