My Top 5 Face Highlighters

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you may know of my obsession with highlighters.

I don’t mean the stationery variety either, although I am partial to a hot pink one in the office.

No, I am talking about face highlighters.

I feel like you can go a bit crazy with highlighter. Unless you are planning to dip your entire face in it, you can afford to wear slightly ‘out there‘ shades because it’s only really noticeable when the light catches the skin. You’ll notice that some of the highlighters listed below look scary in the pan, but are totally wearable once applied to the skin.

Who doesn’t want this kind of glow? 

I am a bit obsessed with getting that glowy, lit from within look and am always searching for the next best one. With the recent addition of the Mecca Max Skin Halo to my collection, I realised just how obsessed I am with highlighters so I’ve decided to round up all of my favourites and share my thoughts with you!

I’ve listed them in order of pigment, so if you are after a seriously shimmery highlighter you can check the first one, and if you’re after a really subtle glow (well, subtle for me) you can scroll down to the last one!

Model’s Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighter Powder in Golden Sand

This is one of my most reached for face highlighters. I use it every day for work as it leaves the most beautiful iridescent glow on the skin. Golden Sand is a pinky/bronze shade with tiny flecks of shimmer throughout. When applied to the skin it looks slightly purple in some light, so if you’re after more of a natural glow maybe steer clear of this one. For a bit of nighttime glamour I like to spray my highlighter brush with MAC Fix+ and apply the highlighter this way; it really amps up the glow and stays on for longer too!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle*

This cult classic is popular amongst beauty bloggers and the like, and it’s easy to see why. It is a beautiful light copper shade with a glittery finish and highlights the cheeks like no other. I like how it can be applied lightly for a subtle highlight or layered on for a killer shine. The finish is quite shimmery so go light on the application; I learnt this the hard way! I packed it on one morning and got a good look at my face in the harsh light; I resembled a sad disco ball that had been left on the floor long after the party had finished.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo in 7DAYWKND and POOLSIDE

If you are a fan of highlighters in unusual shades, this Fenty one is for you! This is a duo palette and contains two highlighters; 7DAYWKND is light lilac/pink shade and POOLSIDE is a deep purple shade. Both are incredibly pigmented and can literally be seen from space when applied to the skin. My favourite shade was always 7DAYWKND as it’s a lot more subtle however lately I have been digging the purple vibes of POOLSIDE. It’s a great duo to wear for nighttime glamour as it shows up so well on the skin.

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer aka ‘The Luminizer’

I bought this years ago and still think it’s hands down one of the best highlighters on the market. Why? It’s soft yet pigmented, is suitable for a range of different skin shades and gives the most beautiful, candlelit glow. I would describe the shade as a soft champagne with a pearly sort of finish. Each time I use it I remember how much I love it. Another thing I love is the incredibly soft texture of this powder; it feels more like a cream and glides onto the skin so smoothly. TheBalm now make this in a travel size so it’s a great way to try the product without forking out cash for a full sized one. Highly recommend the Mary-Lou Manizer for a great, all round highlighter.

Mecca Max Skin Halo Diamond Dust in Solid Gold

This is the newest one to join the family and while it had a very sad introduction (I dropped it just after purchase) I am really enjoying it. Solid Gold is a soft gold shade with a beautiful glowy sheen. It is quite warm based and I imagine this would look amazing on tanned skin. It leaves a lovely bronze highlight when applied and I find that is lasts a decent amount of time on the skin. It’s one of those highlighters that can be applied lightly for a hint of shimmer or built up to a heavier application, and for $22 you really can’t go wrong!

Now for some swatches!

That rounds up all of my favourite highlighters. I have a few more packed away however these 5 are in current rotation and I use them all quite regularly. While I’d love to only own one highlighter and use it religiously, my curious nature gets the better of me and I am always searching for the next best one!

Thanks for reading, and I’d love to know what your favourite highlighter is!


*Product was kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own. 


  1. November 13, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    This is such a lovely blog post Roxane! I like how you’ve curated your highlighter edit and included swatches too, very helpful for future purchases, hehehe!
    I’m a bit of a highlighter novice, so I’m bookmarking this post for inspo haha. 🙂 Daisy xox

    • abeautywanderer
      November 13, 2019 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks Daisy for your kind words! I’m glad you found this post helpful 🙂 Can’t wait to see which highlighters you choose xx

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