5 Alternatives To This Popular Color-Changing Highlighter

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If there's one time of the year that we need a little extra glow and illumination, it's holiday season. There are countless parties to attend and Instagrams to be taken, all on little sleep and lots of booze and sugar, so we want our cheeks to match the wattage of the Rockefeller tree if possible.

Thankfully, Becca Cosmetics, one of our go-to brands for all our highlighting needs, recently launched a slew of stunning duo-chrome highlighters dubbed the "Light Chasers." Each pan is a combination of two different shape-shifting hues — think rose to hot pink, bronze to emerald, opal to sapphire. The formula is buttery and super-pigmented, so its no surprise that these limited edition highlighters are running very low in stock on Sephora's website. Over half of the shades are sold out, including our personal favorite, Champagne Dream Flashes Bellini, a soft peach with rose gold shift.

But don't give up your glowy dreams yet. Ahead, we've rounded up a few stellar alternatives that'll keep your cheeks photo-ready through NYE and beyond.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits are revered in the makeup world for their incredible metallic pigment. The latest kit from ABH, the Sugar Glow Kit, features four sugar-themed shades, including Gumdrop, a duo-chrome metallic pink-lavender, and Butterscotch, a honey-gold, both of which mimic Champagne Dream in hue.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit, $40, available at Sephora.
Wet n Wild's Rainbow Highlight in Everlasting Glow is a great, affordable alternative to Becca's Light Chasers. The range of colors in the pan means that you can control the exact look of your highlight by swirling several shades together or opting for a single one. Plus, it's only $5.99.

Wet n Wild Rainbow Highlighter in Everlasting Glow, $5.99, available at Ulta.
Stila's "putty" highlighters are one of the coolest formulas we've swatched. Somewhere between a liquid highlighter and a cream, the texture allows the product to sink beautifully (and boldly) into the skin with a few dabs. Kitten, a shimmering nude-pink, looks best tapped on the high points of your face with your fingers.

Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Kitten, $32, available at Sephora.
Milk Makeup's Holographic Sticks were some of the first on the duo-chrome highlighter train. The twist-up format makes the product ridiculously easy t0 apply on the cheeks, and Mars, a golden peach shade with a reddish shift, gives off a cool and slightly galactic color-changing shimmer when it catches the light.

Milk Makeup Mars Holographic Stick, $28, available at Sephora.
ColourPop's Super Shock formula is one of the best bang-for-your-buck illuminators on the market. It has a cream to powder formula, which is easy to apply with either a dense brush or your finger, and allows you to build from a subtle glow to a heavy hit of shine.

ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Wisp, $8, available at ColourPop.com.
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