13 Best Drugstore Highlighters for a Natural Glow

These totally bring the *just back from vacation* vibes.

Best Drugstore Highlighters
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You don't have to go all the way to St. Barths to look like you just went on vacation. Just pop over to the drugstore for one of these bestselling liquid, cream, and powder picks — they can compete with even the fanciest Instagrammer's formula. With top picks from our Beauty Lab, experts, and fellow online shoppers, you'll find your perfect glow with one of these options.

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Ulta
Best Creamy Texture: Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter
ulta.com
$10.99

Good Housekeeping's Beauty Director, April Franzino, says this is one of the beauty team's all-time favorites because of its "bouncy, plush texture" and how smoothly it glides onto skin. Plus, the coconut scent will make your typical makeup routine feel more like an island getaway. It's available in bronze and pink shades, and Franzino recommends using those for your bronzer and blush. 

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Ulta
Best for Sheer Coverage: Revlon PhotoReady Rose Glow Hydrating + Illuminating Primer
ulta.com
$13.99

"A primer-highlighter hybrid, this rosy serum-esque formula is sheer enough to be applied all over your face before makeup (or alone) to get a glow," says Franzino. Because primer keeps your makeup in place, you'll be set to shimmer all day long. 

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Ulta
Best for a Fun Night Out: Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite
ulta.com
$14.99

Almay's highlighter is the most unique in terms of texture and color. Franzino says the consistency is similar to jelly, making it fun to use and perfect for a throwing some night-out sparkle onto the tops of your cheekbones. If you need to tone it down a bit, Franzino recommends mixing a drop with your moisturizer, and then smoothing it all over your skin. 

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Walmart
Best for a Glowy Complexion: Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette
walmart.com
$12.98

A winner of our Lab's 2017 Beauty Breakthrough Awards, this affordable palette is what we call "luxe for less." Our testers were blown away after trying it out. "These velvety powders are on par with high-end brands," shared one. "I love dusting them on my cheekbones for a flattering radiance in seconds and even using them as brightening eyeshadows," said another. 

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Ulta
Best for On-the-Go Shimmer: CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Glow Highlighter
ulta.com
$10.99

"This portable pot of cream highlighter is iridescent, not sparkly, and comes in six shades from light pearl to deep bronze to flatter a range of skin tones," says Franzino. It doubles as eyeshadow, too!

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Flower Beauty
Best for an Ageless Look: Flower Glisten Up! Highlighter Chubby
walmart.com
$9.00

The easy-to-glide-on stick makes this creamy, subtle highlighter foolproof. Franzino recommends applying along the tops of your cheekbones to get a youthful, candlelit glow. 

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NYX
Best for a Glossy Finish: NYX Love You So Mochi Highlighting Palette
ulta.com
$19.00

This three-color palette is inspired by a favorite treat: mochi! It's not scented, but the brand took inspiration from the dessert's soft and pillowy texture. Available in two sets of shades, it's perfect for a glossy-glow look.

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Ulta
Best for Extra Shine: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter
ulta.com
$9.99

If you love a metallic touch, this highlighter is about to become your new obsession. It's super-pigmented and available in gold and rose gold shades. Reviews recommend applying it with a light hand at first, since too much can be, well, too much. 

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e.l.f. Cosmetics
Best for an Affordable Fan Favorite: e.l.f. Baked Highlighter
target.com
$4.00

With more than 900 reviews on Target.com, people rave about how this compares to their other prestige highlighters. While you may have to apply a few layers to get a more intense look, for less than the price of a grande latte, this one can't be beat.

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Wet n Wild
Best for More Variety: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Palette
walmart.com
$10.31

A cult-favorite among celebrities, makeup artists, and beauty fans, the brand's best-selling MegaGlo highlighters are now available in palette form. With four different shades, you can wear one on its own or blend them for a custom look.

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NYX
Best for a Subtle Highlight: NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator
target.com
$3.97

Use this lightweight illuminator as a highlight on your cheekbones or layer it under foundation for an all-over glow.

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Essence
Best for Warmer Skin Tones: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
ulta.com
$4.49

Essence made headlines for its cult-status $5 mascara, and its affordable highlighter doesn't disappoint either. Great for getting a subtle shimmer, reviewers go on and on about how well it works. If you have ultra-fair skin, do a swatch test first, since it could be too dark.

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L'Oréal Paris
Best for Matching Your Skin Tone: L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
lorealparisusa.com
$12.99

If you don't want a one-size-fits-all highlighter, L'Oréal's formula makes it easy to choose the perfect shade for your skin tone. Go with Golden if you have warm undertones, Rose for neutral undertones, and Ice for cool undertones.

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