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or anyone on a budget, finding a good quality highlighter can be quite the task. The challenge posed is especially threatening considering American drugstores don’t supply testers of makeup products (which is dumb), so you end up with makeup that’s been swatched anyway or you just pray that *this product finally works out*. Well, instead of having to go through that yourself, I went ahead and did it for you.

You’re welcome.

1. Essence Eyeshadows in Snowflake and Grammy Goes Glammy

best drugstore highlighter on pale skin

  • Total dupes for the Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighters in Moonstone and Pearl
  • Average cost is between $1-$1.99 per shadow
  • Super pigmented, no fallout, long-lasting
  • Available at select Ulta and Target stores (scarce online)

2. Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

best drugstore highlighters

  • Average cost is around $5.00
  • Looks great on all skin tones
  • Pigmented with zero glitter
  • Super smooth consistency
  • Find this at Ulta and select Target stores

3. e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

best drugstore highlighter

  • Only $6.00
  • Four colors for a variety of skin tones
  • Available at drugstores, Ulta, and online

4. Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick

best drugstore highlighters

  • Costs $7.00
  • Available at Ulta
  • Incredibly pigmented
  • Choose your perfect color combination

5. NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic

best drugstore highlighters

  • Beautiful white-gold color that looks good on a lot of skin tones
  • $8.99 at select Targets and Ulta stores
  • Super pigmented

6. Makeup Revolution Contour Palette

best drugstore highlighters

  • $15.00
  • Two kickass highlighter shades that will blind your mind with pigmentation
  • Available at Ulta

7. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator and 8. Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter

best drugstore highlighters

  • $12.99 and $10.00 respectively
  • Super intense pigmentation that lasts throughout the day
  • Available at all drugstores and Ulta

9. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster

best drugstore highlighters

  • $15.99
  • Available at all drugstores
  • Super, super pigmented colors

For swatches of all of these highlighters, I swatched everything in my video below:

What highlighters are your favorites from the drugstore? Let me know! It might get featured in Part II of this drugstore highlighter series. Until then, comment below and tell me what’s on your mind.