These Under-$15 Highlighters Are Just As Good As Pricey Ones

We're the first to own up to our highlighter obsession. Cream or powder, subtle or shimmer, we don't discriminate between radiance-enhancing products. Our motto? You can never be too glowy.
One of our favorite things about strobing products is the vast number of variations on the market, all differing in formula, undertone, and intensity. The price, however, isn't always so alluring. Why? Most highlighters cost upwards of $20, which means an expansive collection isn't always feasible.
That's why we took it upon ourselves to find the very best highlighters that won't set you back more than $15. The best part? They totally deliver in pigment, texture, and longevity. It's time to get your shine on.
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This finely-milled, soft powder is one of the most pigmented drugstore highlighters we have ever tried. Seriously, one layer of this stuff will make your cheekbones look like glass.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, $4.99, available at Wet n Wild.
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Not into straight-up strobing? This baked highlighter from Essence gives a beautiful lit-from-within glow that never looks too sparkly.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, $4.49, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Talk about a makeup multi-tasker: This liquid highlighter from Maybelline can be tapped onto the face alone to illuminate the skin or mixed into foundation for an all-over glow. It comes in three shades, each suited for light (a cool-toned peach), medium (a neutral beige), and deep skin tones (a golden hue).

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter, $8.99, available at Ulta.
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If traditional highlighting isn't your thing, try an illuminating primer. A pea-sized dollop of this stuff will instantly brighten your complexion.

Nyx Cosmetics Born To Glow Illuminating Primer, $14, available at Nyx Cosmetics.
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All right, so it’s 100 cents over that $15 limit — but trust us when we say that the extra dollar is worth it. This highlighter has an soft, velvety texture that goes on like silk to make skin look naturally luminous, not sparkly. It’s basically a candlelit glow in powder form.

Pixi by Petra Glow-y Powder, $16, available at Target.
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This compact from ColourPop has gorgeous Champagne and gold hues running through it that flatter a range of skin tones. Dust it on with a brush for a sheer veil of color or tap it on with your fingers for a more intense effect.

ColourPop Touché Pressed Powder Highlighter, $8, available at ColourPop.
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The shimmer strips in this compact can be blended together and applied to the high points of the face, or even used separately as eyeshadows.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

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