THE BEST: Highlighters (swatches & reviews)!

A friend of mine (hey Phoebe!) recently asked me to recommend her my favourite highlighters.  I thought instead of just reeling off a list, I would do a blog post complete with pictures and swatches!

I pulled together pretty much every highlighter I own for this post, in quite a few different formulas – powder, cream and liquid, so there is something for everyone, what ever their preference!

Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam – A beautiful yellow gold highlight which looks gorgeous on cheekbones teamed with bronzer.  You get a whooping 8grams of this product for £10 which is great and will last bloody ages!

MAC Soft & Gentle – One of MAC’s bestselling highlighters.  This stunning bronzed highlighter looks amazing in my makeup bag and it’s fine pigment applies a gorgeous shimmery colour for a sun-kissed look.

Sleek Makeup Glo & Highlight – Very similar to Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks, this highlighter contains 5 shades for an ultimate bronzed glow which can be used on both the face and body.  In the swatch above I’ve mixed all shades but you can also take a thin highlighting brush and apply only the colours you want.

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in 04 Coral- Another shimmer brick dupe.  I own every single one of TBS’s Shimmer Waves and they’re great quality.  This shade variation is my favourite – peachy pink tones for a beautiful summer look.

The Body Shop Baked-To-Last Bronzer – Another one from TBS – this baked bronzer reminds me of MAC’s Soft & Gentle but a bit more affordable.

Estee Lauder Geelee Blush in Tease – This is one of my most cherished blush products but one I hardly wear (need to dig this out again).  It’s a stunning pink highlighter with a gorgeous shimmer. You’re gonna hate me but I think this might be discontinued (it’s currently out of stock in Boots) but wanted to feature it ’cause it’s a beauty!

Zoeva Mineral Highlighter – Zoeva are quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup ranges!  You’ve probably noticed in my tutorials that I use a lot of their brushes now, and I think their cheek products are equally as fab. This is a loose powder which can be built up for a stunning shimmer.

Make Believe Enhance Cream Highlight 
I just had to include a cream highlight in this post and this is one of my favs!  I think I received this in a beauty sample box and it’s a beautiful gold cream shimmer which you can mix with foundation for a dewy base or tap under brow bones to accentuate and enhance!  I like to apply this with a stippling brush. It’s £7.50 available at Look Fantastic –

MAC Pigment in Vanilla – This is one of my all time favourite MAC products because it can be used so many different ways (see here).  This white gold loose pigment just looks stunning as a highlighter or eyeshadow. Love, love, love.

Benefit Cream Shadow in Bikini Tini – Okay, I know this is an eyeshadow cream but it also works great as a cream highlight.  Tad on the pricey side though.

Nars Sheer Glow Illuminator in Orgasm – 
I included this as I think it’s classed as an ‘illuminator’ and gives a beautiful shimmer but also with a pinch of peachy pink pigment.  I don’t use this enough but I adore it.

And breatheeeee… that was a hefty post, huh!

So there we have it – some of my fav highlighters.  I still have another handful with I realised after I took the pictures that I missed out, but I’m sure one day I’ll get round to doing another post!

Really hope this helps at least one person choose a highlighter to invest in!

What’s your favourite highlighter?




  1. August 5, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    I really like the Laura Mercier baked highlight as well as their shimmer blocs.

  2. August 5, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    I love the Nars illuminators they're such beautiful products! My favourites are The Body Shop Shimmer Waves and The Balm's Mary Lou-manizer


    • August 7, 2014 / 10:11 am

      agreee…The Balm Mary Lou is my fav highlighter too <3 <3 <3

  3. August 5, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    the Make Believe Cream Highlight looks awesome, a real brightening product 🙂
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  4. August 5, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    love highlighters, they look so pretty!


  5. August 5, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    I really love the MUA undress your skin as a budget option and the Nars Orgasm as slightly more expensive. The Body Shop one has always been one of my favourites as well, and the MAC ones look amazing – I need to finally get my hands on one of them at some point.

    Kristy |

  6. August 5, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    The Revlon shimmer brick dupe is also really good! (can't remember what it's called though)

  7. August 5, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    Great post!! I love using a highlighter as it really adds dimension to your face! I will definitely be checking some of these out!
    Little Beauty Blog
    Elizabeth x

  8. August 5, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    You have a lovely highlighter collection. I use my Topshop Sunbeam all the time but its that huge that I think it will last me forever, I wish it had a mirror in. The Estee Lauder Blush in Tease looks beautiful

  9. August 5, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    Love this post! My fave highlighter at the moment is the Nars Illuminator in Cocacabana. Really want Soft & Gentle by MAC!

    Daisy x

  10. August 5, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    My favourite highlighter is most definitely on by Kiko! However I think it was a limited edition! 🙁 But you should check them out! 🙂

  11. August 5, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    oh my gosh, these products look so good. I always think highlighters look so beautiful. MAC soft and gentle is probably one of my favourite highlighters.

    Jess x

  12. August 5, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    This is such a great post! I have a few highlighters on rotation but my favourites are Topshops Cresent Moon and their Glow in Gleam and TheBalm Mary-louminiser!


  13. August 5, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    This post is exactly what I was looking for! I really wanted to invest in a highlighter but had no clue which to get. Thank you for posting this! X

  14. August 5, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Hefty?! Girl this post was on point – great swatches and pictures of them and excellent info about them and your thoughts about them! I'm going to hunt out the sleek one!

  15. August 5, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    phew! So many highlighters, definitely given me some inspiration!

    Laura xx

  16. August 5, 2014 / 10:34 pm

    I love the Nars Illuminator, it's so pretty for summer 🙂

  17. August 5, 2014 / 11:17 pm

    I love Sunbeam, I've had it for ages and barely made a dent in it despite using it all the time!

  18. August 5, 2014 / 11:17 pm

    Will definitely have to try a few of these out!

  19. August 6, 2014 / 2:02 am

    I love MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, and Benefit's High Beam – I find them so flattering on my pale skin! I've also used one of Bourjois' Little Round Eyeshadows in Blanc Diaphane for years and years, it's the prettiest inner corner highlight since MAC Nylon and sometimes I pop it onto my cheekbones, also. Soft & Gentle is next on my list!

    Meg at Meg Says

  20. August 6, 2014 / 6:26 pm

    Great post! I've been wanting to try out an Estee Lauder highlighter for aaaaaaaages. This only makes me want it more, shame this one might not be around! 🙁


  21. August 6, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    I loveee (i'm very fair) MAC Lightscapade and NARS Copacabana 🙂

  22. August 7, 2014 / 5:10 am

    Do you have or can recommend any highlighters that aren't shimmery? Shimmer doesn't look good on my face lol I wish it did though. These look so beautiful.
    awesome post 🙂

  23. August 7, 2014 / 6:46 am

    Such a helpful post! Thankyou 🙂 x

  24. August 7, 2014 / 10:20 am

    Wowza, that is one hell of a collection you got there! I don't have that many, but one of my aaabsolute favorites is Sisley's Highlighter Blush.

  25. August 7, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    I loooove highlighters too! I love the one from MAC you've posted about, I also have the great Benefit one that everyone loves. Nothing like a gorgeous glow for the face! xx

  26. August 7, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    I remember Zoella raving about Estee Lauder Tease quite a few months ago (maybe even last year?!) and it looked so pretty, but I could never find it anywhere! I love MAC Soft & Gentle, it's my favourite highlighter xx

  27. August 8, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    Love this post! I've been using Benefit Watts Up Highlighter recently 🙂
    Millie x

  28. August 9, 2014 / 7:50 am

    These are beautiful 🙂 my personal favorite is Mary Loumanizer, but the NARS one that you mentioned looks great too! I can't believe you have so many of them 😀

  29. August 16, 2014 / 12:54 am

    My favourite is the NARS Albatross and TheBalm Mary Lou-manizer. So so gorgeous! <3
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

  30. August 19, 2014 / 3:16 am

    It's like this post was made for me! I am obsessed with a good highlight. I love the NARS Orgasm illuminator.

    P.S. I'd love for you to check out the giveaway on my blog!
    xx, Coreyiel | The Luxe Minimalist
    My Giveaway

  31. August 21, 2014 / 9:56 am

    Mac's Soft and Gentle is my favourite highlighter

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