6 Drugstore Highlighters ft. Physicians Formula, Revlon, Nyx & L’Oreal

When it comes to highlighters, it seems like we either have to shell out 50 bucks for the most amazing glow you’ve ever seen, or allow our faces to look like a kindergarten art project for 5.  At least, that’s what I always thought and I have hundreds of dollars worth of highlighters to prove it (don’t make me think too much about that please).  Drugstore companies are getting it together and finally producing some great highlighting products, though, which means we now have twice as many options.  As with everything, there are some great, some good and some bad.  I’ll let you know which ones as well as give you some characteristics of each product.



Revlon PhotoReady Skin Lights in Bare Light, $13.99.

It is:  Great.

Notes:  Blends into foundation seamlessly, very smooth consistency, not at all glittery, will give cheeks a subtle highlight.  I recommend this over Charlotte Tilbury’s $55 Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash Primer.

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NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam, $7.49.

It is: Good.

Notes: More intense than Revlon’s so use sparingly when mixed with foundation, better for a cheek highlight, a little more glittery than I’d like.

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L’Oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminizer in Golden, $12.99.

It is:  Bad.

Notes:  Color is very yellow, less than 1 full ounce of product, bunches up on skin and is hard to blend.




Nyx Cosmetics Illuminator in Ritualistic, $8.99.  

It is:  Great.

Notes: Color is a little cooler and lighter than I usually like but it makes for a fantastic inner corner highlight (my new replacement for Mac’s Nylon), has a pretty iridescence to it, five different shade options, very fine powder.




L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator in Golden, $12.99.

It is:  Bad

Notes: Large chunks of glitter, lacks pigmentation, packaging is most flimsy of the options.




Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in Miami Strip, $12.99.

It is: Great

Notes: Surpisingly creamy, easy to customize color, five different shade options.

Now go forth and strobe to your heart’s content! (pro tip: strobing is highlighting.  Das it.)  What’s your favorite highlighting product right now?  I’ve been trying these out for now so I haven’t even gotten a chance to wear my new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop!  The things I do for you guys, I swear.

All The Best,


8 thoughts on “6 Drugstore Highlighters ft. Physicians Formula, Revlon, Nyx & L’Oreal

  1. Ah, thank you for posting this! I’ve largely only ever heard of good highlighters from brands I have little access to. It’s good to know there are good drugstore highlighters as well! 🙂


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